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The word cruise conjures up images of gigantic vessels filled with holiday-makers lounging by pools, feasting at buffets and gawping at on-board performances. In brief, they don’t exactly scream adventurous.
Exploratory cruises are an entirely different ball game. These cruises are for people who want to explore a country in depth from a unique vantage point. They offer travelers the chance to completely immerse themselves in a culture and to learn what life is like on the banks of a river.
Over the past decade or so, cruises on small ships in exotic and far flung parts of the world have been gaining popularity and 2018 looks set to be the year they steal the nautical limelight.
Why are they called exploratory?
Exploratory cruises aren’t named as such because it sounds good. These cruises really do let you explore. Often, journeys are undertaken to regions that are rarely visited by tourists and let’s travelers access areas that can’t be reached by land.
Away from the crowds and the tourist traps, passengers on exploratory cruises get a much more authentic taste of their destination. They can engage with their surroundings in a much more profound way.
What can I expect on an exploratory cruise?
By virtue of being exploratory, passengers on this type of cruise can expect a lot of exploring! This means disembarking the vessel regularly and delving into your surroundings. Be prepared to see unfathomable natural beauty, experience fascinating cultures and meet wonderful people as you journey through foreign lands.
This doesn’t mean that you will be constantly on the go. Your land-based adventures are just part of the experience. When you’re back on board, your time is your own to spend how you please. This could mean grabbing a book and a beer and chilling out in the lounge or donning your swimwear and splashing in the pool. Some ships even have spas and offer luxurious pampering sessions.
Where are the best places to go on an exploratory cruise?
I’m glad you asked. There are three spots that are really hot right now in the exploratory cruise world. These are the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon and the Mekong River. Let’s take a look at each of these in turn and see what makes them so special.
1. The Galapagos Islands
Known as the archipelago that inspired Charles Darwin, the Galapagos Islands have long been a captivating destination for the boldest travellers among us. An exploratory cruise through the Galapagos Islands will take you around some of the most interesting islands. You will get the chance to see some mesmerising landscapes along with weird and wonderful wildlife both on land and in the water.
Highlights of a cruise around the Galapagos Islands are numerous. One day you might be snorkelling with sharks in a craggy cave and the next you might be watching sea lions rolling around in the sand. Whatever you do, make sure you take a fully charged camera because there will be hundreds of once in a lifetime moments that you are going to want to capture.
2. The Amazon River
Running through a huge chunk of South America, the Amazon River remains one of the most mysterious places on earth. Exploratory cruises along this powerful waterway may venture into the deepest depths of Brazil, to Manaus where you can witness the spectacular meeting of the waters. Alternatively, you might sail through Peru and get the chance to witness indigenous people going about their daily lives.
On either side, you will be flanked by lush vegetation, teeming with exotic species. Look to the canopy of the rainforest and you will see toucans and macaws while the water beneath you is home to rare pink dolphins. Filling the air is the buzz and cries of animals and insects living in harmony with one another in the phenomenal Amazon Rainforest.
3. The Mekong River
The Mekong River carves through huge swathes of Southeast Asia and is the lifeblood that feeds hundreds of communities that exist along its banks. As you cruise along the Mekong, you will be treated to exceptional views of the ever-changing landscapes.
Travelers are inevitably thrilled by the floating markets that drift along the water and the craftsmen that make and hawk their wares on the shores. Gorgeous scenery, glorious sunshine and waves of positive energy all combine to create to trip of a lifetime.
An exploratory cruise is not your typical vacation but it might just be the one that lets you see the world in a brand new way. If you’ve got an adventurous streak, get booking an exploratory cruise now by contacting us or calling 1-888-215-3555.