The seas of the world

Thursday, 15 December 2016
Smaller seas of the world

Within the large expanse of the world’s oceans, lie a number of seas which are smaller than oceans, but larger than bays, gulfs, fjords, and coves. A sea is usually defined by its relationship to a landmass, like the Caribbean or Mediterranean, for example, which are almost completely surrounded by or bordered by islands and a large landmass.

There are hundreds of seas across the globe, but some of the more common seas which are frequented by Cruise lines include the Caribbean, South China, Baltic, North, and Mediterranean.

Caribbean Sea

The Caribbean Sea forms part of the Atlantic Ocean; it’s one of the largest in the world, and possibly one of the most scenic and beautiful. With its tropical climate, amazing beaches and laid back lifestyle, the Caribbean is a dream cruise destination. The Caribbean Sea is home to the second largest barrier reef, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, as well as other fascinating natural wonders such as the Great Blue Hole off the Belize coast, a wide variety of beautiful parrots, birds, turtles, dolphins and other sea life like the West Indian Manatee.

South China Sea

Bordered by China in the north, the Philippines’ in the east, Borneo in the south and Vietnam in the west, the South China Sea forms part of a vital shipping route for the region and is part of the larger Pacific Ocean. It is believed that the sea has large gas and oil reserves deep below the surface. The South China Sea is under constant sovereignty claims from the various countries surrounding it and therefore has various names for the islands and the sea itself. 

Baltic Sea

The Baltic Sea is almost completely enclosed by the countries of Sweden in the west, Finland in the north-east, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Germany and Denmark. Russia also has access to the Baltic Sea with its small window between Finland and Estonia and the port city of St. Petersburg. The Baltic will offer cruisers the opportunity to stop at the cities of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and more.

North Sea

On the opposite side of Denmark and Sweden, and in-between the United Kingdom in the west, Norway in the north, the Netherlands, Belgium and France in the south, lays the North Sea. The North Sea has always been a major shipping route, and in more recent times has become major site of energy resource development with wind, wave, and fossil fuel energy being implemented. The North Sea is of vital importance to the neighbouring region’s fishing industry and a wide variety of marine life is present in the area as well. Dolphins, seals, porpoises and walrus can be found in various regions throughout the coastal areas.

Cruises in the Mediterranean Sea

The Mediterranean Sea is one of the most popular cruise destinations on the planet. A large expanse of water, covering roughly 2.5million square kilometres, the Mediterranean offers an exciting and fun way to explore the European and North African countries of Morocco, Spain, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece, and Turkey.  The Mediterranean Sea has played an important role in trading, shipping and the development of various cultures that have shaped our modern world.

If oceans define the water which covers the earth, the seas of the world are the neighbourhoods within our oceans. Just as the oceans have, the seas have played an important part in shaping our societal as well as natural history since the beginning of time.

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