6 Unusual Places to Take a Cruise
When you mention a cruise to someone, they probably imagine massive ships with multiple decks, pools, and restaurants on board, and tons of people in flip flops and boardshorts. The most popular cruises typically go to the Caribbean or Mexico, or maybe Alaska or southern France if you're an experienced traveler. While those ships and destinations are great, other areas of the world offer incredible cruise experiences in unusual places where you can do and see things that can't be replicated anywhere else. If you're looking for something different to do for your next vacation, try cruising to any of these unusual destinations.
Believe it or not, "the way north" (the historical meaning behind the name "Norway") isn't as cold as you would think. Despite being above the arctic circle and along the same latitude as Alaska and Siberia, Norway's climate is relatively tame, which makes it a fantastic, and underappreciated, cruise destination.

Known for breathtaking fjords and picturesque views, the Norwegian coast is nothing short of stunning. You'll experience unique wildlife and some of nature's most fascinating occurrences, like the summer's midnight sun. Plus, you might even see the Northern Lights on your voyage—a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any outside traveler.

Several cruise line companies offer a variety of Norwegian voyages, from classic trips to the major coastal cities to specialty excursions in the High Arctic to Vikings-inspired and historically-influenced cruise routes. If you've been considering a trip to the Scandinavian area, this could be an excellent way to experience it.

Suez Canal

If cruising the northern waters of Norway doesn't sound appealing to you, then maybe the desert will! Another unusual yet intriguing cruise destination is the Suez Canal. This manmade waterway is surrounded by the Egyptian desert and was constructed in the 1800s to connect the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

Voyages through this 100-mile canal are described as "sailing through oceans of sand," as the Suez Canal is only wide enough for one ship at a time. Outside of passing through the canal, cruise routes often include stops in Egypt to see the pyramids, yet another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You might not have considered a cruise route that travels the Suez Canal before, but you might now!
Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is a charming country off the Andaman Sea, near India, China, and Thailand. There are a number of cruise companies that offer river voyages through the country, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in its special culture. Along the journey, you'll see some the most beautiful Buddhist temples and monasteries in the world.

Many visitors to Myanmar also admire its people for being kind, friendly, and hospitable. It truly is a hidden treasure.


Of all the unusual destinations you can cruise to, Antarctica is probably the most unusual. Nothing about your trip can be considered typical—the activities, the ship, the ports of call. If you're really looking to get out and do something different, Antarctica might be worth a shot.

It's certainly not the easiest place to get to, but it's well worth it. Antarctica is one of the only places left on earth made of true wilderness. Kayak with penguins. Hang out with leopard seals. Marvel at the huge ice formations that characterize the landscape. Cross off a ton of bucket list items in a relatively short amount of time.

One important decision to consider when traveling to Antarctica is the company you choose to sail with. The trips harsher conditions might dictate what amenities you need, and the cruise line you choose could affect the activities you do. Of all the cruises you could take, a trip to Antarctica will likely require the most consideration and planning.
Amazon River
If exotic wildlife is appealing to you, an Amazon River cruise could be right up your alley. Cruisers have many options on how to experience the Amazon River, ether on a cruise ship or a river cruise. River cruises aren't like the big cruise ship experiences you get in the Caribbean or Bahamas. The ships are small, but that just makes the experience more intimate.

Cruising the Amazon River will allow you to get up close and personal with creatures only found in this untamed wilderness. You'll be surrounded by the vibrant local culture and tribespeople, and immersed in rainforest foliage and plants. It truly is a unique way to experience the world's largest river.

River Nile

While we're on the topic of scenic river cruises, it's impossible not to mention the Nile River. Egypt's rich and ancient culture is one-of-a-kind, and what a way to experience it all while cruising this marvelous body of water. Cruisers tour the country on smaller cruise boats, with stops at the world-famous Egyptian monuments like the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, and more.

Perhaps the most fascinating of views on a Nile River cruise is the locals, tending to their daily lives in virtually the same way they have done for thousands of years. The ancient landscapes, coupled with a culture true to its history, is a rare spectacle to consume.
The benefit of taking a cruise to an unusual destination is two-fold. First, it allows you to experience unfamiliar territories with a certain measure of comfort, both in the cruise community around you and the resources made available to you. Second, it allows you to see a lot of that unusual place in a reasonable amount of time with minimal planning. If you've ever considered going to one of the travel destinations, a cruise could be the best way to experience everything that place has to offer. We hope you get the chance to visit some of these amazing destinations

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