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For more than a century, Norway’s legendary Hurtigruten ferry route has linked the numerous coastal villages and towns. Year-round, 11 modern ferries head north from Bergen, reaching Kirkenes before returning. Take the 11-day round-trip that pulls in to 34 ports and offers various opportunities for side-trips, or just cruise a stretch (or two) of this trip. www.cruisenow.com.au

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For more than a century, Norway’s legendary Hurtigruten ferry route has linked the numerous coastal villages and towns. Year-round, 11 modern ferries head north from Bergen, reaching Kirkenes before returning. Take the 11-day round-trip that pulls in to 34 ports and offers various opportunities for side-trips, or just cruise a stretch (or two) of this trip. www.cruisenow.com.au

Taken while on Ferry headed to Peninsula Washington State 2015

Taken while on Ferry headed to Peninsula Washington State 2015

Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- Fisherman Kim Hyun-ho finds no peace when he lies down at night. The hundreds of dead or missing passengers from the Sewol ferry disaster haunt his sleep. Their screams ring in his head. ... his modest fishing boat off South Korea's coast 10 days ago.  Kim thinks he may have pulled 25 people from the frigid waters of the Yellow Sea, said Saturday. But the man from a nearby tiny island of just 100 people feels no pride, only torment.

South Korean prime minister resigns over ferry disaster response - CNN.com

Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- Fisherman Kim Hyun-ho finds no peace when he lies down at night. The hundreds of dead or missing passengers from the Sewol ferry disaster haunt his sleep. Their screams ring in his head. ... his modest fishing boat off South Korea's coast 10 days ago. Kim thinks he may have pulled 25 people from the frigid waters of the Yellow Sea, said Saturday. But the man from a nearby tiny island of just 100 people feels no pride, only torment.

Livingston is one of Guatemala’s gems tucked away on the Caribbean coast, and can only be reached by boat. Fortunately, two ferries head out and back each and every day. The town is the hub of the Garifuna culture, meaning tourists have a chance to taste the local menu and music during their visit. Evenings in Livingston are full of excitement and you may just have the opportunity to take part in the Punta, a regional dance with an incredible beat.

Livingston is one of Guatemala’s gems tucked away on the Caribbean coast, and can only be reached by boat. Fortunately, two ferries head out and back each and every day. The town is the hub of the Garifuna culture, meaning tourists have a chance to taste the local menu and music during their visit. Evenings in Livingston are full of excitement and you may just have the opportunity to take part in the Punta, a regional dance with an incredible beat.

‘Port’ in Portugal (as well as the port in your wine glass).  Connected with much of Europe via budget airlines, Porto a town of  village plazas and buildings decked in tile. Stay in antique inns with river views from just €25 (US$37.75), take a ride on an historical tram (€1; US$1.40) or head to the beach near Afurada village by ferry (€1).  East is the traditional wine district of Alto Douro, where you cruise in a flat-bottomed boat (€20; US$28.50) sleep in 200-year-old homes (€60; US$86).

Oporto

‘Port’ in Portugal (as well as the port in your wine glass). Connected with much of Europe via budget airlines, Porto a town of village plazas and buildings decked in tile. Stay in antique inns with river views from just €25 (US$37.75), take a ride on an historical tram (€1; US$1.40) or head to the beach near Afurada village by ferry (€1). East is the traditional wine district of Alto Douro, where you cruise in a flat-bottomed boat (€20; US$28.50) sleep in 200-year-old homes (€60; US$86).

Overnight ferry from Chumphon to Ko Tao  It’s just a simple fishing boat with mats on the upper deck and winking stars overhead

Thailand's best scenic journeys

Overnight ferry from Chumphon to Ko Tao It’s just a simple fishing boat with mats on the upper deck and winking stars overhead

After a role in the D-Day landings and a stint as a ferry, a formerly grand old British boat is a rusting hulk headed to the scrap pile.

After a role in the D-Day landings and a stint as a ferry, a formerly grand old British boat is a rusting hulk headed to the scrap pile.

Ruta en Illas Cias

Ruta en Illas Cias

Past tall Karri tree giants and long sandy beaches, Augusta is as far south-west as you can go in Australia. Right on the tip of rugged Cape Leeuwin, you can head up to the top of the historic lighthouse (the largest of its kind on mainland Australia) or cast your eyes down to watch the waters of the Indian and Southern oceans collide.   The town itself is 310 kilometres south of Perth, and you can get here in under four hours by road, or hop on a 50 minute flight from Perth airport to…

Past tall Karri tree giants and long sandy beaches, Augusta is as far south-west as you can go in Australia. Right on the tip of rugged Cape Leeuwin, you can head up to the top of the historic lighthouse (the largest of its kind on mainland Australia) or cast your eyes down to watch the waters of the Indian and Southern oceans collide. The town itself is 310 kilometres south of Perth, and you can get here in under four hours by road, or hop on a 50 minute flight from Perth airport to…

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