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20 Cruise Itineraries that Should Make Your Bucket List

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When you’re looking to have a vacation experience that gives you the opportunity to check out a bunch of different places, you’re definitely going to consider a cruise. While a great part of the cruising experience involves the boat that you’re on, an even bigger part of that experience is what ports that boat is going to visit. Put another way, the value of any given cruise experience is only going to be as good as the places you get to see along the way.

So, with that in mind, isn’t it worthwhile to consider what kinds of possible itineraries you could take on your next cruise excursion? On the list below, we’re going to share our picks from some outside-of-the-box itineraries you can go on. Rather than just running down the very best places to check out in the Caribbean, these cruise itineraries all have something unique to offer…

Ever wanted to check out some of the most exotic places on the planet? Every imagined cruising down the rivers of Europe and seeing all of that continent’s best cities and locales? If so, then these are the cruises you want to check out! Let’s take a look at 20 cruise itineraries that should make your bucket list.

1. Ponant Exploration to the Seychelles

Offering a private yacht experience, you can now cruise to the luxurious Seychelles thanks to Ponant.

2. Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River

Forget about trying to take a safari when visiting Africa. Instead, make it a point to try out this cruise on the Chobe River in Botswana.

3. Around Australia

There are a number of cruise lines that offer absolutely stunning and fun circumnavigations of Australia.

4. Disney Cruise in the Caribbean

If you’ve got small children, then simply taking them on a Disney cruise through the Caribbean will give you and them a lifetime’s worth of great memories.

5. Uniworld through Holland and Belgium

For a cruise that you won’t soon forget for its incredible beauty, try a Uniworld river cruise through Holland and Belgium during tulip season.

6. National Geographic to Galapagos

If you want to lay eyes on the place that inspired the great Charles Darwin, you can do so by booking with National Geographic.

7. National Geographic to Antarctica

There’s no more exotic of a location on the planet than Antarctica, and National Geographic cruises can get you there!

8. Viking Homelands Through Europe

This cruise operator offers amazing river cruises that give you the chance to visit up to eight European countries in style.

9. Avalon Waterways: Paris to Normandy

On this exquisite 8-day cruise, you’ll have the chance to sample fine French fare while learning about art and WWII history.

10. Alaska Itineraries

Pick the cruise line you love best, and book one of their Alaska cruises. Seeing the “Final Frontier” is not something you’ll soon forget.

11. AmaWaterways in Southeast Asia

To really get a flavor for the culture and cuisine of Southeast Asia, give a river cruise from AmaWaterways a shot.

12. Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Voyage

If you’re going to be aboard a classic cruise ship, why not take the classic cruise? Give the transatlantic voyage a try!

13. The American Queen Down the Mississippi

There are few experiences that are as quintessentially as American as cruising the Mississippi on a steamboat.

14. Butterfield & Robinson in the Cyclades Islands

This private tour operator offers one of the best possible ways in which to experience the beauty and fun of the Cyclades.

15. UnCruise Adventures Through the Panama Canal

Just like the name of this cruise line says, this itinerary presents you with the opportunity to have an adventure few others will get the chance to.

16. Belmond Lilas through Alsace

You’ll have to fork out a pretty penny when this private charter launches next year, but the cruises through Alsace, France, will be worth every one of those pennies.

17. Crystal Cruises from New York to Montreal

There’s leaf-peeping, and then there’s cruising from New York City to Montreal during peak leaf season. Wow!

18. Circumnavigation

Many cruise lines offer around-the-world experiences. You’ll need to take most of the year off, but it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

19. Windstar Cruises to Monaco

If you really want an experience that’s as close to being a billionaire yacht owner, then give this itinerary a shot!

20. Regent Seven Seas in the South Pacific

For the ideal trip, try one of Regent’s cruises through the South Pacific that features an 11-day itinerary. You’ll get to see so much!

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World’s First All-Electric, Jet-Powered, Five-Seater Air Taxi Completes Test Flight

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German electric air taxi startup Lilium unveiled Thursday its jet-powered, five-seater prototype, which conducted its first flight earlier this month.

The Lilium Jet is part of an app-based flying taxi service that the company expects will be “fully-operational in various cities around the world by 2025.”

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The full-scale, full-weight prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically. The aircraft design has no tail, no rudder, no propellers, no gearbox and only one moving part in the engine.

“In less than two years we have been able to design, build and successfully fly an aircraft that will serve as our template for mass production,” Lilium co-founder and CEO Daniel Wiegand said in a statement. “Moving from two to five seats was always our ambition as it enables us to open up the skies to many more travelers.”

The battery-powered jet is capable of traveling 186 miles in 60 minutes on a single charge. (Photo Credit: Lilium)

The battery-powered jet is capable of traveling 300 kilometers (186 miles) in 60 minutes on a single charge, and will connect cities through a network of landing pads. Commuters will be able to book rides from their nearest landing pad through the Lilium smartphone app.

“At the push of a button, passengers will be able to use the Lilium app to locate their nearest landing pad and plan their journey with ease,” the company said in a press release. “Choosing from a network of pads across cities and regions, passengers will enjoy journeys that are comparable in price with a taxi, yet four times faster.”

The Lilium air taxi service, operational in 2025, allows commuters to book rides from their nearest landing pad through a smartphone app. (Photo Credit: Lilium)

The Lilium Jet took flight for the first time on May 4, after completing extensive ground testing at Lilium’s HQ in Munich, Germany, the company said. The prototype aircraft, which is controlled remotely from the ground, has also begun a rigorous flight test campaign, the first step toward certification of the aircraft to safety standards comparable to those of large commercial aircraft.

The full-scale, full-weight Lilium Jet prototype is powered by 36 all-electric jet engines that allow it to take-off and land vertically. (Photo Credit: Lilium)

In 2017, Lilium completed testing of a two-seater prototype, which first demonstrated Lilium’s “signature transition flight maneuver,” where the aircraft shifts from vertical to horizontal flight, and laid the groundwork for the five-seater prototype.

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Google Combines Trip-Planning Features Under One Roof

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Google is making it easier to plan your next trip online.

Following last year’s rollout of similar mobile tools, the company on Tuesday announced a major revamp of its web-based travel platform.

The new google.com/travel landing page features information about previously reserved journeys, and lets users effortlessly switch between flight, hotel, and package searches.

“As you plan a trip, your research and reservations will be organized for you in Trips,” Richard Holden, vice president of product management for travel, wrote in a blog post.

Finally, the web and mobile versions are on feature parity, making it simple to start outlining your summer vacation on the commute, consult the whole family from the living room, and finalize arrangements from the comfort of your bed.

Look for the ability to directly edit saved trips and add new reservations (coming soon), as well as sections highlighting recently viewed hotels and activities.

“When you want to continue planning, all of your research will be waiting for you,” Holden boasted.

Scroll down to see travel articles and find out more about a destination, like suggested day plans, popular restaurants near your hotel, and events during your dates.

Google also baked in weather forecasts for upcoming or potential trips, “so you can make sure you’re prepared, rain or shine,” according to Holden.

If this is all a bit too much, users can opt out of private results by adjusting the web and app activity settings.

And while this week’s updates tend to focus on desktop, Google has introduced a handy new mobile function for neighborhood newcomers: Google Maps points out popular areas nearby and what they’re known for.

Visiting Vancouver for the first time? Find out more about Gastown, Coal Harbour, and Yaletown with the tap of your finger.

“Our goal is to simplify trip planning by helping you quickly find the most useful information and pick up where you left off on any device,” Holden said. “We’ll continue to make planning and taking trips easier with Google Maps, Google Search, and google.com/travel—so you can get out and enjoy the world.”

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Researchers Have Invented a Quieter, Less Terrifying Airplane Toilet

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If you’re a frequent flyer, you know how loud airplane toilets could be. Flushing could produce a noise so terrifyingly loud, it almost seems like the whole lavatory is being sucked out through that tiny hole.

But changes might be coming: Researchers from Brigham Young University have invented a vacuum-assisted toilet that is about half as loud as the regular airplane commode.

“People have told us they don’t want their kids to be scared to use the bathroom on a flight,” said lead researcher Kent Gee, BYU professor of physics. “So, we’ve used good physics to solve the problem.”

While aviation tech has developed, the airline industry hasn’t been able to improve vacuum-assisted toilets over the last 25 years. That’s because getting airplane toilets to flush with very little water requires a partial vacuum, which at 38,000 feet, pulls air at nearly half the speed of sound. When things move at that speed, any disturbance at all to the flow — like the bend of a pipe or a valve — generates significant noise.

And with cabins now quieter than ever due to newer airplanes, toilet flushes reverberate much more throughout the cabin.

“Airline companies have always had standards for the toilet noise, but they’ve never met those and there has never been much pressure to do so,”said Scott Sommerfeldt, BYU professor of mechanical engineering. “Now with the reduced cabin sound levels, the sound of the toilet flushing is more noticeable and customers are pushing back.”

To solve the problem, the BYU team focused on three valve conditions during the flush cycle: the initial noise level peak associated with the flush valve opening, an intermediate noise level plateau associated with the valve being fully opened and the final noise level peak associated with the flush valve closing.

The researchers added additional piping to increase the distance between the toilet bowl and the flush valve and made the pipe attachment at the bowl more of a gradual bend as opposed to a sharp 90-degree angle.

Tests of the new contraption show aeroacoustically-generated noise dropped up to 16 decibels during the flush valve opening and about 5 to 10 decibels when the valve is fully opened.

“It’s a great mix between physics and engineering,” said grad student Michael Rose, lead author on the team’s paper published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. “The toilet is much quieter and now kids won’t think they’re going to get sucked out.”

The researchers have filed three patents on the new toilet and are now working with an industry partner to bring it to market. The invention works with existing airplane toilets — only the elbow need be removed during a retrofit, while the valve and the bowl can remain where they are.

The vacuum-assisted tech could also be used for toilets on cruise ships and trains and even in green building projects where housing units are looking at ways to reduce water usage.

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