A few weeks ago I shared the first of small ship cruise types - adventure style experiences. Another type of cruising is Expedition style - where I like to say a lot of WOW happens. Extraordinary opportunities for curious and adventurous learners.
What is an expedition cruise? A small ship experience (generally under 200 guests on purpose built ships) focused on the nature, wildlife, history and culture of the areas they visit. The ships are very comfortable with plenty of amenities to suit all tastes. Onboard entertainment is focused on lectures, lively discussions, photography and science centers (no casinos or show productions).
Photo courtesy of Quark Expeditions
Photo courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions
Expedition cruises rarely have a set schedule (other than specific port days). Mother Nature tends to decide what options are available for the day, and the expedition teams are always on the lookout for something special.
Expedition cruise itineraries are available on all continents and focus mostly on regions accessible only by small ship, many untouched, pristine and less visited parts of the world.
Typically you think expeditions are only to the polar regions - Antarctica at the bottom of the world and the Arctic (Greenland, Northwest Passage, etc) at the top of the world. True, many sailings are to the polar waters, but for all of you who prefer warmer waters, there are expeditions to tropical and sub-tropical regions too. Alaska, Pacific Northwest, Greece, the British Isles, the Galapagos Islands, Australia's Kimberly region, Borneo and Indonesia to name a few.
Photo courtesy of Australis
For the best experience, you don't have to be super fit but you do need to be mobile. Much of the exploration is done on zodiak boats. So if you want to leave the ship you must be able to climb in/out of the boats from the ship or from shore.
Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten
When it comes to expedition ships you have many options. For example on these 2 top destinations, last count, over 20 lines with Antarctica itineraries and 20+ expedition and motor yachts in the Galapagos Islands.
Expedition style has come a long way since the days of old ice breakers!
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Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder