For maritime-minded adventure seekers, an expedition cruise delivers voyages dedicated to the cultural richness and natural majesty of some of the world’s most remote locales. Operating on smaller vessels that are largely devoid of bigger cruise ships’ bells and whistles and jam-packed activity schedules, expedition voyages focus largely on off-the-path discovery, with skiff-run excursions that curtail the need for proper ports, essentially opening up the shore-accessible world as your oyster.
With shore excursions taking center stage, only light entertainment and diversions—usually focused on education and enrichment—are offered back onboard. A specialized staff, known as the expedition team, is usually composed of a motley crew of experts like marine biologists, naturalists, anthropologists, photographers, and other special guest lecturers who can offer some special insight into the cruise region’s culture, history, politics, or wildlife.
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