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May 17, 2017

Expedition Cruise Overview: What is an Expedition Cruise All About?

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Expedition cruises have a distinctive learning element and bring to mind a sense of adventure whether it’s visiting remote peoples in the South Pacific or plying the Upper Amazon; looking for rare birds and exotic animals in the Galapagos Islands, along Australia’s Kimberley Coast or in Central America; cruising amongst amazing and colorful ice formations in Antarctica and the Arctic; or encountering dramatic landscapes in Patagonia.

Here are some things that set expedition cruises apart:

  • A team of trained experts gives talks aboard and leads active outings ashore.
  • Expedition cruises are often longer than a cultural or scenic cruise, from 10 days to three weeks.
  • Most expedition cruises require a certain level of fitness to get in and out of various landing craft when going ashore in remote places and also a degree of stamina to trek across ice, through rain forests, along rocky shorelines and so on.
  • Typically they’re expensive — many, not all, in the range of $500 to $1,000 USD per person a day — in part due to their length, the remoteness of the region, often requiring pricey flights, and because of the number of high-quality onboard experts and the logistics of operating remote shore explorations.

    — HMS


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