Traveling to the polar regions isn’t for every traveler, just the most committed ones. Does exploring one of the most remote regions on the planet appeal to you? Can you think of nothing more exciting than walking on miles upon miles of desolate, icy wilderness? Maybe even coming face-to-face with a polar bear? If the answers are a resounding yes, it’s time to book yourself on an Expedition Cruise to the Arctic or Antarctic.
What Is an Expedition Cruise?
What’s the difference between an expedition cruise and a holiday cruise to the polar regions? Expedition cruises took off in 1966 when Lars-Eric Lindblad first took travelers into regions once reserved only for explorers and scientists. Expedition ships can be similar to cruise ships in several ways – comfortable accommodation, lounges, restaurants, and bars. The difference lies in the trip’s intent – and that’s where the two are worlds apart.
Nature Here We Come
Expedition cruises intend to bring travelers up close and personal with nature. From choppy seas and icy glaciers to the wildlife, this trip is unlike others. The ships on expedition cruising are typically smaller, ideally taking on a maximum of about 120 passengers. Small vessels allow everyone to enter the water or onto the shore quickly. The ships are nimble, taking you close to where the action is. They’re also extremely sturdy and high-performing vessels in heavy seas. Travelers on an expedition cruise experience life in the polar regions up-close. One can expect to kayak or stand-up paddleboard in icy waters.
A School on Ice
A team of expert naturalists accompanies groups, closely guiding everyone through vast icy expanses. Educational lectures by experts on a range of different fields are common on these cruises. Each time the ship makes a landing, the team of experts ensures the group’s safety on day hikes. One needs to be reasonably fit to join an expedition cruise. Expert adventurer-level fitness isn’t always required, depending on the expedition.
Where No Man Has Gone Before
For those considering an expedition, it’s one of the best decisions you can make. Imagine the adrenaline from hiking on glaciers or swimming in icy waters. Also, ultimate bragging points for venturing into places few in the world ever will.