Top 5 Nature Cruises

Posted July 25th, 2014

For lovers of the natural wonders of the world, nothing beats the up close and personal experience of a cruise.

Cruise ships are a comfortable way of travelling the world without having to carry all your gear or change accommodation at each destination. To help you choose which nature cruise is right for you, we’ve put together a list of our top five nature cruise destinations.

New Zealand

You don’t have to cruise far from home to see beautiful landscapes. New Zealand is such a stunning country and we are lucky to have spectacular views right on our door step.

From placid lakes to vast mountain ranges and thermal springs, New Zealand has it all. Sail the famous Fiordland or explore Abel Tasman National Park. Or why not visit the Milford Sound? This dramatic landscape is home to many beautiful waterfalls and has lots of different marine life including seals, dolphins, penguins and whales! Talk to one of our cruising specialists for more details on New Zealand cruises.

Alaska

An Alaskan cruise is a great way to experience being surrounded by nature and spectacular wildlife including orca whales, rare glacier beers and frolicking reindeer. Alaska is home to more than three million lakes, an estimated 100,000 glaciers and features a coastline longer than all of the U.S states combined.

If its glaciers you want to see, take a cruise to Juneau, the capital city of Alaska. Juneau is only accessible by sea or air and is best known as a destination for viewing glaciers with spectacular mountain scenery.  Or cruise along to the pristine marine and wilderness sanctuary of Glacier Bay which is part of the largest internationally protected biosphere reserve in the world. At Glacier Bay you can get up close and personal with a tidewater glacier and see orca whales which regularly visit.

Amazon River Cruises

The Amazon River is the largest river by discharge of water in the world and holds some of the largest freshwater fish. This fascinating river flows through Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru.

Depending on where you want to go, you may need to choose a smaller cruise because the larger vessels primarily only sail as far as Manaus. Our cruising specialists recommend a smaller, more specialised cruise ship if you want to get the most out of your cruise and venture further into the Amazon on a South American cruise.

 Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s premier nature travel destinations and are filled with a variety of geology, vegetation and wildlife including sea lions, whales, wild giant tortoises and the famous blue-footed booby bird. The landscape of the islands is volcanic yet beautiful and the oceans are filled with spectacular sea life making it the perfect destination to go snorkelling and diving.

This paradise has incredible natural diversity and is where Charles Darwin's theory of evolution began. Study tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station or swim and snorkel with the island's sea turtles. Whatever you want to experience, a Galapagos Island cruise will make you feel like you are walking into a nature documentary!

Antarctica

Few visitors have the privilege of cruising Antarctica  but those who do will never forget it. Antarctica is the last discovered continent which is cold and icy yet beautiful. This isolated destination offers dramatic mountains, icebergs, glaciers and remarkable wildlife including penguins, seals, squid, ice-fish, albatrosses and many other birds.

Tick this destination off your bucket list and be one of the few people who can say that they have been to this fascinating continent.

For more information on nature cruise holidays, contact a Cruiseabout cruise specialist or call 0800 22 11 00.

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