LAND AND SEA UNITED
Tours add to the cruise experience
Considering a cruise but keen to spend some quality time exploring a destination as well? A cruise tour might be the answer. Helloworld Travel has identified this form of travel by land and sea as a growing trend for 2019.
“Many cruise lines now offer Cruise Tours, which is when passengers add a land tour either before or after their cruise,” Helloworld marketing executive Dannielle Brown says. “This allows people to truly experience the destination as they are able to have a more enriched experience and discover more about each city.”
Dannielle says cruise passengers are looking for a more immersive, outof-the-ordinary experience. A number of cruise lines now combine extended touring options in conjunction with their cruises, such as combining an Alaskan cruise with a rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer through Canada. Here are some cruise lines offering interesting itineraries.
SILVERSEA LAND PROGRAMS
Silversea offers a series of immersive pre- or post- cruise land programs. In Myanmar, for example, Silversea programs include a three- and fournight trip to Inle Lake to discover the culture of the tiny stilt villages, and floating gardens and markets. Alternatively, a four-night land tour takes guests to three former capital cities: Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan.
Silversea also offers a Couture Collection – pre- and post-cruise extensions, custom-curated for elite travellers. Exclusive amenities include a private helicopter service and accommodation in boutique hotels, lodges and private tents.
“We know guests aren’t interested in simply visiting a destination, they want to immerse themselves fully,” says Adam Armstrong, managing director Australia and New Zealand, Silversea Cruises. SILVERSEA.COM
AZAMARA CITY STAYS
Promising a truly immersive experience, Azamara Club Cruises has led the way in highlighting the allure of lingering in port. Its City Stays deals offer curated travel experiences. You might uncover the secret to making pillowy gnocchi outside Rome or discover the lost art of cigar rolling in Miami’s Little Havana.
On its nine-night Cuba sailing you can book into a three-night Miami Stay pre-cruise. Explore Little Havana with a cultural anthropologist, and go on a graffiti art tour of the Wynwood Arts District before making your own work of art. Take an exclusive tour of Miami’s Art Deco scene before lunch in one of the city’s hippest diners.
The Miami stay includes three nights’ lodgings, select meals, transportation from the airport to the hotel, and to the port of Miami ready to embark the ship. AZAMARACLUBCRUISES.COM
SEE CROATIA BY SEA AND COACH
After a journey on one of Croatian small ship cruise company Katarina’s 60 ships, experience Croatia by land. Its nine-day Croatia Rhapsody coach tour from Zagreb to Dubrovnik takes in five UNESCO sites and offers wine tastings and gourmet experiences.
A feature is a trip to Plitvice Lakes. Journey by boat across emerald-green Kozjak Lake, and take a train back to the main entrance. Visit a winery near Ston to sample famous Plavac Mali wine. You’ll stay in four-star hotels. KATARINA-LINE.COM, HELLOWORLD.COM.AU