Inside Passage, Alaska
Yes, you can see the ruggedly beautiful coastline of Alaska’s Inside Passage—complete with whale (and eagle and bear) sightings, and glacier calvings, and kayak tours—without giving up creature comforts. After a day in a National Park, what about a “Caviar on Ice” deck party, anyone? Now, that’s how to see the Last Frontier. Not only is this one of the best cruises in this part of the world, this is also a new experience, as the ship has just moved to Alaska for the first season there this month. Check out the 10 best cruise lines in the world.
Ship: Seabourn Sojourn
Where it Goes: Sails from Vancouver to Seward, stopping at Alaskan ports along the way.
Price: 11-day Alaska sailing starts at $3,499 per person double occupancy.
You can still cruise from America to the United Kingdom on one of the last great ocean liners, which makes regular sailings across the Atlantic Ocean. Best of all, the experience has many nods to the glamorous crossings of the past, from afternoon tea with white-gloved service to formal nights with dancing to an orchestra. On deck, you can still watch the horizon and sip bouillon in a teak lounge chair. In addition, the ship was recently refreshed and also has solo cabins for individual travelers. These are the best vacations everyone should take by themselves.
Ship: Cunard’s Queen Mary II
Where it Goes: This ship sails out of Brooklyn’s port in Red Hook to London’s port of Southampton, and doesn’t stop along the way as is crosses the Atlantic Ocean.
Price: 7-night sailings from New York City to Southampton start at $549 per person double occupancy.