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Expedition Cruises: What You Need To Know

Expedition Cruises: What You Need To Know

Travellers, who are more interested in a specific destination, are finding that smaller ships with fewer passengers, more active excursions that focus on nature, and environmentally friendly practices are the experience that suits suits. These are expedition cruises.

Size and flexibility

When it comes to expedition cruises, smaller is considered better. Most agree that 200 passengers or less is the ideal size. Due to the small size of the ship and adverse weather conditions of the unique destinations, an expedition ship can respond quickly to changes in weather or reroute to make the most of the wildlife opportunities optimising the experience for the guests onboard.

Fewer passengers also means the opportunities for more activities and excursions. Most expedition ships generally host two shore excursions per day to ensure guests are spending more time in the destination. The smaller amount of guests also creates a more intimate vibe on the ship too, likeminded people can form relationships onboard.

Ports of call and shore excursions

Expedition cruises often explore remote locations and dock in ports that are lesser explored to bring guests up close and personal with nature and wildlife. Expedition cruises are renowned for visiting Antarctica, however some do visit places such as Hawaii and the Galapagos Islands, docking at hidden beaches.

Onboard entertainment and the environment

Another big part of expedition cruising is the focus on education on the ship. While luxury may be a component for some expedition lines, lectures from guest scientists, naturalists, and historians are always popular. Guests onboard want to know about the nature and history of where they’re going, and the ships also offer easy access to get outside for wildlife viewing.

Call us on 0800 810 8481 for more information or browse our range of expedition cruises.

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