Travel is about really experiencing a destination, exploring in-depth and heading off the beaten track. With expedition and discovery cruises, the destination is king and the first thing you’ll need to bring is a sense of adventure. Imagine sailing from island to island in some of the most remote destinations on earth and returning from a day of unforgettable exploration to all the comforts of a cruise or sailing ship.

Where to sail

Our featured expedition cruises sail around the Galapagos Islands or the far-flung Antarctica Peninsula. The cruise experience itself is the same as in other regions of the world with world-class dining, a spa and low-key entertainment onboard. The difference lies in the focus on the remote areas you’re visiting. Each day, you’ll head out on small explorer boats or Zodiacs and either step on land at a particular point of interest or cruise along the coastline.

Ship size

Small ships lend themselves perfectly to exploration as you can visit areas that larger ships can’t reach. You’ll share your experience with far fewer guests than you might expect, with ship capacities ranging from a little over a thousand guests to just 100 – the maximum amount of guests allowed on any ship sailing in the Galapagos.


Expedition cruises tend to focus on destination immersion and enrichment rather than big entertainment productions. You can expect plenty of onboard lectures and talks that are given by members of the ship’s expedition team or invited guests that have a particular expertise in the region’s culture, history, wildlife and natural landscapes.


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