Did you know that Many Can be easily visited while Cruising !!!
If you’re fascinated by volcanoes – those openings in the surface of the earth that allow molten rock and ash to escape – you may be surprised by how many of them you can visit via cruise ship. Whether you are a casual fan or a serious volcanologist (which doesn’t mean they are Star Trek Fans by the way), cruise ships can take you to some of the world’s most famous volcanoes.
Hawaii has a number of dormant and active volcanoes sprinkled across the islands. The dormant Haleakala Volcano provides Maui with its highest point, and the view from the summit is spectacular, especially at sunrise.(Just be sure to dress warmly) On the Big Island, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park features Kilauea, which is erupting again as of this writing (see video here), is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. This on again, off again ritual of Madam Pele, can be viewed by many helicopter excursion companies from either Kona or Hilo (Way Cool).
If you cruise the Panama Canal, you can take a shore excursion to see Arenal, one of several active volcanoes in Costa Rica. At less than 7,000 years old, Arenal is considered a young volcano. Its classic, conical shape makes for terrific photos. At night, glowing orange lava flows can usually be seen near the summit.
Chile has an amazing concentration of active volcanoes – about 500 in all. If you have the opportunity, take an excursion to the Lake District, where volcanoes form dramatic backdrops for scenic lakes and waterfalls.
Volcanoes are responsible for making St. Lucia more mountainous than the average Caribbean island. The island’s famous twin peaks, the Pitons, are volcanic features. St. Lucia also has the world’s only drive-in volcano, called Sulphur Springs. You can literally drive into the crater of the volcano, then walk between steaming sulfur springs and bubbling pools of mud.
If your Mediterranean cruise includes a stop in Naples, Italy, it’s the perfect opportunity to see Pompeii, buried in 79 AD by an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and rediscovered more than 1,500 years later. Vesuvius hasn’t had a major eruption since 1944, but is considered one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes because the area around it is densely populated. The summit of Vesuvius is open to visitors, and there’s a network of hiking paths to explore around the mountain.
Iceland’s Eyjafgallajokull (should have a blog contest to determine the closest pronunciation) can now be added to the list. In mid April of 2010, this Icelandic eruption sent a plume of ash into the sky so great that it halted more than 4000 European flights for days and effected flights from the US, Canada, London and almost all of the European Continent. Amazingly this mountain volcano had been dormant since 1821.
To find cruise itineraries that will let you explore one or more of the world’s volcanoes, talk with your personal cruise expert.
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