What is expedition cruising all about?

Lisa Brady on 23 May 2019
Ready for an adventure? Looking to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the world? Then let’s talk expedition cruise.

If you like the idea of following in the footsteps of legendary explorers, finding hidden gems and cultural treasures or discovering somewhere remote, mysterious and extreme. Then Expedition Cruise is perfect for you.

Expedition cruise ships and itineraries are designed for visiting off the beaten track destinations, encountering the rarest wildlife and scenery – giving you a truly immersive experience of a unique destination, whether that be Alaska, Antarctica, the Galapagos, Costa Rica or Iceland etc. You may have a destination or activity which is high on your must-travel list – like the mesmerizing light show, Aurora Borealis, or a discussion with me about your interests may inspire an opportunity, whether it be astronomy, cuisine, geology, marine biology, history etc. For any cruise holiday it is important that we match you the client to the right cruise-line, ship and itinerary. There is a cruise out there for everyone, it’s my job to make sure you get the right one and have an amazing time.

I have many suppliers for expedition cruising – Ponant, Celebrity, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, G Adventures to name a few, all offering something unique (this is where the clients matching comes in!). For the purpose of this blog I will focus on a cruise line with 126 years of maritime history, a world leader in exploration travel giving them a unique position of leading the way of expedition travel and corporate responsibility. I give you - Hurtigruten.

When you embark on a Hurtigruten Expedition voyage you benefit from the all the expertise of a world leader in exploration travel, backed by over 126 years of experience and pioneering heritage. On a Hurtigruten Expedition voyage, guests don’t just cruise past stunning scenery they take part in exciting landings designed to offer the ultimate experience.

Sustainable travel is at the forefront of Hurtigruten’s core, they are the first operator to ban the use of polluting and toxic heavy fuel oil on its ships and are campaigning for a full international ban. By 2021 Hurtigruten’s entire fleet will be hybrid ships, they were the first major travel company to remove single use plastics and aim to educate the guests, creating ambassadors for every destination through actively engaging guests in the culture, ecosystems and consequences of climate change – wherever they explore.

We live on a truly beautiful planet, if you are ready to explore it up close and personal then expedition cruising is perfect for you.