This flexibility turns into some absolutely amazing adventures all around the world, like the itineraries below.
Watch whales breaching a short distance from the ship or showing you what bubble netting is all about. Imagine passing by pods of orcas, eagles looking for their next meal, curious seals and otters checking you out in a remote bay. This is small ship cruising in Alaska. With fewer than 90 guests on board, these small ships take you into the fjords, away from the crowds, close to wildlife and glaciers too. Similar to the big ship cruises, small ships cruise from late spring and through mid/end September.
Try an exotic cruise by exploring the remote areas of the upper Amazon in Peru, where the Amazon begins or along the Chobe River in Botswana. Along the Amazon, the waterways are surrounded by dense and lush jungles. Be on the lookout for pink dolphins, macaws, hawks and the red howler monkey overhead. One may also be lucky and spot a jaguar. On the Chobe, herds of elephants often gather along the banks, as do crocs and other wildlife. What an experience game watching from the top deck of a river cruise!
A trip to Antarctica and the Falkland Islands is the ultimate adventure cruise. In addition to icebergs and glaciers, people come to see the large numbers of penguins, whales and leopard seals. Imagine the excitement of kayaking around the icebergs and coming across a sleeping seal. Surely a memory for a lifetime. Cruises run from November to February, summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Galapagos Islands offer some of the best nature viewing anywhere in the world. An exciting natural zoo, perfect for the entire family. Search for a blue footed booby, the Galapagos Marine Iguana (the only marine lizard to exist in the world), or the tortoises for which the islands were named. Snorkel with curious penguins and sea lions. Cruises are available year round, though peak season are the summer months and December - January holidays.
Hawaii is known for whale watching during the winter months when the humpback whales migrate to the islands to mate and give birth. An underwater paradise awaits those who join snorkeling and scuba adventures, but plenty of land based activities including cultural experiences are included in itineraries. Small ship cruises run November to April.
Cruises through the arctic region typically run May to September, and include itineraries in Norway (Svalbard Archipeligo, Spitsbergen), Greenland and Iceland. Plenty of wildlife can be found, from polar bears, arctic foxes and reindeer to whales and walrus plus a variety of birds.
Big on many a bucket list is swimming with the world's largest fish, the whale shark. There are a number of spots all around the world where you can do this, but one of the best spots is the Sea of Cortez due to all the other wildlife in the area, including a wide variety of whales, dolphins and bird life. Go on paddling and hiking adventures or snorkel with playful sea lion pups. It'll just be you and them - a nice quiet spot in this part of the world.
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