There is a guiding principle of travel that says the harder a place is to get to, the better it usually is when you arrive; so it is with expedition cruises. As more of us want to be travellers rather than tourists, destinations such as: Antarctica; the Galápagos; Arctic Canada; Greenland; as well as far-flung islands are sure to pique the interest of those with adventure in their blood.
Ponant is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with in experiential cruising. The French cruise line has a small armada of streamlined, ice-strengthened Explorer-class vessels. Boasting balcony staterooms and suites, these ultra-chic boutique-style ships have been created specifically to cruise extreme regions far off-the-beaten track. ‘Blue Eye’ is a multi-sensorial underwater lounge where passengers can explore the mysteries of the underwater world.
Crystal Expedition Cruises
Crystal Expedition Cruises’ much acclaimed Crystal Endeavor has been heralded as the largest and most spacious purpose-built Polar-Class vessel bar none. The Ice Class 1A rating enables navigation through Arctic and Antarctic waters. Boasting the highest space ratio for any luxury expedition ship, this paragon has six restaurants; while butlers tend every suite. A wealth of discovery-rich voyages with an adventurous twist ensures this nonesuch is on course to become a trailblazer.
Scenic Eclipse has also staked its claim to the world’s first Discovery Yacht with Scenic Eclipse. The all-veranda suite accommodations are commodious, while nine dining venues range from Lumière for fine dining to the casual Azure Bar & Café. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools and Spa Sanctuary are among the myriad creature comforts; while two helicopters and a submarine are perfect for adrenaline-junkies.
Silversea Expeditions’ fleet of purpose-built expedition ships offer guests ocean-view suites with butler; gourmet cuisine; and an array of all-inclusive shipboard amenities. On each voyage teams of naturalists present informative lectures in addition to helming Zodiac excursions and nature tours ashore. The new, all-suite Silver Origin is the most luxurious ship sailing the Galápagos Archipelago.
Seabourn’s ultra-luxury purpose-built expedition ship Seabourn Venture will sport an innovative design, created specifically for the expedition traveller. There will also be features cherished by guests of the ocean-going fleet. Along with her much-anticipated sister-ship, they will sail to the far corners of the globe. Two custom-built submarines are on hand to explore the ocean depths.
We are also proud to include two other expedition specialists in our portfolio. Hurtigruten’s battery-powered Roald Amundsen and Fridtjof Nansen are at the vanguard of expedition cruising. Celebrity Cruises’ stunning Celebrity Flora virtually erases the boundaries between ship and the captivating natural tableau of the Galápagos.