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Part 3: Adventure Vacations for Families

In Adventure, Family Fun, Travel on July 11, 2012 at 8:12 am

Welcome back! Here are two more fun-filled adventure vacations to check out.

5. Embark on a Tall Ship Sailing Adventure

Routes: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Baltic and Costa Rica

Accommodations: Tall sailing ship with 170- 227 guests

Activities: Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, island exploration

Not every cruise requires coat ‘n tie dining with strangers, hokey lounge singers, or all you can eat over-indulgent midnight buffets. Why cruise with thousands of others?  As an alternative to the mega ships, there is a wonderful array of small ship cruises out there. Visit ports untouched by the large cruise lines.  No need to jockey for a pool chair on a small ship.  Forget rigid schedules and relax or read a book while a local band plays some soft tropical tunes. The setting is casual and easygoing. One line, Star Clippers, is a particular favorite. They have the world’s largest and tallest sailing vessels, offering an authentic, grand sailboat experience. Climb the mast to look out from the crow’s nest. Help hoist the sails and drift away at sunset to your next island under full sail. Teens will have a fantastic time, but don’t expect kiddie programs. Rather than being sent away to kid’s club, you may find yourself on a scavenger hunt. Swim, play games and explore the islands together as a family.  Looking for more adventure?  Try the marina platform, which lowers from the stern for water sports.

Cost: 7 nights starting at $2075 per person

Includes free airfare to the Caribbean andCosta Rica (current promotion)

Note: Last minute deals occasionally available.

Option: Land excursions with a myriad of adventures

6. Take an Expedition in Alaska

Embarkation: Juneau, Ketchikan or Sitka, AK

Route: Along the Tongass National Forest

Accommodations: Small ship with 60- 76 guests

Activities: Kayaking, hiking, standup paddle boarding, snorkeling, glacier viewing, and exploring by skiff.  Hot tub on deck with mind-blowing, majestic views.

Skip the crowds, take your time and see Alaska in the way it was meant to be explored… on an expedition boat. Inner Sea Discoveries is the polar opposite of a mega cruise. With less than 80 guests, you can venture into fjords where big ships cannot.  Linger in the midst of a pod of spouting, whales. The boat has flexibility to change coarse if wildlife is spotted. Get up close to thundering tidewater glaciers and gaze at the vast wilderness. You’ll meander into rare, out-of-the-way places. The route follows the edges of the nation’s largest national forest, through pristine waters full of humpbacks and orcas, porpoise, sea lions, and seals. Bald eagles perch along the shoreline. On land, you might see bears, mountain goats, deer, mink, river otters, and maybe even, moose.

Cost: 7 night/8 day cruise starts at $1795 per person

Option: Land extension to Denali via dome train and flight seeing adventures

Read more about fun adventure getaways on Go Custom Travel’s facebook page and click “like.” https://www.facebook.com/#!/GoCustomTravel. You can also visit Laura’s webpage: http://www.gocustomtravel.com/Go/Welcome.html

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