Sometimes cruising is a good way to see the best of a country quickly, as these five stops prove...
From the limpid waters of the Bay of Islands in the north to the Fjordlands of the south, New Zealand has lots of wild pit stops, plus great harbourside cities to explore, from Dunedin and Wellington to Auckland.
2 MoroccoMany historic stops line Morocco’s fertile coast, from the artsy architecture of Tangier to colonial Casablanca and the spice-scented avenues of laidback Essaouira. A cultured sail.
An abundance of marine life is Belize’s main lure. Cruise tropical waters fringing palmcovered cayes and use your cruise as a jumping-off point (literally) to explore 300km of wild barrier reef. Plus, coastal hubs like Belize City are handy gateways to explore the country’s many Maya ruins.
The best views of Norway are surely from a ship. Cruise plunging fjords edged by snowtipped peaks; and for the truly intrepid, hop to the polar bearpacked tundra and glaciers of the Svalbard archipelago. Natural drama at its finest.
Indonesia is all islands, so a cruising adventure is ideal. Stop at wild Kalimantan, spy the primal glory of Komodo’s dragons, then head inland on Central Java to see the ancient ruins of Borobudur. Bliss.