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Best Cruise Destinations for Wildlife and Nature Lovers

Posted March 21st, 2016

Calling all nature lovers! We’ve picked the brains of our cruise experts to round up the top destinations for you to sail to! Whether you want to be up and close with fascinating furry friends, hike amongst native scenery or just enjoy it all from a distance, there’s bound to be a cruise ship and itinerary that fits the bill.


Known for its dramatic landscapes and icy glaciers, Alaska is bound to take your breath away. The 49th state of the United States boasts Mt McKinley, the highest peak in North America, glaciers larger than countries and the biggest national park in the country, Wrangell-St Elias. You certainly won’t be short of frontiers to explore! Brown bears, moose, musk oxen and grey wolves are just some of the animals that roam this wild region.

To find yourself amongst the beauty of Alaska, browse through available itineraries from cruise lines such as Princess Cruises and Holland America Line.

The Galapagos Islands

Known as the place that inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, the Galapagos Islands are truly a wonder to behold. The archipelago consists of 13 major islands that are located about 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador and enjoy pleasant weather year-round. You don’t have to be a biologist to understand the varied and fragile eco-system in the Galapagos, as the islands have found fame for the unique wildlife that inhabit them. Tortoises, finches, penguins, sea lions, pelicans, whales and dolphins – this is an animal lover’s dream!

For a cruise to this natural wonderland, check out cruise lines such as Lindblad Expeditions and Celebrity Cruises.

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You’ll feel like an extra in The Lion King on a trip to this amazing continent. Comprised of 54 diverse countries, there is much to see and do in Africa. You could go on safari in the Great Lakes countries of Tanzania, Uganda or Kenya, where you can spot the two tallest mountains on the continent – Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. You’re sure to end up with some amazing photos!

Keen to explore? MSC Cruises has a huge variety of cruises that sail around Africa.


Cruises to Antarctica are filled with discovery, snow, and of course, interesting animals! This area is particularly popular for expedition cruises where you board a Zodiac and experience Antarctica first hand, all the while making sure to look after the natural habitat.

To walk with the penguins, shimmy with the seals and admire the whales, look to cruise lines such as Lindblad Expeditions for destination-focused expeditions that will fulfil your wildlife dreams.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the adventure and eco-capital of South America, offering visitors an array of lush jungles, tranquil beaches and misty waterfalls. Locals, or Ticos as they call themselves, are renowned for being friendly and welcoming guests to pura vida, or the pure life. The country’s terrain has greater biodiversity than America or Europe, and while visiting, you can expect to see toucans, macaws, sloths and monkeys!

Exploring the Lush Jungles of Costa Rica

Sail to Costa Rica on itineraries with cruise lines such as Princess Cruises and Windstar.

If you’re a wildlife lover looking for your next escape, give one of our cruise consultants a call on 1300 954 661 to book a holiday at one of these incredible destinations.

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