Unique and unforgettable travel experiences don’t come much more impressive than an expedition cruise. Explore some of the world’s most remote and pristine regions, from the Arctic to Antarctica and everywhere in between, on a voyage that will defy your wildest expectations. A luxury expedition cruise adds an extra layer of opulence, providing unparalleled access to these remote destinations through specifically designed ships, equipped with all the personalised service and amenities you would expect.
Bucket lists don’t come much more extraordinary than this. Read on to discover the top five luxury expedition cruises that should feature on yours.
Silversea Cruises – Antarctica
A Silversea expedition to Antarctica provides a unique opportunity for travellers. The six-star cruise line has an entire fleet of expedition ships, so it’s fair to say they know what they are doing when it comes to showing guests the world, one incredible destination at a time.
The latest to join the fleet is Silver Endeavour, which includes a host of features that make an expedition cruise to Antarctica even more exceptional. From the custom-built Mud Room where you’ll prepare for all your expedition activities, to the hub of excitement that is the Explorer Lounge where you’ll receive daily briefings, the preparation can be every bit as exciting as the adventures themselves.
Through a series of educational lectures, you will be able to delve deeper into Antarctica’s unique ecosystem, including the effects of climate change and the importance of conservation efforts. But it’s not all about the onboard lectures. A Silversea expedition also offers a range of exciting Zodiac excursions led by experienced guides who provide insight into the environment and the creatures that call it home. See penguins, seals, and other marine life in their natural habitats, witness the awe-inspiring beauty of glaciers and icebergs, and learn about the geological forces that shaped this largely untouched continent.
If you are in search of the perfect combination of education and discovery, this is it. Tailor your holiday depending on your interests and preferences; whether you are an experienced traveller or a first-time explorer, the Silversea Antarctica expedition offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about and experience one of the world’s most fascinating and remote regions.
Seabourn Cruises – The Kimberley
Embark on a journey of a lifetime with Seabourn’s expedition to the Kimberley, exploring one of the most remote and pristine regions in the world. This vast and rugged wilderness is located in the northern part of Western Australia, known for its breathtaking natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and diverse wildlife.
Seabourn’s expedition to these shores offers a unique and immersive experience. The luxury cruise line boasts two expedition ships – Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Pursuit. Seabourn Pursuit is designed to navigate the narrow and shallow waterways of the Kimberley, allowing you to explore areas that are inaccessible to larger ships. And that’s not all. Extra-special features on board will ensure your voyage to the Kimberley is every bit as exceptional as you’d hoped.
As you cruise along the varied coastline, you’ll have the opportunity to witness dramatic landscapes that include towering red cliffs, cascading waterfalls, and ancient rock formations. Take the opportunity to visit remote and isolated communities, where you can learn about the rich cultural heritage and meet the friendly locals who welcome visitors with open arms.
The Kimberley is also abundant with wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles and sea turtles Expert guides will lead you on shore excursions and Zodiac expeditions, providing you with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these incredible creatures up close and in their natural habitat.
Viking Cruises – Antarctica
If there is one place on earth perfectly poised to welcome expedition cruises, it’s Antarctica. Viking not only transports guests to this incredible untouched landscape, but does so in a way that will leave you with lasting memories and experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime.
In Antarctica, you’ll have the chance to spot whales, seals and playful Gentoo penguins in the natural environment they call home. Be guided through the icy waters, as you are led by the experts on shore excursions that will take you deeper into your surroundings – and not to mention present you with the chance to witness the fantastic wildlife.
On board the Viking Octanis and the Viking Polaris, you’ll discover spaces that are immensely equipped for the Polar regions. Among them are staterooms that offer spectacular views, the world’s first auditorium at sea ‘The Aula’, which transforms into an alfresco viewing theatre boasting 360-degree views, and three swimming pools, each offering a choice of water temperature, for the ultimate combination of exploration and relaxation.
You will also have access to expedition equipment and the expertise of the Viking Expedition Team, a group of experts in various fields, including naturalists, scientists, and historians. They lead Viking expedition cruises to remote and pristine regions such as Antarctica, so you can return home with in-depth insights into this great region’s wildlife, ecology, and culture.
Celebrity Cruises – Galapagos
Celebrity Flora® is designed to make the most of the Galapagos – a bucket-list destination for wildlife lovers all over the world. The ship is a destination in itself, offering luxurious surroundings that provide a comfortable and eco-friendly experience, with state-of-the-art technology and amenities at every turn. It was the first ship ever to have been designed specifically to sail these waters, putting the Galapagos front and centre of every single itinerary.
Each stateroom is a suite, so luxury comes as standard; allow your Personal Suite Attendant to help you unpack, allowing you to start your holiday of a lifetime in the most memorable way. Unwinding after an exciting day ashore has never been easier – with full room automation and chocolates and bathroom products sourced locally from Ecuador, luxury is never far away.
In addition to the onboard amenities, Celebrity Flora® offers a range of activities and excursions that will allow you to explore the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. Go snorkelling, kayaking, and hiking with expert naturalists who provide insights into wildlife and ecology. The ship also features a Discovery Lounge, where you can attend lectures and presentations by naturalists and other experts, to really expand your knowledge of the region.
Prepare for an adventure on board Celebrity Flora® that is both luxurious and educational, allowing you to explore the natural beauty and unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands in nothing short of true comfort and style.
Scenic Cruises – Arctic Landscapes
Visiting the remote destinations of the Arctic’s landscapes, Iceland and Greenland on a Scenic expedition cruise is an unforgettable experience that combines exceptional natural beauty, fascinating history, and unique cultural experiences.
On board Scenic Eclipse, you’ll enjoy luxurious accommodations and world-class dining. The ship is designed to journey through remote parts of the world, and the experienced crew and expedition team will ensure that you have a memorable and enriching time on board. Memorable excursions are in plentiful supply, as a Scenic expedition cruise also offers a host of activities such as hiking, kayaking, and Zodiac expeditions, allowing for up-close exploration.
The opportunities for memory-making don’t stop there. Scenic Eclipse boasts two helicopters and a submarine, making it even easier to achieve those unrivalled views of the destinations from above and below. Back on board, an expert Discovery Team will deliver lectures in the state-of-the-art theatre, inspiring both your current and future adventures.
As you explore Iceland and Greenland, you’ll witness some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on the planet, including towering glaciers, chiselled coastlines, and emerald waters in the fjords. You’ll also have the opportunity to see a wealth of wildlife – keep your eyes peeled for whales, seals, a variety of bird species and not to mention polar bears.
You’ll also have the chance to learn about the unique history and culture of the region. Visit remote and isolated communities, as well as historic sites, such as Viking ruins and ancient settlements, that offer insights into the rich heritage.