Cruises on the expedition vessels is, perhaps, the last true adventure in every sense of the word. Expedition cruise is a journey, which primary purpose not just tourist attractions, but also very specific, often scientific or cultural research.
Expedition cruises is a separate part of the cruise industry, which often provides tours not on the usual tourist vessels, but special research ships. As the expedition cruise can be both specially designed tourist product and addition to the scientific study. Thus, special scientific ships, which study the world's flora and fauna, offer special cabins for those, who want to sail on the islands of the Indian Ocean in search of rare species of algae or go to the Galapagos in the ornithological expeditions for ringing blue-footed boobies.
In Europe expedition cruises can be found in abundance in the Baltic. Traditional ports of visiting are Stockholm, Hamburg, Rostock, Amsterdam and Antwerp. The average duration is 11-12 days.
Cruises to Spitsbergen, to the places of untouched northern nature, cruises to the North Sea to the shores of Greenland along the huge icebergs, cruises to the islands of Polynesia on the routes of the famous explorers - all these routes are also served by special expeditionary ships.
Cruise expeditions are also revisions of the legendary travels of the past. Among the proposed cruises, which are available today are sailing tours across the Atlantic on the Columbus’ route or the Spice Cruise in the footsteps of the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama.
Another direction of the cruise expeditions is Arctic and Antarctica. Cruises along the coast of Antarctica offer an opportunity to see the world largest icebergs and the Emperor penguins. Arctic cruises mean icebreakers, the unique experience of extreme conditions, polar bears and northern lights.
You can choose expedition cruises right on this page.
Riviera will start its first Caribbean cruise in Miami
Riviera, which is the newest ship of the Oceania Cruises company, will depart for the first winter cruise from Miami on November 29, 2012.
More cruises in Northern Europe
It is expected that 2012 will be one of the most successful season in the modern history of the cruise traveling for the Northern Europe region. The European Cruise Council (ECC) has estimated that the number of passengers in the current season will increase by 16% compared with 2011 and reach 1 million 490 thousand people.
Norwegian: free cruises for children
Norwegian Cruise Line, the third-largest cruise company in the world, announced a special offer â€“ â€śKids Sail Freeâ€ť. As part of the offer potential customers will be able to book on favorable terms cabins on the cruise ships for themselves and their children â€“ the third and fourth beds in the cabin for the children under 17 years can be booked for free.