The Best Expedition Destinations for Cruising

Posted December 2nd, 2016

Does your travel bucket list include destinations situated at the far ends of the globe? Do you love a healthy dose of adventure with your cruises? Expedition-style cruising takes you to the heart of remote and untouched locations, promising unforgettable sights and experiences. For some adventure cruise inspiration, check out our collection of the top adventure/expeditions cruise destinations. How many have you been to?


Passengers cruising to this part of the world are journeying well and truly off the beaten track. With its unforgiving climate and conditions, it’s amazing to witness Antarctica’s thriving wildlife, including Gentoo penguins, leopard seals, south polar skua, Emperor penguins, elephant seals, sea lions, humpback whales and killer whales. When you’re not watching the sweeping movements of a whale or the determined waddling of a penguin, you’ll be in awe at the icy landscapes around you. During the peak cruising season (from November to February), a variety of cruise lines offer exciting itineraries to the region. Choose from well-known cruise providers such as Peregrine Adventures, APT, Scenic, LindBlad Expeditions and Hurtigruten.


If your appetite for wintry wonderlands isn’t satiated, venture north to the equally stunning Arctic region and trace the steps of famous explorers. Be prepared to enter a world of silence, majesty and untouched beauty; from icebergs to polar bears and tundra walks to Inuit villages, your eyes will be opened to a completely different way of life. Expedition cruising is at its best in the Arctic region and you may have the chance to kayak, hike, Zodiac cruise, walk or even try polar snorkelling! Several cruise lines voyage to the Arctic during the months of June to August, including Lindblad Expeditions, Quark Expeditions, Travelmarvel, Ponant, and Hurtigruten.

Galapagos Islands

Discover the animals that captured Charles Darwin’s interest by cruising to this unique archipelago, which is situated off the west coast of South America, near Ecuador. Described as a ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’, the Galapagos Islands is a World Heritage listed site with native inhabitants who are undoubtedly the main attraction for visitors. The islands’ residents include the land iguana, the giant tortoise and a variety of finches.For those interested in making their way to the islands, cruise lines such as Lindblad Expeditions, Celebrity Cruises, Silverseas and Avalon Waterways all offer voyages.


With its unique, unspoilt mountains and magnificent wildlife, Alaska is unsurprisingly high on many cruisers’ travel lists. Glide along beautiful waterways and discover this American state’s national parks, picturesque towns, glaciers and more. Just be sure to pack a pair of binoculars – from humpback whales and grizzly bears to moose and mountain goats, you’ll have the perfect view of these creatures going about their day-to-day activities from your cruise ship’s uppermost deck or even your cabin.  As a hugely popular cruise destination, you’ll find that many cruise lines offer itineraries which feature Alaska. Cruise lines include Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Carnival Cruises Line and Norwegian Cruise Line.

To learn more about expedition cruising or to take the plunge and make a booking, contact us on 1300 954 661 today. Before you know it, you could find yourself in the majestic surrounds of Alaska, Antarctica, the Arctic or the Galapagos Islands!

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