When you hear the word “cruise” the first thing that pops into your head is probably not adventure. Cruises tend to conjure up images of touristy Brits sipping cocktails in a deckchair and making the most of all-you-can-eat buffets. Whilst this stereotype may be somewhat true, luxury cruises can totally coincide with adventure.
Cruises allow you to combine the comfort and ease of being on board a cruise, with exploring multiple destinations on fun day trip excursions. This makes them great for cruising with friends, your partner, or heck, even cruising with a baby! I recently spoke about wanting to incorporate more adventure and adrenaline into my life in my 21 Before 21 post, so here are five adventure cruises that will satisfy the daredevil in you.
Norway has been on the top of my bucket list for years now. The landscapes look breathtaking, with magical mountains and dramatic waterfalls, and I really hope I get the opportunity to visit Norway in the next two years. I’d love to venture on Norway’s iconic hikes and get *that photo op* at Pulpit Rock, Trolltunga and Kjerag.
Seeing the northern lights is also on my bucket list (I mean, isn’t it on everyone’s?!), so I’d hope that a cruise would not only take you around the fjords but also to the northern parts of Norway which are allegedly the best places in the world to see the northern lights. Norway is also a fantastic place to visit if you’re a lover of adventure sports. You can ski, and go glacier hiking, kayaking and white water rafting.
There are so many thrills to be had in Hawaii – it really is an adventurer’s dream come true. One of the best ways to see Hawaii at its full potential, besides hiking into the wilderness, is by helicopter! Helicopter tours allow you to see all four major islands from above.
If there’s any place where you should do a helicopter tour it’s probably Hawaii. I mean, who doesn’t want to see Jurassic Park from above?! It is also the perfect place to get out of your comfort zone and try some water sports such as surfing, tubing, snorkelling, parasailing and jet skiing. Volcanoes National Park should also be placed right at the top of your Hawaiian bucket list!
In the wise words of Bilbo Baggins, “I’m going on an adventure!”. If you’re a die-hard adrenaline junkie then New Zealand is definitely the place to be. From skydiving and bungee jumping to jet boating, rafting, canyoning and caving, you will never tire of the country’s endless adventure sports.
If you stop off in Australia, climbing Sydney Harbour Bridge is a must, or you can swim, snorkel, dive and sail the Great Barrier Reef. A visit to one of Australia’s many theme/water parks would also make for an exhilarating, laughter-filled day.
Travelling to Antarctica is a huge rarity and I personally know no one who has done it before. As so few people have step foot on the Great White Continent (due to the expense and infrequency of these expedition cruises). visiting Antarctica is an adventure in itself. Be ready to see unparalleled vistas, gorgeous wildlife and untouched landscapes on one of Antarctica’s once-in-a-lifetime adventure cruises.
Dubai is well known for its luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. A place where you will spend ridiculous amounts of money just to stay indoors against the heat. It’s never been somewhere I’ve been dying to visit but in recent years Dubai has started to attract a new kind of traveller: the adventurer.
And there sure are plenty of activities to keep you out of mischief in Dubai. Some of the things you can get up to include skydiving over Dubai’s iconic Palm, going to Aquaventure and Dubai’s other water parks, mountain biking, dune buggying, reef and wreck diving, climbing, hiking and off-roading.
This is a collaborative post with Iglu Cruise but as always all opinions are my own.