Best Shore Excursions

Happy New Year to Everyone

On New Year’s Day people tend to both look forward to the future and backward to reflect upon the past.  Since I don’t have my next cruise planned yet, I’ll stick mainly to reflections on past blogs in this post.

Excellent Shore Excursions

I’ve been on a lot of great shore excursions on the cruises I’ve taken.  Here’s a few highlights of some of my favorites.

cave tubing in Belize

Cave Tubing in Belize with

Cave Tubing In Belize

One of the most unique activities ever, my Cave Tubing adventure in Belize remains one of my best shore excursion memories.  I’ve never seen this guided float through a cave on an innertube offered anywhere else.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia

staghorn coral at the Great Barrier Reef


snorkel adventure to Tintamarre

Sailboat Snorkel Excursion to Tintamarre

I love to snorkel.  While the best snorkeling of my life was at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, I’ve had a lot of fun snorkeling on shore excursions in the Caribbean as well.

One of the best was the Golden Eagle Catamaran Sail and Snorkel on St. Maarten that went out to the nearby island of Tintamarre.

We had another unique and excellent shore excursion on Grand Cayman, where we snorkeled over the USS Kittiwake, the only US Military ship ever sold to a foreign government for use as an artificial reef.

snorkeling at the Kittiwake, Grand Cayman

USS Kittiwake Wreck and Reef Snorkel Excursion

Other Great Excursions

Mayan ruins at Tulum

Temple of the Frescoes at Tulum

We can’t snorkel in every port and we do have fun doing other things sometimes.  In Cozumel we visited the Mayan Ruins of Tulum, and learned that the Mayans never predicted the end of the earth like so many people thought they did.  Just as we replace our calendars every year, theirs eventually ran out – meaning only time to reset the calendar!

train on curve

the train snakes up the mountain near Skagway

In Skagway, Alaska we rode the White Pass and Yukon Railway. This narrow-gauge railroad was originally built to get would-be gold miners from the port to the gold, but now serves as the most popular excursion in Skagway.

Jamaican Bobsled, Ocho Rios Jamaica

Jamaican Bobsled Roller Coaster

I’m  looking forward to writing about the great times we had at our port stops on our most recent transatlantic and Caribbean cruises, and to all the ports I’ll visit in the future.  The port stops on our most recent cruise included Ocho Rios Jamaica where we had tons of fun riding the Jamaican Bobsled roller coaster at Mystic Mountain.

Awesome Local Adventures

Traveling allows people to see all sorts of things around the world that they don’t see in their own backyard.  Not all trips take people far from home though, and most areas have a lot to see so people can have some great trips close to home as well.  I’ve taken some wonderful vacations that did not involve traveling a long distance from home.

Glacier Peak wilderness

pack mules on the trail with Icicle Outfitters

I had the opportunity to take a pack trip into a wilderness area, something I recommend to anyone who loves to ride horses and see beautiful scenery.

White water rafting, Leavenworth to Cashmere

White Water Rafting the Wenatchee River with Alpine Adventures

A white water raft trip provides a fun day with some exciting times and any Twilight fan would enjoy a Twilight Tour in Forks.

treaty line from Twilight Saga

Jacob and Edward at the treaty line, Team Forks Twilight Tour

No reflection of my blog would be complete without mentioning towel animals.  Here’s one coming up on a future blog – the penguin.

Happy Feet here I come!

towel penguin

About LBcruiseshipblogger

MyCruiseStories blog tells stories about adventures in cruising on ships big and small. Things to do onboard and in port. Anything connected to cruising. Also food, travel, recipes, towel animals, and the occasional random blog.
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12 Responses to Best Shore Excursions

  1. sharechair says:

    About to spend this evening looking at excursions for an upcoming cruise. Getting excited!

  2. cindy knoke says:

    What fun! Happy New Year!

  3. Deborah - d.mooncrab says:

    Wonderful exploration!! 🙂

  4. Serena says:

    Cute penguin, I can’t wait to find out how to make it!

  5. Chris says:

    There are many fun things to do on cruises but the snorkling is the best. Of course I may like being in the water more then the average person.

  6. aidaweb101 says:

    Wonderful post!Happy New Year and all the best !!!!!

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