Five must visit locations to take on during a round-the-world cruise
A world cruise is an experience unlike any other; no other means of travel enables you to take in such a rich variety of destinations, cultures and lifestyles with seamless ease. With such a diverse choice of places to visit, how do you know which deserve a place on your itinerary?
From the far corners of the globe to hidden gems, Fran Hayden, Marketing Assistant at ROL Cruise looks at the top 5 must visit locations that you simply cannot miss on your world cruise.
Honolulu is the paradisiacal destination that you’ve been dreaming of, combined with the vibrant heart that Hawaii is renowned for. This spirited capital more than earns its place on this list and is home to an abundance of breathtaking natural beauty, a dynamic city life and beguiling history. Here, your senses will ignite – for the sight, marvel at the stunning views of Diamond Head or view Iolani Palace; for the sound, soak up the bustling Chinatown arts district; for taste, dine on Hawaii’s finest and freshest ingredients, or sample some pan-Asian delights; for smell, be sure to visit the harbourfront and breath in the ocean breeze and finally, for touch – and perhaps the one that resonates most with a paradise destination – relish in the sand between your toes on Waikiki beach.
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If you are seeking a promise of the exotic in your world cruise, then you should ensure that Shanghai features on your itinerary. No other destination evokes as much culture, history, mystique or international prowess than this. With an intricate network of streets, from the Bund to the Old Town, it’s a city that begs to be explored. Yuyuan (Happiness Garden) is home to a collection of traditional Chinese architecture and provides an oasis amid a bustling city; the Shanghai Museum will open your eyes to a rich assortment of Chinese history; experience Shanghai’s sprawling metropolis from the world’s highest observatory in the World Financial Centre and relish in Michelin starred cuisine, or sup noodles from a street-food stall. Shanghai is the ‘Gateway to China’ and is the perfect addition to your world cruise itinerary.
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Much like the dance of the same name, ‘America’s Friendliest City’ is a lively, engrossing and charming place. Here, the old and the new rub shoulders and complement one another perfectly; founded in 1670 as ‘Charles Towne’ in honour of King Charles II, a vivid history exists in the streets, stately mansions and carriage rides of Charleston. Visit Middleton Place, the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon and Drayton Hall for a slice of authentic American past; eat your way through charming and ground-breaking restaurants and take the time to soak up this slice of the American ‘Deep South’ from your vantage point on Riley Waterfront Park.
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BAY OF ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND
A subtropical micro-region, the Bay of Islands is renowned for its abundance of activities and unparalleled wealth of beauty – but it is so much more than just a pretty face. As a place of enormous historical significance, a trip to the Mission House, the Stone Store and the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Birthplace of the Nation are a must. It was here that Māori first settled in their early migrations and is the birthplace of European colonisation in New Zealand. If you are a more of a thrill seeker than a history hunter, there are a whole variety of active pursuits to quench your adventure thirst; from kayaking to mountain biking, parasailing to scuba diving, there is something to suit everyone. But that’s not all – if you’re a nature lover then there are also opportunities to see dolphins and Orca whales.
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
From atop Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer looks down as the rhythms of Samba and a sense of joie de vivre provide a soundtrack for this quintessential Brazilian destination. Music, food and a lively atmosphere are the lifeblood of Rio de Janeiro and it doesn’t matter if you are strolling Copacabana beach, exploring stunning architecture, ascending Sugarloaf Mountain or sampling some authentic Brazilian cuisine – the unmistakeable aura of Carnival fills the air wherever you go. The Cidade Maravilhosa is the landfall on your world cruise that is guaranteed to welcome you with open arms and a warm embrace – before encouraging you out of your comfort zone and into experiences that you will never forget.
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