An Expedition Cruise is one which will take you closer to the heart of the most remote parts of the world, in far-flung corners such as Antarctica – the cruise world’s final frontier. It is a path of enlightenment that takes an average holiday-maker from tourist, to intrepid adventurer, offering a huge range of immersive experiences. Expedition Cruises will take you to places that are not easily accessible by more traditional land-based trips and will show you parts of the world which you would not normally see.
To say these itineraries are ‘off-the-beaten-track’ would be a gross understatement for these are not holiday destinations at all. You will be seeing the real and natural world in all its glory on any Expedition Cruise. You will be walking paths that have as yet been untrodden. You will be seeing elements of the environment that you have only ever seen on nature programmes or read about in books.
An armada of new Polar adventure-style vessels have been created to set a course for unique destinations which are virtually impossible to access other than by sea. These stunning ships head not just off the beaten track, but to the very edges of the beaten map. Charting routes less-travelled aboard these incredible custom-built ships is the alpha and omega of experiential cruising.
The line-up of new expedition vessels heading to Polar Regions are at the confluence of cutting-edge design and ingenious technology. The most noteworthy boast the largest, most spacious veranda suites ever conceived for these far-flung latitudes; not to mention a pageant of sophisticated dining choices and indulgent well-being options.
Environmentally-friendly credentials include GPS dynamic positioning, revolutionary battery hybrid-powered propulsion and energy-efficient X-bow design. To augment sightseeing in these privileged domains some vessels are equipped with helicopters, submarines, scuba equipment and ATVs.
As the world has shrunk in size, global travel is easier than ever before. Flights are accessible thanks to the availability and the lowering cost. Remote destinations are easier to get to. The advent of social media has shown us the most wonderful destinations and therefore ignites the wanderlust to travel there. With all that has come the desire to go further, see more, experience more. And there is no better way to do this than on a holiday experience such as on Expedition Cruises.
They offer a carefully planned way for tourists to become travellers, in a safe way and so that they can rest assured they will get to see the parts of the destinations visited that are worth seeing. Travelling to less well-known destinations can be a risk if you don’t know where to go, how to travel, or what is there before you go, so taking an organised tour removes the hassle and worry and allows you to voyage unimpeded. This is where Expedition Cruises will help.
Encircled by pack-ice and covered by an ice-sheet several miles deep, nowhere else on earth is as captivating as Antarctica. Steep-sided icebergs parade past the open decks, each one illuminated with the glow of the sun. Imagine enjoying dinner served course-by-course on your private veranda as this icy world glides past. Expedition ships visit the ice-free coastal areas and sub-Antarctic islands during the Austral Summer which runs from November to March.
The Galápagos archipelago is an isolated sanctuary of biodiversity straddling the equator. Home to creatures found nowhere else on earth, it’s little wonder they are known as ‘The Enchanted Islands’ and can be visited year-round. It was the natural kaleidoscope that caught the imagination of Charles Darwin whose famous research resulted in a revised understanding of the natural world.
The roster of Expedition Cruises also includes voyages to ‘the birthplace of icebergs’ along the western coastline of Greenland; observing bowhead whales in Arctic Canada and polar bears in Svalbard; as well as witnessing the majesty of the Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Turning up the thermometer, there are Expedition Cruises exploring the islands of the South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Micronesia and Indonesia which are certain to pique the interest of those with adventure in their blood.