Snorkeling at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (watch the video) is possibly one of the treats of lifetime. Traipsing around Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay is another. Add to that visits to the famous landmarks or India, Arabia, Isreal and Bhutan and Kandy and you’ve got the makings for world cruise, which is exactly what upscale cruise operator Silversea is offering next year. As always the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based small luxury cruise company has created innovative and exotic itineraries for passengers who take the 115-day long World Cruise from Fort Lauderdale to Venice in 2016. For further enjoyment passengers are treated to all spirits and beverages, certain shore excursions, and seamless service with tips already taken care and no need to deal with. Of course you also get some amazing cruise cuisine, entertainment and all the jazz.
“Our destination experts have specially crafted an inventive selection of overland explorations to enhance our guests’ world cruise experience,” said Darius Mehta, Silversea’s vice president of air and land programs. “These unique programs blend together the luxury and comfort of fine lodgings with the authenticity of hands-on exciting adventures to reveal the amazing cultures, wildlife, and natural attractions that lie just beyond the ports of call.”
Here’s a trio of land options offered during Silversea’s World Cruise:
- Great Barrier Reef Retreat—one and a half days spent in one of the most idyllic places in the southern hemisphere, the luxurious Green Island Resort is located on an ancient coral cay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Its rainforest is home to over 120 species of native plants, colorful bird and marine life, and coral gardens. Guests may snorkel, take a stroll in the rainforest, gaze under the sea by glass-bottom boat, or simply relax.
- Angkor Wat! This one lasts two and half days and departs from Ho Ch Minh City with a return to the ship in Bangkok. Silversea describes it, “Between the 9th and 13th centuries, Angkor was the capital of the Khmer empire, a colossal city renowned for its superb architecture and sculptures, vast lakes and temples. Hidden in the jungles of Cambodia until the late 19th century, it’s one of the world’s greatest wonders, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”
- Legendary Mandalay—gives you a day and half on the Irrawaddy River is Myanmar’s former capital, the legendary city of Mandalay. Now the country’s second largest city, Mandalay is a rich cultural center famous for its monasteries, pagodas, temples, and the remains of its royal palace. The panoramic view from Mandalay Hill at sunset is an unforgettable experience.
Shore excursion fares start at $999 per person and can be found here. You can also Silversea at 1-800-722-9955.