So last time I covered family friendly shore excursion options on Norwegian Cruise Line, but what if you have a little bit more adventure in you and the little people you brought along with you are holding you back? This is where Port Play becomes your best friend. You can leave your kids aged 2-12 under adult supervision (for free!) and care while you run off into the jungles of Barbados or a Greek volcano. Many of these excursions allow kids as young as 8 to participate, but only you know what your kid is truly capable of.
Curious what adventures await you brave souls who think a shore excursion should involve more than a boat ride around the ocean? Saddle up (literally!) because here’s a few of the offerings.
- Zip-lining in Barbados, Alaska, Antigua, San Juan, Dominca, or Mazatlan – I’m going to say zip-lining in every port, while fun, would leave you with some unfortunate rashes in places.
- Kayaking in St. Lucia, Kona, Croatia on the Adriatic or through Alaska – Whoo! Kayaking, not for me but I can imagine it would be a rush for someone who enjoys it.
- Cave exploring in Spain, Turkey, Canada, Jamaica, or the Canary Islands – I can do some caves, but claustrophobia can set in quick.
- Snorkling in Cabo, Hualtaco or the British Virgin Islands. – We’re for sure snorkeling on our cruise, Cody wants to snorkel with sharks.
- Hiking to a waterfall in Turkey, a glacier in Alaska. – I miss hiking, I’ll bet any of these would give me my hiking fix for the year.
- Driving ATVs through Antigua, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, or Mexico – I’ll leave ATVs to the rest of you. I tend to crash them.
- Scuba diving (certified only) in Puerto Vallarta or Costa Maya, Mexico – If you’re a certified scuba diver a cruise would be a great way to see a lot of the ocean in one trip.
- Horseback riding in San Juan, Greece, or the Dominican Republic, Grand Cayman – YES PLEASE.
- Mountain biking through Greece, Croatia or Slovenia – This sounds like something I would have done in my youth, I’d certainly consider it in my wiser old age.
- Stand up paddle-boarding in the Bahamas. – We watched stand up paddle-boarding in Florida, I’m pretty sure it would exhaust me like nothing else in the world could.
- 4 x 4 tour and hike of Mount Vesuvius in Italy, or walking through secret tunnels in Naples. – Secret tunnels? Sign me up. Sign us all up.
One thing I noticed when comparing the family friendly excursions vs. the more high intensity excursions is that some locales are certainly more family friendly while others seem to be for the more serious explorer/adventurer. Another thing to keep in mind is even if you’re fit, altitude and humidity (or lack thereof) can play a big part into how well you perform if it’s not something you’re used to. Before booking any big excursions be sure to know exactly what you’re getting into and come as prepared as possible. Don’t overdo it, you are on vacation after all.