Cruises aren’t just about dozing by the pool during the day and sipping cocktails in the lounge bar at night, unless you want them to be, of course. For many travellers, the most important part of a cruise is the list of cruise ship excursions they’ll be offered at each point of call. Whether you’re into shopping where the locals go, exploring the region’s hidden nature trails or visiting iconic history museums, all cruise lines offer a great choice of cruise ship excursions which will have you queuing up at the gangway before the ship has even docked.
Since cruise ships generally only dock for a few hours at each port, you can usually just select one excursion per stop. So to help make choosing just that little bit easier, we’ve put together a short list of life-changing cruise ship excursions you’ve absolutely got to do if they appear on your itinerary.
3 Life-Changing Cruise Ship Excursions
Zip lining in Cozumel
Cozumel is famous for its picture-perfect beaches and colourful marine life, but few know about the island’s beautiful jungle. Instead of strolling along the jungle floor to admire the scenery, take to the sky and soar through the canopy like a bird with Fly High Adventures! This adrenaline-pumping park features over 400m of zip lines divided between 12 different stretches for the ultimate bird’s eye view of the jungle below and its exotic wildlife which hides within. Once you’ve felt the freedom of zip lining, it will become a sensation you’ll crave for the rest of your life.
Book a 7-night Western Caribbean cruise on the Liberty of the Seas from Galveston and go zip lining in Cozumel.
Swimming with sharks in Hawaii
Push yourself to your personal limits by swimming with sharks in Hawaii. Definitely not one for timid travellers, this heart-racing excursion involves donning a snorkel mask, climbing into a cage and being lowered into, quite literally, shark-infested waters. From under the ocean’s surface you’ll have the opportunity to gaze at the 40 species of shark which live in the sea around Hawaii and range from a tiny 20cm all the way up to a huge 15m. After 30 minutes in the company of sharks, you’ll be ready to take on any challenge the world throws at you.
Book a 15-night Hawaiian islands cruise on the Star Princess from Los Angeles or Vancouver with Princess Cruise Lines and test your bravery by swimming with sharks.
Crab fishing in Ketchikan
If you’ve ever watched an episode of the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch and thought: “I could do that!” now’s the time to prove yourself. When the Holland America cruise line docks in Ketchikan on an Alaskan cruise, they give passengers the chance to spend a day with a commercial fishing crew onboard the Aleutian Ballad, the fishing boat which was capsized by an 18m wave in the famous TV programme. Your experience, thankfully, won’t be as grizzly as anything recorded for viewers, but you’ll still get to join in and fish for king crab, giant octopus, starfish, eels and sharks. Even if you don’t catch a single thing, listening to the crew re-tell their tales of near-death experiences and perfect storms will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Book a 7-night Alaskan cruise from Seattle on the Eurodam and experience a day in the life of a Deadliest Catch fisherman.