Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises with spas, fitness centers and waterparks on board are no longer as exciting or exclusive as they once were. For a more unusual cruise experience, head to a unique destination, book your trip on a cruise ship that boasts unique onboard activities or find a themed adventure.

Unique Cruise Destinations

Every continent, as well as islands throughout the world, welcomes cruise ships into their ports.

The Americas

For pristine land and intriguing wildlife, cruise within the multiple Galapagos Islands. Make a stop at the world’s southernmost city in Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. Head to the other corner of the Americas for a cruise through the small towns on Greenland’s coast.

Europe and the Middle East

Many of the cruises that stop in Greenland, Spain and the United Kingdom will also journey to Iceland, or choose an Iceland circumnavigation itinerary. The Suez Canal offers an unusual cruise experience, as you sail from cities such as Rome and Athens through the Canal to the Red Sea.

Africa, Asia and Australia

Cape Town, South Africa is part of many unique itineraries, including Dubai to Cape Town and Cape Town to Singapore, as well as cruises that explore the southern end of Africa exclusively. Because of Myanmar’s undeveloped road system, a river cruise is one of the best ways to explore the country. Kimberly, located on the western coast of Australia, is a wonderful addition to a cruise among the islands of the Indian Ocean.

Unique Onboard Activities

Many of today’s largest cruise lines, including Carnival, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line, are incorporating unusual experiences into their onboard offerings. Laser tag, rock climbing, ice skating, zip lines and glass-bottomed spaces, to name a few, are popular among passengers of all ages.

Also among entertainment options are learning experiences, such as hands-on classes and lectures. Instead of laying by the pool during your trans-Atlantic journey, learn how to cook, make jewelry or create craft cocktails. Lectures on topics ranging from Spanish lessons to the history of cruise ships are offered on many ships as well.

Themed Cruise Experiences

Immerse yourself in your favorite hobby with like-minded people during a themed cruise. Experiences vary from trip to trip, with one of the biggest differences being whether the theme is taking over the entire ship or only a small block of rooms are taking part.

These unique cruise experiences cover almost any topic imaginable, with music festivals, wine cruises, continuing education credits and sports among popular options. The themes are carried throughout lectures, parties, meals and excursions.

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