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Expedition cruising holidays. Tours & holidays in 2016 & 2017

Expedition cruising holidays take you to the earth’s extremes accompanied by expert guides. Voyage past icebergs into the polar regions, or explore far flung archipelagos adrift in the Pacific. But as pioneering as this may sound, no roughing it is involved; following your day’s adventures you’ll enjoy gourmet meals, a comfy cabin and – depending on your trip – on-board lectures, saunas, libraries and of course, dreamy views from the deck.
Expedition cruising holidays

Expedition cruising holidays

Forget cocktails by the pool, expedition cruising holidays take you to the earth’s extremes accompanied by expert guides. Voyage past icebergs into the polar regions, or explore far flung archipelagos adrift in the Pacific. But as pioneering as this may sound, no roughing it is involved; following your day’s adventures you’ll enjoy gourmet meals, a comfy cabin and – depending on your trip – onboard lectures, saunas, libraries and of course, dreamy views from the deck.

Antarctic Peninsula cruises, activity-based
Activity-based small ship expedition of Antarctica, from £6770 (15 days) ex flights
Arctic diving & Polar Bear Watching Expedition
Awe-inspiring for divers & non-divers, from £2260 (8 days) ex flights
Antarctica cruise, with diving & climbing options
Voyage to the Antarctic Peninsula, from US $8725 - US $13000 (11 days) ex flights
Antarctica expedition cruise
Experience an adventure tour of Antarctica, from £4200 - £4700 (11 days) ex flights

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Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea cruise
An inspiring, beautiful & diverse polar wilderness journey, from £5350 (12 days) ex flights
Arctic sailing voyages, Spitsbergen
Experience sailing in the fjords, from £1590 (8 days) ex flights
Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia icebreaker cruises
Water, wilderness & wildlife in breath-taking perfection, from £4990 - £10350 (20 days) ex flights
Spitsbergen Arctic cruise with Mark Carwardine
Exclusive photographic charter in the Svalbard Archipelago , from £3899 - £6799 (12 days) ex flights
Arctic icebreaker cruise, Spitsbergen
Wildlife-focused, expert-led small ship Arctic cruises, from £2190 - £5390 (8 days) ex flights
Kamchatka wildlife and bird watching cruise, Russia
Cruise Siberia's Coast on this Wildlife Packed Expedition, from US $8000 - US $11900 (14 days) ex flights
New Zealands Subantarctic Islands cruise, including Macquarie
Wildlife voyage to the Subantarctic inc Macquarie Island, from US $6600 - US $9900 (13 days) ex flights
Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia cruises
The ultimate Antarctic and South Georgia adventure, from £8560 - £16990 (19 days) ex flights
Antarctica expedition cruise
Classic 10 Day Expedition Cruise to Antarctica, from £3048 (10 days) ex flights
St Kilda wildlife cruise in Scotland
A guided sea adventure to St Kilda and the Outer Hebrides, from £1450 (7 days) ex flights
Spitsbergen wildlife cruises
Encounters with glaciers, polar bears and icebergs, from £2399 (8 days) ex flights
Antarctica vacation, spirit of Shackleton
Visit the historical sites of past Antarctic explorers, from £7999 - £10499 (21 days) ex flights
Antarctic expedition cruise, fly the Drake passage
Cross the Polar Circle in Antarctica the fast way-fly cruise, from £8999 - £9800 (10 days) ex flights
Arctic cruises, Greenland to Canada
This journey encompasses the heart of the Arctic, from US $3995 - US $15395 (13 days) ex flights
Antarctic fly and cruise Circle Crossing
Visit the Antarctic Peninsula, going south of the Antarctic Circle, from £8200 - £12200 (10 days) ex flights
Antarctic diving expedition
An Antarctic expedition for divers & non-divers alike, from £4420 (12 days) ex flights
Fly and cruise Antarctica holiday
This exceptional voyage maximizes time exploring in Antarctica, from £6420 - £10300 (12 days) ex flights
Patagonia cruising holiday, Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
Discover majestic mountains & glaciers of Argentina & Chile, from US $2440 - US $2554 (4 days) ex flights
Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Circle crossing
Explore the Sub-Antarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula, from £12200 - £21100 (23 days) ex flights
Fiji cruise, escape to paradise
Cruise some of Fiji's most beautiful islands and villages, from £1419 (8 days) ex flights
Arctic Spitsbergen cruise, 11 day expedition
Discover the essence of the Arctic, from £4400 (11 days) ex flights
Journey to the North Pole
The ultimate Polar voyage: sail to 90º north, from £18400 (14 days) ex flights
Great Barrier Reef cruise in Australia
Explore the pick of the Barrier Reef and Queensland's Coast, from £1655 - £1727 (8 days) ex flights
Arctic cruise adventure holiday
Sail from Spitsbergen to Greenland on an arctic adventure, from £3049 - £3499 (15 days) ex flights
Antarctic Peninsula cruise and flight back
Antarctica cruise with a flight back from King George Island, from £5200 (9 days) ex flights

35 reviews for Expedition cruising holidays4.5 star overall rating

These full and frank independent Expedition cruising holidays reviews are from travellers who have booked directly through Responsible Travel. They are not edited by us or any of the companies we work with. Find the real story, from real travellers below.

Arctic diving & Polar Bear Watching Expedition
Memorable parts? All of it! The extremes of weather, the diversity of animals, the quality of the accommodation and facilities, and something you can't plan for - new found friends! Tips? Don't set your heart on seeing anything specific. Be prepared for the changes in weather. It's not as challenging as I expected - to take account of the huge spectrum of ages and abilities. But most of all HAVE FUN! Local benefits? Not so much the local people, though we did buy a lot... (more)Lisa Thomas
From £2260 excluding flights
Arctic sailing voyages, Spitsbergen
Absolutely outstanding, a once in a lifetime experience that surpassed all my expectations...Don't look anywhere else, this is the best way to see the Arctic! (more)Joshua Cox
Watching a mother and cub polar bear for over an hour, watching a male bear stalking reindeer...seeing and hearing a splendid walrus waking up and bellowing atop a small berg echoing around a small remote glacial bay!! (more)Jonathan Turner
Most memorable was watching a polar bear unsuccessfully hunting a seal, and then watching the seal taunt the polar bear by swimming and splashing behind it. Seeing blue whales was pretty amazing too. (more)Justin Watts
From £1590 excluding flights
Antarctica, Falklands & South Georgia icebreaker cruises
This trip will forever stay in my heart. Incredible. I would go again tomorrow if I got the chance. (more)Helen Connolly
Fantastic - it's more than a holiday and is so different to anything else I have ever done. South Georgia is an amazing place. The beaches were packed with tens of thousands of penguins and they weren't afraid to come right up to us. The scenery in Antarctica is beautiful. (more)rebecca allcock
Every part of the holiday was memorable including animals, birds, scenery, the ship (Polar Pioneer), fellow travellers and expedition team. (more)Christine Brignoni
From £4990 - £10350 excluding flights
Arctic icebreaker cruise, Spitsbergen
Very good... the most memorable parts is arriving at the pack ice on a beautiful sunny evening and then seeing our first polar bear. (more)david rumsey
The most memorable part of this holiday was the astonishing landscapes in general, the walks on the mountains. (more)Bjørn Clasen
From £2190 - £5390 excluding flights
Antarctic Peninsula & Weddell Sea cruise
Memorable parts? The close sighting of a pod of Orca attacking a Humpbacked Whale and penguins. Bird watching from the ship. Visiting the mainland at Neko Harbour. The ideal size of the ship and friendliness of the other passengers and crew. Tips? Don't bother taking your own warm boots. Those provided were perfectly adequate with our own waterproof walking shoes for deck walking. Local benefits? Yes Overall rating? A wonderful experience (more)Roger Labbatt
From £5350 excluding flights
Antarctica expedition cruise
Landing on Elephant Island and standing on the exact spot from where Shackleton launched the James Caird was the most memorable moment. (more)JANE MURDOCH
Excellent (more)Andrew Macdonald-Brown
From £3048 excluding flights
Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia cruises
Memorable parts? The highlight of the trip for me was always going to be South Georgia, which has fascinated me for years and entirely lived up to my very high expectations. What a stunningly beautiful place! We were extremely fortunate as we approached the island because there was no cloud cover and we could see the full magnificence of the snowy peaks in all their glory - a rare occurrence apparently. During three whole days around this incredible island, we made a numerous landings and... (more)Roger Bilder
From £8560 - £16990 excluding flights
Spitsbergen wildlife cruises
Memorable parts? Seeing a mother polar bear and her two cubs walking on the ice floes walking along them then diving in and swimming to the next one. The cubs following on behind her. Fabulous! Tips? Be warm but also have some smart casual clothes to wear in the evening. When inside of the boat you can be relatively warm - have those layers for going out on deck where it can be cooler but you can watch the midnight sun or enjoy the on deck BBQ. If you want good photographs make sure... (more)Susie Barrett
From £2399 excluding flights
Fiji cruise, escape to paradise
Memorable parts? The Blue Lagoon Cruise, no question. We did the 3 day cruise 15 years ago, always said we would do it again, this time the 7 day cruise. We worried a bit, wondering if it would be as good, but it was fabulous! We would highly recommend it, if you like small ships. We also had 6 days on the 'mainland' 2 days on Bounty Island, it was okay if you were 20 (our guide said she thought we were 30)nothing on the island but the resort, and extremely loud music! We had a 2 day... (more)Ms Adrian Redford
From £1419 excluding flights
Arctic cruise adventure holiday
Memorable parts? The holiday was great throughout but the highlight has to be seeing our first polar bear with 2 cubs! The scenery was also spectacular Tips? Take a range of clothes for all temperatures. I did not expect it to be high 20s 200 miles north of the Arctic circle! but I wasn;t complaining! Local benefits? All efforts were made to reduce environmental impact. Overall rating? Excellent trip, good mix of activities and high standard of food and accommodation (more)judith olsen
From £3049 - £3499 excluding flights
Great Barrier Reef & Lizard Island cruise, Australia
Memorable parts? Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Tips? Make the most of it. The food is excellent, the service is amazing and the snorkeling and diving are the best experience ever. Local benefits? I hope so. I would't have minded paying more if needed. Overall rating? One of the best experience of my life. (more)Isabelle Kerdranvat
From £1089 - £1135 excluding flights
Antarctica vacation, classic cruise
The whole trip from the time we boarded the ship to disembarkation. The most memorable thing was not getting sea sick the ship is that stable...The best ever. (more)David Lohan
This was the most incredible holiday - the staff on our ship were so efficient and hospitable, the landings were well managed and offered a diverse range of activities (hiking, sliding down the slopes on our stomachs, seals/penguins/birds - and the occasional whale), fascinating lectures, and a wonderful small ship environment. (more)Barbara Wilson
From £3699 - £4999 excluding flights
Antarctica cruise, with diving & climbing options
GREAT!!!!!!! (more)Krisztina Inczedy
The very first Antarctic landing was a photographer's feast that was totally mindblowing at such an early stage of the trip. (more)Louise Yerbury
The most memorable part of visiting Antarctica has to be (as part of the diving contingent) diving with Leopard Seals on two occasions. (more)Mike McCormack
From US $8725 - US $13000 excluding flights
Antarctica cruise
Excellent. Trip of a lifetime. (more)Audrey Nice
An absolutely stunning holiday thanks, just magic! The most exciting part was very close encounters with whales :0) ... Rate holiday 9/10, excellent! (more)Sally Hawkins
No words that I can write nor pictures that I can show will ever capture the magic, the feeling and the mood of Antarctica. You simply have to go there for that. It was beyond compare utterly beautiful in every way. (more)David Oates
From £4100 - £9500 excluding flights
Antarctic diving expedition
Interacting with the wildlife in Antarctica was the most memorable part of the holiday. (more)Robert Pecoraro
All of it was memorable, but if I had to pick it would be my first sight of Antarctica which was at sunrise, wow! And my 30 minute dive with a leopard seal. But it was all amazing. (more)Stacy Valentine
Most memorable was diving around the ice bergs and snorkelling with the leopard seal. Real WOW factor. (more)Judith Bewell
From £4420 excluding flights
Alaska wildlife cruise
Memorable parts? The whole trip was outstanding from start to finish. The boat was great - large enough to give everyone space but small enough to be personal. The crew were exception and had the holiday, Brian the very experience skipper who had time to talk to everyone and was extremely knowledgeable, Steve nothing was too much trouble, Annie the cook who provided first class food made fresh everyday and Danny the naturalist who was knowledgeable and great fun. And finally the wildlife... (more)Sarah Taylor
From CA $5265 - CA $6095 excluding flights
Kamchatka wildlife and bird watching cruise, Russia
Memorable parts? Seeing the ribbon seals, the northern right whale and the spoonbill sandpiper. Tips? Be prepared for lots of walking on the tundra. Also understand that the ship does not have stabilizers so even a mild swell rocks the ship. Bring a good layering system as temperatures and ice conditions can vary greatly. Local benefits? Supported conservation and the spoonbill sandpiper project. I suppose that we provided some income for the people in the towns in which... (more)Marian Herz
From US $8000 - US $11900 excluding flights

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really
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