One of my friends mentioned she loved cruises, but she wasn’t going on any more cruises because she had already been to just about everywhere in the Caribbean. I told her there are so many other places to see outside the Caribbean! That got me thinking . . . if I could go on a cruise right now, outside the Caribbean, where would I go?
- Galapagos: The Galapagos Islands, a province of Ecuador, are made up of more than 10 different islands. Almost all the animals you’ll find on these islands cannot be found anywhere else. This would definitely be a photo op of a lifetime!
- Mediterranean: Ahhh, the turquoise splendor of the Greek Isles, the vineyards of Provence, the energy of Barcelona. Venice, Croatia and Athens are just a few of the amazing stops on a Mediterranean cruise.
- Europe: Madeira, Portugal; Lisbon, Portugal; and Monte-Carlo, Monaco. all look gorgeous!
- Africa: On an African cruise, you might visit destinations such as Mozambique, Madagascar, Cape Town, Seychelles, Egypt and Port Elizabeth. I can’t imagine the awe of traveling down the Nile River!
- Antarctica: While cruising along icy vistas, curious seals, whales and penguins may come out to play. I would imagine it might feel like you’re on another planet surrounded by all those glaciers, and the Southern Lights at night.
- Hawai’i: Perfect for someone who likes tropical locales but has already done the Caribbean islands!
Now, I just can’t wait to book a cruise!
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