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by Sherri Eisenberg

ATLANTIC OCEAN: Journey to the Middle of Nowhere

The circuit: Buenos Aires to Cape Town, with a stopover in the center of the ocean.

Boat basics: One of the best luxury ships afloat, Crystal Cruises' newest ship, the 1,080-passenger Crystal Serenity, has a Nobu restaurant, a slightly-younger-than-average passenger list, and gloved butlers who'll help knot your bow tie on formal night.

Shore thing: Halfway through this trip, the ship calls at the island of St. Helena, located in the middle of the South Atlantic between South America and Africa. (Try to find it on a globe—we dare you!) This is where Napoleon was exiled in 1815, and it's still supremely isolated: The landscape is so rugged that no airstrip has ever been built. Few cruises stop here, but the island is worth seeing. Visitors check out the British colonial architecture, a Napoleonic museum, Napoleon's original tomb (his body was exhumed and sent back to France in 1840), and Jacob's Ladder, a staircase with 699 vertigo-inducing steps. Best of all, the island gives you big-time bragging rights among your jaded traveler friends. Just make sure not to lose track of time—and get left behind.

The details: The 17-night Carnival to Cape Town Celebration cruise departs in February 2007.
From $7,660 per person

Crystal Cruises
Tel: 800 804 1500

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