When you are looking to explore unique and intimate ports of call, look no further than small ship cruises. With under 600 passengers, ships are small enough to sail into areas that big ships can't even dream of. But don't be fooled - small ships offer big and unforgettable experiences. Here are eight destinations that have caught our attention.
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A destination on many a bucket list are the islands of the South Pacific. The Cook Islands, Fiji, Tahiti - all ultimate dream vacations of a lifetime. Beautiful islands, crystal blue waters, above and below water adventures, relaxation, and of course romance!
I have been fortunate to visit Tahiti, and I must admit, it truly is a dreamy place. All that and then some!
Beyond the sheer beauty of the islands, here are some fun facts about Tahiti:
Looking for "Fun In The Sun" on a cruise getaway but want something different, more unique, than a big ship experience? A small ship cruise, and more specifically a sail ship experience, might just be the ticket.
Imagine gliding through beautiful turquoise waters, sails billowing in the wind. Leave behind the crowds, explore small enchanting ports, walk on white sandy beaches, swim in crystal clear lagoons, play with water toys from the sports deck.
Sound intriguing? Have I piqued your interest? Read on!
It's "Shark Week" again on the Discovery Channel! I can't say I watch all the shows. With titles like "Jaws of the Deep", "Air Jaws: Night Stalker", "Shark Bait" and "Deadliest Sharks", not sure how well I'd sleep after watching one of these episodes. But the intrigue is certainly there.
I do watch some, though, because I am fascinated by these creatures. Someday I'll check off that bucket list item of swimming with them. I got this idea in my head while in Tahiti a few years ago. The islands offer some fantastic opportunities to dive with sharks - black tipped reef sharks, lemon sharks - the "friendly" ones, mind you. Not like the big guy above.
I was sailing on the most wonderful Paul Gauguin. Listening to the dive master and passengers who went on the various dives, I was inspired to some day get scuba certified and explore the beautiful wonders of the seas. I love to snorkel, but that only takes one so far.