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Expedition Cruising?  We've been doing it for years!

Expedition Cruising? We've been doing it for years!

There have been a number of articles in the media lately about expedition cruising and the increased interest in small ships due to their fewer guests and greater passenger space.  Because the larger ships still can’t sail due to their high numbers, small expedition ships are coming into their own.  Some smaller vessels are already able to resume operation in local waters and for those who love cruising but are a little hesitant about boarding one of the larger liners, they’re suddenly seeing expedition cruising in a whole new light.

Not wanting to say I told you so, but at Ultimate Cruising we’ve known the value of small ship exploration cruising for a long time!  We’ve been selling small ship voyages for 30 years because we LOVE it!  The smaller vessels, the down-to-earth atmosphere, the incredible experience of chatting with specialists who have spent years studying and learning about the creatures you’re seeing, the camaraderie of fellow guests … it’s an incredible way to explore the world, discover different cultures and learn about this amazing planet.

Not all expedition cruises are the same however and, because we’ve been working with the various lines so long, we know the difference between the cruise lines – how their excursions differ, what options you have on board, what’s included and what’s not, what the atmosphere is like.  We can tell you if the dress code is formal or smart casual, or what types of beverages are included in your package.  We can tell you if all of your excursions are included or whether you have a choice of paying extra for a different type of excursion if you wish. 

Included excursion with Ponant in the Subantarctic Islands

We can also advise you on which cabins include butler service or give you tips on which stateroom grade you should go for to ensure you don’t miss a thing.  We’re well versed in pre and post cruise options, transfers, accommodation close to the port and we can book all your domestic and international flights so it all connects smoothly and you don’t have to worry about a thing!  We’ll even include luxury car transfers from your home to the airport so your holiday starts  - in style! - the moment you close your front door. 

We are also able to advise on the various cruise lines’ new booking and cancellation policies post Covid-19 as each cruise line is offering something different. 

So talk to us about the options.  Whether you’re ready to book, weighing up your options or you’re brand new to the expedition cruising experience, we’d love to hear from you!



Photo Credit:  Ponant | Philip Plisson