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4 Unique Cruise Destinations

If you're considering a cruise, but looking for a different destination than the Bahamas... I get it. The Bahamas are beautiful and I highly recommend Bahamian cruises - often! But if you're looking for something a little different, I've got you covered!

4) New Zealand

The most popular places for boarding a cruise to New Zealand are Australia and the South Pacific. Adventure cruises bound for Antarctica also pass through here, as well as round-the-world cruises. New Zealand is blessed with a compact land mass, which means that each distinct region is within overnight sailing of each other. Whether you are after scenic beauty, interacting with endangered wildlife, learning about the culture, or indulging in gourmet delicacies, New Zealand cruises offer a variety of experiences and life-changing moments.

3) Mediterranean

Set sail on a dream vacation to the best places to visit in the Mediterranean. This region offers some of Europe's most classic cultural landmarks - stroll along the ancient cobblestones of Florence in Italy or Dubrovnik in Croatia, tour some of the architectural masterpieces like the Palace of Knossos on Crete or the Roman amphitheater in Pula, take in the stunning, volcanic island of Santorini with its blue and whitewashed towns, or sip a glass of wine on Italy's Amalfi Coast with its pastel-colored houses built into steep-sloping cliffs.

2) Russia

As far as unique cruises go, you can't do any better than Russia. St. Petersburg is one of the most impressive cities in the world. Marvel at the Baroque and neoclassical architecture on display within its UNESCO World Heritage historical center. Enjoy the relaxing charm of the Baltic Sea as you stroll along it. See the colorful variety of the city's sights and architecture on a canal tour. A Russian cruise will surely be one you'll remember for years to come.

1) Alaska

Filled with icy fjords that tower over the Pacific Ocean while snowy peaks stretch towards the horizon, Alaska feels simultaneously boundless and incredibly intimate as you watch eagles nesting along coastal forests. Embark on the journey of a lifetime with a multi-day Alaska cruise. This elegant and relaxing option for travel is among the most preferred for travelers to Alaska, especially for their first trip. Cruise ships offer convenience, a wide range of services, and the ultimate in relaxation. Cruisers unpack once and get to visit multiple communities and national parks without hauling bags around or dealing with logistics.

Kelly is an independent travel consultant and proud affiliate of Academy Travel and, an award-winning agency with over 25 years of booking magical vacations! Academy Travel is a Travel Leaders Network-designated President's Circle agency, which the highest possible recognition from the largest association of Travel Suppliers and Travel Agencies in the world.