50 Essential Experiences Blog Princess Cruises' cruise destination experts compile a travel bucket list touching 36 countries and 6 continents. The Ocean Every journey has a departure point, that moment when you leave the embrace of the familiar and venture toward the unknown, the ocean. Lighting Up the Northern Lights Night Sky in Fairbanks A phone call in the middle of the night lead to one of the greatest memories this couple will ever have. Romance in the City by the Bay, San Francisco, California A couple spends their honeymoon basking in the romantic city of San Francisco. Reykjavik, Iceland Turns Out to be Magical in Oh, So Many Ways! Though this couple has been on many cruises, they finally get to visit one of their must-see destinations, Iceland, and boy was it so much more than what they expected. Trekking Cambodia’s Hidden Temple in Angkor Wat After a cruise to Antarctica, a woman travels to tropical weathers in Cambodia, a first hand experience of the Kingdom of Wonder. A Walk through History in Boston, Massachusetts Two sisters engulf themselves with American history in Boston. Gifts from the Interior of Alaska A woman recounts how her love for Alaska lead to finding the love of her life, her husband. Finding Peace and Beauty in St. Thomas on a Caribbean Cruise A woman finds peace under the tropical sun in the Bahamas. Savoring Flavorful Hong Kong During a cruise break, a man is bewitched by the food and aromas in Hong Kong, falling for the country within a day. A Cricketer’s View of Bermuda A cricketer, given the opportunity to travel around the world, recalls on his favorite destination - Bermuda. Enveloped by the Magic of Prague, Czech Republic On a business trip, a woman is unexpectedly enchanted by the magic that Prague has to offer. Cannes, France: The Perfect Place for New Experiences A woman takes in the beauty of Cannes, France and it's very rich, local culture. A Second Home in Vancouver, British Columbia A man recounts his first experience in Vancouver and how his love for the city continues to grow over time. Whales, Salmon and Glacier Trekking in Juneau, Alaska Whale watching, salmon baking and glacier trekking - a memorable experience this family won't soon forget. Unlocking the Panama Canal A couple revels at the mechanical works of sailing through the Panama Canal. A Life-Long Dream Discovered on Pitcairn Island A woman brings the story she's read into life by visiting the place described in the book that's stayed with her. The Great Pyramids of Cairo and Giza, Egypt A woman and her mother takes advantage of traveling opportunities to enhance their knowledge of world history Receiving The Warmest Welcome in Tauranga, New Zealand A woman recalls her cruise to Tauranga, New Zealand that brings tears to her eyes. Another Me in Amsterdam, The Netherlands A woman has a deeper appreciation for her heritage while visiting distant relatives in Amsterdam. It’s Hard Not to Be a Tourist in San Francisco, California Though he's been there several times, a man recalls on a specific visit to San Francisco in what better way than a tourist. Falling in Love with New Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra India A woman recounts her unexpected experience of falling in love with a city full of contrasts. A Surprise Serenade in Rome during a Europe Cruise A couple find themselves in an unexpected situation in Rome. A Dream Comes True in Athens, Greece A woman's dream comes true during her visit to Athens, an experience that's helped to fuel her motivation for a better life. A Fairytale in Copenhagen, Denmark A woman is brought back childhood memories of Hans Christian Andersen in Copenhagen, Denmark when her boyfriend takes her on a dream vacation. Finding a New World in Bangkok, Thailand With the help of his relative, a man enjoys a VIP experience to Bangkok, Thailand. A Return to Athens' Acropolis A man sets his eyes on ancient ruins in Athens, Greece. Discovering Delightful Diversions in Brussels and Bruges, Belgium An unfortunate event becomes a learning opportunity as a man is stranded half way around the world. Following the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Ukraine A couple visits where the battle from the poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," took place, giving appreciation to Ukraine's history. Welcoming Hospitality in Tokyo, Japan Making new friends aboard the cruise, a man recounts his learning experience during his visit to their home. The Memorable Sights of a Milford Sound Cruise A couple recollect on their experience cruising through the lushest landscapes of Milford Sound in New Zealand. In the Wake of the Bounty on Pitcairn Island, French Polynesia A movie comes to life as a man visits the hidden Pitcairn Island, the site of the movie "Mutiny on a Bounty" A Palatial Lunch in Florence, a Renaissance City A man captures the beauty of European art in the Renaissance City of Florence. For the Love of London, England A man recounts his love and visits to London, a city that reminds him of his late father. Wild About Monkeys on a Panama Canal Cruise A woman fulfills her dream of witnessing animals she's studied in school, in their natural habitat. An Ode to Dublin, Ireland A woman has a deeper appreciation for her country during her visit as a tourist. A Perfect Visit to the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland A couple visit the famous greens of the Old Course where tournaments are held in St. Andrews, Scotland. Finding Friendships in the Maldives In a port of call that was closed for the holidays, a couple manages to befriend a store owner who reopened the city. Taking to the Air over Denali National Park on an Alaskan Vacation Just when a storm is coming in and chances look slim, a couple is able to take flight and experience a trip of a lifetime. A Transatlantic Cruise Crossing Between Worlds While taking a transatlantic sailing, a man reminisces about his past and the significance of the journey. Buggy on Down to Moorea, French Polynesia A couple take a joy ride in a buggy, taking in the sights of Moorea. Homeward Bound to Hawaii – Aloha Style A man shares his childhood memories of Hawaii with his new family. Carpets, Mosques and Cruising the Bosphorus in Istanbul, Turkey A couple find themselves on a magic carpet ride - and keep the carpet as a souvenir. A Tradition Born in New York, New York Even though they've visited New York before, a family makes it a tradition to return, knowing that no two experience will be the same. Canada II vs. Stars & Stripes in St. Maarten A brother and his brother-in-law rival against one another on a friendly yacht race in St. Maarten. Remembering ANZAC Day While in Turkey While passing along a WWI battleground, a man recounts how his cruise holds a ceremony commemorating those that fought and died there. The Spirit of Dubrovnik, Croatia A man acquaints himself with the city of Croatia. Experiencing Berlin’s Past in Germany After the destruction of the Berlin Wall, a man is able to travel to his once forbidden city, East Berlin. The Grand Tour of Ephesus on a Mediterranean Cruise A man recounts one of his most memorable places that is filled with so much history - Ephesus. Self-Discovery Along the Mighty Amazon River in Brazil Tired of the city, a woman takes a journey of self discovery along the Amazon river. Turtles, Stingrays and a Glimpse of Hell in the Cayman Islands A woman gets to play with turtles, stingrays and even visits hell for her 30th birthday. Getaway to Paris, France – the City of Lights A man surprises his wife with a getaway trip to the city of Love for their anniversary. Sailing Through South America's Fjords in Chile A man recounts his unforgettable morning forging through South Ameria's Fjords. The Mystery and Intrigue of St. Petersburg, Russia A European cruise vacation becomes an educational experience for a family of young travelers. Surprising Tallinn Springs to Life on a Europe Cruise A woman immerses herself in the culture of Tallinn, Estonia. Istanbul Ignites a Spirit of Adventure in Turkey A man relives his childhood adventures by visiting Istanbul, a place inspired by the movies of his youth. A Voyage through Glacier Bay National Park A man reminisces on his anniversary cruise to Alaska's majestic glaciers. A Mayan Discovery in Tulum, Mexico A man stumbles upon a hidden Mayan historical site in Tulum, Mexico. Waterfall Trekking on un-Filled St. Lucia With a very well-informed tour guide, this couple learns all about St. Lucia on their shore excursion around the island and waterfall adventure. The Rhythm of the Animal Kingdom in Kruger National Park, South Africa An unexpected visit to the safari gives a gentleman a new appreciation for the animal kingdom. A Panama Canal Cruise Introduces The Enchanting People of Embera On a Panama cruise, a couple is greeted by the kind people of Embera. My First Cruise Around Cape Horn, Chile A woman relives her moments sailing around Cape Horn, a route known to be treacherous. A Memorable Moment at the Cabo San Lucas Arch A woman's dream comes true, seeing The Arch in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The Mysterious Moai of Easter Island, Chile A woman visits her ultimate bucket list destination and finds comfort in the Moais of Easter Island. Tomb Raider for Real in Cambodia A man sets out on an adventure to visit Angkor Wat. From Tahiti, French Polynesia, with Love Captain Stubing basks in a real-life romantic adventure with his wife in Tahiti. An Eternal Monument to Love at the Taj Mahal A couple venture on a world cruise and visit a particular monument, the Taj Mahal, completing their bucket list. A Lesson in Courage and Sacrifice in Normandy, France A family educates their kids about D-day in Normandy with a cruise to the actual site. An Italian Adventure to Reach a City Underground in Naples A woman recalls her and her husband's unexpected adventure to reach an underground city in Naples. The Holy Pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Spain A captain makes a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, a site of historic and inspirational significance. Horsing Around in the Costa Rica Jungle A woman conquers the Costa Rica jungle on horseback. Searching for Marco Polo in Venice, Italy A woman help her children gap the cultural bridge between their American culture with her own Italian culture. The Great Wall of China A man takes the opportunity to act as an escort for a group of tourists in a foreign country. A Remarkable Passage through the Panama Canal A man recollects his experience navigating through the locks of the Panama Canal. A “Homecoming” in Jerusalem, Israel A man takes the opportunity to learns more about his Jewish heritage with a visit to Jerusalem. A “Ding How” Day in Shanghai, China A couple immerse themselves in China's rich and local culture while visiting Shanghai. Ancient Sites and Great Cities on My Grand Mediterranean Tour A shore excursion manager explores the wonders of the Mediterranean as a possible cruise destination. Touring the Garden Isle of Kauai, Hawaii by Scooter A couple venture out on scooters to sight see around the island of Kuai, Hawaii. Welcoming in the New Year in Sydney A couple welcomes their new life and new year together with a breath-taking view of the New Year's fireworks in Sydney, Australia. Bugs and Beauty in an Australian Rainforest While some may honeymoon in a fancy hotel, this couple spends the night in one of Sydney's lushest rainforests, proving to be one trip they won't forget. Rediscovering the Hidden City of Machu Picchu in Peru A woman experiences the history of the Mayans through her visit to Machu Picchu. Cruising Denmark's Vestmanna Cliffs A couple ventures into the Vestmanna Cliffs to marvel at Mother Nature's wonders. Unexpectedly Awestruck on the Golden Circle in Iceland A woman is unexpectedly delighted by the wonders and experiences when discovering all that Iceland has to offer. Not Your Typical Tourist Roatan Excursion A couple goes to Roatan on a mission to bring happiness to an orphanage. The Enchanting Castle in Scotland A woman discovers that she has lineage to an enchanting castle in Scotland, thus sparking a curiosity for her and her family to visit. Sea Kayaking in the Straits of Magellan The best part of their cruise to South America was sea kayaking in the Straits of Magellan. The Majesty and Music of Petra, Jordan A man relives his favorite childhood film through a visit to Petra, Jordan; the location in which the film was shot. No Ordinary Church Choir in Pago Pago A man brings his wife to the church, where he heard the most angelic voices many years before, in Pago Pago. Bobsledding Down Jamaica’s Mystic Mountain Bobsledding down Jamaica's Mystic Mountain, an exhilarating mission to discovering unexplored scenery. Reliving the Magic of Mexico’s Playa de Los Muertos A couple relive their first trip to Playa de Los Muertos, bringing back an array of emotions and splendid memories. The Ringing Bells of Santorini, Greece A woman discovers the beautiful landscape of Santorini after climbing more than 500 steps, a wish now crossed off her travel bucket list. Inside a Pyramid: Descending into Khafre's Tomb in Giza, Egypt A couple joins their friend on a trip back in time as they visit the famous tomb of Khafre in Giza, Egypt. An Unexpected Thrill of a Lifetime on an Alaska Cruise in Ketchikan A man comes to find that he is quite the dare-devil while in Ketchikan, Alaska. Napier, New Zealand: The Town of Art Deco A woman visits her father's heroic past in Napier, New Zealand. Alligator Hunting on the Amazon in Brazil A woman conquers for fear of alligators in Brazil. A Soldier Returns on a Cruise to Vietnam, as a Tourist A soldier returns on a cruise to Vietnam to complete a journey that started 40 years ago. Dog Mushing on a Glacier in Skagway, Alaska Connecting to the Great Land of Alaska through a dog mushing journey down the Glaciers in Skagway. The Hidden Value of Travel in Amsterdam A woman shares her memories of living in Amsterdam and the effect of visiting Anne Frank's house has had on her. One Checked Off My Bucket List – Cruising Up the Clyde in Scotland Though a man takes a cruise and shore excursion to visit his native country, the experiences he has with this cruise mates are what he'll always remember. In the Embrace of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer Monument Connecting with my grandmother through the warm embrace of Christ the Redeemer, on a South American cruise to Rio de Janeiro. A Caribbean Cruise Journey to Firefly: Noel Coward’s Hilltop Hideaway in Ocho Rios Two fans visit Ocho Rios and pay tribute to the late and famous playwriter, Noel Coward.