Top 10 Expedition Cruises Vacations - Overall
Expedition cruises can take you to the seabird colonies of Scotland, the Darwinian wildlife refuge of the Galapagos Islands, the Scandinavian reaches of Spitsbergen, the west coast of South America and even to New Zealand and Japan.
Nowhere in the world are icebergs this big or colonies of penguins so large. Zodiacs allow access to hidden bays and rocky inlets full of drifting icebergs, whales and leopard seals and get you on shore to walk amongst the penguins. Naturalists and historians help bring the world of ice alive as do visits to various research stations.
- The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Expedition cruising in small groups is the perfect way to get up close to the unique species in and around these islands. Hike ashore to encounter iguanas, giant tortoises and the dancing albatross; learn about the geology via experienced naturalist guides, swim with sea lions or penguins and snorkel or dive to see the whales or sharks.
- 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.
- Spitsbergen Island, Norway
Lying far within the Artic Circle this island teams with bird life, walrus, polar bears, reindeer, seabirds and geese. Learn about the rich history and historical significance of the region’s scientific research, hunting and fishing and experience the beauty of the icebergs, fjords, glaciers, mountains and hot springs.
- Quirimbas Archipelago National Park, Mozambique
These tropical islands are some of the most beautiful but least explored parts of Northern Mozambique. A captivating chain of 32 coral islands provides excellent snorkeling, fishing and diving while providing a habitat for an abundance of marine life. There is also a lot of cultural and historical value with magnificent old fortresses and legends of slaves, pirates and ivory.
The green fertile islands of Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides are ideal places to truly get away from it all. These remote islands are so sparsely populated the bird life often out numbers the locals.
- Fjords of East Greenland
Visit Inuit settlements and learn about the early explorers while taking in dramatic landscapes of fjords, calving icebergs and endless tundra. Few are privileged to reach the Polar Regions of East Greenland; the home of musk oxen, arctic fox, arctic hare, wolves, caribou, lemmings, polar bear and even the rare narwhal.
- 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.
- Kimberleys, West Australia
The shallow draft and maneuverability of expedition vessels and onboard zodiacs make exploration of the gorges and rivers on this coastline so much easier. Helicopter flights are also available. Experienced guides can interpret the cultural remnants of Australian Aboriginal people and explain the variety of native wildlife.
Take guided walks, visit famous bird sanctuaries or giant tortoise breeding colonies, explore secluded beaches or fantastic rock formations. The Seychelles archipelago offers limitless expeditions on land, under the clear seas or by boat.