WORLDWIDE CRUISING AREAS


Where in the world can you cruise?

There are two primary areas and two less-traveled areas that are served by the passenger-carrying windjammer vessels. The Caribbean and the coast of New England have larger concentrations of vessels, the Mediterranean and South Pacific are more distant and less well served but still ideal for cruising.

You can cruise nearly the entire length of the islands that stretch through the Caribbean. The Bahamas offer beautiful beaches and great snorkeling at a lot of different low flat islands. As you move southeast you can visit the Virgin Islands, then the French West Indies, the Windwards and Leewards and finally the Grenadines. The farther south you move, the higher and more rugged the islands become.

Cruises like these are an excellent way to explore groups of island and general areas because you visit a different island each day and can get a sample of what they have to offer. You'll be able to sample the beaches, the shopping, the food and the nightlife before you move on to the next island. Depending on the area, if islands are seperated by greater distances, you may sail at night in order to reach the island the next day. This allows for more time to explore when you arrive. You will find that itineraries vary greatly due to weather and planned ports of call.

If you want to visit New England and sample its beauties, both from land and sea, cruising on the extensive fleet of schooners in that area will be an ideal way to go. The hub of most cruising is Penobscot Bay. From Rockland and especially Camden Maine you can set sail for 3 and 6 day cruises that will explore the area in depth. The islands are rocky and heavily forested. The Penobscot Bay area offers great cruising, protected from the Atlantic and perfect for enjoying nature and observing the ample wildlife in the area. These cruises offer great regional cuisine, lobster bakes and real sailing experience, plus most of the vessels are as close to traditional as you can get. Schooners, that have wide beams are ideal for exploring the shallow waters. Many are restored vessels from the great fishing fleets and are privately owned by their Captains.

Long Island Sound also offers good sailing with warmer waters. You may be able to visit Nantucket, Block Island or many of the coastal towns that dot the shores. The whale watching is good off of Boston and Stellwagen Bank plus the towns are historically interesting and well maintained.


The other area of interest, served by the more exclusive vessels is the Mediterranean. The Sea Cloud and Star Clipper Line offer cruising to Med ports-of-call. If you are looking for luxury cruising, superb cuisine and adventure on the continent, consider the Mediterranean.

Then there is the South Pacific where a number of vessels operate. The brigantine Soren Larsen uses New Zealand as homeport, sailing from there out to many of the heavenly islands of Polynesia and Melanesia. Again, these remote areas are served by large comfortable vessels that allow you plenty of time to soak up the beauty of the area. Here, the paradise is real. You will find enchanting islands, warm hospitable people, rich history and ancient customs. You can choose between island cruising and ocean passages in areas untouched by modern tourism.

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