Expedition Cruise Diary

Stowaway Medias exclusive Expedition Cruise Diary

Stowaway Medias exclusive Expedition Cruise Diary


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<strong>Expedition</strong> cruising has been on the sidelines of the industry, considered<br />

something for a small band of adventurous travellers prepared to rough it<br />

in return for visiting out-of-the-way places, but things are changing fast as<br />

more cruise lines enter the market with luxurious new ships.<br />

An unprecedented 30 or more expedition ships are<br />

being built over the next four years, offering grand<br />

suites, butlers and upscale restaurants for those<br />

venturing off the beaten path.<br />

It doesn’t mean that expedition cruising is a<br />

mainstream holiday choice yet – most people still<br />

see a cruise as a time to relax in the sun rather than<br />

be challenged by new experiences - but it has put<br />

the sector under the spotlight as never before.<br />

It means agents who want to grab a share<br />

of the market need to get to grips with a whole<br />

new style of cruising and destinations.<br />


<strong>Expedition</strong> ships are small, holding anything<br />

from 200 to 500 passengers. That is important<br />

as it means they can navigate into little bays<br />

and convey passengers ashore by tender quickly<br />

and efficiently (there are no ports in many of the<br />

places these ships visit).<br />

Size is even more important in the polar regions.<br />

In Antarctica, only ships with 500 passengers or<br />

fewer are allowed to offer landings and then only<br />

100 can be ashore at one time. Many cruise lines<br />

limit passenger numbers to 200 and allow just an<br />

hour ashore, ensuring a smooth landing operation<br />

with the minimum waiting time.<br />

In the Galapagos, ships are not allowed to<br />

carry any more than 100 people and itineraries<br />

are carefully planned so there is only ever one<br />

vessel at each of the landing sites to ensure the<br />

wildlife is not disturbed. »<br />

6 | <strong>Expedition</strong> <strong>Cruise</strong> <strong>Diary</strong> | March 2019<br />

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