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  • Caribbean
  • Mexico's West Coast
  • Panama Canal
  • South America
  • Antarctica
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    New England and Canada

    Cruises in New England and Canada's Maritimes offer delightful scenery (especially in early autumn), historical sites, and excellent whale-watching possibilities. Some boats cruise the historic St. Lawrence River; others travel along the Atlantic coast, past picturesque Maine fishing villages; some take in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and the coast of New Brunswick. A limited number of cruises ply the icy waters of the Arctic, navigating Canada's Northwest Passage. The season runs through summer and early autumn.

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    Alaska

    Dramatic wilderness scenery characterizes Alaska cruises; shore excursions feature aerial tours of glaciers, salmon fishing, hiking, and small-craft whale-watching trips. Most cruises run a week, either round-trip within the Inside Passage between Vancouver and Juneau or one-way through the Gulf of Alaska as far as Anchorage. The season runs from spring through fall; midsummer is the most popular time.

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    Hawaii

    Relatively few lines offer Hawaii cruises, which generally involve flying to Honolulu and then sailing on a seven-day loop through the islands. The season lasts year-round; rainfall is a bit heavier from December through February. February and March are best for whale-watching.

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    Bermuda

    Most cruises make a sevenday loop from New York, spending three days at sea and four in port. Bermuda offers wonderful beaches, snorkeling, and scuba diving—and a somewhat formal and decidedly British atmosphere. The season runs from April through October.

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    Bahamas

    Three- and four-day jaunts from Florida to Nassau and Freeport are popular with economy-minded passengers and also with those who enjoy sailing, scuba diving, and an active nightlife. The season lasts year-round, although the most popular time is mid-December through April.

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    Caribbean

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    More ships travel to the Caribbean than to anywhere else in the world. Vessels of every size and cruises of every style are here for the asking. Temperatures around these islands average 78-85 degrees F (25-29 degrees C) year-round. Hurricane season generally lasts from August through October. Ships stay clear of the storms, but hurricanes can affect the weather all over the Caribbean for days, and itinerary changes may occur due to port damage.

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    Mexico's West Coast

    Many would say that the main ports of call on Mexico's west coast—Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlán—are little more than bustling tourist traps. But if beautiful beaches and delightful swimming are high on your wish list, you'll love this part of Mexico. Cruises generally loop from Los Angeles. The high season runs from November through March, but October and April can be quite pleasant, and prices are significantly lower.

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    Panama Canal

    A trip through the Panama Canal takes just one day, so most cruise lines incorporate the passage into a cruise in the Caribbean, to Mexico's west coast, or to a California port, such as San Francisco or Los Angeles. Cruises run year-round.

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    South America

    This continent offers a rich variety of cruises. Some combine visits to Caribbean ports with a trip along the Amazon River. Some sail south along the coast of Brazil to Rio de Janeiro for Carnival. Others sail to Ecuador's Galápagos Islands or follow a Chile—Patagonia loop, navigating around the Patagonian glaciers and fjords. Still others round the southern tip of the continent at Tierra del Fuego, and some—lasting around 50 days—circumnavigate the continent. The season lasts from early December to early March.

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    Antarctica

    A trip to this continent is truly an adventure cruise. Ships depart from South America and navigate the Drake Passage, one of the roughest stretches of ocean in the world. Disembarking at a port of call will likely involve leaving the ship in a small rubber raft called a Zodiac, wading to shore, and hiking on an ice field. The cost of Antarctic cruises is on the high side, but if you want a glimpse of one of the last great wildernesses of the world, the price and possible discomfort are well worth it. The season lasts only from early December to February, when weather is mildest and wildlife most accessible.

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