Travel insights from Jenna Buege, contributing editor of The Compass

Cruising Off-the-Beaten-Path

Sure, travelers are guaranteed to have a great time hopping on a boat with the destination set for a sunny beach somewhere along the shores of Mexico. But sometimes the only way to fulfill one’s wanderlust is with something a little more unique, something off-the-beaten-path. These destinations might not be the first thing travelers think of when they hear the word “cruise” but they should be. Here are of the most notable lesser-known destinations accessible by ship around the world.

Egypt

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Once reserved for queens and pharaohs, travelers can live like royalty as they explore the wonders of Egypt via cruise. A variety of cruise lines such as Uniworld and Azamara offer multi-day trips down the Nile River where travelers can marvel at the creations of civilizations past. The Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Temple of Edfu, Karnak Temple, and of course, the world-famous Pyramids of Giza are a few of the many notable sights cruisers can enjoy during their Nile River adventure.

Australia

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Send travelers to the Land Down Under for a cruising adventure like none other. Australia is home to an abundance of cruise ports, the most popular of which are in the cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne. After docking in their chosen city, travelers can enjoy the many sights unique to the area such as the Great Barrier Reef, wild kangaroos and koalas, beautiful national parks. They can also have a chance to interact with Aboriginal Australians, the oldest living civilization. Lots of cruise lines offer trips to Australia and New Zealand including Silversea, Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line.

The North Pole

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Do you know of any travelers who just can’t get enough of winter and cold weather? Look no further than an adventure to the North Pole with Quark Expeditions where traveler can literally cruise to the top of the world. This once-in-a-lifetime experience starts with a night in Helsinki before departing north to the Russian port of Murmansk where travelers will board a nuclear ice breaker ship. Then begins the journey through giant ice sheets and chilly waters to the tippy-top of the globe.

Cambodia

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Street markets, ancient temples and architectural sites, white-sand beaches and impressive mountains make Cambodia one of our favorite unexpected cruise destinations. Visitors will arrive at the Port of Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s only cruise port, where free shuttles are provided to the town center. After arriving in town, travelers can explore popular tourist destinations like Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Koh Ker and Banteay Srei. The town of Phnom Penh is also home to the Choeung Ek Genocidal Center where travelers can pay their respects to former political prisoners once kept by the Khmer Rouge. Travelers can book trips to Cambodia through a variety of cruise lines including Avalon Waterways and Viking River Cruises.

Peru

Most known for the awe-inspiring Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, Peru is another top destination accessible by cruise. There are a few ports of call in Peru, but visitors are likely to dock at the port of Callao due to its close proximity to Lima, the country’s capital. Popular attractions in-destination include the famous Nazca Lines, Lima city tours, the Temple of Pachacamac and the Museo Larco. Get your clients there with Celebrity Cruises or Princess Cruises.

South Africa

Breathtaking landscapes, exotic creatures and bustling cities, South Africa is a cruise destination that travelers won’t want to miss. Cape Town is the second largest metro area in South Africa and is home to one of the world’s most beautiful harbors. Passengers docking in Cape Town can explore the many local attractions such as Table Mountain, Victoria Falls, Cape Point Nature Reserve and Robben Island. South Africa is also famous for its wine tasting and winery tours making it a great destination for oenophiles (the fancy term for wine lovers) around the world. Travelers can book cruises to South Africa through Oceania Cruises, Virgin Holidays Cruises and more.

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