Are you looking for a truly unique cruise experience? Then expedition cruising may be just the option for you. This type of cruise takes travellers right to the heart of remote and off-the-beaten-path destinations in style and comfort. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or new to cruising, expedition cruises offer a thrilling way to see the world’s most off-grid and awe-inspiring places. Here, we take a look at expedition cruising and why it’s the perfect choice for travellers in their 50s looking for adventure and excitement on their next holiday.
What is expedition cruising?
Expedition cruising is totally geared towards exploring. Ships are kitted out with specialist equipment and the expeditions are led by a highly trained team of experts. These cruises are designed to take you to places that other ships don’t have access to, such as remote islands, hard-to-reach coastal areas and polar regions.
The ships are often smaller, making them more agile than standard cruise ships. While these ships may not have the same amount of facilities as an ocean cruise, the benefit of these smaller ships is that they can reach places that larger vessels cannot.
While relaxation and comfort are a top priority, the real focus of expedition cruising is on exploration and adventure. Instead of gallery visits and tours through food markets, expect hiking, kayaking, and wildlife spotting.
An expedition cruise also has an educational aspect. You’ll have an expedition team, with experts leading research workshops on board or guided hikes through the wilderness. Travellers are also encouraged to get involved with Citizen Science projects and help collect valuable data for research projects. All of this while you’re on holiday!
Why choose expedition cruising?
Expedition cruising promises adventure and comfort in equal measure. Unlike a standard ocean cruise, you’ll experience some of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet, with experienced guides teaching you more about the destination and its wildlife. These cruises offer more than just a holiday and you’ll take home meaningful memories and a sense you’ve travelled where few others are lucky enough to go.
Meanwhile, onboard you’ll enjoy all the comforts of a luxury cruise. After a long day hiking or zodiac cruising, return to your ship and take a dip in the pool or relax in the sauna. Sip a drink in the lounge or head to the library for a quiet moment. When it comes to dining expect freshly cooked meals served in generous portions, and when the time comes to retreat you’ll find cosy cabins, fitted with all the home comforts you could wish for.
Where can you go on an expedition cruise?
Expedition cruises can take you to places you may have never heard of. From ice caps in Antarctica to lush rainforests in South America, no destination is ever too far out of reach.
Other popular expedition cruise destinations include the Galapagos Islands, the Arctic, the Kimberley region of Western Australia, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean and Africa. You can even enjoy an expedition cruise closer to home in the British Isles! No matter where you choose to go, you’re in for an unforgettable adventure.
Who are expedition cruises best suited for?
While there’s no age limit on expedition cruising, this type of holiday is particularly well suited for the over 50s as it offers something totally different from standard cruise holidays.
If you’re an experienced traveller seeking a new experience, or you’re looking for a special way to celebrate a milestone occasion, then add expedition cruising to your travel list. Like any type of travel, you want to make the most of the experience and the best way to do this is by being fit and well enough to enjoy all the activities on offer. However, there are always plenty of options for those who prefer to go at a slower pace.
How to find the right expedition cruise for you?
When it comes to choosing an expedition cruise, there are a few things to consider.
Firstly, think about where you want to visit and what type of experience you’re looking for. If you want to explore a specific region or see a particular species, make sure your chosen cruise offers the chance of those experiences.
You’ll also want to make sure your chosen ship fits your preferences in terms of size, comfort and facilities. We suggest researching a couple of options to see which ones meet your expectations.
It’s a good idea to read up on other people’s experiences on an expedition cruise to get an idea of what to expect in different destinations and on different cruise lines. You can peruse reviews from fellow silver travellers and articles written by our team of experts to help.
What could be better than a holiday that combines adventure, luxury and excitement? If this sounds up your street then an expedition cruise is the trip for you.
When you’re ready to start looking at itineraries, dates and costs, Silver Travel Advisor are here to support – call 0800 412 5678 to start planning your expedition cruise holiday.