Monday, July 21, 2008

Experience the Adventurous Side of Caribbean Cruising

If your idea of fun is sunbathing, shopping, and sightseeing, then you might want to stop reading now. However, if you envision an ideal Caribbean cruise that's a bit more adventurous, you need look no further than an MSC Cruises sailing.

MSC Cruises offers the opportunity for some exciting—even adventurous—shore experiences on its 2008-09 Caribbean itineraries. Several excursion options enable you to explore the Caribbean over land (by motorcycle, bicycle, ATV, or horseback), under the sea (snorkeling, SCUBA diving, and glass-bottomed kayak) and through the air (attached to a cable between 100-foot-high trees). There is also the chance for unique ecological experiences and, of course, plenty of fun and sun. Among the shore excursion options are:

  • Glide over the coral reef in a clear kayak
  • Jeep tours — explore the exotic terrain in a Jeep caravan
  • Dune buggy tours — drive your dune buggy along coastal roads and through tropical jungles
  • Snorkeling — ideal for beginners of all ages
  • XCaret Natural Adventure Park — the largest "eco" park in Latin America, with bird sanctuary, restored Mayan ruins, botanical gardens and an underground river for swimming
  • Swim with the dolphins — swim with bottlenose dolphins in natural ocean coves
Grand Cayman
  • Stingray City — feed, interact and play with Southern Stingrays
  • Certified 2-tank Boat Dive — certified divers can explore reefs and wrecks
  • Introductory SCUBA lesson — after training in a pool, participants go on a shallow reef dive
St. Maarten
  • Horseback riding on the beach
  • ATV experience — explore the island on the way to a beautiful beach
  • Land & Sea — travel by both catamaran and Swiss Army Jeep
  • Harley Davidson experience — bring along your motorcycle license and select from legendary "Fat Boy" and classic "Heritage" motorcycles and embark on a tour of the island
  • America's Cup 12 Meter Regatta — compete in a thrilling race around an America's Cup-like course, with each participant having a role in helping to sail the yacht
Whether you want adventure, exploration, history, shopping, architecture, relaxation, or just some plain old fun in the sun, MSC Cruises' Caribbean itineraries offer a little something for everyone.

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