When Cruising Becomes Adventurous Thrill Seeking

Claiming they are adventures to remember forever a variety of cruise lines also offer a range of on shore adventure activities to attract thrill seekers.

Whilst many cruise passengers set sail to relax, sun search, explore different destinations, discover various cultures or admire the natural scenery, Carnival Corporations plc have announced how cruise lines are also offering their most adventurous thrill seekers an array of on shore activities to take part in at various destinations worldwide.

cruise liner in the norwegian fjords

Cruise lines can organise activities from zip lines and dog sledding to cliff jumping and ice cave tours.

British cruise line P&O visit Vigo in Spain where guests can join experienced guides on inflatable rafts to experience white-water rapids of the Mino River. They also offer an excursion into the mountains of western Norway on the scenic Flåm railway to the dramatic waterfall of Kjosfossen. To get back down passengers zoom down the 4,500 feet of Scandinavia’s longest zipline.

On the Portuguese island of Madiera, rock walking and climbing is one of the activities, ending in cliff jumping at Baía d’Abra for the most adventurous of thrill seekers, available through the German line, AIDA Cruises.

Stockholm is on the itinerary for Italian company Costa Cruises, where travellers can explore the city from the rooftops, 108 feet above the ground a helmet and safety harness are worn to be guided along the steel cables. Switch the harness for a torch and passengers to Akureyri in the north of Iceland can disappear into the underground ice caves to discover the stunning natural ice sculptures of Lofthellir.

exploring ice caves

In the middle east, Bahrain offers fuel filled fun at the Bahrain International Circuit with Formula One racing and track tour with some off roading and the chance to drive a 4X4 across an adventure course.

If going down under, Australia often appeals to the adventurous type. Experienced guides can take thrill seekers along the Barron River to experience the wild spots of Rooster Tail, Cheese Churn and Hells Gate in between the gorges, waterfalls and rainforest. P&O Cruises offer both that and ziplining Summit Hill, on the island of Vanuatu.

The most visited destination for cruise liners in the Caribbean is Cozumel. There, travellers can snorkel with the world’s largest fish, the whale shark reaching a length of 30 foot or helmet dive to the Clear Lounge Cozumel oxygen bar, the first of its kind in the world.

snorkel with whale sharks

Jamaica’s Ocho Rios is a stop off for guests on the Carnival Cruise Line ships. The Mystic Mountain Sky Explorer chairlift travels through the forest to a height of 700 foot. Travellers then slide back down the 3,280 feet bobsled ride that was inspired by Jamaica’s Olympic team. There is also the opportunity to zipline through the canopy of trees.

St. Maarten in the Caribbean is the home to the world’s steepest zipline, the Flying Dutchman. Set in the Rockland Estate eco-park it drops 1,050 foot whilst reaching speeds of up to 56 miles per hour. Getting up to the park in the first place requires a ride on the Soualida Sky Explorer chair lift and coming down can be done by sliding through the twists and turns of the mountain’s especially designed inner tube.

the flying dutchman zip line at st maarten
Image courtesy of Carnival Cruise Line

The magical beach chair is just one of the highlights at Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras. Travelling 1,200 feet of suspended cables in six minutes it, as the name suggests, takes it passengers to the beach. There are also other ziplines in the area, whooshing over the jungle, water and ravine or the adventure park. The adventure park is home to two fly style superman ziplines, eight suspension bridges and twelve-line zipline.

Carnival Cruise Lines offer their passengers The Greatest Outdoor Adventure excursion when sailing into the Mexican Riviera’s Puerto Vallarta. Situated there is the new rollercoaster zipline, combining the experience of a free flying zipline with all the twists and turns of a roller coaster ride. Plus, there are other ziplines, descends into natural pools, mules to ride, off roading in 4X4s and rides in inflatable speedboats.

Whilst in Cabo San Lucas, there are more driving thrills with the chance of some off roading across the canyons or driving over what is said to be the world’s longest suspension bridge with a length of over 1,082 foot. Nearby, Boca de la Sierra is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and also home to seven ziplines, the most breathtaking of them all is Mexico’s longest and fastest superman one with a height of 4,000 feet.

Alaska is a place to experience many of the activities the outdoors has to offer throughout the year.

Fishing tours, kayaking, mountain biking, quad biking, ziplining, flight seeing, snorkelling, helicopter rides, dog sledding and whale watching are all on the excursion list for Alaska.

dog sledding in alaska

Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and Cunard offer a helicopter trip to a glacier summit where guests can go for a dog sled ride and learn about the huskies.

The partnerships between Princess Cruises with both Animal Planet and Discovery allow for dog sled camp visits, whale watching, and glacier treks. They also offer family activities that suit kids from age three.

The Tormented Valley in British Columbia is visited by Holland America Line guests where they can partake in rock climbing, hele-hiking and snow shoe adventures that include a ride on the iconic and historical White Pass and Yukon train route.

snow shoe hikes in alaska

Alaska is just one of the destinations that Seabourn offer the opportunity for travellers to be closer to nature with hiking, kayaking or boat tours to see the local surroundings and wildlife which can include whales and eagles. Seabourn also offer these excursions in Norway, Antarctica and the Amazon.

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