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Jun

The Great Explorers

by Alan Rider

Ancient_MapI know traditional cruises aboard humongous ocean liners are wildly popular but, honestly, their formal dress code, glitzy stage shows, and endless buffets really aren’t my thing.  I much prefer smaller ships that are able to go all sorts of places those floating cities can’t, while offering a much friendlier atmosphere and a more adventurous feel.

Which explains why this new around-the-world cruise aboard the 120-passenger Spirit of Oceanus caught my eye.  The folks at CruiseWest have come up with a 335-day itinerary they’re calling The Voyages of the Great Explorers that will follow the travels of Marco Polo, Odysseus, Leif Eriksson, Christopher Columbus, James Cook, and Magellan.  A fleet of inflatable Zodiacs and a long list of guest lecturers ups the adventure quotient.

The cruise departs from Singapore on March 6, 2010 and sails westward on its way to 242 ports of call in 59 countries.  If setting off on an 11-month cruise doesn’t quite mesh with your work schedule, don’t write the idea off as CruiseWest is also booking passengers on shorter segments of 10 to 20 days.  Either way, it sounds like a truly extraordinary experience.

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