A Greek town in the 8 lesser-known ports to cruise in 2017
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A Greek town in the 8 lesser-known ports to cruise in 2017

Cruise ships have expanded their itineraries with even more destinations for 2017. The desire to go somewhere your neighbor hasn’t gone (or at least hasn’t Instagrammed) is strong onboard. Conde Nast Traveler published the list with 8 destinations seeing more cruise ships now than ever before and that you should try to visit them before the word gets out. Among them a Greek city in the Peloponnese.

See the list:

1.Khasab, Oman

2.Monemvasia, Greece

It’s been dubbed the “Gibraltar of the east” for its rocky plateau profile, but this port in Greece’s southern Peloponnese region is quickly making a name for itself as a highlight of the Mediterranean. Seabourn, ranked the best small ship line in the 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards, visits the community of barely 1,500 residents, as do Silversea and Wind Star. Rhiannon Taylor, photographer and founder of lifestyle site In Bed With, recently sailed to Monemvasia on a Seabourn cruise and, while the itinerary from Athens to Venice stopped at the usual favorites like Dubrovnik and Corfu, this tiny rock island emerged the unlikely favorite. “It’s a quiet seaside town that remains largely unaffected by tourism,” says Taylor. “You can walk from the mainland to the island by a short 200-meter causeway and there you will find crystal clear swimming holes that you rarely have to share. Gyro prices haven’t changed in years, and the white-washed town is full of Byzantine churches.”

3.Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

4.Kornati Islands, Croatia

5.Kota Kinabalu, Malaysian Borneo

6.Icy Strait Point, Alaska

7.Kralendijk, Bonaire

8.Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland