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Best Luxury Adventure Cruises
By Sharon
Pushed April 6, 2018
Best  Luxury Adventure Cruises
Best Luxury Adventure Cruises

There are three categories of cruise lines to choose from: Luxury Cruise Lines, Premium Cruise Lines, and Mainstream Cruise Lines.

All of which have different types of ships to consider. Within the three categories of cruise lines are the following types of cruise ships: mega cruise ships, large cruise ships, small cruise ships, adventure cruise ships, sailing ships, river cruise boats and yachts.

As travelers grow bored with tradition vacation options and desire a unique travel experience, more and more people are discovering small ship cruising and adventure cruises. But what is an adventure cruise and how is it different from "The Love Boat" type cruises?

 Most people are familiar with the large cruise ships which carry thousands of passengers on cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska or the Mediterranean. Famous for glitzy shows, formal dinners, and long lines to disembark the ship, there is another type of cruise optionable, an adventure or expedition cruise.

 There are a couple main points which make an adventure cruise different from a more traditional cruise. First, an adventure cruise is aboard a small ship cruise and offers itineraries to more exotic or off the beaten path locations. Most importantly, the experience aboard an adventure cruise is quite different. The cruise is casual, intimate and geared towards adventure and learning while on enjoying your travels.

What is an Adventure cruise?

Adventure cruises are geared towards people who are looking for a touch of adventure, education and a variety of locations for their vacation. Expedition ships must be small enough to navigate coves or channels to reach remote areas, so they offer a more intimidating environment than a huge mega-liner. Finally, adventure cruises focus on unique, off the beaten path cruise experiences.

How is an Adventure cruise different?

Large cruise lines are basically floating resorts with Broadway type shows, gambling casinos, shopping and even climbing walls and miniature golf! Although amenities and levels of luxury do vary, most expedition ships offer comfortable surroundings with upscale touches, such as gourmet food made from local produce. Again, the focus is really more about being off the ship to explore new locations. Time aboard the ship is to relax, listen to lectures about culture, geography or learn about unique features of the next destination, and to enjoy the company of like-minded passengers.

Are the Itineraries Different From a Large Cruise Ship?

Since most expedition vessels carry less between 50 – 150 passengers, the ship themselves are much smaller. This means the ship has access to remote locations the big ships just can not go. Itineraries are designed to explore relatively undiscovered locations and much smaller ports. Also, most expedition vessels also have Zodiacs, which is inflatable motorized raft which can transport small groups of passengers to premier dive locations or secluded beaches.

 Small ship cruising, especially on an expedition ship, offers a unique travel experience, especially for a seasoned or adventure traveler looking at adding a new dimension to their vacation. Relax, unwind and explore the world around you during your next vacation by taking an adventure cruise.

 Thinking about adding a little adventure to your next vacation? Below, we have listed our picks for the 10 best adventure cruise destinations for those who are active travelers, as well as our suggestions for the cruise lines that make the best matches. Just don't forget to pack your running shoes and snorkel gear! Explore some of the world's most unspoiled places but also discover some of the best-kept secrets for whale watching, scuba diving, ecotourism, photography and simply enjoying some of the most beautiful places on earth.

 10. Island safari, Hawaii, United States (Extreme rating: 6/10)

 No, not the land of nodding Elvis Presley dolls and plastic grass skirts. Over at Big Island, adventurous vacationers can get aboard the Safari Explorer with just 36 others and, in between kayaking, hiking among volcanoes and dolphin spotting, engage in a mesmerizing ballet with manta rays.

 The cruise visits islands such as Moloka'i, a kind of frangipani fortress housing the true Hawaiian "aloha" spirit, and Lana'i, where you can hunt and shoot and go horseriding.

 Un-Cruise Adventures, +1 888 862 8881, from $700 per person per night. Moloka'i to Hawai'i (or reverse) Safari Explorer Nov –March 2019


 9. Across the Northwest Passage, North America (Extreme rating: 6/10)

 Until only a few years ago, the fabled Northwest Passage was just a theoretical shipping route between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans across the top of Canada.

 For centuries, people died trying to get through and some of them are still there, buried in permafrost graves.

Now, with changing climates, the passage can be completed with more confidence and your bragging rights enhanced without fear of death.

While you're there, you can visit the Inuit communities who've lived on the ice for centuries. OneOcean Expeditions, from $600 per person per night.   With Arctic Expedition Cruises you can explore the 10 day Canadian Arctic & Greenland adventure cruise starting from $5695.00. For more information visit: https://www.oneoceanexpeditions.com/arctic


8. Through ancient Kimberley, Australia (Extreme rating: 7/10)

The 16th-century Dutch explorers wouldn't have a bar of it. Australia's northwest is so inhospitable, it's even a challenge for the local Njikena and Punaba people who've lived there for thousands of years.

But this remote and harshly beautiful part of Australia is the country's adventure cruise hotspot. Its season is from April through to September, when the torrential rains have eased and water cascades off the plateau.

Infested with crocodiles and spotted with possibly the world's oldest rock art, the Kimberley is in danger due to unchecked oil and gas exploration you should go before it's spoiled. North Star Cruises Australia, from $1,000 per person per night. https://www.truenorth.com.au/cruise/kimberley/

 True North Southern safari Cruises. The South Australian coast from Kangaroo Island to Ceduna boasts an endless horizon of white sandy beaches, uninhabited islands and sheltered bays – truly one of Australia’s undiscovered gems. The Southern Safari is a stylish journey of discovery with a unique mix of adventure, history and relaxation. https://www.truenorth.com.au/cruise/australia/southern-safari/  Rates for this cruise per person - 2019. Ocean Class $9,495  River Class $12,595  Explorer Class $14,695


7. Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, the Amazon (Extreme rating: 7/10)

Sure, it's the world's largest river by volume but it's also a major sea lane. You reach the departure point for the Amazon's best cruising by flying to the city of Iquitos, Peru, and then making for the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve where the evocatively named Yanayacu (blackwater) and Ucayali (canoe breaker) rivers feed into the main body.

 Wildlife in the reserve includes piranha, sloths, rare pink dolphins and lots of noisy monkeys. You can commune with the indigenous Ribereňos families who live along the banks before retiring to a luxury 24-passenger vessel to fry your piranha. Aqua Expeditions, from $700 per person per night. For more information visit https://www.aquaexpeditions.com/luxury-cruise-ships/aria-amazon/


6. 'Jungle Book' tour, India (Extreme Rating: 7/10)

The Brahmaputra River begins in the glaciers of Tibet before winding through India and emptying, 2,900 kilometers later, into the Bay of Bengal.

While the cruise aboard the delightfully anachronistic 24-person Charaidew trundles along from Guwahati to Tezpur, you can sip local tea and enjoy mild Assamese curries onboard. A visit to the UNESCO-listed Kaziranga National Park, for elephant, rhino and (maybe) tiger spotting, is one of the diversions en route. Assam Bengal Navigation, from $400 per person per night. For more information visit  https://www.assambengalnavigation.com/brahmaputra-cruises-2018-2019 

5. Into wild South Africa (Extreme Rating: 8/10)

Discover a PONANT itinerary that explores the essential towns and sites of South Africa's wild east coast. 

At the crossroads of the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, embark aboard Le Lyrial on a 9-day cruise between Cape Town, mother-city of the country, dominated by Table Mountain, and Durban, a cosmopolitan seaside city. 

This journey in South Africa will also allow you to discover Port Elizabeth, nicknamed "the friendly city" for its welcoming inhabitants, and Richards Bay. A land of ethnic diversity, South Africa is often described as “a world in one country”. Its incredible melting pot of cultures, religions, and histories infuse its rich heritage.

The diversity of fauna and flora is also one of South Africa's treasures: the nation is home to three of the largest terrestrial mammals—the elephant, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus—and its plant life alone represents one-tenth of the world’s botanic heritage, with some 25.000 species. Along the South-African coastline for more information visit the site at  https://en.ponant.com/cruises/asia-along-the-south-african-coastline-y240319-2


4. Following Scott, Amundsen et al, Antarctica (Extreme rating: 8.5/10)

Follow in the footsteps of Scott, Fiennes, and Admunsen and set foot on the great white continent of Antarctica; .South Georgia is home t o huge King Penguin colonies and heart-stopping landscape, fertile marine waters and huge rivers of ice. A visit to the Falkland Islands and Shackleton's grave make this 18-day adventure unforgettable. For more information visit  https://www.silversea.com/destinations/antarctica-cruise/ushuaia-to-Ushuaia-7901.html


3. Island hopping in the Pacific (Extreme Rating: 8.5/10)

Join a 12-day expedition cruise aboard Le Lapérouse, discovering the natural marvels of Papua New Guinea. Departing from Honiara, set sail for an exceptional trip into the heart of remote regions of wild beauty. Your cruise will begin with a visit to the Solomon Islands. This archipelago of over 900 mostly volcanic islands remains a secret destination in the South Pacific.

It's mountainous and often rugged landscapes are covered in lush, tropical vegetation. In addition to encounters with the locals, you will enjoy stunning white-sand beaches and will be able to swim and snorkel in its crystal-clear waters.

Le Lapérouse will then set sail for Papua New Guinea, a fascinating land that is home to no fewer than 700 ethnic groups within a very rich ecosystem.

Your call at Tufi, to the south of the island, will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your trip. Fall under the charm of this picturesque region, dubbed the “Scandinavia of the Tropics” due to its fjords, produced from volcanic activities. A unique and preserved setting, inhabited by Papuan tribes who will be proud to share their culture and art with you. Cruising dates between May  1 and 12 2019 and cruises starting from $6150. For more information visit https://www.wildearth-travel.com/trip/ancient-cultures-papua-new-guinea/

2. Ice-breaking to the North Pole (Extreme rating: 9.5/10)

It doesn't get much more extreme than this (although see below). Just 100 years ago voyagers to the North Pole received equivalent celebrity to the moon explorers Neil Armstrong and team in the 1960s.

You could still choose to haul your sled over the treacherous crevasses, hummocks, and sastrugi (ice obstacles) or instead get aboard the world's most powerful icebreaker, the Russian nuclear 50 лет Победы (50 Years of Victory).  https://poseidonexpeditions.com/ships/50-years-of-victory/

There's not a lot to see en route as 340MW turbines push 25,000 tons of steel through the icepack up to three meters thick on the way to 90 deg N.

Leaving Murmansk, in Russia, you're back within two weeks. Quark Expeditions https://www.quarkexpeditions.com/en , from $2,000 per person per night.

 Antarctic Circle

1. Down to the Titanic wreck, Atlantic Ocean (Extreme Rating: 10/10)

British luxury travel company Blue Marble Private has started seling expensive tickets to the wreck site of the legendary Titanic.

The first 'Dive the Titanic' trip is scheduled for May 2018 at the cost of about $105,000 per person. Adjusted for inflation, the figure is equal to the price of an original Titanic first class ticket.

 But for a glimpse of life (and death) aboard the original 1912 vessel, you can get aboard a  specialized submersible for an eight-hour joy ride down to the ship, 12,500 feet below the surface of the North Atlantic. https://www.bluemarbleprivate.com

 The six-week expedition will depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland in June 2018 with scientists, content experts, and mission specialists joining the crew in a series of week-long missions. The expedition crew size for each mission is about 30 people, including nine mission specialists, submersible pilots, operations crew and content experts. Qualified individuals join the crew as mission specialists to support the mission by helping to underwrite the expedition and by actively assisting the team aboard the submersible and the ship in roles such as communications, navigation, sonar operation, photography, and dive planning. For more information visit http://www.oceangate.com/expeditions/titanic-survey-2018.html

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