Throughout the past several years a discreet revolution has been underway in the cruise world: Day trips and multiday outings offered by upscale cruise lines have a new focus. These cruise lines are moving away from day-long coach trips to tiring tourist traps and instead are planning rare, immersive excursions that passengers would be hard-pressed to organize on their own.
Silversea is one of the high-end cruise operators that have leaded this trend by, recently launching 14 once-in-a- lifetime, multiday experiences that can be added to exclusive voyages. Dubbed the Couture Collection, these overland trips incorporate helicopters and private jets to send travelers to some of the world’s most inaccessible and untouched places – among them being, the South Pole and the northern mountains of Mongolia.
Another upscale line, Windstar Cruises, recently unveiled a new Beyond Ordinary collection of 10 over-the-top, highly curated excursions that includes a Michelin-starred lunch in Provence and a private yoga session on the rooftop of the Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery in Roses, Spain.
Here are some of the rarest excursions that cruise lines are offering.