It doesn’t take long to figure out why Ant and Dec haven’t volunteered to experience the jungle of ‘I’m a Celebrity: Get me out of here!’ themselves. They may like to spend their time watching contestants struggle their way through sleepless nights, lumpy beds and dubious food, but the show’s presenters aren’t foolish enough to get too involved.
We’re sure it’s because they like comfortable surroundings and have a taste for flavoursome food – after all, Ant and Dec once hosted Saturday Night Takeaway from the top deck of a luxury cruise ship docked in Barcelona. Who could be enthusiastic about sleeping in the jungle when they could be unwinding in a glamorous cabin instead?
If you’re feeling adventurous enough to explore jungle wildlife and tropical rainforests without giving up the glamour, here are a few ways to combine a world-class cruise with some once-in-a-lifetime wildlife excursions.
Princess Cruises’ Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Caribbean adventure
Taking off from Fort Lauderdale, this sun-drenched cruise begins its journey in windswept Aruba, where you can stretch out on its sandy coast. That’s before sailing to Colombia and the Panama Canal – one of modern technology’s greatest advancements.
The real fun begins at the next port – Costa Rica’s Limon. Behind the pristine beaches are dense expanses of rainforest known as the Veragua Rainforest, where you can navigate through the trees via gondola or on an aerial tram, spotting rare wildlife as you go. There are even excursions that park up at sloth sanctuaries, giving you the chance to cuddle up to one of nature’s cutest – albeit most sluggish – animals. Finally, the cruise closes out in Jamaica’s Ocho Rios, an incredible landscape of rivers and waterfalls that includes the famous Dunn’s River Falls.
Silversea’s 7 night Galapagos island cruise
Start out on the island of Baltra, where you’ll find spiky iguanas darting between prickly pear trees. You’ll be sailing aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos, a luxury expedition cruiser which offers a wide range of free activities, from snorkelling and kayaking to hiking and Zodiac boat tours. The ship has a hot tub and a piano bar to unwind in between stops, while destinations include Rabida, San Cristoba and Genovesa Island – home to a host of rare and exotic birds.
This cruise gives you the chance to see wildlife that can’t be found anywhere else in the world, as well as taking you from one idyllic beach to another each day. If you take the jungle to mean topping up your tan and marvelling at nature instead of tucking in to a plate of witchetty grubs, a comfortable cruise with Silversea might be just the ticket.
Seabourn’s 24-night Amazon and Brazilian Exploration
If one week doesn’t feel like enough, Seabourn’s Amazon and Brazil exploration cruise could be the one for you. When you’re not basking in sunshine by the pool or sipping cocktails at the spa, this cruise enables you to experience a wide range of authentic, old-Caribbean destinations.
Stop off at spacious beaches with clear waters and spend long days in Natal and Recife, as well as plenty of other gorgeous spots. You’ll have the opportunity to visit coral reefs and ride a buggy over monster sand dunes, as well as exploring national parks and feasting on delectable local cuisine. Keep an eye out for anteaters, armadillos and sloths on your travels, too.
Of course, these aren’t the only options – but they’re a good place to start if you’re planning to escape in true celebrity style.