5 Things Expeditions Ships Have That Others Don’t
Polar expedition ships are unique in more ways than one. Not only do they possess state-of-the-art technology to help improve safety and carry out research during the journey, they offer a range of things that other ships don’t. Here are five things that you won’t find on a standard ocean cruise ship.
Exploring the remote landscapes that expedition cruises can take you to comes at the price of occasionally getting wet or muddy. So, instead of traipsing through the ship and your own cabin with dirty boots, there is a mud room where can store you exterior layers until the next time you need them. With the unpredictable weather conditions that you’re likely to encounter, it’s handy to have somewhere to leave your coat and boots when you return to the ship.
Most ships will have clothing for sale in their onboard shops, but few will offer a free branded parka for you to use throughout your trip and then take away afterwards. Most of the operators we work with give their guests the perfect souvenir that is made specifically to deal with the harsh temperatures often found in the Arctic and on Antarctica.
Whilst all ships have public address systems, few will use these to announce when wildlife can be spotted nearby. One of the best parts of a polar cruise is getting to see some fascinating animals in their natural habitats and so it would really frustrating if you were to miss out on the best sightings. Whether it’s two o’clock in the morning or four in the afternoon, the ship’s crew will alert you to whales, polar bears and even the Northern Lights.
One of the primary enhancements that a ship needs in order to sail through polar waters is an ice-strengthened hull. This allows the vessel to glide through pack ice effortlessly, forging a course to destinations such as Greenland and Spitsbergen. Nuclear icebreakers like ‘50 Years of Victory’ go one step further and actually ride on top of the ice to break it up. These ships have the highest possible ice-class, allowing them to travel all the way to the North Pole.
Activities Launch Platform
Although these small expedition ships can reach most places, they can’t get into every nook and cranny, but that’s where the wide range of activities comes in. Platforms at water level are used to launch Zodiacs, kayaks, paddleboards and other floating vehicles to enable you to explore caves, inlets and rugged coastlines.
As you can see, these expedition ships are perfectly equipped to take you into the most breathtaking wildernesses. Contact us today to launch your own polar adventure.