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Inspire Magazine - Discover Your Inner James Cook with Expedition & Small Ship-Style Cruising

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Inspire Magazine - Discover Your Inner James Cook with Expedition & Small Ship-Style Cruising

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Deep in uncharted waters with a mandate to explore the furthest corners of the globe, a small eight-person craft prepares to head to the rocky shore on a quest for knowledge and adventure. It sounds like something out of the diary of a 17th century buccaneer, but it’s a reality for adventurous travellers on expedition and small shipstyle cruises.

Expedition and small ship-style cruising is perfect for travellers who are willing to forego some of the razzmatazz and splendour of conventional cruising for the chance to channel their inner James Cook. The ships are smaller, ensuring passage into the deepest crevices of the world and anchoring at ports that bigger cruises can only dream of. While it might mean forgoing a few extra dining room options or the odd big production show, it’s a small price to pay for hearty swashbucklers.

Mainstream locations such as Alaska, the Kimberley and the Great Barrier Reef are still visited frequently, but guests will get the opportunity to experience more remote ports that the larger ships cannot access. The itineraries and onboard activities are also more destination-focused and educational than on a regular cruise.

The choice between a small ship and an expedition cruise will depend on the region you want to explore or how intrepid you want your experience to be.

Hurtigruten utilises vessels built to serve the Norwegian coast and combine the role of both a coastal voyager and a means of transport for people and cargo. Small ship cruises such as Voyages to Antiquity and Alaskan Dream are ships specially adapted for island or coastal cruising, and suit people who want to learn about destinations, enjoy the company of fellow travellers and prefer natural beauty to nightlife. The ships may be smaller, usually carrying less than 200 guests, but the experiences are big.

Generally, small ship cruising will require less energetic participation than a pure expedition cruise, like on the National Geographic Orion. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic voyages are guided by a qualified team of expert expedition leaders, consisting of marine biologists, naturalists and historians who ensure your experiences wouldn’t look out of place in a travel magazine.

Whichever option you choose, whether it’s an intimate and educational small ship cruise, or a roll-your-sleevesup and get amongst the action expedition cruise, you certainly won’t be roughing it and you’ll get unimaginable access to parts of the world you’ve only dreamed of.

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