By: Joel Dash Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
Tired of the standard seven day Caribbean cruises? Take advantage of the new adventure and exploration small ship cruises just announced for 2018.
Uncruise adventures new rivers of adventure itinerary sails along the Columbia and Snake rivers. Clients will be energized to explore the destinations they visit, especially when it’s an itinerary jam-packed with high powered activities. The S.S. Legacy, will have eight departures for this itinerary that sails between Portland, Oregon and Lewiston, Idaho from mid-August to Oct. 2018. River exploration means a jet boat ride into Hell’s Canyon, Deschutes River white-water rafting, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, kayaking and skiff tours.
The Columbia and Snake River system is an outdoor enthusiasts’ mecca. And the legacy, an under 100 passenger ship, which I had the opportunity to sail on is the perfect size ship.
Hiking, zodiac tours, snorkeling, wildlife viewing and swimming are on the menu for the Galapagos. Celebrity Cruises, now has three intimate ships, the Celebrity Xpedition, Xperience and Xploration. The Xploration is ideal for a small group, perhaps a multigenerational booking, as it is a 16-guest catamaran with eight cabins. Itineraries last anywhere from 10-16 nights.
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic will debut their new ship national geographic venture. The 100 guest, 50 cabin venture will be outfitted with 24 sea kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling equipment, and zodiacs, all so guests can immerse themselves in the great outdoors.
On it’s first sailing, it explores the treasures of the Inside Passage, Alaska and British Columbia on a 14-day expedition cruise.
Hurtingruten will debut its 530 passenger Roald Amundsen in July 2018, showcasing the very latest in innovative environmentally friendly technology. The innovations will allow it to sail silently along the ice edge in Antarctica, Patagonia, and the Chilean Fjords.
Scenic’s “Discovery Yacht,” the Scenic Eclipse, will feature such fun amenities as helicopters, submarines, zodiacs, kayaks and scuba gear while wandering the world from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle.
Finally in 2019 crystal cruises will debut the first of its three new-build expedition polar class mega-yachts, which will be outfitted with submarines, helicopters, and remote operated vehicles. They will also sail from Antarctica to the Arctic Circle and interesting world-wide destinations.
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