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3 Cool Cruises


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Yeah, I know, cruises are for old folks. Except maybe these ones — check out my list of three cool cruises that don’t suck.

In This Article You Will Discover:

  • How to Get Up Close to Glaciers
  • Travel the Northwest Passage
  • Sail to Nunatsiavut

Cruises have a bad reputation with many travellers — obnoxious guests, buffet food lines, add-on fees, claustrophobic cabins and basically the feeling that you’re doing little more than stuffing your face in a tanning bed, not actually travelling, are the main complaints. Well, hold your horses on that snap judgement, here are three cruises worth considering:

Explore the Arctic

Hop aboard a 90-metre ship and set sail from Kugluktuk, Nunavut, Canada on a 17-day exploration of the Northwest Passage to Greenland. This is frontier adventure — ice and weather conditions determine your actual route. View at desolate and beautiful fiords, get up-close-and-personal with towering glaciers and even spot polar bears roaming the Arctic ice. Further on, stop at seabird colonies, see primeval-looking muskox and travel the route once forged by the doomed Franklin expedition. (You’ll fare better.) Zodiac excursions, cultural tours of Inuit settlements and one-of-a-kind experiences abound. All this for only $7,595 (and up). Visit adventurecanada.com.

Seven Knots to Labrador

Hop on a 50-year-old fully converted Dutch trawler and enjoy a leisurely cruise from Nain, Nunatsiavut (Labrador, Canada) to the odd-duck French Island of St. Pierre, located off the coast of Newfoundland. (Or a return trip.) Set up in comfy cabins and enjoying home-baked goods, you will experience and old-school boat trip, stopping at ports and remote natural areas along the way. Meet local Inuit in Labrador, cruise through Iceberg Alley and see where the Vikings first landed more than 1,000 years ago. This is a true wilderness adventure aboard a classic, character vessel. Visit wanderbirdcruises.com.

Alaska Passage

Of the three, this is the most akin to a quintessential cruise — but with a twist. Alaska cruises aren’t just ocean-going hedonism, they offer the adventurous a chance to view spectacular glaciers, misty coastal rainforest, wild whales and embark on shore trips for active experiences — like hikes, cultural tours and zip-lining. The trick is to ensure you book the right cruise — certain operators cater to older and younger audiences, so pick the one that fits. Find the perfect trip via cruise deals from Cruise Kings.

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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