A true expedition or soft adventure cruise consists of a voyage plan and itinerary. The vessel is designed for the intended conditions and equipped to deliver the experience upon arrival, whether it be weaving through disintegrating pack ice or creeping past vivid coral atolls.
An icebreaker is a special-purpose ship or boat designed to move and navigate through ice-covered waters. For a ship to be considered an icebreaker, it requires three traits most normal ships lack: a strengthened hull, an ice-clearing shape, and the power to push through ice-covered waters.
To pass through ice-covered water, an icebreaker uses its great momentum and power to drive its bow up onto the ice, breaking the ice under the immense weight of the ship. It is an exhilarating way to travel.
Expedition cruising is as much about activities for the mind as well as the body. A hallmark of this style of cruising is learning, discovery and enrichment. Our portfolio of cruise partners excel in providing knowledgeable, expert lecturers and guides to help you extract maximum benefit from your new environment.
They are there to help you explore a tidal pool, describe the heroic Antarctic voyages of Ernest Shackleton, the family life of penguins, or explain the locking mechanisms on the Panama Canal.
All of our cruise adventures offer professional and expert expedition leaders who will guide you through the cruise, both onboard and off. These experts boast years of experience as naturalists and educators and are experts in everything from environmental science to marine biology.