Learn While You Travel on These Cruises, by Travel Writers
By Victor Block
Civil War buffs Tom and Elaine Preston wander through a reconstructed fort where a major battle of that conflict was fought. Betsy and Andy Cross follow a guide slogging through a dense rainforest. Lauren Davis and Jim Goodman enjoy an exciting go-kart track and exhilarating water slide.
These inviting but disparate experiences all have something in common: They all take place during cruises that appeal to people who are seeking something a bit different from the usual voyages.
The Prestons are passengers on an American Cruise Lines boat sailing on the Mississippi River out of New Orleans. Along with the battlefield tour, they visit plantations and other sites along the way. Onboard activities include informative lectures by historians and naturalists. The company offers river and coastal trips to 25 states.
The Crosses are exploring a very different locale. Their voyage aboard the Motor Yacht Tucano (booked through Latin American Escapes) penetrates the vast Amazon rainforest, which is home to some 15,000 species of wildlife. Launch rides and land hikes provide animal-sightings and visits to isolated villages along the shoreline. The boat offers comfortable accommodations for up to 18 passengers.
The Norwegian Cruise Line ship that Davis and Goodman chose exemplifies the expanding choice of activities available at sea. Passengers may zip around a go-kart track at speeds up to 30 miles per hour. The Ocean Loop water slide propels thrill-seekers through a series ....