8 Over-the-Top Shore Excursions

by John Roberts

8 Over-the-Top Shore Excursions

by John Roberts

It's probably not every day you take a cruise, so you may as well go for broke with your next shore excursions. Whether you're seeking a memorable gastronomic experience or an adrenaline-filled adventure, check out these bucket list-worthy experiences off the ship.

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Helicopter ride to La Bastide de Moustiers / Celebrity Cruises / Troy House
Adelie Penguins in Antarctica
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1. Adventure to the Bottom of the World

Found on: Crystal Cruises

When Crystal Symphony arrives in Punta Arenas, Chile, hop off the ship and into a plane for a little day trip to the Antarctic Peninsula. After the scenic flight, offload for a strenuous expedition exploring icy, glacier-filled waters by Zodiac boat and hiking around frozen islands. (Not to worry, there's a lunch break.) You'll also mingle with penguins and other wildlife before your return plane ride to rejoin the ship.

Price: $6,999

Found on: Crystal Cruises

When Crystal Symphony arrives in Punta Arenas, Chile, hop off the ship and into a plane for a little day trip to the Antarctic Peninsula. After the scenic flight, offload for a strenuous expedition exploring icy, glacier-filled waters by Zodiac boat and hiking around frozen islands. (Not to worry, there's a lunch break.) You'll also mingle with penguins and other wildlife before your return plane ride to rejoin the ship.

Price: $6,999

Lunch at La Bastide de Moustiers
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2. A Taste of Provence by Alain Ducasse

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Ride in a private, luxury vehicle to your awaiting helicopter, which whisks you out of Nice and over the French Riviera to Chef Alain Ducasse's restaurant La Bastide de Moustiers. Stroll the olive tree-filled grounds before your extravagant four-course lunch.

Price: $4,389

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Ride in a private, luxury vehicle to your awaiting helicopter, which whisks you out of Nice and over the French Riviera to Chef Alain Ducasse's restaurant La Bastide de Moustiers. Stroll the olive tree-filled grounds before your extravagant four-course lunch.

Price: $4,389

Mykonos
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3. The Ultimate Greek Indulgence

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Your day in Mykonos begins when your private vehicle conveys you from the pier to your awaiting luxury yacht. You have a skipper and crew, but you help set the day's course to explore whatever interests you. Or just sit back and let the captain pick his favorite route as you enjoy ouzo, olives, feta cheese, and other Greek specialties. This voyage features amazing sightseeing, plus time to swim in remote coves and relax on quiet, pristine beaches.

Price: $3,789

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Your day in Mykonos begins when your private vehicle conveys you from the pier to your awaiting luxury yacht. You have a skipper and crew, but you help set the day's course to explore whatever interests you. Or just sit back and let the captain pick his favorite route as you enjoy ouzo, olives, feta cheese, and other Greek specialties. This voyage features amazing sightseeing, plus time to swim in remote coves and relax on quiet, pristine beaches.

Price: $3,789

Red Ferrari 575 Maranello
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4. Ferrari Ride in the Côte d'Azur

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Picture yourself zooming James Bond-style along the streets of Nice, France, in a classic Ferrari sports car. Imagine the rush as you take the wheel and step on the gas pedal on the Middle Corniche roadway. Private luxury transport meets you at the pier (expect envious looks as you disembark) for this Celebrity-exclusive excursion.

Price: $998

Found on: Celebrity Cruises

Picture yourself zooming James Bond-style along the streets of Nice, France, in a classic Ferrari sports car. Imagine the rush as you take the wheel and step on the gas pedal on the Middle Corniche roadway. Private luxury transport meets you at the pier (expect envious looks as you disembark) for this Celebrity-exclusive excursion.

Price: $998

La Vague d'Or
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5. Gourmet Explorer Tours

Found on: Regent Seven Seas

When Seven Seas Explorer debuts in July 2016, you can immerse yourself in Mediterranean flavors at port stops in some of the world's greatest epicurean regions. Tour famous markets in Barcelona, then lunch at a two-star Michelin restaurant to savor Catalan cuisine. Indulge with a wine-and-dine night on the French Riviera at La Croix winery in Provence, or taste the delights at La Vague d'Or restaurant (three Michelin stars) in the heart of St. Tropez. Similarly decadent excursions are available in Corfu, Monte Carlo, and Sorrento.

Price: Up to $799

Found on: Regent Seven Seas

When Seven Seas Explorer debuts in July 2016, you can immerse yourself in Mediterranean flavors at port stops in some of the world's greatest epicurean regions. Tour famous markets in Barcelona, then lunch at a two-star Michelin restaurant to savor Catalan cuisine. Indulge with a wine-and-dine night on the French Riviera at La Croix winery in Provence, or taste the delights at La Vague d'Or restaurant (three Michelin stars) in the heart of St. Tropez. Similarly decadent excursions are available in Corfu, Monte Carlo, and Sorrento.

Price: Up to $799

Musher's Camp
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6. Glacier Dog Musher for a Day

Found on: Disney Cruise Line

Disney's Alaska cruises give you the chance to help prepare and drive a team of Iditarod sled dogs across the Norris Glacier and into the wilds over the vast Juneau Icefield. Your helicopter ride to the sled dog camp soars over green forests, icefalls and alpine lakes. Once there, you'll shout these commands: "Hike! Gee! Haw!"

Price: $789

Found on: Disney Cruise Line

Disney's Alaska cruises give you the chance to help prepare and drive a team of Iditarod sled dogs across the Norris Glacier and into the wilds over the vast Juneau Icefield. Your helicopter ride to the sled dog camp soars over green forests, icefalls and alpine lakes. Once there, you'll shout these commands: "Hike! Gee! Haw!"

Price: $789

Xpanda shark dive at UShaka Marine World
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7. Shark Dive at uShaka Marine World

Found on: Silversea

This Silver Shore Expedition in Durban, South Africa, places you terrifyingly close to these deep-water predators. While you're not in any real danger at this theme park, it's quite a rush to step into an acrylic cage and be lowered into a tank. You'll snorkel in the cage as Zambezi and ragged-tooth sharks swim circles around you.

Price: $499

Found on: Silversea

This Silver Shore Expedition in Durban, South Africa, places you terrifyingly close to these deep-water predators. While you're not in any real danger at this theme park, it's quite a rush to step into an acrylic cage and be lowered into a tank. You'll snorkel in the cage as Zambezi and ragged-tooth sharks swim circles around you.

Price: $499

Kilauea Volcano
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8. Doors Off Over Kilauea

Found on: Norwegian Cruise Line

This is Hawaii's youngest and most active volcano, and you'll hover right above it — feeling the heat rising from just 500 feet below as you take in the view from your doorless whirlybird. Along the way in this four-seat chopper, you'll skim over gorgeous rainforest terrain, buzz a series of waterfalls at Rainbow Falls State Park, and get up close with Hawaii's biggest mountain, Mauna Loa.

Price: $369

Found on: Norwegian Cruise Line

This is Hawaii's youngest and most active volcano, and you'll hover right above it — feeling the heat rising from just 500 feet below as you take in the view from your doorless whirlybird. Along the way in this four-seat chopper, you'll skim over gorgeous rainforest terrain, buzz a series of waterfalls at Rainbow Falls State Park, and get up close with Hawaii's biggest mountain, Mauna Loa.

Price: $369

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