Types of Cruises - Adventure Cruises


Adventure cruises are about exotic destinations, with an emphasis on education – they are about expeditions and explorations, about discovery and experience.

Adventure cruises are not about bingo in the lounge, Las Vegas shows after dinner, or ten different ways to spend your afternoon snorkelling.

Growing in popularity, cruises to Antarctica are an obvious example of of these types of cruises. Passengers need to be relatively fit (at least enough to climb in and out of tenders and clamber on icy shores amongst the penguins) and certainly interested in the destination more than on-board luxuries.

Life aboard an adventure cruise ship is less formal and structured than the typical cruise ships plying the Caribbean waters, and guests are treated to more specialized entertainment provided by expert guides and lecturers geared to helping passengers experience the destinations more fully.

Other exotic adventure cruise destination include Amazon River cruises and tours to the Galapagos Islands.

While such cruises were once only offered by the few, such as Galapagos Explorer, Cruise North Expeditions, and Quark Expeditions, some of the larger cruise lines, oddly enough the more luxurious lines like Regent Seven Seas, Crystal Cruises, and Silversea Cruises, do offer lighter versions of the traditional adventure cruise.

Whether a luxury vessel, or a smaller ship, adventure cruises do tend to be more expensive than the usual cruises.

And wherever the destinations of adventure types of cruises – to Newfoundland and the North Atlantic, Antarctica and the southern tip of South America, the Galapagos Islands, the South Pacific, the Amazon and other rugged destinations – the length of the expeditions vary considerably depending on the destinations included.

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