If you want all the excitement of visiting multiple locations on the high seas but without all the palaver of luxury service, these non-cruises are just what you’ve been looking for.
Travel by cargo ship!
Don’t worry; you won’t be living out of a box. In fact, you’ll get your own comfy cabin and hearty Scandinavian meals every night. For six nights and $1,499, you can stop off at some of the most beautiful and untouched cities in the world, or stay-on and experience the whole twelve day circuit.
Lindblad Expeditions (Worldwide)
These small ships are supported by the National Geographic, so you can imagine that you’re going to get up-close-and-personal with some of the world’s most fantastic wildlife. You’ll get to see giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, howler monkeys, tree sloths, and whales, to name a few species you’ll discover on your trip.
Superb guides are on hand to list off interesting facts and discuss the environment of every country you stop off at. From Mexico to Antarctica, there is so much to look forward to for the budding naturalist. Every single cabin has its own bath and you can expect some first-class meals, made with local ingredients.
If you’re looking for the cruise experience but with a swashbuckling twist, you can board one of Star Clippers turn-of-the-century ships, with its real sails. You can choose between queen and king sized beds in comfortable rooms with private baths.
There’s no possibility of getting scurvy on this ship with three-star Michelin chef Jean-Marie Meulien’s contribution to your evening meals. For further information, look for cheap cruise deals.
French Country Waterways (France)
Can’t get enough of French wine and cheese? This noncruise holiday may put you to the test. This small barge is the antithesis of a cruise liner, although you will have your own Parisian trained chef on board. Enjoy the gorgeous French countryside the easy way and take a stroll alongside the boat when you want to stretch your legs. You can even dine at a Michelin-star restaurant one of the evenings.
SeaDream Yacht Club (Caribbean, Greek Isles, Mediterranean)
Ever dreamt of owning your own yacht? This is the next best thing. You can glide into ports which big ships just can’t access. There’s no need for ties, but this is a suave ship with serious pampering facilities. The Yacht Club is famous for its champagne and caviar beach barbeques, as well as its on board equipment; there are mountain bikes, jet skis, and a whole range of fancy toys to play with. Everyone has their own modest cabin with ocean-views, mini-bars, and flat screen TVs.
Some fantastic chefs are on board, and they know all the best places to shop in port for the most tantalising ingredients. If you’re vegetarian, you don’t have to worry about being catered for because that’s already taken care of. You can enjoy your meal whilst a professional plays piano music.