In the world of photography, there’s one nugget of advice that’s continually dished out to newbies. And that’s to get closer: to your subject, to the action. In sum, the closer you are, the better.
Running with this very idea, ultra-luxury small ship cruise line Seabourn, have created a new mode of travel, Ventures by Seabourn. This concept not only gives guests a greater opportunity to engage with destinations on a more personal level, but also opens up a whole new world for them to explore through exciting, adventurous and optional activities.
With an emphasis on interactive, participatory and educational experiences, these activities are all expertly planned, professionally operated and escorted by skilled expert guides.
Here are four experiences you didn’t know you could tick off on a cruise…
Go sloth-spotting in a kayak in the Amazon
Glide down the verdant waterways of the Amazon and unplug from the rest of the world as you connect with the green lungs of the planet. Listen to the sound of howler monkeys running amok in the canopy and spy colourful birds. Then jump in a kayak and search for three-toed sloths lazing about in the trees.
As with any Ventures by Seabourn optional excursion, don’t sweat it (or do, it is the Amazon after all and humidity is rife) as you’ll be guided by the Expedition Team, which includes a select group of scientists, naturalists and academics, helping you learn about these cute arboreal mammals as you experience the best of this extraordinary world.
Walk around penguin colonies in Antarctica
Immerse yourself in the rugged landscape of the South Pole and set foot on this ice-covered continent as you go in search of squawking penguin colonies. This up-close-and-personal bird viewing experience is unique and unlike any other. Besides spotting these cute flightless birds, you’ll also see many other types of birds, seals and other wildlife, as pointed out by your expert guide.
All Ventures by Seabourn excursions are easy and fun, and no experience is required. Moreover, all equipment is provided and groups are kept small for a more personal and intimate experience.
Learn about glaciers with a naturalist in Alaska
Explore the majestic Tracy Arm fjord in Alaska by kayak or on a powered inflatable boat under the guidance of a knowledgeable guide and marvel at the incredible passing scenery of icebergs, granite cliffs, gushing waterfalls and a spectacular tidewater glacier. Then pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming – it’s that incredible.
Adding depth and understanding to this visual splendour, you’ll actually know what you’re looking at, thanks to Seabourn Conversations. Available on select sailings, this complimentary program will give you a solid understanding of the local ecology, history and culture of the region through formal presentations and casual conversations over dinner through your cruise. It’s no PhD, but it’s a start…
Meet the five loneliest people on the planet in Iceland
Go on a walk led by a naturalist guide on the small island of Vigur in Iceland and meet its only human inhabitants: a farmer and his family. Living on a land little changed throughout centuries, this charming family aren’t exactly lonely – in truth, they share their small island with literally thousands of birds, including cute puffins, eider ducks, arctic terns, puffins, black guillemot and many more avian species.
Indeed, Vigur has become a mecca for birdwatchers globally and offers amazing opportunities to see so many birds in their natural habitat. Vigur also lays claim to having the only windmill in Iceland, so hold onto your hat!
Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed — elegant, yet casual — sumptuous, yet understated. Their intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow.