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penguins

PRINCESS CRUISES TO SOUTH AMERICA

As we sailed aboard a catamaran in the Beagle Channel between the sheer rock and stunning glaciers of Tierra del Fuego with Argentina on one side and Chile on the other, I spied the legendary landmark I’d only read about – the famed lighthouse at the end of the world — right there, in front of us. Sea lions meandered just yards away and many colonies of black and white cormorant birds dotted the sky, resembling penguins from a distance, as if penguins really could fly. Read all about this incredible adventure.

Northern lights over Iceland

TRANSATLANTIC VOYAGE FROM ENGLAND TO ICELAND, NEWFOUNDLAND, NEW YORK

Sailing from the Shetland Islands to Iceland, we saw exactly what we were hoping to see. After crossing the Arctic Circle, we gazed upon the Northern Lights from the port side of our ship. Pale green waves of light danced up and down in the night sky. No picture can adequately capture the feeling of witnessing this natural light show from the deck of a luxurious cruise ship floating in the cool, sea breeze, though this picture comes close. Read about this epic cruise destination…

Bermuda cruise

TWENTY WAYS TO ENJOY BREATHTAKING BERMUDA

The most pristine coral reefs in the world set the stage for world-class snorkeling in the Bermuda Islands. Just float on the surface while brightly colored fish gently swim about the reef among lobsters, sea turtles and more. This is a dazzling display you’ll never experience in a doctor’s office fishtank. Twenty-nine protected marine areas also offer some of the most dramatic, high-visibility diving areas in the world. Read on to learn twenty ways to enjoy breathtaking Bermuda!

CRUISE THE MEDITERRANEAN, EXPLORE ITALY

Romain Colosseum, Italy

Cruising into Pompeii, Mount Vesuvius casts a shadow over the ruined city, yet seems as calm and quiet as any ordinary mountain. Touring the remains of the city and its people frozen in time, it felt as if we were extras in a History or Discovery Channel episode chronicling the eruption that covered Pompeii in volcanic ash. Archeological digs continue to progress today.

In between sampling fantastic Italian cuisine, we toured the Vatican, just outside of the city center of Rome. Looking up at the work of Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel truly inspires a mixture of awe, disbelief and fascination. Add a highly professional docent who can bring the painting alive and reveal the centuries of colorful history and the experience becomes more than magical. Seeing St. Peter’s Basilica and the 40 angelic faces in person was just as breathtaking. If you would like to learn more about our trip, or for a quote on a custom trip to Italy, just call 800-547-9829 or email travel@cruisediamond.com.

BEYOND CANCUN, MEXICO’S RIVIERA MAYA

Mexico's Riviera

Combining the tranquility of uncrowded beaches, a vast network of underground rivers, over 100 deep pools of clear, calm water, the action of eco-adventure sports, proximity to many of Mexico’s most significant Mayan archeological sites and the varied activities of the eco-archeological parks, the Riviera Maya offers endless possibilities for exploration and relaxation.

Beginning 18 miles south of the Cancun International Airport, the Riviera Maya beckons vacationers looking for a new vacation experience. This region was once an important commercial and religious center for the ancient Maya. Tulum, the Maya fortress perched on cliffs above the Caribbean Sea, is one of the most impressive ruins in Mexico. Further inland is Coba, sitting in almost 50 square miles of thick jungle. Eco parks such as Xcaret and Xel-Ha can also be found here. Guests here can go snorkeling, diving and swimming within the ecosystems in underground rivers, caves and fascinating bay areas where fresh water meets the salt waters of the sea.

Two main highways run through the Riviera Maya; one parallels the coast to Tulum and then turns inland, the other runs from Tulum to Coba. Along the coastal highway, there are roads that turn towards the beach or into the jungle. Transportation between towns and beaches is easy — buses run regularly from Cancun to Tulum, stopping at points of interest on the way. There are bus terminals in Playa del Carmen and Tulum, and taxis and tours buses are plentiful. Hotels and resorts offer something for every lifestyle and budget. There are now over 22,000 hotel rooms in the area, primarily around the cozy beach town of Playa del Carmen, which has become one of Mexico’s most attractive resort hubs.

Though still relatively unknown in the United States, the Riviera Maya is a 75-mile stretch of beaches, bays and inlets on the edge of the Yucatan Peninsula south of Cancun. It is a destination whose time has come.

COASTAL IRELAND TOURS

Discover Ireland’s magic and history while exploring its dramatic coast, taking a journey through majestic seascapes, and encountering sleepy villages and charming cities. Join in the revelry at traditional Irish House Party. Indulge in the rediscovered tradition of Celtic seaweed baths. See the spectacular basalt formations at the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Experience the unforgettable scenery of the Dingle Peninsula. Visit a thriving Irish language cultural center in Belfast. Luxuriate overnight at the historic Culloden Estate and Spa.

  • IrelandDublin, Irish Evening, Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Dingle, Burren, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara, Knock, Belleek Pottery, Sligo, Giant’s Causeway, Glens of Antrim, Belfast, Downpatrick, Newcastle
  • Join in the festivities when you’re invited to a traditional Irish House Party.
  • Discover the delicate, handcrafted artistry of Belleek Pottery.
  • Explore the mysterious and ancient Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery.
  • See the spectacular Giant’s Causeway – the dramatic basalt formations and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Visit the reputed burial site of St. Patrick.

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