Long gone are the days of the blue rinse brigade ruling the roost when it comes to cruises. Adventure cruises offer diving, cycling, kayaking and mule riding when you reach land, and some incredible wildlife spotting opportunities when on board. Forget sequin gowns and stuffy after-dinner shows after an overcooked all-you-can-eat – these trips are all about swimming among sea lions, sunrise yoga and seeing the world in a new light.
Gallivant in the Galapagos
Let one of the most amazing, wildlife-rich places on the planet be your playground. The Galapagos Islands are the home of the discovery of evolution; Darwin uncovered the mysteries of the species here on these islands in the 1800s and it’s still mystifying visitors today. This is a truly unique part of the world, teeming with exotic creatures, many of whom are native only to these islands. There are many ways to get closer to the creatures – from snorkelling to swimming to kayaking, you’ll be simply spoilt for choice. You might be able to spot the Giant Tortoise and Marine Iguana, who are found nowhere else on the planet. This adventure cruise is truly a bucket list experience.
Mexico: Swim With the Fishes, And Everything Else!
The rugged beauty of Mexico’s Sea of Cortes will capture your heart. The turquoise waters and red rocky cliffs make for a stunning backdrop to any GoPro video. Paddle board through the warm waters under the morning sun, and jump off to swim with the fun and funny sea lions. When you reach the shore you can be led into a desert oasis on burro back by locals, and marvel at the untouched landscapes. There are over 200 bird, 500 mammal and 40 reptile species to be found here, so why not see how many you can spot?
Cost Rica: Oh-So Rich in Nature
With over 4% of the world’s wildlife species to be found in this small Central American country, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that there are areas of outstanding natural beauty dotted over the entire Costa Rican map. From dense jungle to beautiful cloud forests to stunning beaches, there are sloths, monkeys and toucans to be seen at every turn. Don’t spend all your time on land though, as there are turtles, humpback whales and dolphins dotted in the temperate waters too.
Before You Cruise Off Into the Sunset…
An adventure cruise is a far cry from bingo on board the cruise ships of the past, and you’ll be experiencing new and exciting things each day of your trip. Although you certainly won’t regret stepping on board this cruise, travel insurance is essential on an adventure like this. Specialised cruise travel insurance will cover you in the case of adverse weather conditions, lost luggage and other eventualities so you can relax and enjoy the trip of a lifetime.
Ethan Bailey is an experienced adventure traveller and insurance expert with the team at Let's Go Insure. Ethan’s passion is to inspire his clients to go just that little bit further, deeper and higher on their travels and his expertise in providing the ideal insurance cover allows them to do just that. If you're looking for the best cruise travel insurance Let's Go works with the most experienced underwriters, intermediaries and insurers to offer a range of competitive insurance without compromising on cover.