Expedition Cruises

“There are still places on earth very few people will ever get to see”.


Set sail through the Great White Wonders of the Arctic and Antarctica, areas of outstanding natural beauty that are utterly mesmerising; and still unspoiled. This remarkable region of ice monuments and mountains rising from the sea and astonishing, diverse biota will take your breath away. Throughout expedition cruises, teams of experts are on hand to provide insights into this spectacular area’s geology, wildlife and history. 


Discover the evolution of expedition cruising and the new luxury ships turning travellers into adventurers.


Before the new luxury ships entered the scene, expedition cruising meant travelling on board comfortable albeit basic boats initially designed for scientific and research expeditions.  


This new generation of ships allows you to get up close and personal with polar bears whilst enjoying champagne and gourmet food after a swim with sea lions. Destinations, once the domain of scientists and nature programmes, are now within easy reach of adventurous travellers; the only limit is your imagination.


These expedition ships would not look out of place in any harbour housing glamorous yachts. Sturdy and luxurious, many carry fewer than 200 passengers and only 100 when voyaging to the Galapagos, as well as spas, sumptuous accommodation, fine dining and the latest water toys. 


Enjoy the world’s most pristine region aboard a state of the art vessels in the most comfortable and luxurious surroundings.


Le Lyrial is one of the most sophisticated and stylish vessels, complete with innovative marine technology, currently sailing to the white continent. 


With numbers strictly limited to 199, clients can enjoy the most comfortable accommodation available on an expedition ship, more expertly guided shore excursions and cabins with private balconies, some even with a personal butler. 


Why not relax in the onboard spa or Hamman or take a dip in the outdoor heated saltwater pool with breath taking ocean views. Enjoy an array of gourmet and international cuisine in the two restaurants. By day guests are invited to enjoy a series of enriching and engaging lectures by leading experts, and by night the club lounge and theatre take care of your evening’s entertainment.


Whilst aboard, we advise you to wrap up warm and spend as much time outside on the deck or your private balcony; there is an ever-changing landscape and a large abundance of wildlife to be seen, from ocean mammals to birds.


Where luxury cruising meets expedition


Step aboard Le Boreal for the most epic Arctic experience of a lifetime, offering true adventure and supreme luxury. Enjoy sleek and contemporary design and the ultimate in first-class service on this unique journey amid towering glaciers. See spectacular marine life on one of the fleets of Zodiacs to access shallow and remote areas of this incredible landscape.


Enjoy 24-hour room service in the privacy of your spacious cabin or dine in one of the two superb restaurants. Relax and unwind in the steam room, spa and fitness centre. On deck, there is a heated pool and alfresco dining. The theatre provides entertainment as well as informative lectures and talks. A real highlight is the Panoramic lounge, where you can indulge in a splendid afternoon tea amid sublime ocean views.


Inspirational design and flawless attention to detail


Inspired by the sleek contours of sailing yachts, the Eclipse has set the benchmark in ultra-luxury cruising. Equipped with an onboard submarine – Scenic Neptune, two helicopters, a fleet of Zodiacs, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and up to 20-member expert Discovery Team, offering the opportunity for unrivalled worldwide exploration. 


Silently slip through Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos on an adventure of a lifetime aboard the world’s first hybrid-powered expedition vessel, Roald Amundsen. Low emissions were paramount in the build, and the near-silent running of its engines avoids disturbing the wildlife. Scandinavian materials, including wood, granite and wool, are used extensively for the stylish interiors, but probably the most popular feature is the two-level, wraparound observation deck above the bow. Cruise aboard this vessel on a 13-day expedition cruise 

from Peru to Ecuador, then onto Lima, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. Explore the ruins of the Lost City of the Incas, among llamas and local birdlife. In true adventurer style, advance to the astonishing and once seen, never forgotten Galápagos Islands. Discover the prolific wildlife of these UNESCO-protected islands with expert Expedition Teams.


The Six-Star One


Seabourn presents a six-star style in the chilly Arctic, and it has been worth the wait.

The two uber-luxe, ice-strengthened expedition ships take 264 guests in balcony suites. Seabourn’s signature fine-dining and refined but relaxed service will complement the 24 zodiacs and two submarines for off-ship excursions. Wilderness experts, scientists and historians make up the 26-man expedition team who will also be on hand to direct, advise and inform. Now travelling to seven continents, Seabourn’s president Richard Meadows travellers can expect “authentic yet luxurious expedition adventures.’


Please contact our expedition cruises specialist for further information.

Authentic Travel is an independent travel agent specialising in luxury bespoke holiday and tours. We are always happy to have a chat and together your tailor made tour, holiday or short city break. 

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