|7-night routes from San Francisco, Seattle, or Vancouver.||You’ll see glaciers, fjords, and plenty of wildlife, especially otters and whales.||There’s crowding in many port towns, and the region gets a lot of rainfall.|
3- to 7-night routes from Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.
|Stunning temples and unforgettably flavorful Asian cuisine.||Many beaches — except Langkawi’s — are narrow and overrun by reckless jet skiers.|
|10- to 14-night routes from Singapore or Hong Kong to Vietnam and Thailand.||Expect gilded temples, diverse and delicious cuisines, and great shopping.||Some sights are a two- to three-hour drive — one way! — from the port.|
|7- to 14-night routes from Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Harwich, Dover, or London (Southampton) to St. Petersburg, Russia, and Baltic ports or the Norwegian Fjords.||
Gilded St. Petersburg charms us, as does the beauty of the Norwegian fjords.
|Expect long lines at key sights in Russia.|
|7-night routes round trip from Florida or Puerto Rico.||There are gorgeous beaches throughout the region, and plenty of snorkeling and diving.||You’ll find overcrowding and traffic in port towns, as well as shopping areas designed just for tourists.|
|7- to 14-night routes from Puerto Rico, Barbados, or St. Martin.||Fewer crowds than eastern and western Caribbean, and excellent beaches.||Longer — and sometimes more expensive — flights home.|
|7-night routes round trip from Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.||Mayan ruins and great silver jewelry shopping (in Mexico), and eco-excursions on most routes, from jungle hikes to kayaking, tubing, snorkeling, and diving.||Overcrowding and traffic jams in port towns, as well as shopping areas designed just for tourists.|
|7- to 14-night routes from Venice, Istanbul, or Piraeus (Athens) to Turkey, Greece, Croatia, and Italy.||Important historic sights date back thousands of years.||Venice, Athens, Istanbul, and Rhodes are packed in the summer, and Italy is expensive.|
|7- to 14-night routes from Barcelona or Civitavecchia (Rome) to Spain, France, Monte Carlo, and Italy.||Look for spectacular food throughout the region. Barcelona, Rome, and Florence are home to significant artwork.||It’s an hour’s drive to Florence and longer from port to Rome. August is peak tourist season, and what isn’t closed, is packed.|
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