Bucket list adventures at sea

One of the emerging travel trends for the new decade is unique vacation experiences – and what better way to enjoy a unique vacation than by embarking on a cruise? Not only do you get to visit numerous exotic ports of call, but the next generation of cruise ships also offer plenty of action-packed activities. To help you get started on planning your ultimate cruise vacation, we came up with a list of five unique adventures at sea.

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Zipline high above sea on board the MSC Seaside

The MSC Seaside is a modern ship featuring plenty of exciting activities – including the longest zipline at sea! The ship features a dual zipline that spans over 394 feet along the top deck where you can race your fellow riders and take in unbeatable views of the surrounding seascapes. Not one for heights? There are plenty of other activities to try on deck. Hit a strike at the bowling alley, zoom down one of the water slides – including one that takes you out around the side of the ship – or visit the interactive 5D Cinema.

People racing in mini go karts on the top deck of a cruise ship
Feel the need for speed on board the Norwegian Encore

The brand-new Norwegian Encore wowed cruise and travel enthusiasts when it first unveiled plans for a sprawling racetrack! The largest multi-level racetrack at sea, you can hit the gas pedal and ride alongside your friends as you maneuver sharp bends and tricky corners. After a day of fun, refuel at one of the numerous dining venues. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite or a filling feast, Norwegian’s Freestyle Dining concept means you don’t have to wait for any fixed dining times or pre-assigned seating.

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Spend the day on a private island on board the MSC Armonia

One of the best parts of going on a cruise is the unique destinations you get to discover, all on one vacation. When you climb on board the MSC Armonia, you can spend your days exploring exotic ports of call around the Western Caribbean – including spending the day at the Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve in The Bahamas. The private 95-acre island incorporates The Bahamas’ natural beauty into its design and you can enjoy eco-friendly activities like stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and snorkelling. Or just kick back and relax by the pristine white-sand shores!

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Walk the plank on board the Norwegian Escape

Test your wits at the exhilarating Ropes Course on board the Norwegian Escape. The three-story Ropes Course offers 99 exciting activities including balance beams, hanging steps and two “walk the plank” challenges – where you’ll tip-toe right out over the deep blue waters of the sea (securely attached to a harness, of course). Afterwards, relax with a pampering treatment and the Mandara Spa which features a unique salt room, thermal room and snow room.

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Take in a show-stopping performance on board the MSC Meraviglia

Gone are the days of cover bands and off-off-Broadway entertainment on cruise ships – the new generation of ships are bringing world-class performances to the high seas. MSC Meraviglia has exclusively partnered with legendary circus producers Cirque du Soleil, so you can take in one of their jaw-dropping performances in the ship’s specially-designed Carousel Lounge. Take in the Sonor or Viaggio show (both exclusive to the ship) while sipping on signature cocktails or book an exclusive dining experience for dinner and a show.

Bridge on the Panama Canal in the distance
See one of the Wonders of the World on board the Marella Discovery 2

Setting sail from Montego Bay in Jamaica, the Marella Discovery 2 is popular among cruisers seeking unique ports of call – with six different itinerary options. Choose the Panama Canal Experience itinerary to check one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World off your bucket list. The Panama Canal is considered one of the most impressive engineering feats of the 20th century and you can book a shore excursion for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of riding along it. Your itinerary includes other exciting ports of call like Puerto Limon in Costa Rica, Cartagena in Colombia and Port Royal in Jamaica.

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