Five of the best luxury cruises for nature enthusiasts
Poet John Keats wrote of nature in, ‘On the Grasshopper and Cricket’, that “the poetry of Earth is never dead”. Any nature enthusiast, I’m sure, will agree. The world is there for exploration and discovery, and whilst many means of travel can take you to a destination, only a cruise ship can immerse you in one. Cruising provides guests with a knowledgeable team on board to guide and inform, on board amenities to enhance the experience and the invaluable time needed to explore these wild, exciting and often remote natural hotspots.
Here Fran Hayden, Marketing Executive at ROL Cruise, looks at five of the best luxury cruises for nature enthusiasts.
Discover Alaska & the Canadian Rockies in Modern Luxury
A trip to the Canadian Rockies appears on the bucket list of many nature enthusiasts – and with this exclusive Signature Experience from ROL Cruise, you can make it a reality. Combining a modern luxury Alaska cruise on board award-winning Celebrity Eclipse, with an unforgettable journey on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train into the Canadian Rockies, this voyage is one not to be missed. Featuring the lush green fields of Fraser Valley, the desert-like environment of the BC Interior, the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate and Thompson River, majestic mountains, glaciers and snow-capped peaks, frolicking brown bears and Yoho National Park, a journey slicing through the Canadian Rockies is a must for anyone who wants to be wowed by nature.
Journey through the Canadian Rockies & Alaska, here.
Explore the Galápagos Islands in Ultra-Luxury
An archipelago of 20 islands made famous by Charles Darwin, the Galápagos Islands are a must for anyone who is enthralled by nature. Silversea’s expedition ship Silver Galápagos, created especially for voyages such as this, fuses seamless shore excursions, lectures and Zodiac landings with the hallmarks of all-inclusive ultra-luxury that Silversea are renowned for. With only 100 guests on board, this voyage begins on Baltra Island before giving you the opportunity to visit over 10 other islands in the Galápagos. Whilst visiting these islands, nature lovers should keep their eyes peeled for the iconic Blue Footed Boobie, the Giant Tortoise, the small Galápagos penguins, Land Iguanas, sea lions plus a whole plethora of other wildlife that call these unique islands their home.
Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and discover the Galápagos Islands here.
The World’s First Discovery Yacht – An Antarctic Adventure
In unparalleled style, The World’s First Discovery Yacht Scenic Eclipse introduces its guests to a whole new way of seeing above and below the surface of the destinations it visits. On select sailings, the on board submarine grants you access to the wilderness that exists below the surface of the water whilst the on board helicopter enables you to soar high above the landscapes – affording you unforgettable views. This Antarctic adventure – a maiden sailing for Scenic Eclipse, will introduce you to the thrills of the Great White Continent and includes six days of exploration here. In addition to the submarine and helicopter, Scenic Eclipse is also fitted with Zodiacs and kayaks so that you can get close to the icebergs, wildlife and scenery for yourself.
Embark on an Antarctic adventure with Scenic Eclipse here.
Sail the Shores of Indonesia with Star Clippers
A tour of Komodo National Park, declared a World Heritage Site and a Man and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, should be enough to attract any nature enthusiast to this voyage, but when you consider that you’ll visit an abundance of stunning Indonesian islands, enjoy a four night luxury hotel stay in Bali and get to experience the unique tall ship sailing experience that comes with a Star Clippers cruise – it becomes simply irresistible. Komodo National Park harbours more than 1,000 species of fish, some 260 species of reef-building coral, and 70 species of sponges. Dugong, sharks, manta rays, at least 14 species of whales, dolphins, and sea turtles also make Komodo National Park their home. If you are looking for an adventure on the waves which includes the atmosphere and character of traditional sailing, but with the comfort and luxury found on most modern cruises; Star Clippers could be for you.
Sail the shores of Indonesia on a unique tall ship experience, here.
The Exclusive Ultra-Luxury Indian Tiger Safari Adventure
The Bengal tiger, also known as the Royal Bengal tiger, is the national animal of India. Therefore it is only right that this Arabian and Indian ROL Cruise Signature Experience offers you the chance to visit the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve in India. This stunning reserve is characterised by a hilly terrain, beautiful meadows, lush forests, deep valleys and lakes, including the vast Tadoba Lake which lies at the heart of the reserve. The park is home to tigers, hyenas, Indian wild dogs, sloth bears, leopards, nearly 200 different species of birds and more than 70 species of butterfly. Paired with a stunning Arabian cruise on board the newly refurbished Silver Spirit, you can enjoy cruising in the lap of luxury before embarking on your six night Indian wildlife and tiger safari tour. This package is truly one-of-a-kind, and any nature lover will find this experience unforgettable.
Experience India’s wildlife and unique tiger safari, here.
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Alternatively, visit The Exclusive ROL Cruise Show on 15-16 August at Braxted Park Estate, near Witham, Essex. The show brings together leading cruise lines providing a fantastic opportunity to speak with all about their ships, itineraries, destinations and more.