4 Exciting Cruising Destinations

by Kim on May 17, 2017

Why choose a vacation destination and stay for a week or two, when cruising allows a traveler to move from place to place without the stress or hassle of arranging local transportation? There are stunning cruising destinations all over the world (too many to name), including some of the best Fred Olsen cruises that take travelers to remote and beautiful destinations all over the globe. Below are a few popular cruising destinations.

Milford Sound, New Zealand


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Milford Sound is a fiord in New Zealand’s south island carved by glaciers during the Ice Age and boasts some of the most stunning landscapes on earth. Though one of the rainiest places in the world (it rains 200 days a year), the threat of a bit of water should not stop you from visiting this amazing place. Mountains climb right out of the ocean and seals, dolphins and whales inhabit the waters. Because of the rain, Milford Sound is filled with lush flora and fauna and glows in an otherworldly green and waterfalls tumble with ferocity straight over rocky cliffs. Writer Rudyard Kipling called Milford Sound the “eighth wonder of the world,” and you may just leave this beautiful place feeling the same way.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

There are few places in the world as biologically diverse as the Galapagos Islands, named for the giant tortoises that occupied the islands. Over 1,900 unique species live here. When Charles Darwin visited in 1835 he noted small differences in similar species from island to island and this eventually informed his theory of evolution. From penguins to blue footed boobies, large lizards languishing lazily in the sun to sea lions (called the “golden retrievers of the Galapagos”) flopped on white sand beaches; visitors today are impressed by the abundant wildlife. The isolated location of the islands, as well as the tight regulations, has kept the Galapagos pristine. Cruisers hop from island to island, and a new treasure awaits them each time they land.

Costa Rica 

Travelers looking for a mix of stunning mountain hikes and pristine laid-back beaches, diverse wildlife and friendly and welcoming local people need to look no further than Costa Rica. This Central American gem prides itself on attracting people from all over the world to enjoy their “ecotourism,” because in Costa Rica the natural world is the main attraction. World famous natural wonders like the Monteverde Cloud Forest, world-renowned hot springs, active volcanoes and mangrove swamps will keep the adventurous visitor busy for days. Those that want to dip their toes in beautiful beaches will find what they want in Costa Rica too, as the country has beaches on both the Caribbean and Pacific waters.

Alaska, USA

There is something nearly mythical about Alaska, a remote and sparsely populated US state home to bears, bald eagles and spawning salmon. Cruising Alaska is a joy for wildlife and nature lovers, as cruisers can take in snowcapped mountains and towering Sitka Spruces from the deck of the ship as well as catch a glimpse of whales (and perhaps even spot a Kodiak bear on the shoreline). Stops in small towns like Homer (considered an art hub) or Anchorage (Alaska’s largest city) give the visitor a good mix of culture and nature, but its truly the natural world that will hold on to the traveler long after she has returned home.