Top Ten reasons you should try a luxury expedition cruise
1) Exploration in comfort
A modern expedition voyage can be taken on a 5-star luxury ship. Gone are the days where you had to bunk in with the crew on a cargo ship to visit far-flung destinations. Now you can enjoy an all-inclusive experience in a spacious suite – sometimes even with a butler! Of course expedition voyages are not restricted to the oceans - there are some fantastic river boats offering exploration too.
2) Small ship advantage
Expedition ships tend to be smaller – around 100 passengers, and as such there are no queues on board, and landings ashore are quick and easy. The other advantage of a small ship is that it is very sociable – you will soon make friends on board!
Exploration cruises tend to visit those off-the-beaten-track places that would be nigh on impossible to reach by land or even on a large traditional cruise ship. Imagine trying to reach the remote islands of Raja Ampat in Indonesia, or Matua Island in Russia? How about exploring the Antarctic Peninsula and walking with penguins? This is where an exploration ship really has the advantage.
4) Expedition leaders and lectures
On-board an expedition ship, there will be world-class guest lectures and expedition leaders, to fully explain and advise about the destinations you are travelling in.
Often ornithologists, geologists and even botanists are on hand to enhance your voyage with their knowledge. Prior to visiting an area these experts will fully brief the guests on the local history, flora and fauna of their next port so they can fully appreciate the diversity of the destination. Exploration voyages are all about learning and enrichment.
7) Flexible itineraries
The itineraries on exploration voyages are subject to change and guests need to be flexible – especially in the Polar Regions as ice floes and wildlife don’t stick to a strict schedule! This adds to the sense of adventure on an expedition trip, as you never know what tomorrow may bring.
Leave your tuxedos and ball gowns at home as an exploration voyage is informal and casual. There are no formal nights and the atmosphere on board is comfortable and relaxed.
9) Bucket-list ticking
Many bucket-list destinations can be ticked off when you travel on an expedition cruise, such as viewing the Northern Lights, observing Polar bears in Svalbard, visiting the true North Pole and many more incredible destinations.
10) Like-minded people
On board your expedition voyage, you will be surrounded by like-minded people who, like you, are interested in the flora and fauna, the history and the landscapes of the remote destinations you will be visiting, which makes for a great camaraderie and social atmosphere on board.