Love Water? Add These 6 Shore Excursions to Your Cruise

Summer is a beautiful season for water lovers. It’s full of long days, warm nights, and plenty of exciting water sports and activities at the beach, pool, or lake.

At CloudBlue, we partner with some of the best cruise destinations in the world to ensure that every traveler gets the best from their cruise. If you’re a water lover, we can help you choose an excursion that suits your lifestyle.

Whether you enjoy whale watching, relaxing at the beach, swimming with the dolphins, or action-packed activities like surfing, paddleboarding, or sailing — we’ll help you make your shore excursion more personal and memorable.

Here’s our guide to some of the best shore excursions to explore as summer heats up.

Colón, Panama

If you’ve ever dreamt of kayaking in the Panama Canal, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to do so when you cruise to Colon. As the gateway city to the Panama Canal, the engineering marvel that links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Colon has a lot to offer water lovers.

While here, you can kayak the Canal’s watershed and spot the abundant wildlife this destination has to offer. This is an excellent tour for adventurous travelers who love to explore nature.

Before you leave, be sure to book a kayaking tour and explore the area around the Canal and the beautiful Soberania National Park with a full-day itinerary with an expert wilderness guide.

Explore the lush Rainforest right on the water >

Nassau, Bahamas

The capital and largest city of the Bahamas, Nassau offers a perfect water excursion for luxury cruisers. When cruising in Nassau, charter a yacht and explore Paradise Island, which offers some of the best luxury amenities in the world.

The Island is home to several adventure parks, world-famous golf courses, casinos, and some of the best restaurants — so you’ll always have a full day of excitement ahead of you.

You can also book your stay at The Atlantis Resort and enjoy the world-class facilities and all-inclusive features the island is known for.

Feeling adventurous?

Book a tour to the Atlantis Aquaventure Waterscape, a 141-acre water park with activities like rolling rapids, swimming, epic water slides, and more to excite the adrenalin junkie in your crew.

Delight your inner child at this island metropolis >

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Also known as “The Stingray City,” the most popular attraction on this island will bring you close to wildlife like never before.

This destination is a renowned sandbar where stingrays come to feed on bits of jettisoned scraps left by fishermen and wait to gulp squid from the hands of cruisers.

You’ll have the chance to jump into the shallow water and feel the skin of the rays and other sea creatures. While here, you’ll also get to kiss, pet, and swim with the dolphins. Don’t forget to take several pictures while you’re at it.

This activity is ideal for honeymooners or any other cruiser who wants to have a memorable time while on a Caribbean cruise. You can pair the stingray and dolphin experience with other activities like a private catamaran tour with your own skipper.

Book a stingray tour for an unforgettable adventure >

Barbados, Caribbean Islands

While Barbados is known for its captivating islands and sandy beaches, it’ll also give you the chance to experience a tropical life with a twist. Take a break from the beach at a safari and shipwreck snorkel tour and feed the tropical reef fish that swim under the shipwrecks.

While in Barbados, immerse yourself in the rich local culture and learn more about the traditions and history. For some natural wonders, tour Harrison’s Cave, a crystallized limestone cavern with stalagmites, stalactites, and glistening pools.

After enjoying water activities, visit a rainforest ravine and spot the Barbados Green Monkeys, which are only local to the area. Follow the trail of exotic Bougainvillea that blossom on the beach, sample some delicious local rum, or take an off-road 4×4 island tour.

The possibilities are endless on this island >

Costa Maya, Mexico

If you’re cruising around Mexico, a visit to Costa Maya should definitely be part of your itinerary. This laid-back tourism village carved out of the Yucatan jungle has plenty of activities for water-lovers.

Take a short walk from the port, visit the village Mahahual, and discover more about old-world Mexico as you wander through dirt roads, beaches, restaurants, and shops.

Since the world’s second-largest coral reef is located about 100 yards from shore, you’ll have a chance to swim safely in clear and calm waters at the beach.

You’ll also have access to renting jet skis, paddleboards, and kayaks for fun water adventures. Don’t forget to go snorkeling and swim with the dolphins while you’re there and pay a visit to the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben.

Book your getaway to this unforgettable isle >

Amber Cove, Puerto Plata

Located in the Dominican Republic, Amber Cove is one of the newest cruise ports in the world. Also known as Puerto Plata, this destination is home to several beach-centered, cultural, and active diversions.

Sign up and tour the 27 waterfalls of the Damajagua River, explore a lagoon, and nature closeup like you’ve never seen it before.

If you’re looking for that rush of endorphins, satisfy the craving with activities like ziplining with squirrel monkeys and canyoneering in the deep wilderness. Amber Cove will also give you an opportunity to swim with the dolphins, sharks, and stingrays at the Ocean World’s Dolphin Encounter and experience these friendly animals in waist-deep water.

Choose to spend a day (or two!) like a VIP and get pampered in a luxury cabana while being waited on as you enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze.

Experience this paradise for honeymooners and luxury cruisers >

Find Your Ideal Shore Excursion

Finding the best shore excursion for your next cruise is now easier than ever. If you dream of spending your days surrounded by water, these excursions are just what you need to cool off this summer.

Whether you’re enjoying a luxury cruise or you’re on your honeymoon, these excursions and activities will add the perfect thrill to your vacation.

Try something new, enjoy the a picturesque beach, or a daring new water activity that you’ve always wanted to try.

Book your next cruise with CloudBlue Travel and explore various excursions in the beautiful Caribbean and more.

Contact us today and dream up your next adventure >

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