Top 10 Expedition Cruises Vacations in North America
North America offers a smorgasbord of expedition choice. Alaska is one of the favorite choices amongst cruise travelers with amazing vistas and enormous opportunities for wildlife spotting and photography. While the warmer waters of California and the Hawaiian islands provide a uniquely different experience with more an emphasis of getting in the water, enjoying the fruits of the countryside and understanding local history.
- Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Small expedition ships can anchor in hidden coves and make you feel you have this whole epic place to yourself. Take a walk on mammoth glaciers, sea kayak through the icy waters close enough to see moose or get closer to whales that you ever thought possible.
- Inside Passage, Alaska
This passage is a body of water between the Canadian and Alaskan continental coast and a continuous line of offshore islands. Wake to the cries of soaring eagles, walk in spruce forest, observe feeding whales and watch tons of ice thunder off glaciers. Zodiac and kayaking forays get you closer to the action and you can learn about Alaska’s rich Native American heritage.
- Baja California
Explore Baja in consistently calm and warm waters that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving. Expedition ships come equipped with Zodiacs, kayaks and even swimming platforms.
- San Juan Islands, USA/Canada
Orca whales move silently through the waters surrounding this 450 island archipelago, sea lions lounge on rocky islets and black bears slink through the deep forests ashore. Only a few of these islands are accessible by ferry so an expedition boat is perfect to access the rich nature, wildlife and culture of this region.
- Hawaiian islands
For keen kayakers, snorkelers and fishermen the remote coves, sandy stretches and open sea around the Hawaii islands is completing inviting on an expedition ship.
- California wine country
Connoisseurs of good wine will particularly like the expeditions from San Francisco’s Bay area past Alcatraz and Angel Island up the Napa River. Frequent tastings along the way break up the voyage, along with discussions about the history and mystery of wine with leading wine makers. Enjoy the hillside estates and learn wine making secrets.
- Columbia / Snake Rivers, Oregon
For a real adventure into the wilderness, history and culture of the American West, step onto a cruise on these rivers. Experience the river and side canyons by jet boat, kayak, inflatable skiff and by transiting the eight mammoth dams. You can taste wine from the barrel in Washington’s wine country and converse with specialists about the epic tale of Lewis and Clark who voyaged on this river back in 1805 all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
- Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada
These remote British Columbia islands are thick with spruce forests, rugged mountains and tidal pools. The isolation of the islands and the richness of wildlife has seen it dubbed "Canada’s Galapagos Islands". It is also the ancestral home of the Haida people and their ghostly totem poles can still be seen.
- Pribilof Islands, Alaska
This is an intensely remote outpost of the state, lying roughly 750 miles south west of Anchorage in the Bering Sea. Thousands of northern fur seals gather here every summer and the profusion of wild flowers is phenomenal. Birds, arctic fox and grizzly bears also call this area home.
- Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Join a whale research expedition or spot them on any ship adventures in this region of amazing isolated coasts, icebergs, rugged fishing communities and tenacious people. Marine life is abundant in these waters as are seabirds, eagles, moose and caribou.