The world's 100 most exciting ports of call selected by the world's leading travel writers.
A lavish dreambook, Voyages provides the inside scoop on the world's most exciting ports of call selected and rated by over one hundred leading travel writers -- all authorities on exotic and extraordinary travel experiences. Through a comprehensive survey, ports of call were reviewed and evaluated by this highly respected group of journalists. Romantic Ambiance, Fine Cuisine, Engaging Entertainment, Great Shopping, and exceptional Cultural Sites and Wonders -- the most important qualities in choosing a vacation destination -- were considered and the resulting total score for each port was used to determine the world's 100 most exciting ports of call. Brought together by Jay Clark, travel editor of The Miami Herald, the most savvy and eloquent travel writers divide the world into eleven geographic regions -- the East Coast of North America, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, the West Coast of North America, Oceania, the Far East, Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and Northern Europe. Each section features an essay by a renowned travel writer intimately acquainted with the region, who details what makes the selected ports of call some of the most thrilling in the world. They take the reader beyond the shore to the regions' most beautiful, lively, and fascinating spots, capturing each region's very essence. With a Foreword by famed maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham and a brief introduction to the rich and vibrant history of cruising by Bill Miller, Voyages is a must-have for anyone considering taking a first cruise, for those desiring to encounter cruising anew, or for armchair travelers who dream of faraway places. It's a grand adventure of lavish and legendary on-board service, novel and pristine sites to explore, and exotic and alluring destinations. Over two hundred and fifty incredible images by internationally renowned photojournalist and cruise photographer Harvey Lloyd bring the experience to life with the richness and grandeur of the on-board experience, spectacular panoramic views of tropical beaches and wilderness; the spectacle of enchanted cities and palaces; and close-ups of the colorful peoples, marketplaces, and sensational retreats. A spotlight on excitement, romance, and discovery, Voyages is a visual getaway for any travel-hungry adventurer.