Introduction and suitability
Degree of difficulty/fitness
Expedition Cruises can involve wet and dry landings (explained below), and walking on sometimes slippery and uneven surfaces. Your expedition cruise leaders and guides will help you to shore during landings.
Some people may experience seasickness during an Expedition Cruise, although symptoms tend to disappear as you adapt to the conditions after one or two days. Your expedition leader will give you tips and advice to help you avoid or deal with any discomfort. We recommend that you speak to a travel health professional about your itinerary before you depart if you are in any doubt or would like to consider preventative medication.
Cabin styles vary according to the vessel. Generally the cabins are very comfortable and feature air conditioning, port holes or windows, twin or double beds, ample room for storage and private bathroom facilities.
Pre and post cruise accommodation
Most meals are included during cruise days. The cuisine will be prepared by professional chefs and will vary according to your destination but international styles will generally be available. Meals will generally be held at set times. Vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements can be catered for if advised at the time of booking.
Although an itinerary outline is given, Expedition Cruises are anything but exact and days can change depending on local circumstances such as weather conditions, national park policies and regulations, opportunities to see wildlife, seasonal changes or safety matters. Excursions may include walks, snorkelling and swimming activities, lectures by knowledgeable naturalist guides, visits to particular places of interest and meeting local people.
Shore landings are not set in stone and the frequency, location and duration will vary depending on the situation at the time. Your expedition leader will aim to land where the best weather conditions, the most abundant wildlife and the most stunning scenery can be found. Landing times will also be determined by your expedition leader. Landings are made by smaller vessels such as zodiac style boats or dinghies. During all landings the group will be accompanied by an expedition leader.
A dry landing allows passengers to step from the dinghy onto the rocks or a dock. A wet landing happens as the boat edges onto a beach and passengers step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.
Expedition Cruises travel on purpose-built or specially adapted vessels with excellent onboard facilities. Ship types and sizes vary according to the destination and detailed specifications are available on our website. Landings will be made by smaller vessels such as zodiac style boats or dinghies. Some itineraries also require short flights.
The group size varies according to the destination and capacity of the vessel, as indicated on the ship pages and tour dossiers on our website. The maximum capacity of the largest vessel that we represent is 210, however most ships are significantly smaller.
Local reps will assist you with accommodation, flights and transfers (if included). Expedition leaders such as naturalist guides will share their extensive knowledge with you during on-board lectures and accompany you during shore excursions. An experienced crew will take care of hospitality and the smooth operation of the vessel.