Best of the Best 2018 - 34
4. DO YOU WANT TO SEE IT ALL?
Sailings that encompass vast regions and whole seasons can
write your life's next chapter.
* TAKE A SABBATICAL
Spend about half a year aboard Crystal's 848-passenger Symphony. This
114-day journey takes in 27 countries and 47 ports, from tribal villages
in Papua New Guinea to dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong; from the
mosques of Kuala Lumpur to tea plantations in Sri Lanka; and from the
pyramids of Egypt to the UAE's skyscrapers. It's one trip that truly earns
the moniker "voyage."
Legend at sea.
5. DO YOU LIKE THE
* EASTERN EXPLORATIONS
Visit 33 East Asian ports aboard Windstar's Star Legend yacht on a 56day route. The 212-passenger vessel stops in on Miyakojima, Japan's whitesand and blue-water paradise, and the Philippines for Kayangan Lake,
accessed via an arduous stone stair climb and a cave.
The Grand Staircase of Oceania
These natural encounters let you heed
the call of the wild.
Breathtaking views are the
norm in a Design Suite on Aqua
Expeditions' Aria Amazon.
6. ARE YOU SEEKING
See destinations through the eyes of local innovators
and respected experts.
Join wildlife icon Jean-Michel Cousteau aboard an
Aqua Expeditions vessel on the Amazon and Mekong
Rivers. Take guided kayak tours along quiet jungle
routes to talk conservation and ecosystems, and
enjoy relaxed onboard chats for Cousteau's top photo
and videography tips.
* DEEP DIVES
Get intimate with the sea life of the Galápagos with
Lindblad, whose trips include near-daily snorkeling
excursions, revealing schools of fish, sea lions and
green sea turtles. Advanced scuba divers can sign
up for one of the new deep-sea excursions on the
96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour II.
* SIPS OF MADEIRA
Explore Madeira's capital of Funchal on an exclusive Virtuoso
Voyages excursion from Oceania's 1,250-passenger Riviera, during a round-trip Barcelona sailing. Ride a cable car to the hilltop
village of Monte, where you can take in the churches and palaces
before trying out the carros de cesto, wicker toboggans that
zoom you down the hill to Livramento. You'll also visit a wine cellar to savor the nuances of the island's famous sweet elixir, and
relax over a wine-pairing lunch at Belmond Reid's Palace Hotel.
* INTELLECTUAL PURSUITS
Sail French Polynesia with Paul Gauguin Cruises to delve beyond
the beautiful shores. Onboard hosts include an archaeologist expert in the petroglyphs and ancient ceremonial structures of the
Marquesas, and an art historian with no fewer than seven books
published on the cruise line's namesake.