Expedition cruises are quickly emerging as one of the must-experience trips on travellers’ wanderlists.
What’s an expedition ship? It’s a small ship (maximum around 175 passengers) dedicated to visiting some of the world’s most inaccessible places. On board, rather than a karaoke club or champagne bar, you’ll find scientists and researchers whose lectures are one of the main attractions. There are frequently speciality courses such as wildlife photography.
Days are spent exploring ashore (or afloat) hiking, kayaking, on board a zodiac or snowshoeing. Perhaps you hike through a pristine jungle or get up close and personal with a few hundred penguins.
Expedition cruise destinations include Europe, Iceland, the Galapagos, the South Pacific and the polar regions, both north, and south.
Not surprisingly, the folks on board are not first-time travellers. The typical passenger on an expedition cruise is well travelled and curious. And while guests need not be elite athletes, however, getting in and out of zodiacs requires balance and some agility.
Once fairly primitive in their amenities, now that they are not purely research vessels the ships are now becoming more comfortable, with the addition of libraries, bars, saunas, and hot tubs. Think of it as an adventure by day, comfort at night. Usually, a parka is included so there is no need to go out and purchase and artic grade jacket, boots are either available for rental or included, depending on who you are travelling with. Expeditions to warmer climates include snorkel gear on excursions or for rental.
An expedition ship will take you places no other ship can even get near to. You’ll visit some of the most remote and pristine corners in the world, ensuring a life-changing adventure.