Seeing the ocean from six to 16 stories above while on a cruise ship is a very enjoyable experience. And for those who like the water, that view from afar can be enough to provide them with the feeling of experiencing time at sea. But for those who love the water and need to see it, feel it and even taste it, there are some amazing excursions that can meet your needs.
When the ships in the Princess line dock on the island of Eleuthera at Princess Cays, your fun is about to begin. One of the most popular excursions at this port is the clear-bottom-kayak tour. You are swept through the lagoon sitting right on top of the crystal clear blue water. Splashes of salt water will wet your lips as you enjoy searching for sea life in the natural habitat that it loves and thrives in. It is not uncommon for guests to see spotted eels, clownfish, and even several majestic sea turtles.
SUP In Galapagos
Stand-up paddleboards have become the rage around the world for their ability to become one with the sea and the tremendous workout that they provide. Ecoventura offers paddle boarding from all of its ships including the soon-to-debut luxury yacht, the Theory. The Galapagos is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the opportunity to float along unencumbered by a motor or even a small boat provides guests with a more realistic view of this amazing locale. Sea life, including some 550 species of fish, inhabit this protected area and will be inquisitive and unafraid of a SUP. Guests have the potential to encounter rays, whales, sea stars, angelfish, Parrotfish, the Sergeant-major and many more; all close enough to almost touch.
With New Zealand proudly sporting its Americas Cup title, the entire country is eager to introduce its guests to the joys and challenges of sailing. Viking is offering passengers the opportunity to try their hand at the task in the Hauraki Gulf. Guests will enjoy this three-hour tour aboard a sleek yacht used in the 1995 race. It is also important to note that this ship is far more well-equipped than the ill-fated S.S. Minnow, and has never failed to return after a three-hour tour; nor does the Captain answer to the name Skipper. But this is a rare opportunity to enjoy a vessel that has been a part of the Americas Cup!
If you want the salt water splashing on your face and the sea life within arm’s reach, then these excursions are the perfect way to turn your next cruise vacation into the trip of a lifetime.