explore the world’s most remote landscapes in comfort
The expedition cruise is suitable for those who fantasize about exploring and immersing in remote landscapes. Once the voyage of choice for intrepid travelers, today’s advanced ships allow you to comfortably navigate the world’s most difficult regions.
Norwegian Coast and Arctic Circle
This six-day trip ventures along the Norwegian coast, through the fjords and to the Arctic Circle. New Havila Voyages ships operate on the route from Bergen to Kirkenes. You’ll pass Unesco World Heritage sites and traverse the Arctic Circle before returning to Bergen, with excursions that include king crab fishing, dog sledding, and snowmobiling.
From £ 1,650 pp including return flights and pre and post cruise hotels. Departure on February 11 or 22, 2022, best served.co.uk
Galapagos Inner Loop
The Celebrity Flora – a luxury mega-tacht carrying just 100 passengers – stands still without an anchor to minimize disturbance to the seabed. His seven-night sailing from Baltra Island visits a dozen places and you won’t see the same wildlife on two islands. Naturalists from the Galapagos National Park are on board to lead educational shore excursions. You can even experience glamping on the ship, sleeping in a double cabin under the stars.
From £ 5,470 per person; departure on February 20, 2022, Celebritycruises.com
Northern lights and fjords
Norwegian operator Hurtigruten offers a 15-day round trip from Dover aboard the MS Maud to explore the Norwegian coast and learn all about the Northern Lights. This ensures that if you don’t see them you will receive another cruise for free. Equipment is provided for disembarkation activities and an expedition team will be on hand to give lectures on Norwegian culture, history and nature.
From £ 2,999 per person for select departures in January, February and March 2022, Hurtigruten.fr
Great Lakes of the United States and Canada
During an eight-day cruise aboard the 378-passenger Viking Octantis, you will discover the granite islands that make up the Georgian Bay Unesco Biosphere Reserve, while hiking and kayaking in its quiet beauty. Learn about Victorian history on Mackinac Island and venture into the boreal forests of Sleeping Giant Provincial Park on the north shore of Lake Superior. You’ll also explore coastal wetlands and pristine beaches, and learn about the native cultures of the northern Great Lakes.
From £ 5,995 pp including return flights, wifi and tips. Departure May 2022, viking.com
Pacific coast of Chile and Peru
Navigating the SH Minerva store, this 11-day trip from Valparaíso to Lima offers a varied itinerary of wildlife refuges, arid deserts and cultural hotspots. Highlights include a chance to spot Humboldt penguins on Isla Pan de Azúcar, and a visit to the Ballestas Islands to spot rare marine birds and mammals.
From £ 5,258 pp including pre-cruise hotel and shore excursions. Departure on March 5, 2022, swanhellenic.com
Fjordlands at Easter
Ambassador Cruise Line’s new Ambience ship makes an eight-night round trip from Tilbury to the Norwegian fjords, passing pristine villages, waterfalls, eerie cliffs and snow-capped mountains along the way. On this themed cruise, you’ll be joined by comedian Tim Vine and guests for an Easter celebration that includes entertainment, inspiring life stories, and church services.
From £ 669 per person; departure on April 16, 2022, Ambassadorcruiseline.com
Alaska and British Columbia
On a 12-night trip from Vancouver aboard the MS Roald Amundsen, you’ll experience wilderness, glaciers and culture. Stops include Wrangell, Tracy Arm Fjord, and the towns of Sitka, Haines and Petersburg. Disembark at Seward, which is surrounded by Kenai Fjords National Park, Chugach National Forest, and Resurrection Bay.
From £ 4,237 per person, cruise only, or £ 5,589 per person including flights and overseas transfers, pre-cruise hotel and expedition disembarkations. Departure on May 20, 2022, panachecruises.com