For those who want to take a vacation a bit different from the usual and have the opportunity to admire and why not, photographing animals in their natural habitat, there are some destinations that deserve to be considered as your next cruise destinations.
I want to clarify that we are not people particularly fond of cruise travel, with the exception of those that lead to distant, partly wild and authentic places where you can see wild animals free in their natural habitat.
And for this reason we decided to prepare this post where we recommend the 5 destinations in the world recommended for those who like us like to see animals in their natural environment and not in a zoo.
1 – Far North
A destination for the summer is certainly Alaska, the most northerly state in the United States, where caribou are more numerous than people and only 1/20 of its surface is inhabited by humans.
Juneau is the only capital of the States that can be reached only by sea or by plane and this is one of the best cruise destinations on the planet to be visited.
The itineraries that touch the Alaska usually have a minimum duration of 7 nights, have as their departure ports Vancouver, Canada, or Seattle and touch the resorts of Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay and Ketchikan.
The recommended excursions are …
- Dog sled ride
- Zipline through the forest
- Helicopter tours to admire the vastness and beauty of the landscape
- Mendenhall Glacier Tour and a boat trip to see the whales
The major cruise lines that touch the Alaskan coasts are: Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruises, Holland America, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn.
2 – Africa
Another destination to add to the list of trips where you can see animals in their natural habitat is definitely South Africa where there is also the possibility of combining a beach holiday in Cape Town with an incredible safari in one of the nature reserves just a few hours away from the city.
In these reserves you can see the so-called ‘Big Five’: lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes, called ‘Big Five’ because in the past they were the most difficult animals to hunt, now, fortunately, protected species.
For those who want to go on a safari the best season is autumn (October and November), when the vegetation of the savannah is less luxuriant and the temperature is not too hot. For those who prefer to visit the vineyards of South Africa, the summer season is definitely the best (so from June to September).
South Africa also offers the chance to see rare species of birds and even the penguins, inhabitants of the famous Boulders Beach, just outside Cape Town.
The major cruise lines that touch the coasts of South Africa are: Azamara Cruises, Cunard, MSC Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Seabourn.
3- Central America
Another trip to do on a cruise that from a naturalistic point of view offers a lot is the crossing of the Panama Canal. A recommended itinerary between the months of October and March when the rainy period is over and the ambient temperature is less stifling.
The crossing of the Panama Canal can be accompanied by a cruise destinations to Miami or the Caribbean, or from San Diego to visit the coast of Mexico and then arrive in Fort Lauderdale. In this cruise itinerary you will visit places ranging from rainforest to Caribbean beaches.
Among the most popular excursions by travelers are those kayaking along the river Chagres and Lake Gatún, but also the excursion for the sighting of wildlife and in particular the Monkey Island monkeys. The walk in the Parque Nacional Soberanía is also very pleasant, but it is also worth visiting an Emberá village, immersed in the rainforest.
The major cruise companies passing through Panama are: Azamara Cruises, Costa Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Line.
5- South America
This list would not be complete without mentioning a cruise destinations to the Galapagos Islands: a dream destination for many and often considered unattainable.
The archipelago consists of 13 islets that due to their relative isolation from the South American continent have become habitats of many species of animals: frigate colonies, sea lions, giant tortoises, tropical birds, marine iguanas, dolphins, blue-legged gannets and red-legged, and swallow-tailed gulls.
Cruise companies operating in this territory, such as Celebrity Cruises and Silversea, use small ships to respect the ecosystem of these places and have a minimal impact on the animals in the area. The flow of visitors is however monitored by the Galapagos National Park and there are very specific rules to follow to respect the local flora and fauna.
As you can see there are many options for those who want to take a different cruise and above all have the opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat. Felicity and I are seriously considering a cruise destinations of this kind, a way to bring our two little girls closer to the world of wild animals seen in their natural habitat. And you, what do you say?