You like to hike, explore and have daring adventures when you're on holiday so cruising couldn't possibly be for you, right? Wrong! If you still picture cruises full of old people sitting around playing bingo and shuffleboard, then you are behind the times.
Imagine waking up at a new exotic destination every morning. Spend your day snorkeling in mind-blowing coral reefs, kayaking around islands and hiking volcanos. Hop back on board and visit somewhere new tomorrow without the hassle of carrying luggage or changing hotel rooms. Toast to new adventures with a few glasses of champagne and a fabulous dinner, and simply walk back to your stateroom. No need to worry about flagging down taxis, finding a good place to eat or doing dishes for that matter. You get to soak in the adventurous experience, while actually having a holiday at the same time.
Not only do you get to experience the incredible landscapes of each port, but you'd be surprised what you can get up to onboard the ship.
Image: Austin Kirk
New, exciting features
Cruise ships are breaking every stereotype with new adrenaline-pumping activities. Wake up and dive into heart-pounding adventures. Hang on tight as you climb the rock wall on Royal Caribbean's ships. Zipline over the ship at P&O's Edge Adventure Park which includes a high-ropes course, plank walk and Crow's Nest viewpoint. Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas sets new heights with RipCord by iFlyÂ®, a skydiving simulator that feels just like the real thing without the price tag. Or visit the SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea. Swing with a flying trapeze, drive bumper cars or roller skate as a floating DJ booth plays hits from above.
Boring, hotel-style gym? Not a chance, cruise gym facilities' are ahead of the game with top-of-the-line machines, a range of fitness classes and world-class spas. Enjoy the latest equipment with personal LED screens and views over the ocean. Or pick up a game of basketball or play putt-putt on Carnival's Legend and Spirit.
Image: Roderick Eime
On top of the multiple pools and spas located on every cruise ship, some lines are adding some extreme water sports. Seabourn's â€œMarina Daysâ€ include a pull-down marina facility onboard that allows guests to kayak, waterski and more around the ship. Enjoy waterslides, splash zones and movies in the pool on Carnival cruise ships. Or go crazy and surf on a boat in the middle of the ocean. Say what? Royal Caribbean's FlowRiderÂ® surf simulator is an awesome way to catch some waves.
Take a lesson in...
Enjoy learning something new onboard! Take a private cooking class with the chef or watch a complimentary demonstration on Holland America. Challenge your fellow cruisers in your own Top Chef at Sea competition or learn how to make the perfect cocktail with a mixology lesson available on Celebrity cruise line. Learn a new dance with professional ballroom dancers on Cunard cruises. Or take it to the next level with Holland America's own Dancing With The Stars at Sea competition. You might win a finalist spot on a championship cruise set for a later date!
Cruise lines offer its passengers a plethora of adventures on land. Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge for the best view of the city with Princess cruise ships. Or head inland for a hike in the Blue Mountains. Snorkel or scuba dive in the world renowned Great Barrier Reef on a Barrier Reef Discovery cruise on P&O's Pacific Aria. Book Holland America's Noordam cruise stopping in Lahaina, Hawaii and hike the Haleakala volcano over 3,000 metres above sea level or stroll through a rainforest and swim beneath jaw-dropping waterfalls. Onshore excursions are a great way to keep active while learning about the country's culture and landscape.
One thing is for sure, you'll be active from morning until night! And you thought you'd be bored.
Ready to try it? Check out the latest cruise sales to score a deal.