Most cruise lines have canceled sailings for the time being, but Virtuoso travel advisors are seeing a rise in 2021 bookings. And while exploring historic seaside cities are highlights of many voyages, access to thrilling outdoor activities are an often-understated benefit. Here, travel advisors share five inspiring nature excursions.
Some of the most memorable characters Virtuoso travel advisor Jeannie Smith met on a Caribbean
cruise weren’t fellow passengers, but rather the creatures she encountered while snorkeling in Belize
. “I was amazed by the sea turtles who swam beside me,” she says. “Fortunately, their speed was about the same as mine.” Another highlight: a few languid nurse sharks. Roughly 1,000 miles east, fellow advisor Susan Dischner snorkeled on the world’s third-largest barrier reef near Grand Turk Island, spotting yellowtail snapper, pilot fish, and parrot fish.