There’s something about small ship cruising that brings out the explorer in you. And it usually starts the moment you slip into your first few ports, step off the ship, and take a look around.
You notice that these places don’t seem to be bracing themselves for a crush of tourists. That people are out running errands. Living their normal lives. You’ll see the buildings, the swaying trees and the sky. And suddenly you'll realize that you’re not in the shadow of a huge cruise ship.
It’s the power of treading lightly. Of going beyond the usual tourist meccas. It’s exploration, the way it should be.
Cruise small, and you’ll meet the locals. Not at a souvenir booth on a pier. But on their street. In their neighborhood. You’ll share a few laughs, and maybe even share lunch. They’re the kind of experiences you can only have when you get to know a place through its people.
Small ship cruising means finding adventure in small towns. On isolated beaches. And in the friendships that always seem to form onboard. One dinner, one shared sunset, and one great conversation at a time. Because when you see the world on a small ship, you stop being a tourist, and start becoming an explorer. Is there any other way to travel?
So, what experiences have our passengers had? Click here to see just a few.
Get Closer - Explore the Nooks and Crannies of Your World
In many ways, the size of the ship is the most obvious feature of a small cruise adventure. But what does cruising on a smaller ship really mean for your vacation? In a word, it means freedom.
The freedom to go where the big ships cannot. The freedom to steam down rivers, as carved wooden canoes drift alongside. The freedom to enter small harbors, tie up on a local dock, and head inland to explore. The freedom to find a small island, land on the beach and do some sunbathing, miles away from the crowds of tourists.
All this freedom comes down to size. The big ships are really, really big, which puts big limits on where they can go. And when it comes time to dock, they only have a few places they can fit. That's why the big cruise lines all go to the same places, and their passengers all end up exploring the same ports.
With small ships, the map of destinations opens up. Suddenly, real exploration is possible. On every corner of the map. Exploration that takes you to countless less-travelled ports, rivers, and small islands. Places unchanged by constant tourism. It's the difference between going to a place, and being in a place. And it makes all the difference in the world.
As the editor of Ocean & Cruise News I was lucky enough to have experienced a Blount Small Ship Adventure for myself aboard their wonderful Grande Caribe. While cruising aboard Blount is drastically different than what I was accustomed to in a cruise experience, I can honestly say I loved the experience. Never have I become closer to my fellow cruisers than aboard Grande Caribe. It is an experience I would recommend to all WOCLS members.
If you would like to read, in detail, my experiences aboard Grande Caribe, please click the link below to view the September 2013 issue of Ocean & Cruise News.
To view a copy of Blount Small Ship Adventures 2014 brochure, please click the link below.
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