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Jan 29, 2020

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When you picture going on a cruise, the image that usually springs to mind is relaxing on a pool side lounger and soaking up some sun on the top deck of a ship. And there is a lot to be said for that – we can use some warm rays after the long Canadian winter months.

Some travellers want a little more adventure in their travel and a lot more activity. Fortunately, there are a host of cruise lines that offer up an exciting array of experiences. Whether you are into exploring local history and culture at fascinating destinations, hiking and biking excursions along inspiring landscapes, setting off for some canoeing or kayaking exploration of unfamiliar shorelines or even deck-top yoga classes in the sun, there is a cruise to satisfy the adventurer in you.

Here are just a few fantastic voyages to consider. When you've found the trip that's right for you, a CAA Travel Consultant is here to help you plan our trip.

Avalon Waterways.

River cruises are a great way to explore many intriguing ports, landscapes and cultural attractions in a single vacation. As you sail along the world's great rivers, there are no 'days at sea,' so your next exciting port of call is never far away. Avalon Waterways offers a great variety of options for travellers of every stripe.

Explore the Galapagos Islands or the Amazon River with an expert naturalist introducing you to the wonderous wildlife and exotic backdrops. Take a walking tour through some of Europe's greatest cities with local guides ensuring you experience the very best of the cuisine and culture. Stretch out on the Sky Deck for some yoga in the open air, or get active with a guided jogging tour, biking, paddling, or hiking your way through scenic locales.

No two travellers are alike, and Avalon Waterways has cruises that let you discover over 75 countries around the world, exploring your own unique interests, at your own pace.

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection.

Set your course for an experience you will never forget with a Uniworld cruise. As exciting as the sail will be to world-class ports along the way, it is when you step ashore that the adventure really begins. Uniworld has curated an array of exclusive expeditions that allow you to immerse yourself in the authentic culture, sights, and cuisine of the destinations you visit.

The Village Day excursion puts you in the heart of a quaint community, visiting with locals and exploring a different way of life. A Do as The Locals Do day trip takes this one step further, allowing you to experience a day in the life of a local - from navigating the town and transit to enjoying authentic cafes and markets. Uniworld's Let's Go excursions pick up the pace with an exciting array of activities to choose from such as hiking, cycling, kayaking, walking tours or golfing.

Plus, Uniworld guests enjoy private access to must-see attractions, such as visiting a museum without the crowds or taking after-hours tours of famous landmarks.

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Viking River Cruises.

Travelling by river allows you to explore some of the world's most fascinating landscapes up close and discover the people who live in the cities and towns along the shores. A sail with Viking River Cruises can give you unrivalled access to the rich history and fascinating cultures you will encounter along your journey.

For example, you can visit a Russian home in a quaint village, or savour a culinary tour of historic Budapest. Tour the impressive wine cellars of a Wachau Valley winery on the Danube, or learn the intricate art of truffle hunting from a local French farmer and his hound. Viking travellers are invited to be guests at private homes and grand palaces that are not open to the general public. Set sail on an immersive, cultural adventure you'll never forget.

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Windstar Cruises.

A sail on a Windstar ship allows you to experience the intimacy of travelling the high seas on a luxury yacht while still having the amenities and service you'd find on a larger cruise ship. Enjoy fine dining, pools, and spas without the crowds.

That sense of a private adventure – away from the masses – continues at each destination you dock at during your cruise. Small group excursions take you into the local cultures to meet fascinating people, enjoy the regional cuisine and immerse yourself in the culture. Guest lecturers visit the ship to add more context and rich detail to your journey. Whether you love outdoor adventures, exploring exotic cuisines, or learning about the history and traditions of the places you travel, Windstar has an itinerary for you.

Ready to set your sails for adventure? Let's start planning. Speak with a CAA travel consultant today at: 1-855-660-2292 or visiting your local CAA Store  to make it happen.  Bon voyage! 

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