This week, we're highlighting the not-so-typical cruise. Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean all offer fabulous cruise options, but these stand-out for offering something more. An experiential journey through the lands of ancient civilizations, reaching new levels of cultural awareness or an opportunity to immerse yourself in the most exotic locales, are among what you'll find on this list. #5 - Holland America - Total Solar Eclipse Cruise - Australia A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the sun and the Earth & the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. Holland America is offering a 14-night & 28-night itinerary through Australia & New Zealand where you will have a perfect view for this natural phenomenon. Holland America redefines classic cruising for a new generation. Passengers enjoy elegant fine dining & enriching activities as well as panoramic views & large staterooms. #4 - Paul Gauguin - Tahiti/South Pacific Are you looking for an exotic tropical location to celebrate an anniversary or honeymoon? The South Pacific Islands are just the place to go! Paul Gauguin Cruises sails year-round from Papeete and offers itineraries in the Society Islands, Cook Islands, Marquesas & Tuomotus. A few even venture off to Fiji or New Zealand. The onboard atmosphere is informal & unregimented, no formal evenings. There is a sports marina onboard & guests can windsurf, kayak & water ski on the beautiful blue waters. There are many restaurant choices, large cabins all with ocean-views & complimentary wines, spirits & champagne served throughout the ship. #3 - AmaWaterways - Africa Africa is different than other destinations; from its rivers, wildlife, sweeping plains and towering mountain peaks, the natural beauty imparts an appeal few can resist. An itinerary including a safari cruise and a land portion, make this an incredible way to journey through Africa. AmaWateways mission statement is to deliver an exceptional vacation experience to all guests. Onboard their elegant vessels, you are guaranteed everlasting memories and the journey of a lifetime. #2 - Aqua Expeditions - Amazon River Take a luxury cruise down the Amazon River in Peru and you will feel like you have been transported to a new natural world. You will have the opportunity to explore the remote areas of the Amazon River tributaries, see monkeys & birds along the jungle trail & go fishing on the beautiful lakes of the Amazon. There are daily excursions & all are led by experienced & trained naturalist guides who are fluent in English and French. Find new discoveries as you explore by water and on foot. #1 - Uniworld Boutique River Cruises - Vietnam & Cambodia Two countries, and two cultures linked by one river. The Mekong River has shaped these nations & you can experience for yourself the diverse contrast between the tranquility of Cambodia to the bustling feel of Vietnam. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises enhances your experience further with exquisite accommodations, award winning hospitality & gourmet cuisine onboard their luxurious five-star boutique hotel style river ships. Contact a Luxury Cruise & Vacation Expert to discuss any of the above cruises.
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