Friday December 6, 2013
Iguazu National Park
in Brazil is a great side trip for cruise travelers visiting Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, or Rio de Janeiro.
The park surrounds the Iguazu River dividing Brazil and Argentina. Although the 275 huge waterfalls are the major attraction, both parks have an extensive network of hiking trails and a rain forest park with a diverse ecosystem. The tropical park and walkways are often hot and wet, so be sure to take along rain gear and sunscreen.
The Argentine side of Iguazu Falls provides a more intimate look at the falls, whereas the Brazilian side provides a better panoramic view. Both are terrific, although very different.
Iguazu Falls and Iguazu National Park in Brazil
Iguazu Falls from Brazil (c) Linda Garrison
Thursday December 5, 2013
Dominica is a beautiful volcanic island in the eastern Caribbean, with many shore excursions
that revolve around outdoor activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, and rafting
One very interesting shore excursion option is to visit the Soufriere area of Dominica
south of Rouseau and snorkel above a geothermal vent that produces warm bubbles--it is like snorkeling in a champagne glass
More Shore Excursion Options on Dominica
Champagne Snorkeling in Dominica (c) Linda Garrison
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Cruising on the beautiful Seven Seas Mariner
luxury ship can add much to the magnificent experiences you will have in Alaska.
I sailed on the Seven Seas Mariner from Seward, Alaska southward down Alaska's Gulf Coast and through the Inside Passage of Alaska before disembarking in Vancouver. This seven-day Alaska itinerary
was a combination of wonderful service and amenities onboard along with remarkable adventures and sights ashore in Alaska.
Seven Seas Mariner in Alaska (c) Linda Garrison
Tuesday December 3, 2013
Un-Cruise Adventures is a small ship Alaska cruise line. I sailed on one of the company's active-adventure ships, the 76-passenger Wilderness Discoverer
, and loved the flexibility of the Inside Passage itinerary, the enthusiasm and skill of the crew, and the experiences I shared with my fellow passengers.
Our 7-night cruise from Ketchikan to Juneau included all the things those who travel to Southeast Alaska hope to see and do. We saw humpback whales bubble-net feeding (twice!), orcas, dozens of eagles, and many other types of wildlife. In addition, we got close to a glacier on a small boat, hiked in the rain forest and across the muskeg, and kayaked in quiet coves inaccessible to large ships.
Southeast Alaska is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in the world, and can best be enjoyed by water. A small ship like the Wilderness Discoverer is a perfect alternative for those who don't think they would enjoy a large ship cruise experience or who love activities like small boating, hiking, and kayaking.
More on the Un-Cruise Adventures Wilderness Discoverer
Wilderness Discoverer (c) Linda Garrison