Cruise Destinations For Wildlife Lovers

Cruises can be an exciting way of exploring the world. On top of visiting coastal cities and getting up close to cliffs and glaciers, cruises can also allow you to see all kinds of amazing wildlife. Here are some great options for seeing wildlife on a cruise. A few dream cruise destinations, along with my favorite cruise, an Alaskan cruise. Cruising for wildlife is easier than ever before.


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The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are located off the coast of Ecuador. Charles Darwin famously visited these islands in the 1800s and drew up his theory of evolution. He realized that many of the animals here were unique due to the lack of natural predators. Giant tortoises, penguins and marine iguanas make up some of the impressive wildlife here. A Galapagos cruise can allow you to explore the entire archipelago and see some of these animals. 

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Komodo Island

This is a dream destination for me. Komodo Island is home to the legendary Komodo dragon. In fact, it is the only place in the world where you can see this animal in the wild. The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard in the world and is known for its lethal bite. It is not recommended that you explore the island alone and guided tours can typically provide the safest routes while still offering the chance of seeing a Komodo dragon from a distance. These are often included as excursions on several cruises along the south coast of Indonesia – some of which can also stop at popular destinations such as Bali. 

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Sea of Cortez

The Sea of Cortez is one of the world’s greatest whale-watching hotspots. It’s a popular destination for spotting humpback whales and sperm whales. However, it is the blue whale – the largest animal on earth – that many people flock to this sea for. Can you imagine seeing all of these whales in one location? A cruise can be one of the best ways to get close to these mighty creatures. These commonly include stops at Mexican ports such as Loreto and La Paz where you can explore historic colonial buildings and visit beautiful white sand beaches. 


90% of Madagascar’s wildlife is endemic – meaning that you cannot find it anywhere else in the world. Perhaps the most famous endemic species of Madagascar are the lemurs. Cruising for wildlife is always an adventure, including Madagascar. There are actually  over 110 species of lemur and many of them are quite easy to spot. You can take cruises around Madagascar that include lemur tour excursions. Madagascar is also a popular stop in many Indian Ocean cruises, which stop at popular tropical destinations such as Mauritius and The Seychelles.


Alaska is home to an array of arctic wildlife. Our Alaskan cruise in 2017 was one of the best cruises ever.

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Lane animals include black bears, mooses and caribou. The waters around Alaska are home to whales and sea lions. An Alaskan cruises around the coast of Alaska is a great way to see wildlife. Some cruises will stop at ports and may offer tours where you may have a chance of spotting various land animals. Alaska routes may also combine stops along the west coast of Canada – often leaving from Vancouver.

Cruising for wildlife will be your most memorable cruise. Make it a good one and choose one, two, or three cruises for lifetime memories.

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Sara is a travel enthusiast that resides in North Iowa. You can find her traveling where the plane, train, ship, or car will go. Are you looking to take a road trip? Sara has solutions for you!

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