When it comes to cruise holidays, one of the biggest myths is that it’s a mere 'flop and drop' holiday. And yes, while some cruise ships are similar to floating resorts, not all cruises are made for endless days of sunbathing and mountainous buffets.
Combining adventure and comfort, expedition cruises are the new frontier of cruising holidays. Holiday at sea and journey to some of the world’s most isolated and rugged regions. On an expedition cruise, you can experience all the perks of a normal cruise, plus the benefits of small ship cruising. Enjoy being in an intimate environment, amongst like-minded cruisers and fully immerses yourself in dreamy destinations. This way, you can see the world to its fullest without the stress of land travel.
Below are four of the best expedition cruises for your consideration:
A destination that many of us have only dreamed of (and lived vicariously through David Attenborough), Antarctica is the ultimate escape. Most Antarctica cruising itineraries include voyaging through the South Shetland Islands before heading on to the mainland of Antarctica to take in the expansive and breathtaking scenery. A truly life-changing experience.
Rugged, rural and untouched, the Kimberley is undoubtedly a destination on most people’s bucket lists. With such an expansive and harsh landscape, on an expedition cruise you will be treated to a front row view of the region’s spectacular beauty. From magnificent waterfalls to secluded beaches and spectacular gorges, a cruise through the heart of the Kimberley is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
A cruising industry favourite, European River cruises are ideal for travellers looking to see Europe without the stress that comes with land travel. Disembark in some of Europe’s iconic port cities and only ever have to unpack once. With smaller ships, European River cruises also offer boutique experiences, from the cuisine onboard reflecting that of the port city, to unique off-shore excursions that cater to your interests.
From the emerald waters of Halong Bay to the floating markets in Seim Reap, Vietnam is a country worth seeing by boat. It’s for this reason, plus numerous others, that Asia’s most beloved cruising region is the expansive Mekong River. Travelling through Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, a river cruise of the Mekong River will show you the heart and soul of this spectacular region.