For many people, visiting the Seven Modern Wonders of the World is right at the top of the bucket list. Spread across the world, these voyages can be an incredibly intense. For those concerned about the exertion, why not cheat a little and travel to the seven wonders in luxury aboard a cruise ship. Here is a guide to cruising to each of the Severn Modern Wonders of the World in luxury.
Christ the Redeemer
If the recent World Cup in Brazil’s incessant use of Christ the Redeemer sparked a desire in you to visit the awe-inspiring statue, a cruise holiday could be the best option. Located on the peak of Rio de Janeiro’s Corcovado Mountain, Christ the Redeemer is only 12km from the city’s port.
Regardless of people’s faith, the statue has become incredibly iconic across the world. The sombre, embracing figure of Christ overlooking the colourful city of Rio offers an incredible poignant visage. Viewable from the port as the ship comes to dock, it is the striking image that visitors tend to notice first. Royal Caribbean run cruises throughout the year to the carnival capital of the world, allowing passengers to enjoy the city’s colour and culture.
Great Wall of China
Made up of 13,171 miles of fortifications, the Great Wall of China is the longest man-made structure in the wall and dates back more than 2,500 years. Initially built as to protect the Chinese Empire and serve as border controls, the wall has become a hugely popular tourist attraction. Although theories suggesting the Great Wall of China can be viewed from the moon have been disproven, the structure has still made an indelible mark on the planet.(Image by Ziki Questi)
The wall passes through the city of Beijing which has maritime access through the Port of Tianjin. Cruise1st offer a choice of cruise holidays which include excursions to the Great Wall.
The ancient city of Petra in Jordan has become famous for its unique infrastructure and architecture with buildings carved into stone. Roughly 2,500 years old, the city was lost for centuries until rediscovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. The city is under threat of corrosion caused by water damage and poor irrigation – the delicate site needs to be seen to be believed.
One of the harder sites to visit by ship, probably the best way to nautically approach the area is by a Red Sea Cruise.
The ancient amphitheatre set in the centre of the Italian city of Rome is generally considered one of the greatest feats of Roman engineering. Carefully preserved, visitors are still welcomed inside the Colosseum despite its crumbling exterior. Formerly used for gladiatorial fights, the Colosseum is now a much more peaceful place with visitors simply enjoying the beauty of the structure rather than bloody battles.
Rome and the Colosseum are both easily accessible through the Port of Civitavecchia. The Colosseum is only 36km from the port, making it easy to visit in a day.
Built by the Mayans in modern day Mexico, Chichen Itza is an ancient city which was a major location in its heyday. An economic powerhouse, the city still shows signs of the great wealth and power which built it. The site covers an area of 5 square km and was probably home to the most diverse population of inhabitants in the Mayan world.
Cruisers are best served travelling into the Mexican port of Progreso in Yucatan. The port is less than 2 hours away from Chichen Itza by car, making it possible to visit during a day’s excursion.
It is only just over 100 years since Machu Picchu was rediscovered by American historian Hiram Bingham. The ruins of the ancient Incan town have become a hugely popular tourist attraction in the high altitude Cusco region of Peru with visitors regularly making the ascent. The site is so unique and such a historical anomaly that some groups believe it was built and founded by aliens.
The Peruvian port of Callao is less than an hour’s drive to Machu Picchu, making it ideal for a day’s excursion. Time will need to be reserved for the ascent due to the high altitude of the site though.(Image by Marito Bonito)
The most difficult of the Seven Modern Wonders to reach by cruise, the landlocked Taj Mahal is set by the Yamuna River but heavy restrictions are place on sailing down this stretch of water. The white marble mausoleum was built just over 350 years ago by the Mughal emperor Shan Jahan in memory of his beloved third wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Docking in a Mumbai port, visitors can take a 2 hour flight Agra which is close to the Taj Mahal. Okay, this may not strictly be cruising to the seventh wonder, but it’s as close as we’re going to get!
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