No hablas? No problem. Cruise-tours to Europe reduce fear of the foreign tongue with guide-led group itineraries. A five-night tour of Spain rounds up Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. Crystal Cruises will offer some routes this summer with a stay in England's beloved Leeds Castle, complete with your own personal butler. Alternatively, after cruising from Rome to Istanbul, land-goers can explore Turkey's Cappadocia and stay in one of the area's famed caves.

Exotics Ashore
When it comes to once-in-a-lifetime trips, cruise lines are there. Even on safari - perhaps the ultimate land-based trip. Seabourn Cruise Line offers a five-night safari in Kenya - including two daily game drives and overnights in Amboseli National Park - after a 17-day sail from Egypt.

Three South American cruise-tour options from Princess take in Iguazu Falls, the Andes Mountains, or Machu Picchu after sailing around Cape Horn. Abercrombie & Kent combines a five-night small-ship cruise in the Galápagos Islands with a best-of-Peru land tour that includes a sunset visit to Machu Picchu and optional horseback riding in the Sacred Valley.

All In One Or Tack It On?
Before you book, know the nomenclature. "Cruise-tour" is industry lingo for ship-and-shore itineraries that typically include a cruise followed by several days on land for one price. "Pre-cruise-" and "post-cruise-tours" refer to add-on tours and hotels offered wherever boats depart or embark. The latter are a la carte, generally ranging up from $100 per night per person.

If you crave a few nights at that last port of call, no problem. Seabourn offers a slate of packages, from a three-night, tango-focused tour of Buenos Aires to four nights in the castles and manor houses of Edinburgh and London, or four nights in the Australian Outback. These days, a cruise vacation isn't over until you say it's over.