If you're like the majority of our fellow Boomers, you would enjoy cruises much more if you could find some that keep you far more engaged than playing shuffleboard and moving through the buffet line.
Whether it's hiking, biking or kayaking, a significant portion of us want to go cruising but with choices that fit our active lifestyle.
...Unless you're a Boomer Nation! fan!
Here's 10 we found for you on Travel Pulse:
This line offers cruises around the globe that include exploration, many ideal for active travelers. Of particular note is sailing to Panama and Costa Rica on board Lindblad's newest ship, the National Geographic Quest, launched earlier this year. Activities on this sailing include hiking, swimming, kayaking and snorkeling.
Windstar's sailing yachts, complete with water sports decks, are the ideal way to stay active on a Caribbean cruise. For those who crave more than beach sitting, these cruises offer access to islands where mega ships cannot dock, meaning more opportunities to hike, kayak, snorkel or scuba dive around some of the hardest-to-reach islands. Windsurf and Windstar take cruisers to Virgin Gorda, St. Bart's & St. Vincent, and the Grenadines, snorkel included.
Expeditions to the Galapagos Islands are all designed for active cruisers, but you don’t have to sacrifice the amenities of a luxury cruise in order to experience this famous island chain. Silver Galapagos operates year round, featuring opportunities to hike, swim, kayak and snorkel during the cruise.
The Western Caribbean has an abundance of active adventures, from snorkeling to zip lining. You can hike waterfalls in Jamaica, rent four-wheelers in Cozumel and snorkel with stingrays in Grand Cayman. Some of the best cruises in this part of the Caribbean sail out of Galveston, Texas. And on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas, the action isn't limited to the ports of call. You can learn to surf, rock climb or dance the salsa onboard.
Smaller is better when it comes to cruising the Great Barrier Reef. The mega ships can certainly get you to the right ports of call near the reef but the good stuff is far from port, making it difficult to get more than a glimpse of the marine life and wildlife that call the islands and reefs home.
Small expedition lines like Coral Expeditions have the ability to spend entire cruises out among the islands, far from any major cruise port. They can get you to the reef, and supply the equipment needed to explore it while the experts lead you through the experience.
For pure wow factor, there is nothing quite like a True North adventure cruise. Start with the fact that this yacht has its own full-time onboard helicopter to fly guests to remote areas. Add scuba, snorkeling and hiking with a crew-to-passenger ratio of 22/36 and you get a perfect combination of adventure and luxury.
While any cruise to Alaska or in the Hawaiian Islands can be an active one if you plan it yourself, UnCruise does the planning for you...even brings along most of the gear you need to make it happen. Trips include snorkeling, hiking and kayaking, plus ample opportunity to explore four Hawaiian islands or stunning parts of Alaska with the help of expert guides.
Windstar's 212-passenger Star Legend yacht is small enough to reach hidden treasure destinations among Asia's island nations but large enough to have the feel of a traditional cruise ship. Activities include snorkeling and kayaking from the ship's watersports platform, plus hiking and exploring with expert guides.
Many Boomers want to explore the polar regions, and Quark Expeditions is a top-rated option for experiencing either the Arctic or Antarctica. Activities beyond wildlife watching may include kayaking, hiking, skiing and opportunities to camp onshore.
While many cruises offer individual hiking and biking excursions in some ports, a cruise centered around either of these is a challenge to find, unless you book through Backroads. This specialty guide company partners with a variety of river and small ship cruise lines to offer small group hiking and biking trips in places like Ecuador, Iceland and throughout Europe. You choose the destinations and they do the rest.
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