Expedition Cruises for over 50s and 60s

Expedition Cruises


Expedition cruises are a holiday unlike any other. Venture into territory which is rarely visited and only accessible by expedition ships. Unique itineraries will take you on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to explore regions such as Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Galapagos. Smaller ships mean you’ll share these experiences with a small group of fellow passengers onboard. While on shore, a range of excursions and activities allow guests to truly immerse themselves in the destinations they visit.

At Silver Travel Advisor, we are here to make cruise holidays easy and show the over 50s and 60s why expedition cruises are a fantastic holiday choice.

2023-2024 Expedition Cruise Holidays

Below is one of our favourite expedition cruise holidays. But there are hundreds to choose from.

For more options, search for your perfect expedition cruise holiday using our cruise finder or call our advisors on 0800 412 5678.


Antarctic Peninsula Discovery
with Swan Hellenic

9 nights all inclusive onboard SH Vega

Trip highlights: Travel across the legendary Drake Passage to the frozen Antarctic Peninsula | Sail among captivating glaciers, majestic icebergs and snowy islands | Step ashore, meet curious penguins and explore otherworldly frozen landscapes | ail on Zodiac boats through ice-choked waters, searching for seals, whales and seabirds

Oceanview Suite from £7,454pp


  • One night pre-cruise accommodation
  • Transfers and regional return flights to/ from Ushuaia
  • All meals onboard and selected drinks 24-hours per day

Valid for departures 24 Feb 2024

Alternative dates available

Please note: price excludes international flights, for flight inclusive pricing please call 0800 412 5678

What our silver travellers say about expedition cruises

“The Antarctic Convergence is that place where the cold, northward-flowing Antarctic waters meet the relatively warmer waters of the sub-Antarctic. And on our voyage this pretty much coincided with where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet too. We were treated to an exceptional sight – a super pod of marine activity: around 200 pilot whales, fur seals and a couple of humpback whales blowing in the distance surrounded the ship. The water was filled with dramatic action!”

Jennie Carr undertook an Antarctica Expedition with Swan Hellenic. Read the full article here.

Expedition cruise destinations

Antarctica Cruises

Travel as far south as it is possible to go and witness a vast wilderness of untouched landscapes. Home to a rich wildlife population, you’ll be greeted by penguins, seals, orcas and humpback whales.

Arctic Cruises

Venture north to the arctic circle via several countries, including Norway, Greenland, Canada or Iceland. Witness wildlife, wilderness communities and perhaps a glimpse of the northern lights.

The Galapagos

A genuinely unique archipelago, the Galapagos is packed full of adventure, from spotting endemic plants and animals to snorkelling with sea lions and admiring the remote nature all around.

The Northwest Passage

Explore remote villages and breathtaking views along the Northwest Passage, which snakes between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans via the Arctic Ocean.

Alaska Cruises

Navigate along the west coast of America’s largest state, Alaska and witness glaciers, fjords and stunning National Parks, all home to unique wildlife.

South Pacific Cruises

An alternative to cold water cruising, the South Pacific is littered with remote islands, deserted beaches and marine-filled waters to explore.

British Isle Cruises

You don’t need to look far to find an authentic expedition cruising experience – the Outer Hebrides in Scotland alone is an excellent destination.

Kimberley Cruises

Described as one of the last wild frontiers, the Kimberley, an almost impenetrable region of Australia, is as about as off the beaten track as one can imagine. Channel your inner explorer in this fascinating paradise.

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Expedition Cruise FAQs

Protected regions such as Antarctica and the Arctic are some of the most highly regulated tourism destinations in the world. International organisations, such as IAATO in Antarctica and AECO in the Arctic, work to ensure these unique landscapes remain preserved for generations. They promote safe and environmentally responsible travel to these regions in order to limit the impact brought by tourism and maintain the fragile environment and ecosystems.

It should also be noted that expedition cruise lines such as PONANT lead the way in sustainable sailing. Their latest ship, the icebreaker Le Commandant Charcot, is the first hybrid polar exploration ship powered by liquified natural gas and electric generators. They have also offset 150% of theircarbon emissions and were the first cruise line to achieve Green Marine Certification.

Not at all. The cruise market has really invested in expedition ships over the last decade and as such many brand-new ships have been launched in recent years. These ships have all the latest technology to aid safe and responsible exploration to smaller, remote areas. The standard of accommodation is high, with well-equipped staterooms and welcoming public spaces. When it comes to dining you can expect the quality to be on par with ocean and river cruise ships. Expedition ships do look different to an ocean cruise liner due to the nature of their purpose. Plus, they are much smaller, holding on average around 200 passengers, with the largest expedition ships carrying a maximum of 500 guests.
It’s true that the main attraction of an expedition cruise is very much the destination and daytime exploring. On board, the ship’s evening entertainment, such as shows, discos and casinos, will be minimal if offered. But fear not; there is plenty to keep you occupied and entertained. Firstly, dining is much more of a social affair. With smaller guest numbers, you’ll quickly get to know fellow passengers, and after a day of discovery, the conversation flows easily. There are also informative talks and presentations to help guests better understand and appreciate the destinations they are visiting. Each ship will have an onboard expedition team of enthusiastic experts in diverse fields such as marine biology, ornithology, history, archaeology, botany, and many other ologies’. They will share their passion for the places you are visiting and be on hand to answer any questions.

Due to the remote nature of the destinations visited on an expedition cruise, it’s not always possible to dock alongside the mainland. Instead, the ship will dock offshore and use a fleet of zodiacs to transport guests to the mainland for excursions and activities.

A zodiac is a rigid inflatable boat which the crew will steady by the side of the ship, and guests will climb aboard. It may seem daunting at first, but a full safety demonstration will be given before the first zodiac outing, and the crew are experts at putting guests at ease.

The zodiacs are also used to access viewpoints best observed from the water and in warmer destinations as a snorkelling platform.

There’s no denying that an expedition cruise is more involved than other holiday options. But an expedition cruise is suitable for anyone with a basic fitness level. For example, getting in and out of the zodiac requires a similar fitness level to getting in and out of a moving bathtub.

Most cruise lines will offer various shore excursions to cater to varying fitness levels. So you may want to go hiking, kayaking, or snorkelling, or choose a lighter activity such as wildlife viewing or a short stroll to view the surrounding areas.

Due to the itinerary’s nature, expedition cruises carry a higher price tag than mainstream cruising. However, given the once-in-a-lifetime experience, it could be considered money well spent. As with any other holiday, there are expedition cruise options across the budget scale. As the destination is the main attraction, a good value option may be to choose an older ship which offers more basic accommodation.

On the other end of the scale, luxury expedition cruises are out-of-this-world with fine dining, ultra-luxury suites and butler service.

Our team will be happy to discuss the options and find an expedition cruise right for you.

Absolutely. Once onboard, the small group of guests quickly become friends thanks to shared outings on the zodiac and evenings spent telling tales of exploration from the day’s activities. There’s so much to take in and learn that part of the fun is sharing the experiences with other guests.

Our top tip for single travellers considering an expedition cruise is to look out for cruise lines or special promotions with no single supplement. This means you won’t be paying more for taking a cabin to yourself. Some of our cruise line travel partners offer no single supplement as standard, while others provide a single reduced supplement with special limited-time offers, which remove the supplement altogether.

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