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Don't Call It a Cruise: 12 Truly Awesome Journeys at Sea

by Team Fathom

Sanctuary Ananada on the Irrawaddy. Photo courtesy of Sanctuary Retreats.

THE HIGH SEAS – Call it an expedition, a boat trip, a hotel on the water. Just don't call it a cruise. Those gargantuan floating mall disasters are making way for small, chic ships with upgraded interiors, thoughtful itineraries, and top-notch amenities.

We scoured the Internet, asked experts we trust, and found the sea/ocean/river trips we can't wait to take. From the Arctic to Antarctica, Papua New Guinea to Corsica, the Rhîne to the Nile to the Mekong Delta, here are a dozen journeys to test out your sea legs.

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