If you’re a regular reader on my blog you’ll know I am often talking and blogging about the fabulous facilities you can find onboard cruise ships for teens…like myself! But when you’re on a cruise holiday there are also plenty of amazing excursions in amazing places for you to see all day long…and sometimes even overnight!
On some cruise lines (like the AIDAprima I recently went on) you’ll find there are actually teen-only trips where parents are NOT ALLOWED to come and us teens will get accompanied by an adult member of the ship’s crew. This is usually the staff member /members onboard who run the teen club. Personally (although I have never done it myself!) I think this is a fab idea for teens. As although you may have booked a cruise for a nice family holiday..you don’t want to spend 24/7 together! Sorry if I have spoilt any parents dreams here…but I have found this from experience! Plus the cruise lines will make sure they pick a shore excursion that is fun and that teens will love. So…here are my SUPER 7 things to do when you get off your cruise ship!
1. White water rafting.
It’s such a buzz to ride a rib on a fast flowing river, with the water splashing everywhere and over the side. If by any chance your cruise is stopping at Ochos Rios in Jamaica, you can take a fabulous excursion to Dunn’s River Falls. This is a huge collection of cascading waterfalls and small lagoons that most teens can climb. I want to! So if you are more of an adventurous teen…then you’ll love this!
2. Zip Lining
Now if you followed my travel’s on the Norwegian Escape, you’ll know I actually had the pleasure of doing the onboard Zip Lining..but I have never done this on an excursion! Well at least I know what to do on my next excursion! If you are up for it (and not afraid of heights!) then you may be pleased to know you can do this in ports all across the world. Especially on a Caribbean cruise and excursions last from a few minutes to a few hours. Puerto Rico has a good variety including the classic canopy ride at the Jungle Qui Rain forest Eco-adventure Park.Just one thing…check for height, weight or age restrictions before you book.
3. Scuba Diving
Now..I have actually done this excursion! Well..not on a cruise…but I did do this in the Caribbean. Generally on a cruise you have to be at least 12 to do this, and you’ll be given an introductory dive with a local instructor. So this means they will know the location really well. In fact, Royal Carribean will even arrange for you to get PADI certified on a cruise…that means you are a qualified diver! Imagine gloating that to all your friends! Or if you don’t fancy that, what about “Snuba” diving? This is part scuba diving, part snorkeling, where your dive mask is hooked to an oxygen tank that floats above you.
Well how do you fancy riding the waves at Honolulu? If you’ve ever heard of Waikiki Beach before you’ll know it is the home of surfing….and just a 10-minute drive from the cruise terminal! The Waikiki Beach Boys will give you lessons on how to catch a wave on a surfboard or standup paddleboard.
5. Helicopter Ride
Imagine seeing islands or fjords from above. Some Alaska chopper rides are not cheap….but if you’re looking for an extreme adventure, this is it!
6. Beach Party
Now as we all know…teen’s love parties! And the cruise lines know this…in fact they know this so well that Disney Cruise Lines actually own a private island, Castaway Cay and here they have a teens-only beach. Sounds cool doesn’t it? And it is!
7. Adventure Parks.
At some of the busier cruise ports there are adventure parks where you can choose from a long list of activities. For example at Luquillo in Puerto Rico there’s no end to the adrenaline-charged excitement at Carabali Rainforest Park, where activities include ATV rides, mountain biking, go-kart racing, horseback riding and zip-lining through the rainforest!
So I hope that I have convinced you that on a cruise holiday there is so much fun to be had on AND off the ship that you would be crazy not to go on one!