The Best Cruise Lines for Expedition Voyages

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

The Best Cruise Lines for Expedition Voyages

by ShermansTravel Editorial Staff

If you want adventure and hunger to explore new places — from Antarctica to the Arctic and the Galapagos — these cruises will take you off the beaten path.

If you want adventure and hunger to explore new places — from Antarctica to the Arctic and the Galapagos — these cruises will take you off the beaten path.

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National Geographic Orion in Antarctica / Lindblad Expeditions
National Geographic Islander in the Galapagos
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Lindblad Expeditions

If you partner with the National Geographic Society, like this line does, you’d better deliver adventure, right? Lindblad does, though don’t expect anything too extreme. These nature- and culture-focused cruises are the floating equivalent to “glamping” — they’re comfortable and not too challenging while still making your feel like you’ve explored the Great Outdoors. Read our full review.

If you partner with the National Geographic Society, like this line does, you’d better deliver adventure, right? Lindblad does, though don’t expect anything too extreme. These nature- and culture-focused cruises are the floating equivalent to “glamping” — they’re comfortable and not too challenging while still making your feel like you’ve explored the Great Outdoors. Read our full review.

Celebrity Flora at sea
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Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity has some of the most beautiful and best-designed ships in the industry, and that carries through to the line's fleet of 100-passenger-or-less expedition ships. Specially designed to explore the Galapagos Islands, and other off-the-beaten-path destinations, Celebrity's three intimate ships allow you to visit hard-to-reach ports without sparing its luxurious onboard amenities. Read our full review.

Celebrity has some of the most beautiful and best-designed ships in the industry, and that carries through to the line's fleet of 100-passenger-or-less expedition ships. Specially designed to explore the Galapagos Islands, and other off-the-beaten-path destinations, Celebrity's three intimate ships allow you to visit hard-to-reach ports without sparing its luxurious onboard amenities. Read our full review.

Silver Shadow in French Polynesia
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Silversea Cruises

With a stunning fleet of luxury cruise ships, Silversea Cruises takes guests on all-inclusive voyages to all seven continents. The traditional fleet encompasses both decadent ships accommodating 296 to 540 passengers as well as expedition ships designed to explore more off-the-beaten-path regions. Read our full review.

With a stunning fleet of luxury cruise ships, Silversea Cruises takes guests on all-inclusive voyages to all seven continents. The traditional fleet encompasses both decadent ships accommodating 296 to 540 passengers as well as expedition ships designed to explore more off-the-beaten-path regions. Read our full review.

MS Fram near Svalbard
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Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten is a household name in Norway, having run coastal ferry services since 1893. Today, its focus is on nature-heavy expedition cruises, with a comfortable and unpretentious fleet that includes small and midsize ships. Read our full review.

Hurtigruten is a household name in Norway, having run coastal ferry services since 1893. Today, its focus is on nature-heavy expedition cruises, with a comfortable and unpretentious fleet that includes small and midsize ships. Read our full review.

L'Austral in Antarctica
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Ponant

As the only French-owned cruise line, luxury megayacht brand Ponant provides all the panache you would expect from la Francaise. The crowd is chic (and mostly French), the décor mixes breezy whites with crystalline accents, and the culinary temptation is constant. The cocktail party atmosphere never ends, even when a ship is heading into the Arctic ice floes. Read our full review.

As the only French-owned cruise line, luxury megayacht brand Ponant provides all the panache you would expect from la Francaise. The crowd is chic (and mostly French), the décor mixes breezy whites with crystalline accents, and the culinary temptation is constant. The cocktail party atmosphere never ends, even when a ship is heading into the Arctic ice floes. Read our full review.

Scenic Eclipse in the open ocean
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Scenic

Scenic, one of the leading river cruise lines in Europe, launched their first ocean and expedition ship, the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse, in August 2018. Designed with two helicopters, a seven-seat submarine, five restaurants, a movie theater, a deck-top teppanyaki grill, and a 5,000-square-foot spa, the ship sails to the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic as well as Europe and the Americas. Read our full review.

Scenic, one of the leading river cruise lines in Europe, launched their first ocean and expedition ship, the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse, in August 2018. Designed with two helicopters, a seven-seat submarine, five restaurants, a movie theater, a deck-top teppanyaki grill, and a 5,000-square-foot spa, the ship sails to the polar regions of Antarctica and the Arctic as well as Europe and the Americas. Read our full review.

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