Who didn’t see this coming? Seabourn enters the fray with two new expedition vessels, with the first scheduled to enter service in June 2021.
Just before Christmas luxury French expedition cruise company Ponant surprised us by announcing the order for probably the most stunning expedition ship ever, a genuine icebreaker. Most expedition ships have special hulls to withstand a moderate thickness of ice. An icebreaker is different. Icebreakers are the most powerful ships in the world, with massive engines… [Read More]
It was one of my best trips ever, Antarctica on Seabourn Quest. We set sail on a stormy December night from Buenos, Argentina. From there, we cruised to the Falkland Islands, which we explored for a day, and then endured the rite of passage known as the Drake Passage en-route to the Antarctic Peninsula. The Drake is a body of… [Read More]
Last week, I sailed from Buenos Aires aboard Silversea’s fully-refitted Silver Cloud Expedition on what was to be her first voyage to Antarctica as part of Silversea’s luxury Silversea Expeditions brand of adventure cruises. Her recent two-month conversion into a proper, ice-strengthened luxury expedition ship marks a major milestone for the Silver Cloud, which debuted… [Read More]
In less than a month’s time, Silversea’s completely-refurbished Silver Cloud Expedition will set sail from Buenos Aires, Argentina on her first-ever expedition voyage to Antarctica. Her conversion from a luxury cruise ship into a luxury, ice-strengthened expedition ships is the most expensive and technologically-advanced refits in the history of Silversea. While her conversion is still… [Read More]
Although I’ve received plenty of questions from readers over the years, there is one question that comes up again and again: What’s the best place you’ve cruised to? It’s a hard question to answer. A Caribbean cruise is great for its relaxed, informal vibe. A voyage through the British Isles promises to woo guests with… [Read More]
Coming Soon: An Armada Of Expedition Ships There was once a time when those looking to take an expedition cruise were left with few choices. Old Soviet-era icebreakers and decommissioned research ships that were pressed into adventure cruise service offered little in the way of creature comforts, and cruisers had to make compromises on everything… [Read More]
Hats off to Glen Moroney and his team for conceiving what appears to be the world’s most cleverly thought-through expedition vessel. Scheduled to begin operations in August of 2018, Scenic Eclipse hits on all cylinders thanks to a number of factors currently not seen in today’s expedition space. In fact, during lunch this past Friday… [Read More]