Expedition cruises are voyages of discovery that will help you live like the great explorers. But complete immersion in your bucket list destinations doesn’t have to mean cramped quarters and meagre rations.
Our expeditions take place on-board some of the finest luxury cruise ships in the world. Small but perfectly formed, these innovative vessels are designed to slice through ice floes, sail into narrow waterways and explore the farthest reaches of the planet. Small cruise ships like Silver Explorer even have reinforced hulls to conquer the most unforgiving of icy terrains.
Superior design isn’t the only jewel in the crown of expedition cruise ships. Expeditions are still luxury cruises, incorporating all the indulgence of regular voyages to destinations like the Mediterranean.
Step on-board and immediately feel the warmth of that characteristic small ship intimacy. Crew members will soon know your name and your favourite orders by heart, while the small number of passengers means you will make friends for life. There is nothing like sailing alongside like-minded guests in some of the most beautiful destinations in the world.
After a day of encounters with spectacular wildlife, and excursions taking in new cultures and breath-taking scenery, you will return to a ship dedicated to satisfying your every need. Refuel your rumbling belly with some of the finest gourmet dining available at sea; take in a lecture with a renowned scientist, photographer or naturalist; and retire to a plush stateroom with stunning ocean views.
Take a look at the luxury cruise ships, below, and discover more about what makes expedition cruises so special.
The most spacious, indulgent and innovative Ice Class vessel in Antarctica, Silver Cloud offers voyages of discovery in sumptuous comfort. Sweeping decks, ocean view suites and even a swimming pool surrounded by glass mean you can enjoy awe-inspiring Polar views at every turn, wherever you are on the ship.
Silver Explorer offers guests on-board Silversea expeditions the chance to fully immerse themselves in nature and adventure. A strengthened hull slices through ice with ease, and combined with a fleet of Zodiac® boats, reaches spectacular locations off the beaten track and takes you into the heart of the Polar regions.
Silver Galapagos is the smallest ship in the Silversea fleet. Carrying just 100 guests, you can enjoy an incredible guest to space ratio alongside impeccable service and an intimate atmosphere. Sailing solely to the Galapagos Islands, this Silversea ship is designed to reach even the most isolated corner of this living museum.
Offering culturally-rich itineraries around the pearls of the Pacific, Silver Discoverer is made for adventurers. Expansive decks and ocean view suites mean you needn’t even step off your ship to witness breaching whales and dolphin pods, while a shallow draft allows Discoverer to navigate as close to isolated shores as possible.
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