Another year has come to a close, and once again we’re left wondering, “where did last year go?” Make 2017 count. Put 2017 on the roadmap of your life as a banner year! Don’t let another year go by without taking an adventure. Call our small ship experts about where you want to venture to in 2017: (800) 578-1479.


Adventure #1: Cuba

The Pearl Mist finally received their final government approval to cruise to Cuba, and they started right way. The first departures begin January 17 and continue thru April 27, before the ship returns to the Great Lakes for the summer. Then it’ll return to Cuba in November for another winter season in Cuba. These 10-night cruises are roundtrip from Miami, FL. Two days in Havana, plus visiting Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Santiago de Cuba, Parque Baconao, and more! Fares start at $7810 pp/do. Click here to read more…


Adventure #2: Alaska

The Island Spirit has been one of our favorite little ships since we started specializing in small ship cruising more than a decade ago. The 32-passenger ship has made its mark in the industry because its captain, Jeff, is a master expert at taking the passengers where they can best experience the natural wonders of Alaska! Jeff will get the ship close to breaching whales, right against the glaciers as the calve, and watch the coastline for bears or eagles. The ship is equipped with single and double kayaks, as well as a 10-person zodiac. Even if you’ve never kayaked, Jeff and his crew will help you in and get you on the water – before you know it, you’ll feel like a pro! The best deal on the Island Spirit is the 14-day re-positioning cruise from Seattle to Juneau. You’ll see so much of Alaska’s Inside Passage! USA River Cruises exclusive prices start at only $4995 pp/do. Read more.


Adventure #3: Hawaii

Every Winter, from November thru March, the Safari Explorer circles the islands of Hawaii from Moloka’i to the Big Island and back on 7-night cruises. You’ll visit 4 of the islands – Moloka’i, Maui, Lana’i and Hawai’i – in search of land and sea adventures. Highlights of this cruise include: night snorkeling with Giant Pacific Manta rays; a pa’ina feast and Hawaiian jam session; snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and skiff exploration; snorkel at a sea turtle habitat, and so much more! Cruises start at $3795 pp/do. Keep reading.


Adventure #4: Panama

I have been fascinated by the Pure Panama cruise since it was announced! This 8-night vacation will take you around both coastlines of Panama and transit the canal. Enjoy 1-night pre-cruise hotel in Panama City before boarding the ship for a 7-night cruise. There will be kayaking, paddle boarding and snorkeling in the Pearl Islands in the Pacific Ocean and Guna Yala in the Caribbean Sea. Take a hike through the Darien Jungle, riding a dugout canoe on the Mogue River to the local Embera village, a traditional community who will share with you their customs and stories. You can also purchase their handicrafts, including woven rainforest baskets. Fares start at $3795 pp/do. Ready to learn more?


Adventure #5: Autumn in the Smokies

Rail & Sail. This 13-day adventure happens only once a year, and from Atlanta, Georgia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In all, you’ll visit 8 states on this trip! From Atlanta, you’ll head to Asheville to explore the famous Biltmore Estate. From there, you’ll head into the Great Smoky Mountains. The Great Smoky Mountain Railroad will take you through Nantaha Gorge around Horseshoe Curve, along the Little Tennessee River, and more. You’ll stay in the Park in Gatlinburg for 2-nights, giving you more time for adventures. Then enjoy 1 night in Nashville before boarding the Louisiane in Louisville for the ‘American Adventure’ cruise to Pittsburgh. Fares start at $4895 pp/do – a great deal, since ‘cruise only’ prices start at $3799 pp/do. Interested?


If these weren’t right for you, call our agents. We’ll help match you to the right vacation for 2017 or 2018. (800) 578-1479.