Zodiacs are an expedition craft found on most adventure cruise ships and an essential tool for landing almost anywhere on the planet.
Rugged but comfortable, sleek and safe, inflatable and incredibly buoyant, Zodiac boats are easy to navigate and extremely stable in a wide range of different conditions, including the harsh elements of the waters around Antarctica and the Arctic.
Antarctica is known as the last continent, a place of unspoiled, raw beauty that has been untouched by humanity. Full of sheer adventure and numerous surprises, an expedition journey to the southernmost point on the planet will expose you to the overwhelming power of nature and the staggering abundance of wildlife, all while traveling in safety and style.
Ranging from authentic polar-class ice-breakers to all-inclusive luxury yachts and an array of sizes and shapes in-between, expedition cruise ships are a comfortable, easy way to explore the world's most remote regions in style and safety.
If your perfect cruise doesn't include buffets and bingo, or boring days at sea on the world's biggest ships, an expedition cruise might be the right fit for you.
October is National Plan a Cruise Month – a month-long industry-wide celebration of the best cruise destinations and deals – and a chance for us to help travelers navigate the different options available for every travel style and budget.
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Video: Silversea Expeditions
Posted July 5th, 2018
For those who yearn to explore the new and unknown, Silversea Expeditions can transport you to the furthermost boundaries of the planet. Discover the natural world as never before. Experience destinations untouched by tourism. Visit stunningly beautiful shores. Travel to the ends of the earth in elegance.
Insider Experience: Silver Discoverer
Posted April 12th, 2018
In March 2018, one of CruiseInsider’s very best Travel Specialists, Sue Estabrook, spent 10 magical nights aboard the Silversea Expedition ship Silver Discoverer on the exotic and elegant “Ancient Island Nations of the Western Pacific” itinerary sailing from Hong Kong to Nagasaki.
A Silversea Expedition is one of the most authentic, adventurous and all-inclusive luxury cruise experiences around. If you’ve thought about your own expedition cruise, read Sue’s in-depth “Insider” account of her recent Asian adventure and you’ll be ready to set sail too.
Experience the Galápagos In Elegance
Posted March 27th, 2018
For a cruise experience unlike any other, combine luxury and adventure by sailing with Silversea Expeditions. Silversea offers expedition cruising to all seven continents, allowing you access to some of the most remote and exotic places in the world like the Galápagos Islands, one of the most secluded and sought-after destinations on the planet.
Anyone who loves wildlife and wants to walk in Darwin’s footsteps while cruising in all-inclusive elegance will be blown away with a
Silversea expedition cruise to this unspoiled region of the world. Every luxurious Galápagos expedition cruise with Silversea will immerse you in one of the most isolated places in the world to encounter an abundant variety of wildlife species that is incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth. Quite simply, there's no better way to experience the Galápagos Islands than a voyage with Silversea.
Where to Go in 2018
Posted January 1st, 2018
Today's in-the-know travelers are more aware than ever of all the world has to offer. There are infinite ways to explore the planet and countless possibilities to experience new people and unique places once considered too remote, too expensive, or too exotic. Explore our expertly curated selection of the best destinations for 2018 before you decide where to go next.
Maybe you’ve done the “traditional” cruise or enjoyed sailing on a smaller ship, but you’re longing for something different. If you consider yourself to be more of an adventurer and learner than a tourist, expedition cruising could be the perfect fit. Travel to places most people have only heard about or seen on television and gain a worldly perspective few are fortunate to know. Expedition cruising—especially on Silversea's all-inclusive luxury ships—will change you in ways no other vacation can.
If you’ve got the spirit of a true adventurer, consider following the path of some of the world’s bravest explorers by setting sail to the unspoiled end of the world: Antarctica.
Considered to be earth’s last great wilderness frontier, Antarctica wows with real beauty and the raw power of nature. You’ll share the landscape with some of the most unique wildlife on the planet, as Antarctica and the neighboring islands are home to six penguin species, at least six species of seals, nine species of whales, wandering albatross, blue-eyed cormorants, and other impressive creatures.
Expedition cruising is the most exciting, action-packed cruise experience anywhere on the high seas. As the name implies, it's a taste of exploration and adventure in off-the-beaten-path places, but with out-of-this-world activities and accommodations. Since each expedition voyage varies based on the destination, the weather, or the unpredictability of nature, every adventure is uniquely different, but definitely unforgettable.
On the most popular voyages, you can expect some incredible bucket-list worthy experiences taking place while immersed in the world’s most beautiful places. Our CruiseInsider experts have planned dozens of these dream adventures and many have experienced expedition cruising themselves—journeys to the most remote, most exhilarating places on the planet. We know what to expect on board and onshore and have highlighted a few things for you to know.
One of the hottest new trends in travel is the emergence of expedition cruising, the perfect blend of access, adventure, and, in many cases, all-inclusive luxury. Unlike standard ocean cruises or relaxing river voyages, the allure of expedition cruising is in the exploration and enrichment and typically involves smaller ships, remote destinations, bucket-list experiences, and flexible itineraries.
The focus of an expedition cruise is not about the ship’s creature comforts or onboard activities, but about the destination, it’s nature and wildlife—and to experience this not just from the water but up close on land. Whether you’re new to cruising or just want to try something new, expedition cruising is a great way to go beyond sightseeing and experience something much more immersive and interesting.