CRUISE ON THE WILD SIDE

If you’re look­ing for a hol­i­day that brings you closer to wildlife, Princess Cruises will take you right there

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WHEN WILDLIFE IS your pas­sion, you’ll travel to the ends of the earth to spot some of na­ture’s great­est cre­ations – given half a chance. Now, it’s even eas­ier, and more en­joy­able to em­bark on a voy­age of dis­cov­ery with Princess Cruises. Whether you’re fas­ci­nated by crea­tures that hide in the depths of the jun­gle, soar through the air, swim in the deep blue sea or ex­ist in some of the world’s most in­hos­pitable ter­rain, here are a few ways to search them out:

ON THE GROUND

One of the most in­cred­i­ble places to see land-lov­ing an­i­mals is in Bali. As part of a Trea­sures of Asia cruise, you can ven­ture to the Ubud Mon­key For­est, home to around 340 Ba­li­nese long-tailed mon­keys who swing from what are con­sid­ered to be holy trees. Or see mon­keys hang­ing in the aro­matic nut­meg trees at the Sangeh Mon­key For­est. Back on­board, you can en­joy a de­li­cious meal in the Kai Seafood Bar and re­live your un­for­get­table an­i­mal en­coun­ters.

IN THE AIR

Mal­lorca has long been known as one of the best places in the Mediter­ranean for bird watch­ing, with hun­dreds of species to tick off. Cruise here and you can roam on foot, ex­plore by bi­cy­cle, or join one of the Dis­cov­ery and An­i­mal Planet shore ex­cur­sions. Nor­way is an in­cred­i­ble des­ti­na­tion for lovers of feath­ered friends too. Bring your binoc­u­lars for a fas­ci­nat­ing trip to see the sea ea­gles, cor­morants, ra­zor­bills, kit­ti­wakes and puffins that call the is­lands around the Nor­we­gian coast home.

UN­DER THE SEA

The Great Bar­rier Reef has to be one of the planet’s most breath­tak­ing sights. Teem­ing with colour­ful un­der­wa­ter odd­i­ties, as well as some in­cred­i­ble ocean gi­ants, it’s a once seen, never for­got­ten ex­pe­ri­ence. Book a scenic flight to see the beauty of the reef from the air, take to the wa­ter in a glass-bot­tomed boat or im­merse your­self in its glory with a snorkellin­g ad­ven­ture. Then when you’re all wildlifed-out, you can soak away the day back on­board in the lux­ury sur­round­ings of the Lo­tus Spa.

IN THE MOUN­TAINS

For a re­ally big wildlife ex­pe­ri­ence, it has to be Alaska. Where else can you see bears fish­ing for salmon, mam­moth hump­backs leap­ing from icy-cold wa­ters, or cari­bou, moose and grey wolves roam­ing freely in the De­nali Na­tional Park? You can even view the ma­jes­tic beauty of a glacier from your state­room pri­vate bal­cony as you cruise through Glacier Bay Na­tional Park. When that ex­cite­ment is over, the clink of ice in a glass marks the start of an­other won­der­ful evening in the Wheel­house Bar.

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