a myriad of Experiences Await in the Americas and the Caribbean Islands

Sailing through the Caribbean and the Americas means experiencing the considerable differences in culture, lifestyle, and natural wonders of each country.

The Caribbean is a collection of islands from Aruba and Antigua to St. Martin and Puerto Rico, each of which has a unique culture, lifestyle, and language left from the early inhabitants who arrived from France, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, and Africa; but the infamous Caribbean relaxed vibe is common to all. The countries that make up Central America, which links North and South America, have fascinating histories and gorgeous landscapes. History buffs will love to explore the ruins of ancient societies including the Maya, Aztec, and Olmec, while more adventurous types will enjoy the tropical forests of Costa Rica. Travel through the Panama Canal to marvel at its amazing design.

couple-1030744__340.jpg A cruise around North and South America will treat you to a wide range of breathtaking landscapes as well as many attractions built by both ancient and modern societies. Moving North to Canada, you can explore Quebec City to feel its French atmosphere, or the Viking colony L’Anse aux Meadows, which dates back to the 11th century.

In the U.S., stops along the east coast will take you to famous American cities, or sail along the west coast to see the magnificent glaciers in Alaska. But that’s simply the beginning.

In Brazil, tour the jungles along the Amazon River or the dazzling beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Valparaiso, Chile is worth a stop to see the quintessential colorful homes on the steep hillsides and the stunning natural beauty of the country’s massifs and fjords. Be taught how to do the Tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Keep going south all the way to Antarctica to enjoy the stunning snow-filled landscape.

Attractions of the Mediterranean

It is said that coastal Europe was the birthplace of present day civilization, including democracy, science, art, and wine.

You can explore the history of the “Old World” along its coastlines. You will not want to leave once you have experienced the beauty of the Greek Islands and Santorini, worshipped the sun on the sandy beaches of Italy and Spain, and seen up close the historical attractions of Jerusalem and Greece. Ancient Rome is still visible in the city’s Pantheon and Colosseum, and the dramatic St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City is a must-see.

Fans of architectural design will enjoy a stop in Barcelona to see Antoni Gaudi’s memorable work. Wine and food lovers will be grateful for the opportunity to stop in some of the world’s principal wine-producing regions: Port in Portugal, Chianti in Italy, and Provence in France. ` Take a gondola ride and get serenaded in Venice’s beautiful labyrinth of canals.

In Croatia, travelers can visit the ancient walled city of Dubrovnik, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. You will be encouraged to go back and read your old history books when you visit Europe.

The 10 Very Best Castle Tours

The castles spread out throughout European represent a great part of history. These incredible buildings have outlasted conflicts, fires, generations and continue to stand.

From the Islands in Greece to the cliffs in Scotland, every single castle has a remarkable history, and some may even have some ghosts lurking about. Though all were created from brick and stone, they each represent history differently and continue to amaze to this day. Get in touch with history by exploring homes where kings and queens once lived and you might even feel some of that royalty yourself, if even for a day.

These castles should be incorporated into every schedule. 1.Mont Saint-Michel beach-1826722__340.jpg Considered one of medieval architecture's greatest achievements is Mont Saint Michel near Normandy, France. 2.Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Castle, positioned on Castle Rock, is a regal fortress that reigns over the capital of Edinburgh. Though having gone through various sieges, assaults, control for power and murders, Edinburgh Castle has endured through the years. 3. Neuschwanstein Castle

On a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in Southwestern Bavaria, Germany, stands the 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace, best-known as Neuschwanstein Castle. Commissioned by King Ludwid II, this majestic home was designed for the famous opera composer, Richard Wagner, and paid for with his private funds as well as loans. 4.Glamis Castle

Glamis Castle sits next to the district of Glamis in Angus, Scotland. It is the home of the Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and can be visited. It is also known to be more haunted than any other palace in Scotland.

5. Windsor Castle With a statue of Queen Victoria and millions of visitors per year, Windsor Castle is the official personal home of the royal British family in Berkshire.

At nine hundred years old, Britain's Windsor Castle is the greatest active palace and oldest noble home ever. 6.Château de Chambord

The castle of Chambord in France is the grandest of the Loire fortresses. It was built between 1519 and 1547 neighboring the river Cosson, a tributary river of Beuvron and it streams into the Loire.

UNESCO identified it a World Heritage location in the year 1981. 7. Hampton Court Palace Hampton Court Palace, in Herefordshsire, England, was made well-known by Henry VIII in the 16th century, as it was one of his principle properties.

Nowadays, tourists can tour the beautiful gardens and take in the enjoyable weather.

8. Prague Castle

Prague Castle in the beginning acted as a political and spiritual facility for a country fighting for change.

9.St. Michael's Mount boat-1867236__340.jpg St. Michaels Mount, is found in Cornwall, England, and is a historical palace currently owned by the National Trust.

There is sole one way to get there; by traversing over the causeway during low tide.

10. Leeds Castle Leeds Castle was established in the sixteenth century in Kent, England, for Henry VIII's 1st wife, Catherine of Aragon.

The Extraordinary Diversity Present on the Continent of Africa.

A cruise along the coasts of the African continent will allow you to retrace the path of early Dutch, British, German, and Portuguese explorers. The diverse cultures established by ancient tribal traditions and colonialism are intriguing to compare when you stop in places such as Senegal, Mozambique, Madagascar, and Mauritius.

From South Africa’s green mountains to the desert land of Namibia, there is something for everyone.

Off the coast of Tanzania is Zanzibar, also known as “Spice Island”, which is renown for its production of saffron.

Asia Offers a Broad Array of Things to Do and See

Bustling, vibrant Hong Kong is a center for fashion, food, banking, and trade in Asia. To experience some of Thailand’s most iconic scenery, beaches, and culture, be sure to arrange a visit to Phuket, its largest island.

Known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”, Cochin (or Kochi) in India’s Kerala state, showcases beautiful old cultural icons including a Jewish community with 7 synagogues dating back to the 12th century and the Church of St. Francis, built by Portuguese settlers in 1503. Jordan’s Petra, a designated UNESCO World Heritage City, was given the nickname “Rose City” thanks to the color of the rock used to create it. The diversity of the planet is yours to experience – from lush jungles to vibrant cities, from historic landmarks to breathtaking panoramas – when you sail the globe on a luxury cruise.

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