Expedition Cruises | Live Voyage Reports

Live Voyage Reports | Expedition Cruises

Seabourn Staff
On expedition cruises, you’ll tender ashore in remote desitnations on flat-bottom inflatable boats known as Zodiacs. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle.

Live Voyage Reports allows you to experience expedition cruises through the words and photos (and videos) of two avid cruisers, who also just happen to be professional journalists and photographers, while we are on our cruises.

This allows you to cruise with us, virtually, and to engage with us during our cruises. If you have questions about our expedition cruises, all you have to do is ask. It is a lot easier for us to answer those questions while we are on board than it is to answer them once we are back at our shoreside desks.

Be sure to check our calendar current and upcoming expedition cruises. We may not have voyages scheduled at the moment, but we’re always scheduling, so be sure to check back. An easier way to stay informed of our upcoming expedition cruises is to subscribe to the Avid Cruiser newsletter. We’ll publish our voyages ahead of time in the newsletter.

On this page, you’ll find an archive of our past expedition cruises. These posts are useful for planning your trips or simply to enjoy as armchair reading. We hope you enjoy our Live Voyage Reports featuring expedition cruising from the Arctic, Antarctica and beyond on Silver Explorer, Silver Discoverer, Silver Galapagos, Seabourn Quest and other expedition cruise vessels.

What Are Expedition Cruises?

Seabourn Quest, Penguins
Seabourn Quest anchored off Half Moon Island, with Chinstrap penguins aplenty. © 2014 Avid Travel Media Inc.

Expedition cruises arguably are the most life-enriching of all cruises, particularly if you are someone who marvels at nature. Typically, expedition cruises take place in the most remote regions of the world, Antarctica, the Arctic, Greenland, Russia’s Far East, to name a few off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Expedition vessels generally are small (comparatively), carrying a few hundred guests. Nearly all carry the flat-bottomed inflatable boats known as Zodiacs to bring guests ashore, where they’ll explore flora and fauna and the natural landscape.

Expedition cruises can be pricey. Expect to pay as much as US$1,000 per day per person for a well-executed expedition cruise on a luxury vessel. To get a taste of what expedition cruises offer, read our Live Voyage Reports from Silversea, Seabourn, Hurtigruten, Un-Cruise and other expedition operators.

Silver Explorer: Antarctica

Cruising Silver Explorer to Antarctica. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle
Cruising Silver Explorer to Antarctica. @ 2013 Ralph Grizzle

Ralph Grizzle heads to the White Continent for 10 days of exploration on Silver Explorer. Ralph will travel through seas of ice past landscapes of snow-draped mountains. He’ll visit rocky perches populated with wobbly penguins and snowy fields of sedate seals. He’ll travel from the world’s coldest, windiest and driest place across the dreaded Drake Passage to the town at “end of the world,” where he will board an Airbus 320 to conclude his trip in bustling Buenos Aires. Read his day-by-day Live Voyage Report: Silver Explorer: Antarctica

Seabourn Quest, Antarctica

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Ralph Grizzle embarks on his second trip to Antarctica, this time on Seabourn Quest, carrying 450 guests to the world’s most remote continent. Over more than 20 days, he shares his trip in Antarctica Explored, A Photo A Day. Also be sure to see Ralph’s award-winning video, In Video, Antarctica: Exploring The White Continent On Seabourn Quest. Other videos include Penguin Video: Hear Their Voices, Watch Them Waddle, As Seabourn Quest Takes Us Deeper Into Antarctica | Headed Toward Adventure, A Stormy Night On Seabourn Quest En Route To Antarctica and Penguins To Make You Smile, Exploring Antarctica On Seabourn Quest.

Silver Explorer: Arctic Svalbard

A taste of Arctic wildlife in Smeerenburg, Svalbard. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders
A taste of Arctic wildlife in Smeerenburg, Svalbard. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

The remote harshness of Arctic Svalbard lives up to its name on this adventurous voyage, as Aaron Saunders sails aboard Silver Explorer from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Winding her way through some of the most remote places in the High Arctic, Silver Explorer treated guests to numerous adventures ashore to see trapper’s huts, wander the desolate landscape, and go on the “hunt” for the elusive Polar Bear that is quickly becoming an endangered species, even in this wild place. An unexpected stay in Longyearbyen due to fog adds to the adventure, and Silversea rises to the challenge. Read our full Live Voyage Report from the Far Arctic aboard Silver Explorer.

Silver Explorer: Greenland

greenland expedition cruises

Join Ralph Grizzle and his son Alex as they explore Greenland aboard Silversea’s elegant Silver Explorer. She lives up to her name on this voyage, taking both men on a voyage of discovery through one of the world’s most remote – and least understood – places. Read our full Live Voyage Report, complete with video, from Silver Explorer in Greenland.

Silver Discoverer: Australia’s Kimberley Coast

Silver Discoverer off Australia's Kimberley Coast. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders
Silver Discoverer off Australia’s Kimberley Coast. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders sets sail on an adventurous journey through Australia, from Sydney to Perth and finally the barren red city of Broome, where he embarks Silver Discoverer for her signature voyage through Australia’s remote Kimberley Coast region. The voyage sails through some of the most beautiful regions in Australia, from the Hunter River to King George Falls before charting a course for Indonesia’s Komodo Island, home of the fearsome Komodo Dragon. Read the full Silver Discoverer – Kimberley Coast & Indonesia Live Voyage Report here.

Silver Discoverer: Russia’s Far East

© 2014 Ralph Grizzle
Russia’s Far East. © 2014 Ralph Grizzle

Long closed to Westerners, the Russian Far East is one of the planet’s least explored destinations. The Kamchatka is a geothermal wonderland, with the nutrient-rich waters of the Bering Sea supporting vast populations of birds, whales and other marine life. Ralph Grizzle and his son Alex cruise Russia’s Far East on Silver Discoverer. Come along to explore exotic cultures and stunning landscapes — in the luxurious style that only Silversea Expeditions can deliver. Join Ralph on a journey where few ships have sailed before in one of the world’s most remote regions. Russia’s Far East On Silver Discoverer

Silver Galapagos: Western Galapagos Islands

Set sail for the beautiful Galapagos Islands. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders
Set sail for the beautiful Galapagos Islands aboard Silversea’s Silver Galapagos. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders travels to Quito, Ecuador for an overnight stay before flying to San Cristobal to embark Silver Galapagos on a special modified version of her Western Darwin Discoveries Itinerary, Voyage 8436. Read his day-by-day Live Voyage Report: Silver Galapagos: Western Galapagos Islands

Our Other Exciting Expedition Journeys:

Sailing Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, aboard Outer Shores Passing Cloud. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders
Sailing Haida Gwaii, off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, aboard Outer Shores Passing Cloud. Photo © 2014 Aaron Saunders
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