Specialty Cruise Destinations: Bora Bora To Sharm El Sheik
By Sarah Martin
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Its beauty is almost mythical and you have a front-row seat. It’s an exclusive chartered boat, set off for an adventure through hidden lagoons, past untouched beaches and over coral gardens. Dock on the stunning island of Motu Tapu to explore the tropical beauty and enjoy a restorative Mai Tai. Finish your adventure with a lavish lunch at the exclusive Bora Bora Lagoon Resort and Spa, where you’ll enjoy the music of a local trio and a performance by Tahitian dancers.
For a truly once in a lifetime experience, go shopping with a personal guide and collect local ingredients for a traditional Australian Bush Barbeque. Once your shopping is complete, have fun making your way to the final destination in a four-wheel drive vehicle, relying on cryptic clues, coordinates, and your personal guides. The location of the afternoon’s repast is overlooking the breathtaking Derwent River at a sprawling, privately owned sheep farm. After you’ve savored the last bite of barbeque, take in a traditional sheep dog demonstration.
Fremantle (Perth), Australia
The next adventure on your five star around the world cruise will bring you down the Swan River in a lavishly appointed, privately chartered boat en route
to the Sandalford Caversham Estate in the Swan Valley. Sit back and relax aboard this elegant vessel while enjoying a tasting of petit fours, artisan cheeses, and coffee. At your destination, indulge in a sampling of some of the region’s finest vintages, with an experienced sommelier at your side. Finish with a sumptuous lunch and still have plenty of time to pick up a few bottles before you head back to Fremantle.
Hong Kong, China
The colors, sights and sounds of Hong Kong are something not to be missed. This cosmopolitan city is a wonderful mix of old and new, and there is no better way to see it than with a private tour on a charming antique tram. Make your way through Central Hong Kong, Wanchai and the Causeway Bay area before ending the day’s journey at the China Club, one of the most exclusive private clubs in Hong Kong. As you walk to your private dining room, take in the traditional Shanghai Chinese-style décor of the 1920s and 1930s, contrasted with the modernistic impressionist painting of Chairman Mao. Just as its members have for nearly a decade, you’ll be wined and dined with a sumptuous Chinese banquet, complete with entertainment.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Set sail along the Arabian Gulf on a traditionally decorated wooden dhow. Leave the bustle of Abu Dhabi behind as you make your way to a hidden, white-sand beach aboard this elegant, upscale world cruise ship. Upon arrival, savor a rich cup of traditional Arabic coffee served to you by men in traditional Arabic dress. You’ll find nothing goes better with your coffee than a little conversation with some of the local residents, who are always happy to chat about life in Abu Dhabi. Step back on board the dhow for a lavish dinner accompanied by traditional Arab music and a belly dance performance.
Sharm El Sheik, Egypt
On the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheik is an enchanting mix of crystal blue water and pristine ivory beaches. Start your journey with a glass-bottom boat ride over the colorful reefs of the area. Then make your way into the stunning Sinai desert to a Bedouin tent where a delicious five-star lunch awaits. After your meal, relax under the dramatic tent and enjoy traditional entertainment, including a fortune teller, dancers, or a camel ride.
Sarah Martin is a freelance marketing writer specializing in travel and leisure, home improvement, finance, life insurance, and education. She is based out of San Diego, CA and enjoys traveling in her spare time, particularly on luxury around the world cruises. For some great cruise deals, please visit www.amttravel.com.