Top Five Expedition Cruises for 2017

Our pick of the best exploration voyages you can travel on this year

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Top Five Expedition Cruises for 2017

The rise in popularity of expedition cruising has been confirmed with the confirmation that 12 new expedition ships have been ordered in the past year alone. It is the opportunity for travellers to access remote and off-the-beaten-track destinations that are otherwise inaccessible, that has sparked this interest in expedition cruising.

To celebrate, The Luxury Cruise Company has hand-picked five of the best expedition and discovery voyages. From a journey through the jungle to Iceland adventures and more…


NORTHWEST PASSAGE EXPEDITION 

Crystal Serenity returns to the Northwest Passage in August promising unparalleled adventures and unrivalled luxury. Travellers will follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorers as they sail through extraordinary landscapes of grand glaciers, stunning fjords, and rare wildlife sightings. Along the way travellers will gain an insight into the Arctic culture and the way of life for its fascinating people. Joined by a 14-member team of dedicated professionals, the Captain and his expanded team of navigation experts will offer spontaneous expedition days, weather permitting, as well as a range of exciting Arctic adventures from Zodiac landings and kayaking in protected bays to trekking the tundra with an experienced guide.

The Luxury Cruise Company is offering a 33-day Northwest Passage Expedition on board Crystal Serenity from £15,592 per person based on two sharing a Deluxe Stateroom. This includes 33-days on board with all meals, beverages, activities and excursions as listed. Valid for travel on 15 August 2017


COSTA RICA AND THE PANAMA CANAL

Travellers will uncover the wonders of jungles, mangroves, national parks, preserves, and the Panama Canal on this 10-day stay-and-cruise on Safari Voyager. After a day exploring San José guests will begin the adventure. The first stop is Manuel Antonio National Park located on the central western coast of Costa Rica which is home to 109 species of mammals, over 330 bird species, abundant marine life and incredibly diverse plant life. Enjoying several excursions, guests will have the chance to see squirrel monkeys, three-toed sloths, iguanas, parakeets, dolphins and migrating whales. The adventure continues along the south-eastern tip of Nicoya Peninsula which is rife with stunning wildlife and dramatic fauna. Here enjoy a range of water sport activities near Isla Tortuga including snorkelling, kayaking and paddle boarding. Calling at Osa Conservation Area, Golfo Dulce and Coiba, travellers will finally set sail down the Panama Canal, one of the most important waterways of the world connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

The Luxury Cruise Company is offering a ten-day Costa Rica and The Panama Canal cruise on board Safari Voyager from £4,699 per person based on two sharing a Master Cabin. This includes international flights to San Jose, via Madrid; transfers; 1X night at the Intercontinental Hotel; seven-nights on-board with all meals, beverages, activities and excursions as listed and one complimentary massage per person. Valid for travel on 2 November 2017


ORANGUTANS, VOLCANOES AND MOSQUES

This 14-day trip through Asia fuses geological wonders with fascinating wildlife both above and below the water. After spending the day exploring Ubud, head to Benoa to embark Silver Discoverer. Travelling from Bali to Singapore, via Java, Borneo and Kempulauan, this adventure is perfect for those looking to combine city life with extensive wildlife. Highlights along the way include seeing the famous bull race in Sumenep, snorkelling and diving around the islands of Kepulauan Bada and having exclusive access to the Orangutan Care Center accompanied by founder Dr Galdika herself. Dr Galdika is a scientist, conservationist, educator and considered to be the world’s foremost authority on the orangutan and will be on board throughout this trip. The visit will come to an end with a day at leisure exploring the bustling city of Singapore.

The Luxury Cruise Company is offering a 14-day Orangutans, Volcanoes and Mosques itinerary on-board Silver Discoverer from £4,319 per person based on two sharing an Explorer Suite. This includes international flights; private transfers, 2-nights’ accommodation at a five-star hotel in Ubud; 10-nights on-board Silver Discoverer with all meals, beverages, activities as listed; two-nights at a 5-star hotel in Singapore. Valid for travel on 20 November 2017


IGUAZU AND ANTARCTICA EXPEDITION

This 19-day journey incorporates the best of both worlds, enabling travellers to explore Buenos Aires and the spectacular Iguazu Falls at leisure before sailing down the famous Drake Passage and Antarctic Sound. After a two-night stay in the vibrant capital, fly to Iguazu to spend two nights seeing both the Argentinian and Brazilian side of the falls. Next head to Ushuaia to embark Silver Cloud Expedition to sail the Drake Passage and the Antarctic Sound. Highlights along the way include sailing past iceberg sculptures and calving glaciers; setting foot on the mainland of Antarctica and spotting a wide array of wildlife including Gentoo, Chinstrap and Adelie Penguins; elephant seals, weddell seals, leopard seals and crabeater seals; humpback whales, minke, orca, pilot and beaked whales.

The Luxury Cruise Company is offering a 19-day Iguazu and Antarctica Expedition itinerary on-board Silver Cloud from £11,499 per person based on two sharing a Vista Suite. This includes international flights, all domestic flights and oversea transfers, hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires and Iguazu, tours of both sides of Iguazu Falls, eight-nights on board Silver Cloud with all meals, beverages, activities as listed. Valid for travel on 25 November 2017


THE ELVES, SAGAS AND VOLCANOES OF ICELAND

Travellers with an interest in mysticism, elves and trolls will love this 12-day cruise on-board MS Fram which will uncover Iceland’s mystical heritage, also known as the land of fire and ice. The adventure will begin in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital and come to an end in Heimaey, the largest and most populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. Along the way travellers will enjoy hikes through lava fields, see an array of natural hot springs, spot rare wildlife and visit historic settlements.

The Luxury Cruise Company is offering a 12-day The Elves, Sagas and Volcanoes of Iceland itinerary on-board MS Fram from £3,586 per person based on two sharing a Polar Inside Cabin. This includes 12-nights on-board with all meals, beverages and activities as listed. Valid for travel on 23 May 2018

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