Take your vacation to the next level with a cruise to unforgettable ports.

Guest Contributor September 24, 2019

For many people travelling is counted among life's most rewarding experiences. We expand our horizons as we venture across unfamiliar terrains, explore different cultures and experience new adventures. Of course, in recent times a lot of us have come to treasure the added reward of capturing and sharing photos of our travels with our friends, families, and connections on social media. 

People love to showcase the destinations they've visited and sights they've seen to preserve the memories, start conversations, and maybe even make their friends a little bit jealous. It's fun. Most of the world's most instagrammed places, however, aren't actually that interesting to share with others. These include Times Square in New York and the Las Vegas Strip. Fine spots, sure. But it is difficult to have an original experience – or take a unique photo – in places that so many people visit. 

You can do better than that! A cruise vacation allows you to visit a variety of ports, islands, cities or towns all in a single trip. There are cruises you can book right now that will take you to some of the world's most beautiful, legendary, and off-the-beaten path destinations in luxury and style. You'll be able to capture photos of ancient cities, towering waterfalls, and magnificent coastlines while enjoying it all in the comfort that comes from having your own top-notch stateroom along the way and the hospitality provided by a dedicated crew. 

Here are just some of the amazing spots you can tour from the deck of a ship and explore on land excursions. 

The Mekong River.  

Just imagine experiencing a cruise along one of the world's largest rivers, the Mekong, winding its way from the Tibetan plateaus of China’s Yunnan province, through the rainforests, plains and rice fields of five Southeast Asian countries before meeting the South China Sea. 

On the banks of the Mekong you'll pass by some of the most historically, culturally and ecologically rich landscapes on Earth. The sagas of ancient empires, colonial powers and modern conflicts have unfolded along these shores. Temples, trade routes and fishing villages along the river remain untouched by time. Travellers can visit historic palaces and temples, browse colourful markets and artisan workshops, and hike through breathtaking landscapes. 

AmaWaterways offers a Mekong river cruise from the lively Ho Chi Minh City, once known as the “Pearl of the Orient,” to the charming small city of Kampong Cham in Cambodia. 

Think of the memories – and photo opportunities – you'll create as you experience the heritage of the region with visits to rural villages, historic pagodas and bustling local markets. Be treated to a special blessing by monks in a Buddhist monastery, and witness skilled artisans creating exquisite handicrafts and delicacies. 

At many destinations along the way, you’ll be free to choose from a variety of outings and excursions to suit your tastes, all while sailing on a luxury ship with critically acclaimed dining and onboard amenities. 

Hawaii.

Want to capture breathtaking photos of the Earth's most spectacular scenery? Hawaii is hard to beat. These islands are home to every climate zone on Earth from rainforest to desert to tundra, along with towering waterfalls, beautiful beaches and even an active volcano.

From relaxing on the sand lapped by turquoise waters, to hiking through epic landscapes or enjoying the Polynesian culture at a beachside luau, a cruise through the Hawaiian Islands will make for some unforgettable experiences – and unbelievable photos. 

Royal Caribbean offers a variety of Hawaiian cruises with stops at the bustling ports of Oahu and Maui, and excursions to explore Kuai, the Big Island and more. Experience the journey in comfort and style as you retreat from the day's adventures to your luxury stateroom on a ship that offers an amazing array of dining options, amenities and activities to make your trip complete. 

Tahiti and the Social Islands.

Want to make your friends and family really jealous when your vacation photos appear in their social media feed? Consider a cruise to Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the Social Islands of French Polynesia. 

These beautiful islands are the stuff of legends. Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia, has a mountainous interior to explore that is adorned with mystical valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls. The coastline is ringed with white sandy beaches on clear blue ocean waters. The bustling capital of Papeete boasts world-class resorts, spas, fine dining and unique restaurants, nightclubs, and vibrant markets. So, whether you're looking for culinary experiences and nightlife or just to get away from it all, Tahiti is your port of call. And that's only the first stop. 

The nearby island of Moorea is ringed by a bright blue lagoon leading up to soft sand beaches that frame the volcanic mountain ranges beyond. Hiking trails allow visitors to explore this tropical paradise at their own pace.  

Just a short hop away is the lush, romantic island of Bora Bora. One of the most beautiful spots anywhere, Bora Bora is surrounded by a large multicoloured blue and turquoise lagoon and a circle of small islands, called motus, around its coral reef.

You can visit these islands and more with a voyage on an authentic sailing ship offered by Windstar Cruises.  Sail from island to island, visit tropical ports and beaches, and immerse yourself in local, exotic cultures, all on a beautiful ship designed to surprise and delight travellers. You'll experience the exotic Tahitian islands you've only dreamt about on a vessel that is almost as photogenic as the scenery. Truly the trip of a lifetime. 

Transatlantic Crossing.

Sometimes the journey is the destination – and it can be just as romantic. You can still experience the voyage from Europe to North America with a transatlantic sail much like the travellers of over 100 years ago. Just imagine embarking your ship in the historic port city of Southampton, England and not stepping on land again until you dock in New York. 

Cunard offers this classic sail aboard the Queen Mary 2, the world's only true ocean liner still travelling the high seas. Life onboard is refined. Conversation takes place over cocktails, and dinner is served at linen-covered tables by waiters wearing white cotton gloves. The photos you take of your journey seeming to capture time travel as well as travel, as you voyage in the manor of the rich and famous from a bygone era. Enjoy fine dining, theatre, dancing, and an array of other activities and events while you cross the pond in style. 

Create – and share – the experiences of a lifetime with a cruise vacation to some of the world's most spectacular destinations. 

With more than 55 years of planning incredible vacations, CAA’s over 200 passionate Travel Consultants know the ins and outs of cruising. Call us at: 1-855-660-2292 and let us help you arrange your epic sail today!

Source: The World's Most Instagrammed Places.