Six epic experiences from our new cruise collection
Our new winter 2020/21 cruise programme brings you to all four corners of the globe. From foodie fun to natural wonders to adrenaline-pumping adventure, there’s a world of experiences at your fingertips. Which will you tick off your list first?
1. Seek the Northern Lights in Alta
The Northern Lights are one of the most incredible – and elusive – natural wonders on earth. They’re most likely to make an appearance in a remote place at a high latitude in the depths of winter, and Alta fits that description perfectly. In fact, the Norwegian town is home to the world’s first Northern Lights observatory, and from here you can seek out the aurora borealis with an expert guide*. Even if you aren’t lucky enough to spot the lights, Alta offers an array of other unforgettable winter experiences, from husky sledding to snowmobiling.
2. Zip through Dubai
Dubai is all about epic views, epic experiences and epic fun, and the new Dubai Marina XLine Thrill combines all three. The hairraising zip-line is set in the Dubai Marina and at 1km in length, it’s currently the world’s longest urban zip-line. It is also one of the steepest and fastest, with an incline of 16 degrees and an average speed of 80km/h. You’ll soar from the Amwaj Tower across the marina to the Dubai Mall, keeping an eye out for the Princess Tower and Cayan Tower on the way down. Choose to go solo, or fly alongside a friend or family member on the double experience.
3. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
There’s no better way to see the Great Barrier Reef than to literally dive right in. At nearly 350,000 km², the reef is larger than the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Switzerland combined – and it can even be seen from space. Australia’s underwater icon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and once you’ve snorkelled among its colourful coral reefs, picture-perfect islands and incredible sea life, you’ll understand why.
4. Stargaze from a volcano in Tenerife
Tenerife in the Canary Islands is one of the best places in the world for stargazing, thanks to its clear black skies, clean air and high altitude. And at 3,718m above sea level, Mount Teide – Spain’s highest mountain – is the place to do it. On a clear night, 83 of the 88 officially recognised constellations can be seen from the base station’s viewpoint terraces. The stars can be observed with the naked eye or by using a long-range telescope with the help of expert guides.
5. Follow the tapas trail in Barcelona
The Spanish know how to eat. In Barcelona, food is about so much more than sustenance, with buzzing tapas bars tempting diners through their doors for long lunches and drawn-out dinners. Join the locals and turn a meal into an experience you won’t soon forget. From butifarra (sausage) to Spanish omelettes to pa amb tomàquet (bread with tomato), a world of flavour awaits around every corner. And don’t forget the wine – whether red, white, cava, vermouth or tinto de verano (think sangría, but simpler), there’s a tempting tipple to suit every dish.
6. Make chocolate in Bruges
To taste chocolate in Bruges is an experience in itself, but to make it yourself is another thing entirely. The Belgian chocolate industry dates back to the 17th century when the country was occupied by the Spanish and explorers brought cocoa beans back from South America. Today, 172,000 tonnes of it are produced each year, with more than 2,000 chocolatiers selling it. Play your own part and get hands-on experience from a local professional chocolatier. There will, of course, be plenty of opportunities to taste different varieties of the finished product and take your own creations home (if they last that long…).
*Please note: The Northern Lights cannot be guaranteed due to their unpredictable nature. Visiting Norway in the winter months gives you the best chance of seeing them.