Easter Island is a great place to visit during a cruise for any traveler who seeks an adventure! Unlike the major cruise ports that are developed, Easter Island is a smaller remote island. Nonetheless, this means that you will discover plenty of opportunity for active adventures such as volcano hiking, snorkeling, cave-exploring, swimming, biking, and more. Discover the ancient Rapa Nui civilization’s cultural traditions by visiting the famous Moai statues and watching traditional dance shows. Plus, the breathtaking sunsets you can view from this island are unlike anything you’ve witnessed! If you are seeking a far-off journey that provides the ultimate blend of beauty and seclusion, consider taking your next South Pacific cruise to the legendary Easter Island!
Ponant and Silversea are the only cruise lines that currently feature cruises from Easter Island. Expedition cruise line Ponant offers a few North America or Oceania itineraries from Easter Island onboard their intimate yachts Le Boreal and Le Soleal. Luxury cruise line Silversea features a few South Pacific itineraries onboard its upscale ship Silver Explorer. Depending on which cruise line you decide to book, cruises can range in length between 6- and 14-nights. A great time to visit Easter Island is any time, as the weather tends to be pleasant year-round.
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The following cruise destinations can be visited on a cruise that includes Easter Island. Select a destination to view the upcoming cruises that are available:
The following cruise lines offer cruises sailing to Easter Island. Select a cruise line to view the upcoming cruises that visit Easter Island:
These cruise lines fit (quality and, usually, price-wise) somewhere in between Premium and Luxury cruise lines.
A country club casual atmosphere can be expected on these lines, as can be elegant accommodations and gourmet cuisine. These cruise lines are a great option for adults looking for a upscale, yet laid back, vacation.
Unique itineraries are often available on these cruise lines, as their small-to-mid-sized ships can visit ports of call that large ones can't get to.
The pricing on Azamara Club Cruises includes select beverages and pre-paid gratuities, while the pricing of Viking Ocean Cruises includes shore excursions and select beverages.
These cruise lines offer a truly unique vacation experience, with a wide range of possible amenities and itineraries. Some are expedition cruise lines, others have sailing yachts or are coastal ships.
On these types of cruise lines, there's usually a focus on a specific destination or theme. Itineraries are usually very destination intensive, aided by the fact that they're able to reach many ports of call that larger ships can't.
Expedition cruise lines are a great fit for adventure-seeking travelers, featuring exciting destinations like the Galapagos Islands, Antarctica, and the Norwegian coast. During the cruise, there will usually be plenty of interesting lectures given by experts on the destination being visited. Often, shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise. In fact, some of these cruise lines have all-inclusive pricing. There's a definite focus on the ship's surrounding scenery, as well as opportunities to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Small, but comfortable, ships are commonplace here, with anywhere from basic to very luxurious public spaces, cuisine, and accommodations (depending on the cruise line and ship).
Sailing Yachts, sail-assisted motor ships, offer a really unique vacation experience. Accommodations and cuisine on these intimate vessels can be anywhere from good to fantastic, depending on the cruise line. Destinations offered by these cruise lines may include the Caribbean, Europe, Panama Canal, Tahiti, and Costa Rica.
Value is a key feature of these popular cruise lines, as they offer lots of activities, entertainment and dining options, along with a variety of stateroom types. Some of the cruise lines in this category have ships with unique innovations like water slides, rock-climbing walls, ice-skating rinks, surfing simulators, bowling alleys, and boardwalks.
Their ships are usually anywhere from mid-sized to very large "mega" ships, accommodating thousands of guests. These ships give the feel of being in a large resort.
Mainstream cruise lines are a great option for just about everyone (including multi-generation families, and first-time cruisers), and typically have great youth programs.
During the cruise, entertainment may include Broadway productions, Vegas-style shows, comedians, and music. Some of these lines have select formal nights during the cruise. Specialty restaurants are becoming more and more common (some which have a cover charge for this type enhanced dining experience). Buffets are usually available throughout the day, besides room service, and the main dining room(s).
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On a luxury cruise line, guests experience highly personalized service, a more intimate (and usually formal) onboard experience, gourmet cuisine, well-appointed accommodations, and fantastic amenities. Many of these brands have smaller ships, allowing them to reach ports of call that the larger ships can't, which results in unique itineraries.
All of these brands feature a version of all-inclusive pricing, and some of them have ships with all-suite accommodations. Although these cruise lines are usually more expensive than the rest, they also provide their guests with so much more, resulting in a fantastic value when considering all that's included.
Becoming more and more popular, a river cruise is an immerse and destination-focused vacation experience, on a small and luxurious vessel.
River cruises sail through the inland waterways of some of the world's most interesting vacation destinations (i.e. Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America), and provide their guests with a greater opportunity to spend time visiting more unique ports of call than a traditional cruise typically would.
Because the destination is the star of a river cruise, (typically guided) shore excursions are included at no additional charge by many River cruise lines. There are usually many interesting lectures given during the cruise, by experts on the history and culture of the region being visited.
Among the famous rivers that one may take a river cruise on are the Rhine, Mississippi, Seine, Danube, Mekong, Nile, Yangtze, Amazon and Douro.
These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Easter Island, along with a brief description:
♦ Rano Raraku National Park
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the Moai, which are the famous stone statues that come to mind when you think of Easter Island. A perfect balance of parkland and an open-air museum, Rano Raraku National Park, this iconic attraction is a must-visit when spending time on the island. Visiting is a wonderful way to learn the culture of the ancient Rapa Nui people. Plan to spend at least a couple of hours wandering the trails, viewing the historic sculptures, and just taking in the beautiful weather as you hike to the volcanic crater!
Tongariki is the largest stone platform on Easter Island and is a must visit during your time in port. You can view some more Moai here (although its original statues were destroyed during civil wars and natural disasters). This is also an amazing place to watch the sunset, especially during the summer solstice, perfect for any special or romantic occasion. Early-risers can also witness stunning sunrises from this vantage point.
♦ Anakena Beach
Though there are many beaches on Easter Island, Anakena Beach is one worth visiting. Plus, it’s located right in Rapa Nui National Park, so you can enjoy both highlights in one day! There’s nothing better than wiggling your toes in the white coral sand beach before jumping into the refreshing clear water for a swim. You will also discover a nearby bar and restaurant where you can kick back with your favorite cocktail and fill up on some delicious cuisine before or after you enjoy your day on the beach!
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