There are more than 350 ocean cruise ships carrying 50 passengers to more than 6000. Visiting almost 2,000 destinations across the world; and new ships are constantly added. The popular standard duration is seven days, although it can vary from 2 to 180 days. The average age of passengers is younger each year and on a typical cruise that are found to singles, couples, families with children of all ages [including parents and grandparents], honeymooners, group of friends and fellow students.
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Caribbean Cruises: There are over 7,000 islands in the Caribbean Sea, although many are small or inhabited. Caribbean is one of the intensive destination. Pending on whether you sail from Florida ports or to a port already in the Caribbean, such as Barbados or San Juan.
East: Leeward and Windward Islands and may include Antigua, Barbados Dominica, Martinique and Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Kitts, St. Maarten, St. Lucia and St. Thomas northwest: Cayman, Mexico and Jamaica could also include Calica, Cozumel , Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, Playa del Carmen, Ocho Rios and Roatan
South: Antigua Netherlands [Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao] Tortola and San Juan.
Alaska cruises: they are especially popular because Alaska is a vast region, relatively unexplored and offer the best way to see the magnificent coastline of the state and glaciers. A wide variety of shore excursions, including many plane rides and helicopter float some going to glaciers and salmon fishing and tours to the national park can be arranged and also using rail .They are two popular routes cruises; the inside passage route “. Tracy arm” A 1600 km long protected paths carved by glaciers of the Age of Ice. They visit the glaciers as the Glacier Bay “Hubbard Glacier” or The other route usually includes the Gulf of Alaska during the cruise on the way between Vancouver and Ancorage. Typical ports may include Sitka, Seward and Valdez. Alaska has not always good time for cruises can be damp and windy.
Cruises to Canada / New England: normally sails from New York or Boston and Montreal / or Quebec .The ideal time to surf is autumn, when the leaves on the trees change color dramatically.
Middle East: these include the countries of the Arabian Sea and Red and Mediterranean. Countries with historical interest are Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Israel, Oman, YEME. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are fast becoming cruises bases.
Cruises trans canal: these take you through the Panama Canal, covering 51 miles [82 km] of locks, floodgates and barrages. Entre the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific the ship is lifted 26 meters of a climb in three steps and takes 8 -9 hours.·
South America: cruises around Cape Horn between Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile and Buenos Aires in Argentina, are increasingly popular .The ideal season is from November to March and most cruises lasting 14 days. Ports of call may include Puerto Montt, the magnificent Chilean fjords, Punta Arenas and the southernmost city Ushuaia and starting point for most cruises to the Antarctic peninsula. Cruise the East Coast includes Puerto Madryn, Buenos Aires, Montevideo. There are also cruise lines from Rio de Janeiro in general seven days’ duration.
Australia, New Zealand and Asia: if you live in Europe or North America be aware that the flight to your port of embarkation will be long. It is advisable to arrive at least 2 days before the cruise because of time zone changes and ‘jet lag’ can be inconvenient. These are all fascinating destinations. The cruises last generally 15 days