5 Alternative Summer Cruises for the Adventurous


If you want more from your summer holiday than sun, sea and surf, there are plenty of options available for the wayfaring cruise-goer. Cruises may be celebrated as one of the most relaxing and luxurious types of holiday available, but they offer much more than just the opportunity to lounge by the pool and gorge on copious amounts of delicious cuisine.

From exploring exotic, far-flung destinations to pushing yourself to the limit as part of an adrenaline-fuelled excursion — cruise breaks offer plenty of opportunity for adventure, fun and exploration. Here, we look at 5 of the best cruises for those that prefer their getaways a little more rugged.


South America and Antarctica, Holland America Line


Ever wanted to journey to the edge of the earth? Book yourself aboard Holland America Line’s MS Zaandam as it sails from South America to Antarctica, and you’ll get fairly close. Departing Valparaiso on 30 January 2016, this epic 22 night sailing calls at a number of striking ports in South America, before journeying to every adventurer’s dream destination — Antarctica. With inclusive return flights and a complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay, this itinerary is the ultimate alternative to the standard summer cruise.

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Mexican Riviera, Norwegian Cruise Line

Mexican Riviera 

The Mexican Riviera — home to rugged coasts, charming ports and no end of historic sites and visitor attractions. From Puerto Morelos to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, the Mexican Riviera extends along the length of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and is characterised by its blend of natural beauty and historic sandstone villages. Book a Mexican Riviera cruise with Norwegian Cruise Line, and you’ll sail on an 8 night cruise from Los Angeles, calling at the ports of Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta along the way.

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Exotic Aisa & Mount Fuji, Princess Cruises

Mount Fuji 

If you’ve ever wanted to tour Japan, one of the best ways to do so is by sea. As the country is divided into a number of islands, it’s necessary to fly or sail between them —sailing being by far the most worthwhile option. Departing Tokyo, guests will be given the opportunity to explore some of Japan’s most evocative destinations, including Nagasaki and Yatsushiro, before enjoying a complimentary tour of the exceptionally idyllic Mount Fuji.

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Cape Town to Perth with Safari, Cunard

Cape Town 

With its exotic fauna and unique culture, South Africa has long enticed explorers from across the globe. Cruising aboard one of the world’s most luxurious ocean liners, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, guests will enjoy an action-packed tour of southern Africa — where they’ll be acquainted with the local wildlife as a part of a complimentary safari experience. Then it’s onward across the Indian Ocean, reaching Perth after an unforgettable 22-night sailing.

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New Zealand, Royal Caribbean


For a slice of adventure a little closer to home, Royal Caribbean’s brilliant New Zealand tour delivers natural beauty and thrilling excursions in abundance. Sailing aboard Explorer of the Seas, passengers will travel to a handful of extraordinary destinations on NZ’s North and South islands, and be given the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting activities — from surfing to bungee jumping.

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Whether you want your summer break to be active or relaxing, Cruise1st offer a complete range of cruises catering to everyone’s tastes. To browse our range of upcoming cruises, click here or call our dedicated team on 1300 857 345.


Images sourced via Flickr Creative Commons. Credit: Victor, Ray Dehler, midorisyu, David Stanley, Mazzali and Rayandbee.

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