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5 Unexpected Places You Can Go On A Cruise

By HarryFriday 06th May 2016

This year, visit the Isle of Pines. This year, visit the Isle of Pines.

The world is full of awe-inspiring countries, many of which make fantastic holiday destinations, and with so much choice, it can be hard to make up your mind. Some of the best experiences are to be had at places you’ve never even heard of, which is just one reason to wander off the beaten path once in a while. To give you some inspiration, we’ve selected a few places you’d never know you could visit on a Royal Caribbean cruise. These are our 5 unexpected places you can go on cruise.

Isle of Pines, New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s Isle of Pines has been called the ‘closest island to paradise’, and when you step foot on shore it’s easy to see why. Located in the Pacific Ocean to the east of Australia, the Isle of Pines boasts picturesque ocean beaches, with white sands and crystal clear waters, as well as the breath-taking Upi Bay. The New Caledonia Barrier Reef makes the island a perfect destination for keen snorkelers and divers, while its columnar pines provide a beautiful contrast against the turquoise Coral Sea. You can visit New Caledonia on an Australia and New Zealand cruise.

Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor in Montenegro. Kotor in Montenegro. Nestled between Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo and Macedonia, Montenegro is, undoubtedly, one of Eastern Europe’s hidden gems. On Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, tucked away in a bay, is a fortified town called Kotor. Surrounded by mountains and full of old buildings, Kotor is beautiful in more ways than one. Get lost in the winding streets before visiting the town’s most spectacular building, Cathedral of Saint Tryphon, or make the short journey to Lovćen Mountain and national park. Or even better, do both! You can visit Kotor on a Mediterranean cruise.

Jeju Island, South Korea

Jeju Island can be found in the Korea Strait, just a short distance from South Korea’s coast, and anyone who’s visited will understand why this little-known island is so special. The island’s most prominent feature (and attraction) is the inactive Seongsan Ilchulbong volcano, which measures 182 feet from the ground. Hallasan Mountain and Manjanggul – the access point for the world’s longest lava tube caves – are also popular. Combine this with the pretty beaches, temples and museums and you’re onto a winner. You can visit Jeju Island on an Asia cruise.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is known for its beautiful Old Town. Tallinn is known for its beautiful Old Town. Tallinn is the largest and capital city of Estonia, a small country between Latvia and Russia on the Gulf of Finland, and it’s got a lot to offer visitors. While images of Soviet buildings may spring to mind, Tallinn couldn’t be more different. Its historic Old Town is undeniably beautiful, so much so that it is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, while modern restaurants and interesting museums can be found throughout. If you feel like a spot of nature, make your way to Kadriorg Park, a short distance from the Old Town. You can visit Tallinn on a Northern Europe cruise.

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA

Sometimes known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’, Ketchikan is Alaska’s southernmost city and it is, as its nickname suggests, a prime location for salmon fishing… but that’s not all. Ketchikan is home to the world’s largest collection of totem poles – carved sculptures made by indigenous peoples – which can be found at four parks throughout the city. As well as visiting Ketchikan’s totem poles, holidaymakers can experience the thrill of a zipline ride, hike to the top of Deer Mountain or learn about the city’s history at Tongass Historical Museum. You can visit Ketchikan on an Alaska and Canada cruise. Just a few of Ketchikan’s totem poles. Just a few of Ketchikan’s totem poles.

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