7 Cruises For Active People
Cruising isn't just about lounging around on the deck and sipping cocktails. In fact, there are numerous cruises around the world that are tailored to those who prefer a more active holiday. Get yourself off the sunlounger and try one of these action-packed cruise excursions, from salmon snorkelling to glacier walking.
Monte Carlo On The Run – Crystal Cruises
Lace up your running shoes and take a guided five- to 20-kilometre jog around a historic city, national park or along a scenic coastal path, stopping for narrated sightseeing along the way, thanks to Crystal Cruises. Site running tours are an ideal way to maintain your fitness regime while ticking off the monuments, and are available when Crystal Symphony or Crystal Serenity call at Auckland, Sydney, St Petersburg, Amsterdam, Cobh, Greenock, Bordeaux or Monte Carlo.
Here you’ll take a rolling path along the coast of the Riviera, around St Jean Cap-Ferrat peninsula and through quaint villages before cooling off with a sea dip. There’s an instructor-led warm-up beforehand and water, power snacks and reflective gear are provided.
Dive A Reef In The Caribbean – P&O Cruises
With P&O, Padi-certified divers will be put to work on the island of Bonaire, helping staff at the Coral Restoration Foundation conduct underwater surveys, clean coral and remove predators, while learning the basics of conservation and marine biology along the way. There are adventures on land, too – try saddling up for a heart-thumping bike ride through the hills to see pink flamingos at Gotomeer Salt Lake. Other Caribbean activities include zip-lining, river-tubing and quad-biking through sand dunes.
Greenland Explorer – Quark Expeditions
Home to the world’s greatest fjords and most active glaciers outside of Antarctica, Greenland is a pretty remarkable destination at the best of times. Throw in camping, mountaineering, kayaking, paddle boarding and cross-country skiing and you have a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
This 15-day expedition with Quark Expeditons includes hiking for all abilities, optional kayaking adventures, Zodiac cruising among the glaciers and, for thrill seekers, the chance to take a helicopter excursion over Ilulissat icefjord, the fastest moving glacier in the world.
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The Ultimate Aqueous Adventure – Celebrity Cruises
A Salmon Safari along the picturesque Suldalslagen River in Norway or cycling the Croatian coast are just a couple of the excursions adventurer Ben Fogle has created for Celebrity Cruises. For the former, adventurers don survival suit, and mask and snorkel, squeezing past huge stones on the riverbed, diving into deep pools and being guided further downstream as salmon come at you from every angle.
Kayaking In Halong Bay, Vietnam – Seabourn
Legend has it dragons once descended into the water here and that their forms can be seen in the steep outcrops that punctuate this tranquil corner of Vietnam. Once you’ve paddled up an appetite, enjoy a seafood lunch on board a traditional wooden junk before kayaking through the arched entrance of Luon Cave to a peaceful lake.
This two-week cruise also calls at ports in Thailand, where you can go sea canoeing in the waters of Phang Nga Bay, and Cambodia with an overnight in Ho Chi Minh City.
Pedal Power In Port – Hapag-Lloyd
Now here's a good advert for a cycle tour. 'Easy-going', 'active and high-energy', and 'active lite' are the three categories of cycling excursion offered to passengers on Europa 2. Beginners can enjoy the scenery during a leisurely ride on a flat route, while experienced cyclists take part in more challenging rides over uneven terrain.
All excursions last between four to five hours and the ship carries 14 hardtail mountain bikes in various sizes. Selected ports only, including Piraeus and Athens, Mykonos and Bodrum.
On Top Of A Glacier – Australis
Departing Ushuaia for Punta Arenas (or in reverse) the expedition ship Stella Australis cruises the southernmost Patagonian channels and takes in Tierra del Fuego, the Strait of Magellan, the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn (landings are weather dependent). At Pia Glacier, there are two excursion to lookout points – from the higher vantage point the glacier's entire displacement can be seen from above.
The scramble up near-vertical slopes of scree is messy (there's lots of mud) and very demanding. But the views are unmatched.
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