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Cruise Off The Beaten Track

We live in a world that’s so well-travelled even the most remote destinations are now within reach.

As our travel ‘wish lists’ grow and become more diverse both river and ocean-going cruise lines are learning to satisfy our thirst for the new, with more intriguing itineraries and obscure ports of call. You don’t even have to go to the ends of the earth to cruise ‘Off the Beaten Track’ there are plenty of itineraries closer to home that offer up exciting new places to explore. So if you’re looking for a cruise that navigates the road less travelled here are our cruise expert’s recommendations.

They say you never fully appreciate what’s right on your doorstep but Hebridean Island Cruises are specialists in hunting out the remote gems that surround the shores and inlets of the British Isles. Oban is the main starting point for a cruise on board Hebridean Princess with itineraries ranging from 4 to 10 nights. Explore far-flung St. Kilda, the Inner and Outer Hebrides or Orkney and Shetland Isles and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped back to a time long ago. ‘Easter in the Hebrides’ visits the tiny Isle of Rum, Isle of Ulva and Coll and includes attending the Easter Sunday service at the restored abbey on the holy island of Iona.

If you’ve exhausted all the usual Mediterranean ports of call and are looking for a cruise that’s a bit more unusual then look at the niche cruise lines Star Clippers and Sea Dream. Their smaller ships can nestle into the many islets and tiny harbours dotted around the Mediterranean coastline that larger vessels can’t reach. Star Clippers have a fabulous 7 night itinerary on board Star Flyer that departs from Cannes and hops around the coast of Corsica before returning into St. Tropez for the chic French resort’s annual sailing regatta. What better way to enjoy this nautical spectacle than from the deck of your very own tall ship.

If you really do want to go to the ends of the earth then Silversea’s Expedition fleet can take you there in more comfort and style than all those early explorers could have thought possible. Almost every year Silver Explorer calls into Tristan da Cunha – officially the remotest inhabited place on Earth. Situated in the South Atlantic its nearest civilisation is South Africa at just over 200km away! If that’s a bit too remote their South Pacific itineraries will bring you face to face with some of the world’s most intriguing cultures and tropical landscapes. Sail on Silver Discoverer from Honiara through the Solomon Islands, visiting New Caledonia and onto New Zealand for a great snapshot of this fascinating part of the world.

You can’t get much more off the beaten track than the ‘white continent’ of Antarctica and luxury expedition specialists Ponant are one of the cruise lines that offer a number of itineraries exploring this magical destination. Departing out of Ushuaia (Argentina) the 15 night ‘Great Austral Loop’ itinerary also visits the Falkland Islands (not all cruise lines do) and South Georgia (famous for its vast swathes of King Penguins), before heading onto the northern tip of Antarctica.

Enchanting Burma is very much back on many people’s wish list and a cruise down the mighty Irrawaddy River is a great way to explore this once forbidden land. Take in Yangon’s golden Shwedagon Pagoda, the faded colonial grandeur of Mandalay and the ancient temples of Bagan. The brand new fully inclusive river boat Cruiseco Explorer carries just 56 guests and its elegant Burmese-style interiors and great off-ship tours with local guides offer a truly authentic Burmese experience. An 11 night itinerary combines 7 nights cruising with 2 nights in Mandalay and 2 nights in Yangon from £3,095pp (inclusive of all international and internal flights and transfers in Burma). Exclusive to Travel Bureau as a Cruiseco preferred partner.

For more ‘Off the Beaten Track’ cruise recommendations speak to our experts today. Call 0191 285 9321 or email cruiseclub@travelb.co.uk.

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