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All aboard! So you’re contemplating taking cruise. You could always book your sailing directly with the cruise line, but only the experienced team at Sunset Travel & Cruise in Chicago will bring insider information to the table.
Whether you’re daydreaming about sipping cocktails in front of spectacular ocean views, taking in the shopping and cuisine of port cities around the world, or being pampered with spa treatments each day of your trip, we can make it happen.
You probably also have a few practical questions as you contemplate your ocean voyage. Where should I go? When should I go there? What activities are available at each port?
The travel agents at Sunset Cruise & Travel have decades of experience, which means that we have personally visited many of the cruise destinations we recommend. We’ve been there, done that, and can offer you first-hand information and provide helpful travel tips before you go.
While the most popular cruise destinations are listed below, we can book a cruise anywhere in the world. Contact us today to discuss what you’d like to do, and we’ll turn your ideas into amazing travel experiences!
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The promise of tropical heat and sunshine make the islands the most popular cruise destination in the world.
Explore the Mexican Riviera and the ethic culture and cuisine that only Mexico can offer.
Cruise to the iconic Waikiki Beach and then hike up a mountain, all in the same day!
See parts of this remarkable state that are only visible from a ship.
Take in a mix of natural-made wonders and the history of ancient civilizations.
Cross several bucket list places off your list with one cruise, like Greece, Italy, and France.
Sunset Travel & Cruise can arrange cruise packages anywhere in the world.
It’s not hard to see why the Caribbean is the world’s most popular region for cruises. A Caribbean cruise promises tropical heat and sunshine – a big draw particularly in the peak-season winter months of Chicago.
Then there’s the land itself, with islands spaced to allow passengers to arrive at a new port, and a new island on most mornings. More importantly, booking a cruise with Sunset Travel & Cruise is the best way to see multiple islands in one single trip with no need for packing and unpacking.
The beaches are amazing and certainly one of the prime draws, but the islands also offer a big selection of things to see and do.
Many of the islands are home to a rich and complex colonial heritage, which means you can immerse yourself in Spanish colonial cities one day, dine on French-Creole cuisine the next, and take in the Dutch, Hispanic, and Gallic cultures the next.
One day you could be snorkeling with stingrays off Grand Cayman, setting off for Jamaica to climb a waterfall or zip-lining over a rainforest canopy, while the next you’re hiking in Dominica, or kayaking along Grenada’s indented coast.
This variety of activities mean everyone in your family can find a way to make the most of the cruise experience.
It may be just “south of the border,” but a cruise to lively Mexico will transport you to a unique culture filled with storied history and world-class cuisine that has to be seen (and tasted) to be believed.
Because of their popularity with tourists and their many beachfront resorts, similar to the French Riviera, many port cities on Mexico’s coast are referred to as the Mexican Riviera, which includes Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Ensenada, Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta.
What is there to do on a Mexican cruise? A Mexican cruise can mean docking and relaxing on the coastline on sandy beaches, but there’s also myriad options for those who want a more active excursion.
Thanks to those beaches, days can be filled with water activities, such as snorkeling, paddle-boarding, kayaking, fishing and scuba diving.
For those who want to take in the culture, Mazatlan has a historic center that has become a draw for international artists, and the food scene in Puerto Vallarta is among the best in Mexico. Heck, if you’re feeling up to it, you can even ride a camel through the Baja Desert!
Let Sunset Travel & Cruise know your cruise dreams, and we’ll make them happen.
If you’re looking for a unique way to see Europe that’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, talk to Sunset Travel & Cruise about planning your Mediterranean cruise adventure. It offers the best of the best arts and culture, surf and sand, cafe hopping and boutique shopping. From the inspired architecture of Barcelona to the sultry islands of Greece, there are countless places to explore – and many Mediterranean cruises allow you to visit a different port each day of your trip.
There’s Barcelona, the old city at the heart of everything in Spain, with museums, shopping and cafes. And in Italy, Florence and Naples serve up breathtaking architecture and cuisine (and wine) that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet.
Staying in Italy, Rome is a must on any itinerary, where you can take a “highlights” tour to see iconic landmarks or choose the unbeaten path for smaller museums and sidewalk cafes. And of course, you’ll want to explore the major French Riviera resort towns.
As for the best time to cruise, there are fewer crowds in port and more pleasant temperatures in early spring and late fall. Plus more things are open.
Keep in mind that many Europeans take the entire month of August off, which means many restaurants are closed in the middle of summer.
What do you think of when you think of Hawaii? Probably azure blue water and sandy white beaches, maybe a voluptuous woman doing a hula in a grass skirt or pineapple drinks by a luau. Whatever your ideal vision is for your Hawaiian vacation, it’s accessible by cruise ship — and right here in the United States.
Each of the eight major Hawaiian islands has distinct climates and attractions, which is what makes cruising there even more appealing. While cruising, you might sail by the dramatic cliffs of Kauai’s Napali Coast, soak up some rays on Honolulu’s iconic Waikiki Beach, reach the volcanic summit of Maui’s Haleakala Crater, and then drink the best coffee of your life in the hills above Kona.
Whatever is on your Hawaii bucket list, there’s an island to suit your adventure.
The most popular times to cruise to Hawaii are the winter months, when the cold Chicago weather has everyone craving tropical warmth.
Late November through May is the best time for whale watching, but there’s a greater chance of rain at this time. Because kids are in school, late-spring sailings tend to offer spectacular weather and less-crowded ships. Regardless of when you choose to sail, Sunset Travel & Cruise can get you insider deals that you won’t find anywhere else.
For many travelers, an Alaska cruise is a dream vacation. Both large and small ships visit the region during the May through September season, and more than one million cruise passengers sail Alaskan waters during that short five-month cruise season — half of all of the visitors to Alaska.
What makes this destination so cruise-friendly is that many cities and sites are inaccessible by road in Alaska, and the only way for passengers to get a view of many natural wonders and parts of Alaska that can’t be seen on a land vacation is by taking a cruise.
What makes this so unique is that Alaska offers up glaciers, wildlife, and mountain and coastal scenery, and the towns boast a variety of shore excursions and things to do and see. While on the ship, it’s not unusual to see the tail of a humpback whale and the sight of Glacier Bay at Glacier National Park is best seen on the water.
Once docked in port, Alaska offers up the opportunity to go dog sledding, fishing, helicopter rides over icy fields, or kayak near a glacier. When you head back to the boat, you’ll already be thinking about your next Alaskan cruise adventure.
There’s no shortage of astounding sights on an Asian cruise — whether it’s breathtaking natural scenery or amazing man-made monuments. Cruising to Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong will fully immerse you into ancient civilizations and vibrant modern cultures.
You can visit historic temples or majestic skyscrapers, buzzing malls packed with designer names or sprawling markets with the freshest foods and unique offerings, rugged national parks or meticulously manicured gardens. These contrasts are what make visiting Asia so intriguing, and so popular.
What kind of excursions are available in port?
That depends on your personal itinerary and preference, but we suggest Kyoto’s Temples & Shrines, Tokyo’s Tsukiji Fish Market, and Mt. Fuji in Japan.
In China, be sure to take in The Great Wall and the Forbidden City. In Hong Kong, there’s Victoria Peak, while in Taiwan, the National Palace Museum is not to be missed.
Finally, South Korea offers up Bulguksa Temple and the Gyeongbok and Changdeok Palaces.
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Each and every time, and at every turn, I was pleased as the cruise staff, van drivers, waiters, and bartenders that I encountered along the way were without a doubt among the friendliest, most gracious, hard-working, and amazing people that I have had the pleasure to meet.”
taking leisurely walks by the ocean or spending an afternoon at the spa. But it’s also the perfect spot for thrill-seekers. If you want to feel the rush of adrenaline as they zipline through the forest or hike alongside an active volcano, Hawaii is perfect for you, too.”
Located in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood and crafting amazing vacations since 1973, Sunset Travel & Cruise Agency is the place to go to when looking for not just vacation, but a life-changing travel experience.