Recommended Expedition Cruising Books

Do note most expedition ships actually have onboard libraries with books, dvds and tapes.

Arctic Dreams, by Barry Lopez
Based on 15 extended trips to the Canadian far north over a five-year period celebrating this last frontier of narwhals, polar bears, beluga whales, musk oxen and caribou.
I may be some time: ice and the English Imagination, by Francis Spufford
Explores the British obsession with the world’s coldest and bleakest climes giving some historical background about early polar explorations.
Expedition Cruising: Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, The Falkland Islands by Marine Expeditions Inc
The Unofficial Guide to Cruises, by Kay Showker and Bob Sehlinger
A good bet if you are interested in expedition cruising, freighter cruising or conventional cruise ships.
The Coldest March: Scott’s Fatal Antarctic Expedition by Susan Solomon
Susan approaches Scott’s fated expedition from a meteorologist’s point of view, describing how once-in-a-decade phenomena made conditions far colder than normal. In each chapter are comments from a hypothetical modern visitor to Antarctica.
South: The Last Antarctic Expedition of Shackleton and the Endurance by Sir Ernest Shackleton and Tim Cahill
A first-person account of the Endurance crew’s famed odyssey across the frozen Antarctica.
Frommer’s Alaska 2007 (Frommer’s Complete) by Charles P. Wohlforth
A handy guide for the travel adventurer in Alaska.
Cruising Ports: Florida to California via Panama by Capt. John E. Rains and Capt. Patricia Miller Rains
The Rains’ share their wealth of local knowledge about boat preparation, new marinas, fuel docks and anchorages.
World of the Polar Bear by Norbert Rosing
German photographer Rosing’s collection of stunning images follows polar bears through four seasons in their arctic habitat.
Lonely Planet Watching Wildlife Galapagos Islands by David Andrew
A wildlife guide divided by islands but with sections about the types of mammals, fish, birds, and reptiles for further, in-depth review. Contains hands on advice about nesting areas, sea lion hangouts and the best geological landmarks.

Useful Expedition Cruising Websites

Cruise Passenger Magazine (
Highlights destinations and reviews current happenings in the expedition market
Expedition Blogspot (
Latest information on expedition destinations.
Cruise Critic (
Identifies fun facts about expedition cruising plus highlights the best destinations.