Cruising has become more adventurous in recent years, with many top cruise lines now offering expedition cruises to some of the most remote corners of the world. An expedition cruise can take you to destinations that rarely feature on land-based itineraries, such as the Arctic & Antarctic, Alaska and the Galapagos Islands. What’s more, the off-the-beaten-track locations included on these cruises are often inaccessible to the larger cruise ships, while the smaller ships designed specifically for expedition cruising can get right to the heart of the action and dock at the more remote ports of call.

Discovery is the name of the game on an expedition cruise with life on and off ship geared towards maximising your appreciation and understanding of the places visited. Shore excursions are a real adventure, often setting off in inflatable Zodiac boats to get closer to wildlife on the water or else landing right on the beaches of your destination. Once on land you’ll generally explore on foot accompanied by expert guides who’ll bring the unknown world around you to life. Back on board, scientists and academics, such as biologists, geologists and even anthropologists, share their unique knowledge to help you get the most from your experience.

In the past, taking an expedition cruise might have meant sacrificing some of the traditional comforts of a cruise, but thankfully this in no longer the case. Fine dining, sophisticated service and elegant interiors can be found on expedition fleets from some of the world’s leading luxury cruise lines, like Silversea, Seabourn, Ponant and Celebrity to name a few.

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