Judy (Kendall) Nickerson

jnickerson@cruiseholidays.com  |  (719) 487- 0056

 

Zip Line Adventures


Zip lines – gravity-propelled, off-the-ground pulley and cable systems – are booming in popularity and are in
high demand as cruise shore excursions. The cruise lines meet their guests’ desire to zip through the air, offering zip line adventures in many ports around the globe. It’s a great way to see scenery – forest canopies, mountains, remote waterfalls – that would be difficult to see from a lower vantage point.


Zip lines had humble beginnings, serving as practical transportation down mountains or across river
valleys. Today, most zip lines are used for entertainment and adventure: riders say the feeling is something like flying. Reputable zip line operators follow careful procedures; steel cables and strong harnesses assure comfort and safety, along with an exhilarating experience.


Since 2007, more than 40,000 cruise ship guests have ridden the zip line at Icy Strait Point in Hoonah,
Alaska, where the adventure begins with a scenic ride up the mountain (keep an eye out for bears!). At 1,300 feet above sea level, guests are secured into special harness seats. Six zip lines run side-by-side, so you can glide along with family members and friends, although it may not be possible to ensure you
all go the same pace.


Icy Strait Point’s zip lines are more than a mile long, and the 1,300-foot vertical drop means you can reach
speeds of 60 mph or more. You’ll be above the treetops most of the way, with stunning views of Icy Strait and Port Frederick: you may even spot majestic bald eagles or whales.


Two of the most important things you can do prepare for your ride are: wear closed shoes that will stay securely on your feet; and, listen carefully to all instructions, including how to stop!


Some zip line adventures are combine with rope courses to provide a fitness challenge, and some include a
hike up to the starting point. Be sure that you’re in proper shape for the zip line excursion you choose: an experienced travel agent should be able to provide more information. Zip lining is not recommended for people who are uncomfortable with heights, who are pregnant, or who have back injuries. Many zip lines have height, age, and/or weight requirements as well.


To find out where you can go zip lining on your next cruise, talk with your Cruise Holidays personal cruise
expert.



 

About Judy Nikerson

 

I have been on over 30 cruises with various cruise lines and find cruising to be a great way to see many places and unpack once. My travel hasn't been limited to cruising as I have traveled extensively on land too. One of my favorite recent trips was a Wine River Cruise on the Danube River in Europe. "River Cruising is my new passion! I love the wine and delicious culinary special interest itineraries that river cruising offers!" I also provide businesses or groups who wish to have a seminar at sea the venue and guidance for a successful meeting/convention

 

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