A relaxed cruise sailing the best destinations in the Med is all well and good, but do you ever feel like ditching your deck chair and paperback for something a dash more daring?
If you’re feeling overcome with wanderlust and have a thirst for adventure, then why not try an adventure cruise? If you’re worried about surrendering your lavish ocean liner for a smaller expedition ship, don’t be! Where they may not be of the same considerable size, they certainly don’t scrimp on the luxuries.
An adventure cruise will take you to the most sought after destinations and will be filled with bucket list style excursions and adventure you could only dream of.
How about kayaking among icebergs in Antarctica or zip lining in the Costa Rican jungle? Read on to find out more!
The Ultimate Antarctica Experience
Cruise Line: Hurtigruten
Antarctica may not instantly spring to mind as the best cruising destination, but leave all your doubts at the door because it could be the most amazing cruise you’ve ever had.
You’ll begin your trip in the sun-kissed city of Buenos Aires, where you’ll have more than enough time to explore. Next stop will bring you to the coast of the Falkland Islands to be mesmerised by its sandy beaches and incredibly cute penguins.
You’ll visit the whaling stations of Drygalski Ford, before cruising to Antarctica, and the beginning of your real adventure. You’ll go hiking up breath-taking Arctic mountains, kayak among icebergs and you may even get the opportunity to pitch a tent ashore and live like a true adventurer. See? It’s never too cold for cruising!
Explore The Galapagos
Cruise Line: Silversea
No-one does the Galapagos better than Silversea, offering life changing excursions and a cruise ship that redefines the meaning of luxury. You’ll be living in style whilst crossing item after item off your bucket list.
You’ll have the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions, walk through huge underground lava tunnels and caves, and wander the lush forests the island has to offer. The Galapagos wildlife will leave you awestruck as you watch elephant seals and giant tortoises lazing on the beach and iguanas lurking on the nearby rocks. You’ll soon see why the island inspired Darwin.
Not to mention the crystal clear water makes the island ideal for snorkelling, and after all that adventure you can lay back on your cruise ship complete with on-board butler, ocean views and the finest gourmet food you’ve ever had.
Experience Costa Rica And The Panama Canal
Cruise Line: Windstar
How about an adventure to Costa Rica and the Panama Canal like you’ve never known, on-board a lavish private yacht style ship?
With Windstar you can explore Costa Rica’s most beautiful beaches and incredible animal life with a hike through Manuel Antonio National Park, and see as the monkeys do with a zip line experience high above the Quepos Jungle.
You’ll explore Golfe Dulce and pick from a variety of different excursions, learn how to make chocolate at a cocoa farm, or watch dolphins and sea turtles dance beneath the clear blue waters off the Osa Peninsula. You could even try horseback riding for the first time on a beach in Bahia Drake. Sounds perfect doesn’t it?
Immerse Yourself Into The Amazon
Cruise Line: Cruise And Maritime
Cruise and Maritime bring all your Amazonian dreams to reality, with a cruise from Bristol Avonmouth all the way to the Peruvian Amazon.
Explore the midst of Santarem in the heart of the Amazon jungle and watch piranhas swimming in the nearby river. Stay overnight in Manaus, the heart city of the Amazon and dance the night away with locals. You’ll view all of the incredible wildlife including birds, mammals and insects whilst exploring the jungle in comfort and style.
There are plenty of optional excursions to take including the chance to take a boat trip to see the meeting of the waters. Along your cruise you’ll be sailing past native villages and see what it’s really like to live near the largest river in the entire world. Can we go already?
See The Best Of Africa And The Indian Ocean
Cruise Line: Silversea
Experience the best of Africa and the Indian Ocean and feel like a star on-board a Silversea ship. If that’s not enough, you’ll delve into the Zulu culture in Richards Bay, glimpse at the magnificent lions on safari, hike up South Africa’s Table Mountain, and that’s only just the start.
If you fancy taking a break from all the excitement, go wine tasting in South Africa, and when you’re ready to get back to it shark diving awaits you in Durban. Visit St. Lucia’s nature reserve and be blown away as the hippos bask in the water alongside you and see fearsome crocodiles lurking in the reeds.
An excursion you’ll never forget is offered with a canoeing trip down the Nanhoon River, you’ll share the water with the country’s sea lions and otters, and be watched by the beady eyes of kingfishers and herons. We think that Silversea’s Africa and Indian Ocean cruise is really the ultimate trip for nature lovers and animal enthusiasts!
So there’s our roundup of the top 5 adventurous cruises you have to try! We’d love to know what you think. Would you like to try an adventure cruise? Have you ever been on one? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!