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Bridging The Gap Between Expedition And Traditional Cruising

For those who have never been on an expedition cruise, it can be hard to take the leap from the type of ocean-bound holiday you are used to. Although the essence of the trip is still the same (in that you are travelling to exciting destination via a ship), there are some daunting differences between the two types of cruises. These include slightly decreased comfort levels, the fact that you will be visiting destinations that are more remote and extreme in nature, and an increase in price.

However, if you are wary about swapping your usual Mediterranean or Caribbean cruise with one that ventures into the Polar Regions, there are ways to bridge the gap.

Stick With What You Know

Silver Explorer

Although many of our expedition cruises are offered by cruise lines that are specialists in the Polar Regions and are therefore names that you may not recognise, you can also travel to these parts of the world with more familiar operators. Sailing with companies such as Silversea and Hurtigruten will mean that comfort levels are closer to what you’re familiar with and you’ll have the peace of mind of travelling with a brand you know well from the mainstream ocean cruising industry. Having said that, it is worth pointing out that smaller, more specialised cruise ships may offer a better experience in some destinations.

Visit Ports That Are Less Remote

Iceland Panorama

Whilst we can take you on explorations to the farthest reaches on the planet, many of the other destinations available are slightly closer to home and don’t involve venturing too far out of your comfort zone. If you feel that you are not quite ready to go all the way to the North Pole or to set foot on Antarctica, consider a taster trip to somewhere like Iceland, Norway or the Falklands. In these places, conditions won’t be quite as extreme as they are within the polar circles.

Choose An Adventure Rather Than An Expedition

Lofoten Islands Norway

The level and nature of the activities planned may be something that is putting you off, so why not choose a cruise that offers less walking and more watching, less skiing and more sightseeing and less…you get the picture. For example, a voyage along Norway’s stunning coastline with Hurtigruten is a great way to ease yourself into a more adventurous holiday without the need to don ski masks, wet suits or snowshoes and throw yourself into a new experience you are apprehensive about.

All of these options offer a great way to build yourself up to a full-on expedition cruise. Once you return, you will be able to judge whether a trip into the ultimate wilderness is for you or not. Call us today to speak to a member of the team about the kind of holiday that can bridge the gap between traditional cruising and its expedition cousin.

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