Making Waves: Unique and Innovative Cruise Destinations in 2013


Hello Racing Winds readers! My name is Austin Gambino, and I work for The Cruise Web. The Cruise Web is a travel agency that specializes in cruising. The expert cruise consultants focus on providing travelers with the best value for their time and money in finding and booking a cruise vacation.

In this and following guest posts, I will keep you informed about innovation in the cruising industry as well as new or special cruise destinations. Read on and learn about 3 Unique and Innovative Cruise Destinations in 2013!

Innovation is a vital part of the travel industry, whether it be in technology, service, or reaching the customer in new and exciting ways. The cruising industry is always forging a path of innovation, from exciting onboard activity offerings to operation improvements (especially with today’s generation and the focus on efficiency and social responsibility in business). But when it comes to cruise vacations, there’s one factor that matters most: location, location, location. Let’s take a look at some unique and innovative cruise destinations for 2013.

Myanmar (Burma), Southeast Asia


  • This region has remained in virtually the same state since British colonial times. In addition, because of military rule since 1962, this gem in Southeast Asia has been scarcely seen or touched by Western Civilization, making it a mysterious and exciting cruise destination.
  • The culture in Myanmar is absolutely unbelievable. 2,500 plus years of civilization, customs, and tradition have molded this kind, caring people into the culture you can experience firsthand in 2013. It is truly incredible to meet 70-75 year old men and women who still work in the fields every day to support their family.
  • Natural and historical beauty can be found in droves. From religious temples to vast lakes to mammoth mountains, this region is a stunning cruise destination for those in search of natural and historical beauty.

One Special Cruise Excursion:

There are countless shore excursions I could suggest for those cruising to Myanmar and Southeast Asia, but one that should not be missed, is a trip to Yangon and Kyaikhtiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock). You can take an exciting and refreshing voyage through the rice-growing region, the rainforest, and then up the slopes of Mt. Kyaikhtiyo before you reach the awe-inspiring Buddhist pilgrimage site.

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America’s Heartland, Mississippi River, USA


  • Virtually untouched by the major players of the cruising industry, the U.S. is a fresh, exciting river cruise experience for anyone looking for an unique experience.
  • The culture of the south is extremely unique and very laid-back, which pairs well with a relaxing cruise.
  • Southern home-style cookin’.
  • There are some incredible places such as Nashville (Music City and the Country Music Hall of Fame), Memphis (Graceland, Presley, and the National Civil Rights Museum), and New Orleans (‘nuff said).

One Special Cruise Excursion:

Once again, there’s a bevy in intriguing places to see and things to do, but definitely check out the French Quarter in New Orleans. Not only is this the oldest neighborhood in the city, but it is filled with Louisiana delights. Jackson Square and rowdy Bourbon Street are one-of-a-kind, and you can find some incredible local art and music in this area.

Po River, Italy, Mediterranean


  • These special river cruise experiences allow you to delve deep into the culture and history of Italy, and see exponentially more of Italy than otherwise possible, and do so in a unique fashion.
  • Art, architecture, and history are all shining stars of the Italian River Cruise experience. You can see the Vatican, San Marco Basilica, and Michelangelo’s David (the Accademia) to name a few.
  • True Italian cuisine alone is a great reason to cruise to the Mediterranean. Feast on the fresh seafood, brick-oven pizza, and authentic Italian gravy that have made Italy renowned for its fare for centuries.

One Special Cruise Excursion:

Immerse yourself in the culture with a lunch and wine tasting at Castello di Verrazzano, a Chianti County wine estate that will leave you in awe of its beauty. This location was voted ‘Best of Wine Tourism’ in 2012 by and is a great opportunity to sample authentic and delicious Italian wine and cuisine.

It’s clear that the cruising industry is once again forging ahead with innovative cruising destinations. Myanmar, The Mississippi and the Po are just a few of many unique and innovative destinations available for cruise vacations in 2013. Have you cruised to a unique destination recently? Do you think we left an innovative vacation spot out? Tell us below in the comments.


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