Bucket List Vacations
Sometimes it is fun to sit back and imagine those travel experiences that would land on your ultimate list of vacations. In recent years, the concept of a travel Bucket List has people around the world contemplating the places and experiences that they do not want to miss. Here are a list of 5 that we think everyone should consider, or at least day dream about for awhile!
#5 - Crystal Cruises - 89-Night Full World Cruise
Climb aboard the luxurious Crystal Serenity and you will immediately understand what sets the experience apart from cruising on a mass-market or contemporary cruise line. From the lavish attention to every detail and world-class pampering to a level of personal attention that will leave you delighted and amazed, Crystal's annual World Cruise is the ultimate in cruising. Enjoy the finest accommodations, gourmet dining from some of the most celebrated culinary artists, enrichment programs & activities, and service that prides itself on knowing what you need and when you will need it.
Experience all this and more onboard Crystal Serenity as you cruise the world. Starting in Los Angeles, you will visit ports in Hawaii, Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, South Africa, Namibia, Gulf of Guinea, Ghana, Portugal and England. Truly the ultimate cruise experience!
#4 - Antarctica
Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. Spanning 5.4 million square miles, it is the fifth-largest continent and is nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered in ice at least 1 mile in thickness. It is the coldest, windiest, driest continent, and has the highest average elevation of all continents. The temperature in Antarctica can reach -89c.
A great way to explore the beauty and majesty of this icy frontier is onboard Silverseas Cruises Silver Explorer. Enjoy a 10, 12 or 17-night cruise that all include ocean-view suites with butlers, complimentary beverages and gratuities, open-seating dining, 24-hour room service and complimentary Zodiac & shore excursions. Silverseas Cruises is offering special promotions which can include air fare or specially priced airfare, onboard spending credits and more!
#3 - Variety Yachts - Private Chartered Yachts
Live the jet set life on a private yacht charter in the South of France, the Mediterranean or Greece. Variety Cruises is a top choice with a wide range of vessel sizes to choose from. From romantic sunset cruises to adventure getaways, family outings and much more, Variety makes yachting easy and fun. Since your private yacht will be your home away from home, Variety Cruises wants you to feel as pampered and comfortable as possible. The staff will help you customize your itinerary, excursions, entertainment and cuisine.
For those that do not have a group big enough to consider a charter, Variety offers regular cruises that take advantage of the small size of its ships and get you into ports that regular cruise lines cannot access. Whether you charter the whole yacht or just book a suite, the experience is amazing!
#2 - Kingdom of Bhutan, South Asia
Located at the eastern end of the Himalayas and bordered to the south, east and west by the Republic of India and to the north by the People's Republic of China, lies the Kingdom of Bhutan. Bhutan's landscape ranges from subtropical plains in the south to the sub-alpine Himalayan heights in the north, with some peaks exceeding 23,000 feet. Bhutan remains true to its cultural, social and spiritual traditions. A visit here provides wonderful insight into life in the Himalayas as it always has been. For this reason alone, Bhutan is viewed as one of the last great travel destinations remaining in the entire world today.
Within the western and central valleys of Bhutan lies Amankora, which gets its name from aman meaning "peace" in Sanskrit and kora or "circular pilgrimage" in Dzongkha, the Bhutanese language. Amankora is a series of lodges scattered throughout Bhutan's beautiful valleys, each with its own character and setting. Amanresorts can plan a tailor-made all-inclusive journey to best experience all that Bhutan has to offer with their resorts in Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Gangtey or Bumthang.
#1 - Cuba
After the Cuban Revolution, the island of Cuba became cut off from its traditional market by an embargo and a travel ban was imposed on United States citizens visiting Cuba. Policy changes made earlier this year by President Obama, designed to encourage more contact between Americans and citizens of the Communist-ruled island, allowed the Treasury Department to start granting licenses to allow travel opportunities for Cuba-bound visitors.
Connect with Cuba's cultural heritage, meet the local people and gain knowledge of this country with tours by Abercrombie & Kent, Insight Tours and Tauck Tours. While traveling with these tour companies, you will have the opportunity to interact directly with the people of Cuba, learn the culture and the arts, and learn about Afro-Cuban traditions and community spirit. One of our Experts is in Cuba right now experiencing the country as it is today. We will feature an in-depth article on her personal experience when she returns to the United States.
Contact a Luxury Cruise & Vacation Expert to discuss any of the above vacations.