While on an expedition cruise, you can look forward to escaping from civilization and visiting the remotest places on Earth. At these places, Mother Nature extends her many offerings to soothe your tired senses. With the lapping of waves around you, your ship often takes you into unknown waters .Bask on a sunny deck, click pictures of the far-off horizons dotted by freak islands, get to know other like minded people or more –these cruising destinations have more on their cards than you can ever think.
Smaller expedition ships, such as the ones operated by the captains of Lindblad Expeditions (along with National Geographic), Hapag-Loyd, Celebrity, Quark Expeditions, Hurtigruten, charter operator EYOS and Silversea — serve up nice onboard environment. However, the scenery and wildlife offered by the destinations where they drop anchor are obviously the main draw. So, are you ready to take off to these exciting expedition cruise destinations?
Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands
Spectacular glaciers and icebergs, great sightings of sperm whales and ocra and opportunities to get up-close to human-sized elephant seals and penguins are some of the main reasons that lure expedition cruisers to the stark landscapes of the lesser visited “Great White Continent.” What you fail to find here is a lot of people. (image by BB Ramone)
Still untouched, these islands lie about 600-miles off Ecuador. They are some of the few places on the planet where you birds and numerous other critters virtually unafraid of your presence. Snorkel along with Galapagos sea lions, click digital memories of coming closer to a huge iguana or indulge in a staring competition with a blue-footed booby. The tranquil waters encompassing the many islands of the region add to the beauty of this cursing destination.
Here, polar bears rule the environs. As you get used to the jaw dropping pristine wilderness of icebergs and glaciers, you would like to keep your binoculars and cameras ready to spot some of rare seabirds, beluga whales and walruses, along with these huge bears. The chilly surrounds of this expedition have lured explorers from near and far—and continue to do so.
You may also like to venture out to the outback of northwest Australia—the place where Timor Sea meets the Indian Ocean, and steep your senses in and explore some of the beautiful coastlines dominated by rugged red cliffs, remote islands and long stretches of white sands. Accessible only by ship, the towering rock faces and isolated gorges offer some massive waterfalls and wildlife spotting opportunities — including saltwater crocodiles.
The flooded jungles of the Peruvian Amazon is where you will find three-toed sloths hanging on tree trunks, howler monkeys and squirrels frolicking on branches and macaws and parrots and macaws flying overhead. You may also get to spot butterflies, frogs, pink dolphins, snakes and rare species of birds as well as other unusual creatures on your jungle hikes and skiff tours. In a nutshell, this expedition cruise is certainly worth your time and investments and helps you take back lifelong memories.(image by 晨 昕)
Are you ready to explore?
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