Under most circumstances, I’d rather travel by land than by sea. There are a few locations, however, that I suspect are just better visited by boat/ship/yacht (you get the idea).
I’ve started a list, and these 2 destinations are at the top:
1) The Galapagos Islands. We recently visited the Galapagos on board an 18-passenger yacht (Quasar Expeditions’ charming M/Y Grace, previously owned by Aristotle Onassis, who gave it to Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco as a wedding gift). Traveling among the islands was fabulous—we could snorkel at 6:30 am, warm up in the hot tub, have breakfast, then load into the panga (the zodiac-type raft) for a mid-morning expedition to the nearest island to see baby sea lions, blue-footed boobies, red-wattled frigates, and land and marine iguanas. Then, we could have lunch on the ship while we motored to another island to explore. Did I mention watching the sunset on the deck while sipping a tropical fruit drink? Or admiring pelicans slice through the water to catch fish? I don’t think I can be persuaded that a land-based Galapagos visit is better.
2) Alaska’s Inland Passage. About 25 years ago I took this trip with my dad on a public ferry. It was gorgeous and memorable. But this fall, my husband Luther and I will be visiting the Inland Passage on Silversea’s Silver Shadow, a 382-passenger luxury ship that will be traveling out of Vancouver on September 4 for a 9-day voyage. Stops include Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka, Prince Rupert, Victoria BC, and Vancouver, and will have a ship-based view of icebergs, waterfalls, bald eagles, and humpback whales. I don’t know how long it would take to drive between those stops, or if it’s even possible. But I’d rather be on the Silver Shadow. I mean, while you’re on the water, why not be comfortable and have the best view of the sights? (We’d love to have you join us! Please email me if you’d like to know more….)
I’m mulling over other destinations that I should add to my list of “Better Sea Than By Land.” Spots I’ve highlighted for further research include Norway’s fjords, the Dalmatian Coast (aka Croatia), and possibly the Caribbean Islands (pick any). Let me know what you think.