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Gamechangers: Cruises

Gamechangers: Cruises

Cruises are back, and they’re reimagining the seafaring experience for 2022. Whether you want to charter a small vessel for you and your loved ones, enjoy a wellness retreat on the waves, explore tricky-to-access locations or invest in an eco-friendly voyage, our winners show just how cool cruising can be. 

Aqua Mare 

Aqua Mare | Courtesy of Aqua Expeditions

Visiting the Galápagos islands is high up on many traveler’s bucket lists. This “living museum and showcase of evolution” is a true once-in-a-lifetime trip, and the best way to get the most out of it is by boat – specifically, the Aqua Mare, a 50m charter superyacht with space for 16 guests and an equal number of crew. The Aqua Mare whisks travelers across the archipelago, stopping for excursions on land and in the water (the vessel comes complete with watersports equipment including snorkeling gear), while providing a luxurious base to discuss the day’s adventures over meals prepared by the onboard chef. After guests finish eating or star gazing from the on-deck jacuzzi, seven individually designed suites ensure a night of restorative rest.

Celebrity Cruises 

Spa treatment rooms with a view | Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

While the setting of a cruise is itself conducive to wellbeing (who doesn’t love waking up to ocean vistas?) Celebrity Cruises takes its emphasis on health and wellness to new heights with a plethora of on-board activities and experiences. From Peloton fitness programs and an extensive spa menu to the unique SEA Thermal Suite, which encompasses everything from a hammam to a salt cave (said to help aid respiratory and skin issues), passengers can embark on a personalized wellness journey while on their cruise voyage. This September, join goop CEO Gwyneth Paltrow and a host of holistic practitioners for goop at sea, a 9-night Italian Riviera and France Cruise that’s a deep dive into all things wellness.


Cruising in Norway | Courtesy of Hurtigruten

As one of the first ferry services sailing to Norway’s remote fjords and fishing villages almost 130 years ago, Hurtigruten values its history. But the cruise company is also renowned for having one foot in the future, with impressive sustainability credentials that include launching the world’s first hybrid powered cruise ship. Most recently, Hurtigruten announced a partnership with research organization SINTEF, the goal of which is to craft the first ever zero-emissions ship. If all goes to plan, passengers could be cruising the coast of Norway on said eco-ship, gazing at the glowy wisps of the Northern Lights, by 2030.

Atlas Ocean Voyages

Courtesy of Atlas Ocean Voyages

Thanks to its smaller ship size, Atlas Ocean Voyages promises to reach ports a larger vessel wouldn’t be able to access, offering passengers cultural perspectives and rare experiences in dream destinations. This year, the cruise company is launching 34 voyages aboard two new ultra luxurious small ships. The World Navigator and World Traveller will traverse the globe on a broad range of bucket-list itineraries, taking travelers to explore Europe’s finest wine regions, play a round of golf at the UK and Ireland’s world-famous links, or traverse frozen landscapes in the Arctic circle, to name just a few adventures.

*Featured image courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

"This sculpture is called "Transmission" by artist Daniel Popper. Its a reminder that we are all rooted in love, unity and the divine. She stands a towering 28 feet tall and is located on Mojave Moon Ranch in Joshua Tree. The land is private property, so you can see it from the viewing platform off of Sunfair Road. And take it from me, it's best viewed at sunset."

Reel: @johnofah

There's more to Greece than the white and blue buildings and the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. If you're planning a visit, check out these places below!

📍Kokkinopilos. Preveza
📍Verliga Dragon lake, Thessaly
📍Ithaca island, lonian Sea
📍Aoos springs lake, Epirus
📍Lake Prespes, Macedonia
📍Balda di Stringa waterfalls, Epirus
📍Meteora, Thessaly
📍Pelion, Thessaly
📍Lake Zorika, Epirus
📍Mt Lakmos
📍Crete island, Aegean Sea
📍Gistova Dragon lake, Macedonia

Reel: @farawayfarers

Swim or kayak through the limestone cliffs of the Twin Lagoon, a must-visit destination for those traveling to Coron, Palawan, Philippines. It is called "twin" lagoon because it consists of two lagoons separated by a limestone cliff, with one lagoon on top of the other. The water in the inner lagoon is warm and clear, with a stunning turquoise color that makes it popular for swimming and snorkeling.

Reel: @travelifejournal

Take a dip in a series of seven saltwater lagoons located in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. The Lagoons of Baltinache are known for their beautiful turquoise waters and unique geological formations. The high concentration of minerals in the water gives it a unique buoyancy that makes swimming in the lagoons a unique experience.

Reel: @everchanginghorizon

Watching the sun rise above the clouds at Haleakalā National Park is one of the most memorable experiences you could have. Haleakalā is a Hawaiian name that means “House of the Sun” and is an awesome place to watch the clear night sky and stars fade away as the sun lights up the sky and the earth.

Reel: @girlchill_sunset

Just 1 hour from Shanghai by train, Cherry Blossom Valley is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The valley is named after the thousands of cherry blossom trees that cover the area and create a stunning display of pink and white flowers. The trees were originally planted in the 1980s by a group of Japanese experts who were invited to China to help with reforestation efforts. The best time to visit is typically in late March or early April. Get there early to beat the crowds!

Reel: @cyncynti

New Zealand is unbelievable. See it for yourself:

1. Fiordland National Park
2. A classic backcountry hut trip
3. Blue Pools walk
4. Hooker Lake
5. Milford Sound
6. Lake Pukaki

Reel: @kylekotajarvi

Surrounded by lush greenery, towering karst mountains, and the river flowing through, the Detian Waterfall is a popular tourist attraction and a symbol of the close relationship between China and Vietnam. It is the largest waterfall in Asia and the fourth largest cross-border waterfall in the world.

Reel: @sophoebelous

Escape to a serene and peaceful oasis away from the bustling city of Marrakech at Le Jardin Secret—a beautiful and historic garden where visitors can escape the noise and chaos and enjoy the beauty of nature. The garden was originally built in the 16th century and is home to many different species of plants, including exotic flowers, citrus trees, and palm trees.

Reel: @hypermiggzz

For a magical moment and bucket list travel experience, visit the end point of the annual monarch butterfly migration. Starting in August, the monarchs travel 2,800 miles south from Canada, making a temporary home amid the towering trees of the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Mexico, where the two most popular sanctuaries to view them are el Rosario in the state of Michoacan and Piedra Herrada in Estado de México. Standing in silence while thousands of delicate wings beat in unison is something you'll never forget.

Reel: @juliiathompson

There's just something beautiful about snow covered landscapes like this popular attraction in southwestern Utah. Known for its unique geology, @brycecanyonnps_gov consists of a series of natural amphitheaters, called "hoodoos," formed by erosion of the rock layers.

Photo: @nathanleeallen

As we experience a couple more weeks of winter, we can't help but dream of tropical destinations like Hawaii. The warm water, sunny skies, and consistent waves make it an ideal destination for surfers. Hawaii has a vibrant surf culture and community and is also a beautiful place to explore outside of the water, with lush green mountains, stunning beaches, and unique cultural experiences.

Reel: @christopherballadarez

1. @sequoiakingsnps, California
2. @canyonlandsnps, Utah
3. @olympic_nps, Washington
4. @whitesandsnps, New Mexico
5. Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Arizona
6. Knik Glacier, Alaska

Reel: @nathanleeallen