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Specialty Cruise Destinations: Sorrento to Tahiti

Jun 26, 2008
On a five star around the world cruise, adventurous passengers can expect a trip of a lifetime. Exploring amazing areas of the world one day to the next will ensure to satisfy even the most worldly of travelers. The following descriptions are just a few of the many places available to discover on a luxury around the world cruise ship.

Sorrento, Italy

Cruise along the Sorrento Coast on a private chartered boat, past the gardens and villas of Capri. Delight in an intimate and unforgettable look at Faraglioni and Grotto Bianca. Make way down the Amalfi Coast, where pastel-colored buildings seem to cling to the cliffside. Step off at Positano to find the Church of Saint Maria Assunta, along with a variety of unique boutiques and cafes that will make for a wonderful afternoon of exploring. Finish the journey with a mouth-watering lunch and a beautiful serenade of Neapolitan songs at the Covo dei Saraceni.

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

This event is exclusively for Luxury World Cruise guests. Stroll along the colorful streets of Madeira and take in the many parks, lakes and markets filled with fruits, vegetables and local handicrafts. Make way to the Old Blandy Wine Lodge, once the annex to a 17th-century Franciscan monastery, now home to 800,000 liters of Madeira wine. Here, passengers will have the opportunity to taste some wonderful vintage wines. Finally, in the Fortaleza de São Tiago, savor a private five-course gourmet lunch on the terrace. When completed with any pleasing of the palate, take advantage of exclusive use of this magnificent fortress, enjoying its spectacular views of the Old City.

Maori Encounter at a Marae-Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Enjoy a warm Maori welcome and mingle with members of the local tribe while learning about their history. Then enjoy a cultural performance and afternoon tea.

A Taste of Marlborough-Picton, New Zealand

Spend the afternoon at Montana in Blenheim, the first and largest winemaker in New Zealand. Enjoy savory hors d'oeuvres and desserts paired with exquisite and distinct wines.

Wines of the New World-National Wine Centre of Australia-Adelaide, Australia

Embark on a journey with the experts through all the stages of winemaking. Then enjoy unique local wines, entertainment and beautiful views of the area.

Polo and Stomping the Divots-Dubai, U.A.E.

Enjoy a classic and exciting polo match accompanied by refreshing cocktails and a chance to divot stomp while socializing on the field.

Whirling Dervish at Historic St. Irene-Istanbul, Turkey

Continue on the five star world cruise by witnessing the religious dance in this ancient church preceded by cocktails in the Mosaic Museum. Take the time to examine the many beautiful treasures the museum holds from the 4th century A.D.

Fiesta Rociera-Cádiz, Spain

A wondrous Andalusian experience including colorful flamenco, delicious tapas, and a rare opportunity to participate in the cultural traditions of Spain at a Seville Fair in honor of the cruise ship's passengers.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

History meets Hollywood on this exclusive tour of Rio. Stand in awe of the ancient 17th century São Bento Monastery. Marvel at the collection of legendary dresses and records at the Carmen Miranda Museum, named for the famous Brazilian singer. Take a cable car to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain for breathtaking city views. End the day with dinner at Porcão, a renowned churrascaria.

Tahiti, French Polynesia

From the exciting energy of Papeete's waterfront to the jawdropping views of Taharaa's lookout point, beauty is everywhere in Tahiti. Visit the James Norman Hall Home and Museum where a personal hostess will regale guests with tales of its original owner. Then, watch the sun set over the dramatic peaks of Moorea. Finally, arrive in Tataa Point for a private dinner at the lavish Intercontinental Tahiti Resort.
About the Author
Leslie Adams is a professional travel writer based in San Diego, CA. She enjoys partaking in world cruises and documenting her travels. For more information, please visit http://www.amttravel.com.
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