Dunn’s River Falls and Bobsled, Jamaica, from MSC Cruises. At Dunn’s River Falls, water cascades over terraced limestone before emptying into the Caribbean. Some people climb up the falls, which can be very slippery – don’t attempt it without good shoes and a guide (there’s also a set of stairs). If that doesn’t satisfy your need for a thrill, no worries – the other half of this excursion takes you to Mystic Mountain for a bobsled ride. You’ll take a chairlift up the mountain, then come down a twisting bobsled track. Don’t forget to admire the views!
Mountain Point Snorkeling Adventure, Alaska, from Princess Cruises. You may not think of Alaska as a snorkeling destination, but this excursion is a fabulous opportunity to see multicolored sea stars, spiny sea urchins, leathery sea cucumbers, and other marine life in and around a forest of kelp. Your state-of-the-art wetsuit with hood, boots and gloves will keep you warm as you explore, and a hot beverage will be waiting after your adventure.
City, Cable Car, Monte and Toboggan, Madeira, from Royal Caribbean. A tour of Funchal, capital of the Portuguese island of Madeira, is capped off in an unforgettable way – with a ride on a wicker toboggan. A cable car rises from downtown to Monte parish, known for beautiful gardens. Come back down in a toboggan, or “basket car,” equipped with wooden runners and driven by two carreiros who use their rubber boots as brakes. The thrilling ride ends in the town of Livramento, and you may be ready to visit the wine lodge there.
The Kitchen Table, variety of destinations, from Viking Ocean Cruises. This is a wonderful way to learn to market-to-table cooking from a cruise line chef. It begins when you accompany the chef to a market in your port of call to select fresh, distinctive local ingredients. Ask questions and make suggestions –ingredients that interest you may find their way into the chef’s basket. Later that day, you’ll help transform the market basket into a three-course feast. Bring your food curiosity, willingness to try new flavors and questions about the food and wine pairings.
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