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Hawaiian Cruises

A Hawaiian Island cruise has some of the most exotic landscapes on earth.  Hawaii captures your imagination with fiery volcanoes, lush rainforests and jewel-toned beaches.  Its infinite romance makes it the number one destination for honeymooners and anniversary couples worldwide.  Hawaii is rich with dramatic tropical beauty, chic boutiques and galleries, and a kind and hospitable people proud of their heritage and culture.

One of the most popular activities is to take a flight seeing trip over the vast canyons and volcano craters.  You can even fly over active volcanoes in Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island.  Snorkel with dolphins and sea turtles in the shadow of Lanai, hike across the lunar landscape of Hawaii’s lava fields, watch the acrobatics as Hawaii’s surfers defy death in Hawaii’s famed shore brea, explore Hawaii’s shoreline on horseback or experience the trust taste of treats from the Far East in Honolulu.

Ports of call: Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Kona, Hilo

Northern European Cruise

Northern Europe is a prosperous and sophisticated corner of the world with great cities, rugged landscapes and architecture that encompasses modern masterpieces as well as ancient churches and castles.  There are few places richer in history in the world.  This region is filled with art, music and literature from a large part of the cultural fabric of the western world.

Baltic Sea

Cruises through the Baltic Sea to the great capitals of Northern Europe are filled with hundreds of museums, stunning royal palaces and historic architecture.  You can visit cities that include the great walking city of Copenhagen, the Viking capital Oslo, Stockholm one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, the medieval city Tallinn and the formally divided Berlin which is one of today’s most vital centers of art and culture.

Norwegian Fjords

The Norwegian Fjord land is dotted with thing cities, pristine hamlets and charming fishing villages against a backdrop of towering mountains, sweeping glaciers and rushing waterfalls.  The ports of call along the western coast of Norway and north above the Artic Circle are former Viking strongholds and boast long summer days and cool temperatures.  Enjoy escorted hiking tours that take you through the lush countryside past rushing waterfalls and fields of wildflowers also enjoy fish and flower markets, museums, churches and tidy home and gardens that make enjoyable and leisurely independent walking tours in the pleasant temperatures.

British Isles and Ireland

There is so much culture packed into Ireland and the British Isles.  The most popular ports to visit in Ireland are Cork and Dublin.  In Cork tourists take the time to venture to the Blarney Castle where they can take part in the tradition of kissing the Blamey Stone for the gift of eloquence.  In Dublin, Ireland’s capital, enjoy estates, gardens, museums and exhibits.

In Scotland, you can search for the phantom Loch Ness Monster, visit the Orkney Islands to traverse amonth the white-sand beaches, wave breaking 1,000 foot cliffs, concentrated prehistoric sites or castle-hopping.  A stop in Wales will give you the opportunity to take a breather and enjoy the beautiful landscape and visit many national parks.  While in England visit all the famous sites of London such as Buckingham Palace, Southampton Maritime Museum, Big Ben, Westminster Abby, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square.

Ports of call: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Stockholm, St. Petesburg, Tallinn, Berlin/Warnemunde, Gdansk, Bergen, Helsingor, Flamm, Geiranger/Hellsylt, Honningsvag, Tromso, Trondheim, Spitsbergen, Stavanger, Rejkjavik.

Panama Canal Cruises

Panama Canal cruises often make ports of call in the Western Caribbean, but usually spend some time in remote regions of Central America where travelers can find the last remnants of indigenous cultures.

While these ports are interesting and offer numerous opportunities for shopping, sightseeing and water sports, the greatest appeal of the Panama Canal is the transit itself.  The actually transit of the Panama Canal typically begins the evening before the scheduled transit, when your cruise ship must it “in line” behind dozens and dozes of freighter tankers and any other boats or ship waiting to take their turn to enter the massive locks of the Panama Canal.  Once your ship is cleared to enter, you’ll be amazed at the precision and physics involved in rising and lowering a 100,000 ton cruise ship as the Panama Canal does and you’ll leave with a greater appreciation of the effort and sacrifices made to build the engineering wonder in the early 1900’s.

Full Transit

The full transit offers a one-way itinerary that begins on one side of the canal and ends on the other.  They offer a daylong passage through the entire 51-mile-long canal and each of its systems of locks, as well as port of call in both Caribbean islands and along the west coast of Central America and Mexico, with the most frequently visited country being Costa Rice.

Partial Transit

The partial transit enters and exits the canal from the same direction, usually the Caribbean side, and therefore passes through the same set of locks twice.  In the center of the canal there is a large natural lake in which the ship can turn around amidst some of Panama’s most beautiful scenery.  Partial transits typically depart from Fort Lauderdale and offer the convenience of a round-trip itinerary.

Ports of Call: Cartaden Columbia, Ocho Rios (Jamaica), Aruba, Limon (Costa Rica), Panama Canal (Panama), Cozumel (Mexico)

Canada/New England Cruises

A cruise to Canada and New England is a relaxing voyage along a dramatic, and sometimes remote, rocky coastline of breathtaking beauty.  The capes are dotted with pristine islands and charming fishing villages and bustling harbor towns with an ever-changing panorama of colors.  The journey takes you back in time while keeping you close to home.  Quaint seaside towns, fabulous mansions and Revolutionary landmarks intermingle to creative a luxurious resort-style character and romance to this historical region.

The ports of call on a cruise to New England and Canada are perfect for walking tours.  You can spend the entire day strolling along restored waterfronts where you will find gourmet dining, European pubs, wine bars, microbreweries and antique shops.  Another popular option is to tour one of the lovely summer cottages built at the turn of the last century by the wealthiest families in America.  The Vanderbilt’s and Astor’s enjoyed high social gatherings and parties, and many of these mansions are lovingly preserved and restored.

Retrace American history on Boston’s famous three-mile Freedom Trail, Mountain bike through the raw beauty of Acadia National Park, Sail the coast of Nova Scotia in a 63-foot schooner, taste the true flavors of the Northeast at an authentic Lobster Bake or discover Quebec’s breathtaking 272-foot Montmorency Falls.

Ports of call: St. John, Halifax, Newport, Boston, Bar Harbor, Quebec, Charlottetown, Sydney.

South America Cruises

With more mountains than the Alps, more glaciers than Alaska, and more fjords than Denmark, Norway and Sweden combined, a South America cruise offers a wonderland of contrast and cultures seldom seen by casual travelers.  South America’s natural features along include the longest mountain range in the world, dozens of active volcanoes, alpine lakes at amazing elevations, and the magnificence of the Amazon River and rain forest.  All of this surrounds modern coastal cities, some of which rival the sophistication of Europe, and ancient ruins from some of the most incredible lost civilization in the world.

In the seaside cities there are countless galleries and museums filled with ancient fossils, artifacts and pre-Columbian art.  In addition, architecture influenced by several European cultures dominates wide plazas, beautiful gardens and tree lined streets.

Around the Horn

The most popular itinerary in South America travels one way around Cape Horn, between Valparaiso and Buenos Aires, through the magnificent fjords of Chile and around the tip of the continent at Tiera del Fuego National Park

West Coast of South America

If the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu and the Nazca Plateau are of interest, you will want to take an itinerary along the western coast of South America.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands, found west of Ecuador, are one of the most intriguing and highly protected places on earth.  Here, while viewing wildlife found nowhere else, Darwin created his theory of evolution which has sparked controversy ever since.

Amazon and Orinoco Rivers

Along the northern coast and eastern coasts of South America, the mighty Amazon and Orinoco Rivers enter the Atlantic Ocean.  It is common to find ships making ports of call near the deltas of these great rivers, and the Amazon is navigable for miles all the way up to the historical rubber kingdom of Manaus.

Ports to call Around the Horn: Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Puerto Madryn, Wshuaia, Punta Arenas, Puerto Montt, Valparasio/Santigao;

Ports to call West Coast of South America: Calao/Lima, Guayaquil, Quito, Monta, Callao, Arica;

Ports to call Amazon and Orinoco:  Cartagena , Devil’s Island, Recife, Rio De Janerio, Sao Paolo, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Manuas.