Adventure cruise lines, also known as Expedition Cruises, take you to exotic destinations where you can experience nature and wildlife up-close and personal. Popular routes include Antarctica, Greenland, the Galapagos Islands, and arctic Norway. Ship amenities can range from simple, down-to-earth accommodations to ultra-luxury environments.
Hurtigruten values learning and personal growth over luxurious ships with lots of amenities.
Their fleet consists of small scaled expedition ships which focus on unique nature-based experiences to remote destinations.
An expert Expedition Team accompanies each cruise and provides lectures on geography, history, wildlife and more – both onboard and onshore.
Destinations: Antarctica, Svalbard (Arctic Norway), Greenland, Norway, Iceland, Europe, North America (Northeast US and Atlantic Canada), South America (Andean coast plus Galapagos Islands), Northwest Passage, Russia and Alaska
AAA Member Benefit: On Norway Cruises of 6 or 7 days: 400 Norwegian kroners (NOK) per person; on Norway Cruises of 11 or 12 days: 800 NOK per person; on Explorer Cruises (of any length): 800 NOK per person.
Celebrity offers luxury expedition cruising to the Galapagos Islands. And, it’s all-inclusive: twice daily guided shore landings and excursions,
expert lectures, complimentary use of equipment such as snorkeling gear and binoculars. Celebrity has four ships dedicated to the Galapagos –
the Xpedition, Xperience, Xploration and the Flora (set to sail in May 2019). All ships carry under 100 passengers for a very intimate, unique travel experience.
Destinations: The Galapagos Islands. Longer itineraries include visits to Quito, Ecuador and Lima, Peru (for Machu Picchu).
Called the “World’s First Discovery Yacht” by Scenic cruises (best known for luxury river cruising),
the Scenic Eclipse is small-ship, over-the-top, luxury ocean cruising. It’s also all-inclusive, including
butler service for every guest. There are nine dining venues, all-verandah suite accommodations, unlimited
complimentary beverages, swimming pools, spa and fitness facilities. Despite all the luxurious amenities,
the Eclipse, at its heart, is a ship built for discovery. It has a Polar Class 6 rating, the highest passenger
ship ice-class rating to navigate in challenging seas safely. Expedition equipment is included in the cruise
fare, but for an additional fee, passengers can explore using the ships’ helicopter or explore under the sea
in the Eclipse’s submarine. The Eclipse set sails in April 2019.
Destinations: Mediterranean and Northern Europe, Canadian Maritimes, the Baltics, Panama, Columbia and Cuba, Iceland, Greenland, Norwegian Fjords, and of course, the Arctic and Antarctica.
AAA Member Benefit: $200 onboard credit per stateroom.