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Traveling by ship captures an explorer’s spirit. The majesty of the ocean and the magnificence of the planet’s shorelines combine to create journeys uncommon and unforgettable.

Beauty is most certainly in the eye of the beholder, but any observer will acknowledge that these four destinations belong on the bucket list of every cruise enthusiast and curious world traveler.

The Kimberley, North Western Australia

The Kimberley takes its evocative name from its most imposing landmark: an ancient mountain range visible from North Western Australia’s rugged sea coast. Covering more than 400,000 square kilometres, an area three times larger than England, the Kimberley yields images to fill the frames of a lifetime. It is a place of imposing vistas created by white sand beaches, ancient Aboriginal rock art, silent secluded red gorges, wide savannah plains, and crashing waterfalls which defy both nature and belief.

Remote, rugged Kimberley is the heartland of Australia’s northernmost unspoiled outback. It is the continent’s last frontier and quite possibly the world’s most beautiful wilderness.

The Inside Passage, Alaska

Alaska’s Inside Passage is a region of pristine water, snow-capped mountains, deep wildlife-filled fjords, and forested islands. With its mild, maritime climate, the area is prime habitat for bald eagles, sea lions, porpoises, and whales. Much of the southern panhandle is part of Tongass National Forest, a 16.8 million acre coastal temperate rainforest, the largest remaining in the world. Glacier Bay National Park has 16 active tidewater glaciers, some of which discharge icebergs the size of small houses. Misty Fjords National Monument near Ketchikan has 3,000-foot cliffs rising directly from ocean channels.

If spotting a grizzly bear, catching a wild salmon, kayaking a fjord, walking on a glacier, or eating king crab that measure three feet from claw to claw is your thing, sail Alaska’s Inside Passage and stand on equal footing with nature.

The Fjords, Norway

Among the world’s most spectacular geological formations, the Norwegian Fjords are long, narrow inlets stretching deep into the surrounding mountains. At their innermost reaches, their depth often matches the height of the cliffs above, while shallower waters connect them to the sea.

If Norway’s fjords were an art collection, Unesco World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord would be its unrelentingly breathtaking masterpiece. Also inscribed on the World Heritage list is Naeroyfjord. It is merely one of many tributary arms of Sognefjorden which, at 203 kilometres long and 1308 metres deep, is the world’s second longest and Norway’s deepest fjord.

Cliffs plunging down to barely populated shorelines, waterfalls dropping from impossible heights, and isolated farms occupying seemingly inaccessible pockets of green. These are the epic, dramatic, astonishing signature landscapes of the fjords of Norway.

Baja California, Mexico

Attached to the United States mainland, and separated from the rest of Mexico by the Sea of Cortez, the Baja Peninsula is a place of contrast. It is a part of Mexico – and yet it is not. It is a striking blend of American and Mexican cultures, of hot desert and cool ocean, of manicured golf greens and rugged mountains, of glistening resorts and frontier land.

Experience the awe-inspiring grey whale migration through the inlets of Bahia Magdalena, snorkel in cobalt-blue waters, and visit the historic town of San Jose del Cabo, established in the 1730s. Baja is at once untamed landscape, sun seeker’s paradise, geographic dichotomy, and cultural contradiction.

Call your Tripzter Travel consultant today. Life’s a trip. Take one. Live one…on one of the world’s most scenic cruises.

Here’s to the vagabond in each of us!


Peter Turcic

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Peter Turcic is a freelance writer, conference manager, and incentive travel director based in Vancouver.

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