Sep 13, 2012 10:05 - holly | 1,211 views
For some people, the term ‘cruise’ is synonymous with gray-haired old ladies, cringe-worthy comedy shows and shore excursions that take travelers through various different historic and cobbled streets that all look exactly the same. This view stems from the history of the cruise, once a luxurious method of transportation for those with too much money and too little personality, but the cruise industry has come a long way since then and this particular view is incredibly old fashioned, outdated and irrelevant.
In fact, a lot of modern cruises would surely be way too much for the peaceful folk to handle. Gone are the days of the after dinner Drawing Room, replaced instead with multiple bars, casinos, and even onboard amusement parks, but one of the biggest changes has been in the choice and variety of shore excursions at each port of call. Of course, the traditional walking tours around historic towns still exist, and trips to some of the biggest tourist attractions in the world will always be popular, but some of the more alternative offerings today are enough to blow even the most experienced thrill seeker’s mind.
Water lovers will have no problem finding an excursion to get the adrenaline pumping. Many ports offer snorkelling or scuba diving, but you’ve been there and done that, right? Well, have you ever tried cave-tubing? It may sound like a new concept, but this particular water-based activity has been the top selling cruise excursion in Belize since it’s introduction in the 1990s. Thrill seekers race through ancient Mayan caves, with just a small inflatable tube separating them from the waters. A half hour hike to the starting point through the Central American rainforest adds to the wonderment.
Nature lovers also have endless choices, but for a truly unforgettable pant-wetting experience, consider a cage diving trip. Divers are lowered into the ocean in a steel cage, while crew members lure sharks towards them with the promise of a delicious fish meal. While cage diving is considered safe, it’s also one of the most extreme water sports out there, and is especially popular in places such as New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. In fact, the village of Gaansbai, close to Cape Town, is considered the best place in the world for this activity, being the only place that sharks call home all year round.
If all that seems too tame, don’t worry, there’s more! Perhaps the most extreme cruise excursion currently on offer takes place from the port of St Petersburg. Ever wanted to see Moscow while flying in a Russian MiG fighter jet? Well now’s your chance. Soaring through the skies at over 1500 miles per hour, this trip isn’t for the faint hearted! The entire trip will take two days out of your vacation due to physical checks, and it’ll also set you back over $13,000! Wow!
So if you like your vacations with a bit of oomph, make sure you consider a cruise. Cruise vacations are whatever you want them to be. If you feel at home with a nice glass of wine while watching the sunset, a cruise can provide that, but if you’re not happy unless you’re partaking in some dangerous activity, then cruises can provide that too! Wake up and discover what modern cruising is all about.
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