The world is chock full of extraordinary sights that were created by nature, as well as humans. Deciding which ones to visit next or creating a bucket list is educational and exciting. It’s also quite challenging for inquiring minds. There are so many amazing places to explore – where to start? Well, if you want to travel by premium cruise, the highly-respected Conté Nast Traveler recently published an in-depth series on what it deems the “7 Cruise Wonders of the World.” Princess Cruises sails to all seven of them and along the journey, you’ll get to visit a host of additional wonders.
Seven Cruise Wonders of the World
Fiordland National Park, New Zealand – Sail into a world of surreal beauty, where the verdant flanks of snowcapped peaks plunge into the crystalline waters of ice-carved fjords. As you cruise New Zealand, you’ll learn about the Maori culture, see glowworms twinkle in underground caves, and see behind the movie camera on a Lord of the Rings tour.
Panama Canal, Panama – Traverse the waterway that shaped the course of history by linking the two mightiest oceans on the planet in an engineering feat that remains breathtaking to this day. While on a Princess cruise to this bucket list destination, you’ll also visit endless Caribbean beaches, pristine rainforests, and stroll the cobbled streets of colonial towns.
Shiretoko Peninsula, Japan – Embark on a magical tour that leads you through the wilds of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido, where a variety of whales make their home and the verdant coastline is nothing short of spectacular. But Princess will also help you experience the essence of the Japanese spirit by participating in a tea ceremony, a sushi class or watch a traditional Bunraku puppet show.
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska – Stunning glaciers, pristine waterways and watching for wildlife are a few of the things you experience while slowly cruising through dazzling Glacier Bay National Park. Princess’ award-winning North to Alaska program includes watching real lumberjacks in action, visiting sled dog puppies, and hearing stories about the Great Land’s gold rush history.
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Visit a South American icon high above the city with arms outstretched embracing all of the city’s citizens and visitors. Princess South America cruises also explore the charm of Buenos Aires, Argentina, dramatic 16th-century architecture in Montevideo, Uruguay, and Chile’s gateway to stunning Patagonia, Punta Arenas.
Trunk Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands – White powder sand beaches, perfect clear water, and sunny climes—it’s the island idyll we all long for. You can sail the Caribbean year-round with Princess – snorkel over a coral reef, zipline through a jungle or just spend a lazy day beneath swaying palm trees with a cocktail and a book.
Hagia Sofia, Istanbul, Turkey – This beautiful Byzantine cathedral (from 532 AD) hovers silently over its surroundings, as it has for the last 1500 years. You can also discover the timeless UNESCO-inscribed antiquities of Ephesus, Turkey; the Parthenon in Greece, and the Colosseum in Rome, Italy as you sail with Princess from the Aegean to the Mediterranean Sea.
As Conté Nast acknowledges, wonder is subjective. Without a doubt, these Seven Cruise Wonders of the World are amazing and deserve to be on your list. But if you find it difficult to narrow your list, why not choose a Princess voyage that makes it easy to experience these epic sights plus so much more along the way? For questions or assistance in planning your journey, contact your Covington Princess Cruises authority.