Cruises for People Who Hate Cruising

by Colleen Clark

Geographic Expeditions

Wide berth: For been-there-done-that types who sailed to Bequia a decade ago and think Mauritius is so 2009

Smooth sailing: The impenetrable jungles of the Mergui Archipelago, a chain of 800 islands dotted over 10,000 square miles off the southern coast of Myanmar, did not open to tourism until 1997, and much of this territory has yet to be explored. The total lack of tourist infrastructure means that you have to carry it with you, so Geographic Expeditions' Silolona is well equipped for the task, with dive equipment and guides who will take you below the surface to swim with whale sharks, ghost pipefish, and ribbon eels, or onshore in search of tigers and the elusive Sumatran rhinoceros. The only other souls you're likely to encounter on these excursions are the Salones, a nomadic people who fish the local waters. Exclusivity comes at a price, though: This 13-day charter cruise for you and 11 of your closest friends will set you back $250,000. But can you really put a price on bragging rights?

Geographic Expeditions
Tel: 800 777 8183

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