Cruise excursions you should not skip

Docking at a new port doesn’t necessarily mean cruise passengers have only a day of shopping, trams, snorkeling tours, guided hikes in the offing. Cruise lines are increasing their activity range in the name of the destination immersion with a side of adrenaline rush. These 10 special excursions to prove that adventure is very much as possible while on a cruise vacation.

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    Abseiling down a waterfall in Vanuatu with P&O Cruises

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    There is a good reason for the classic musical South Pacific used Vanuatu as the physical representation of the mythical island of “Bali Ha’i.” The wild jungles and waterfall oases can be displayed in an encyclopedia next to the word “paradise.” P&O Cruises shore excursions are a chance to abseil down one of those waterfalls. Rappelling is the act of descending a rock face using rock climbing equipment. Of course the reward for completing the abseiling trip is a dip in the natural rock pools below.

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    Heli-instagramming up a nuclear icebreaking ship in the Arctic

    John Borthwick

    Departing from Murmansk, Russia, the ship, 50 Let Pobedy carves its way to the north pole by the polar ice and the remote Franz Josef Land, a barren, uninhabited area is dominated by glaciers. At sea, the ship, the helicopter used for ice reconnaissance. Surrounding the 191 islands of Franz Josef Land, but guests aboard the helicopter aerial photos of excursions along the glacier edges of the ice fields. The ship, whose name translates to “50 Years of Victory,” is the world’s largest nuclear-powered icebreaker and can easily find his way through the eight inches of thick ice of the arctic Ocean. The north pole expeditions are available in a Quark and Poseidon Expeditions.

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    A real “night at the museum” with Azamara in Monte Carlo, Monaco

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    When the sun is on the harbour of Monte Carlo, the majestic Oceanographic Museum of Monaco is closed to the public but will reopen its doors for the guests of the Azamara Club Cruises ships. The historic building is home to 4000 species of fish, a shark showcase lagoon, galleries of maritime artifacts, and for this special after-dark experiences, a legion of artists and musicians bring in the dark halls to life. The excursion is unique for another reason in that it is completely free. Every Azamara voyage includes an “AzAmazing Evening,” a free event for all 600 of the ship, the passengers enjoy an invaluable, immersive experience in the country.

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    Breakfast with the Bedouin people in Dubai Desert Reserve

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    For this excursion, you will leave the port of Dubai before sunrise for a 4×4 drive through the desert to a Bedouin camp. It is here that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line guests can watch the sun rise over the top of the sand dunes and share “Futoor,” a breakfast of local specialties, with the tribe. Camels are available for rides, or simply sit and enjoy the stories of the nomadic Bedouin lifestyle.

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    Flightseeing the Falkland Islands’ penguin colonies

    Cynthia Drescher And Jacobson

    During the summer, whales migrate to the waters around the Falkland Islands, swim around shipwrecks, and along beaches and cliffs, home to Rockhopper, Gentoo, and King penguins. Fly is a twin-engine, 10-seat Britten-Norman Islander aircraft on an hour-long scenic flight with the guests of the Azamara Club Cruises ship Azamara Journey. The Falklands war in 1982 did much of the landscape and the beaches are strewn with landmines, so flightseeing is the only way to enjoy the topography and the hidden wonders of the nature of the Falklands.

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