Some different cruise itineraries

We often think of cruises as cookie cutter type vacations, especially if cruising means a mass market cruise to the Caribbean or something. I found this article on cruise itineraries to be really fun. Some sound nice but unaffordable:

Venture to the farthest reaches of the wilds of Russia, courtesy of this first-time offering from Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. Cruisers can set sail to circumnavigate the Sea of Okhotsk (on the far eastern fringes of Russia) in style, aboard the world’s only 5-star expedition ship, the 184-passenger MS Hanseatic. Excursion highlights include zodiac runs to the tiny unpopulated (unless you count the fur seals and sea lions) islands of Iony and Tyuleny, and the wildlife-rich Shantar and Malminskie Islands; hiking across the grassland tundra of Talan Island, of Taran Point on the Koni Peninsula, or of the Yamskiye Islands; and brown bear viewing on a zodiac ride from Cape Utholoskiy.

More Info: The 16-night expedition embarks on June 13 from Otaru, near Sapporo, Japan; from $10,810 per person; www.hl-cruises.com.

But I guess you’d expect a 16 night cruise along the eastern most coast of Russia, a place where basically no cruise ships go, to be expensive. Then again, it’s not really that much less expensive to cruise the Mississippi. Check out this itinerary, about $4,000/person for a normal outside room and the cruise is 7 nights, not 16:

Day 1: Pittsburgh

Embark in Pittsburgh and get acquainted with your elegant ship. Tonight, join in the Welcome Aboard festivities.

Wheeling

Day 2: Wheeling

Overland routes, river traffic and railroads all converged in Wheeling during the 19th century creating a stunning sampling of Victorian architecture. A tour of the Oglebay Institute Glass Museum reveals another local gem.

Marietta

Day 3: Marietta

Artistry and history combine on a tour to the Campus Martius Museum, the Ohio River Museum and the Fenton Art Glass Factory and Gift Shop.

Point Pleasant

Day 4: Point Pleasant

Love a mystery? Ponder the story of “Mothman,” first recounted in the late 1960s and commemorated by a sevenfoot stainless steel statue standing in the center of downtown Point Pleasant.

Maysville

Day 5: Maysville

Fans of Uncle Tom’s Cabin will want to learn more about the author on a visit to the Harriet Beecher Stowe Slavery to Freedom Museum. For more local flavor, join a walk featuring Maysville’s French, Irish and German influences.

Cincinnati

Day 6: Cincinnati

Learn about Cincinnati’s pioneer life on a visit to a settler’s cabin. Step aboard a side-wheel steamboat or visit the famous Rockwood Pottery Factory for a souvenir of the region.

Madison

Day 7: Madison

Tour family owned and operated businesses from Schroeder Saddletree Factory and the Madison Vineyard to Betty Mundt’s Candies. A stroll through town takes in the highlights of this beautiful city in southern Indiana.

Louisville

Day 8: Louisville

Tie up in Louisville and bid your ship adieu. But give in to the temptation to hang around and explore.

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