Luxury Expedition Cruises. It’s quickly becoming the river cruising of the deep-ocean cruising world. Much like “glamping” redefined the idea of “camping”, luxury expedition cruises still offer all the adventure and knowledge of their predecessors, but they do it in much better surroundings.
Aside from Hamburg-based Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – which traditionally catered to a primarily German-speaking clientele – luxury line Silversea was one of the first cruise operators to pioneer the concept of the luxury expedition cruise.

Silversea’s sturdy Silver Explorer on a beautiful, sunny day in Arctic Svalbard. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Prior to 2008, if you took an expedition cruise, it generally meant you’d be sailing aboard a repurposed Russian icebreaker or a modified research vessel. Both are perfectly adequate for their purpose, but they’re low on the totem pole in terms of creature comforts. Voyages, because of their unique itineraries, still cost a small fortune – and you had to pay for nearly everything onboard.
In fact, the “traditional” expedition looked a lot like this. Behold: the nuclear-powered Russian icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory.

Traditionally, most expedition cruises were conducted aboard ex-Russian icebreakers, like the nuclear-powered 50 Years of Victory. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia / Creativ</body></html>
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