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8 Wacky and Wild Cruise Excursions to Try This Year

Add these outrageous shore excursions to your itinerary for an atypical, adrenaline-packed adventure.

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8 Wacky and Wild Cruise Excursions to Try This Year

A girl touches a stingray while snorkeling in the Cayman Islands.
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Trade popular shore-side forays for these offbeat expeditions.

With food, lodging and entertainment wrapped into one predictable price, cruising offers a high-value vacation for families. You can embark on an epic journey, enjoy unlimited meals and onboard programming, try your luck at the casino and relax with leisurely days at sea. However, if you want your cruise to be more eventful, shore excursions can add another layer of fun. While some excursions up the wow factor with extreme sports, others entice thrill-seekers with snorkeling adventures and behind-the-scenes film location tours. If you want a cruise experience you'll never forget, try these game-changing wacky and wild excursions.
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Go bobsledding and explore Dunn's River Falls.

MSC Cruises offers the opportunity to visit a world-famous waterfall and join the Jamaican bobsled team – all in one fell swoop. Start your morning on an air-conditioned bus to Dunn's River Falls. There, you'll climb 600 feet of cascading and slippery falls that empty into the sea. Next, you'll drive to Mystic Mountain for a bobsledding experience you won't forget. After learning about local Jamaican culture and history, you'll take a chairlift to the top of the mountain before plunging through 2,780 feet of exciting twists and turns.
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Trade popular shore-side forays for these offbeat expeditions.

With food, lodging and entertainment wrapped into one predictable price, cruising offers a high-value vacation for families. You can embark on an epic journey, enjoy unlimited meals and onboard programming, try your luck at the casino and relax with leisurely days at sea. However, if you want your cruise to be more eventful, shore excursions can add another layer of fun. While some excursions up the wow factor with extreme sports, others entice thrill-seekers with snorkeling adventures and behind-the-scenes film location tours. If you want a cruise experience you'll never forget, try these game-changing wacky and wild excursions.

Go bobsledding and explore Dunn's River Falls.

MSC Cruises offers the opportunity to visit a world-famous waterfall and join the Jamaican bobsled team – all in one fell swoop. Start your morning on an air-conditioned bus to Dunn's River Falls. There, you'll climb 600 feet of cascading and slippery falls that empty into the sea. Next, you'll drive to Mystic Mountain for a bobsledding experience you won't forget. After learning about local Jamaican culture and history, you'll take a chairlift to the top of the mountain before plunging through 2,780 feet of exciting twists and turns.

Brush up on history at France's Abbey of Saint-Wandrille.

Uniworld's Paris and Normandy itinerary offers an excursion filled with French history. At Abbey of Saint-Wandrille, you'll learn about this famous monastery, which was founded in 649 and ravaged by vikings. Learn about the religious wars of the French Revolution while touring the monastery, which has been revitalized over time. You can also test and sample the locally made brew and take a beer home with you.

Embark on a seaplane excursion across British Columbia.

Adventure-seekers can get a bird's-eye view of the lush British Columbia wilderness with this shore excursion from Regent Seven Seas Cruises. It all starts with a climb into a seaplane. Soar over lush rainforests and rugged mountain fjords before gliding over the Khutzeymateen Valley, a region known for its high concentration of grizzly bears. Ultimately, you'll land near a hidden inlet that's home to a dramatic glacial waterfall for a memorable outdoorsy adventure.

Join an Arctic Circle air adventure.

Available on select Holland America itineraries weaving through Alaska, this excursion offers the chance to explore the Arctic Circle. You'll leave Denali National Park and Preserve and travel across the expansive Yukon River Valley and Alaskan Rockies before entering the Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. From there, you'll visit two wilderness communities – Wiseman and Coldfoot – that offer insight into how residents survived living in this remote arctic region known for extreme temperatures. After the expedition, you'll also earn an Article Circle completion certificate to prove that you've mastered navigating this rugged landscape.

Retrace the footsteps of your favorite 'Lord of the Rings' characters.

Princess Cruises makes it possible to book the be-all and end-all tour for "Lord of the Rings" fans. While at port in New Zealand, adventure-seekers can explore the area where the famous series was created. An expert guide directs aficionados to locations where important scenes were filmed, including the Outer Shire, where Frodo and the Hobbits began their journey. You'll also learn behind-the-scenes secrets and insider information on how the movies were made.

Go on a snorkeling adventure in Alaska.

While Alaska isn't necessarily known as a snorkeling destination, its crystal-clear waters merit a visit. During this snorkeling adventure with Princess Cruises, you'll don a state-of-the-art wetsuit outfitted with a hood and gloves before diving into the waters to hover over Alaskan sea life. Keep your eyes peeled for local flora and fauna, along with multicolored sea urchin, sea cucumbers and other fascinating sea life.

Admire dramatic 'Game of Thrones' film settings.

In Dubrovnik, Croatia's beautiful old town, you'll dive into the popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" with an experienced guide who will take you to various places where memorable scenes were shot. Experience the location of the "Battle of Blackwater" episode, for example, as you learn the history of this Croatian city from an expert. After the guided tour, you'll visit a reproduction of the throne itself for the ultimate selfie opportunity. By the time the next season of the series rolls around, you'll be an in-the-know whiz on how the show is made.

Tag along a catamaran adventure to Sunshine's Bar & Grill in Nevis.

Reputable outfitter U.Tours offers a full-day snorkeling and bar adventure from St. Kitts to the nearby island of Nevis. Starting from a spot near the cruise port, you'll board a state-of-the-art catamaran to cruise around scenic St. Kitts. From there, you'll stop at famous snorkeling spots for a peek at tropical fish such as snappers and angelfish. After snorkeling, you'll hop back on the boat for a ride to Nevis. From there, you can meander down the beach for a drink and lunch at the legendary Sunshine's Beach Bar & Grill. Enjoy the renowned Killer Bee cocktail and mingle with the crowd with a refreshing beverage in hand.
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