5 Unusual Cruises You Need to Try 
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5 Unusual Cruises You Need to Try 

April 8, 2023 Share

Discover unusual cruise destinations beyond the Caribbean islands, such as the remote Greek islands, Galapagos, Central America, Croatia, and Antarctica.

When going on a cruise, most people immediately think of the Caribbean islands. While it’s a great experience to sail on the Caribbean coast, it may not appeal to those who prefer something more adventurous. From the remote Greek islands to the fascinating Croatian islands and the icy landscapes of Antarctica, these are the unusual cruises you need to try.

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Cruising the Greek Islands

Sailing the islands of Greece is a great idea to consider for your next holiday. In fact, it’s a bucket list for many travellers, especially those fascinated with the islands of Greece. Greece has over 200 islands, so the best way to see several islands in a single trip is on a cruise.

Some of the most popular islands to visit on your cruise of Greece include Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, and Rhodes. But if you are feeling adventurous, visit the more remote islands. It’s the best way to get off the beaten path and avoid the touristy places of Greece, which can get very crowded, especially in the summer.

Kasos is one of the most unspoilt Greek islands and an ideal destination for your cruise. Lying at the southernmost tip of the Aegean Sea, Kasos is relatively unknown to many visitors, and its rugged landscape is a true paradise for adventurers.

You can also visit the mythical island of Ithaca, believed to be the birthplace of Odysseus. It belongs to the Ionian group of islands boasting a stunning coastline with incredible beaches. The waters are crystal-clear, offering the perfect spot for swimming and snorkelling.

Cruising the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are some of the world’s most unique destinations, making it an ideal choice if you’re looking for an unusual place to visit on a cruise. In fact, cruising is the best way to explore the archipelago. It allows you to explore many different islands that make up the Galapagos and enjoy activities while discovering fascinating wildlife species.

A Galapagos cruise is perfect for couples, families, and even solo adventurers. You will enjoy numerous activities during your cruise, from birdwatching to snorkelling, kayaking, diving, and paddleboarding. Since the islands are considered preserved national parks, the local government limits the number of visitors, which means you can enjoy an unspoilt environment, unlike the more touristy places.

The highlight of your Galapagos cruise is seeing the many fascinating wildlife species, from marine iguanas to flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. What’s incredible is that these animals are not scared of humans. If you snorkel or swim at the beach, don’t be surprised to see a sea lion hanging out right next to you! Seeing these wildlife species up close is what makes the Galapagos an incredible destination for a cruise.

Cruising in Central America 

Central America lies in the southern region of the North American continent and comprises Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and Honduras. There are many great places to discover on a cruise in this part of the world. When cruising Central America, consider visiting Roatan, an island of Honduras famous for having the world’s second-largest coral reefs and an excellent location for diving.

Aside from Roatan, another highlight of your cruise in Central America is passing along the Panama Canal. It connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and is one of the most significant infrastructures supporting international trade in the western hemisphere. 

Another destination worth visiting on your cruise is the Bahía de Loreto National Park, a marine park in the middle of Mexico’s Cortez Sea, boasting fascinating landscapes, including rugged cliffs, rocky shores, and lush mangroves. 

The Blue Hole of Belize is another destination you should add to your cruise of Central America, especially if you are fond of diving. It’s a massive hole in the ocean, about 124 metres deep and 300 metres in diameter.

Nature lovers should include the Costa Rica Corcovado National Park in their itinerary. It’s a fun place to hike and spot fascinating animals, including the elusive pumas.

Cruising the Croatian Islands 

Cruising around Croatia’s beautiful islands and turquoise waters is an incredible experience. Drop anchor to explore some islands, home to fascinating historical sites. Enjoy a refreshing dip at one of the stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters and enjoy water sports like paddle boarding and kayaking.

Dubrovnik is a must-visit during your cruise. It’s home to some magnificent and historic buildings, including the impressive city wall from the 13th century. While seeing Dubrovnik’s architecture is the highlight of your visit, there’s more to see in this charming city. You can also visit the nearby Lokrum island and explore its monastery and botanical gardens.

Zadar is another destination to see on your cruise of the Croatian islands, as there is plenty to do and see here. Located along the Dalmatian Coast, the historic port city offers incredible landscapes and cobblestone streets. As you explore Zadar, you’ll be surprised to find hidden gems in almost every corner. Compared to the other cities of Croatia, Zadar is less crowded, so it’s perfect for those who want to avoid tourist crowds.

Zadar can also make for an ideal base for visiting other places in Croatia. You can easily sail to Croatia’s famous national parks, such as the Plitvice Lakes and Krka National Parks.

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Cruising to Antarctica

When it comes to unusual cruises, Antarctica definitely tops the list. It’s a land of jaw-dropping scenery, exotic wildlife, and gigantic icebergs. During your cruise, you can admire its breathtaking landscapes and see spectacular wildlife up close, including penguins, seals, and whales.

Your expedition cruise of Antarctica will include fun activities and immersive experiences. Aside from admiring the breathtaking landscapes from your cruise, you can visit some islands to explore iceberg-filled bays and visit penguin colonies. 

Aside from the fascinating icy landscapes, another highlight of your cruise to Antarctica is the incredible wildlife. The vast polar desert consists of 98% ice and snow, home to millions of penguins and seals. You’ll have the opportunity to see them in their natural habitat when you cruise Antarctica.

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