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Expedition cruising: voyages of a lifetime

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Expedition cruising is a hot topic, as guests look for more experiential travel. Luckily, there a host of experts on hand to take your clients on the voyage of a lifetime.

Captivating Chile

Aurora Expeditions’ Chile itinerary aboard its new vessel, Greg Mortimer, includes a visit to Robinson Crusoe Island in the isolated Juan Fernandez Archipelago, home to fur seals and hummingbirds. The sailing also takes in dramatic scenery along the Beagle Channel and Patagonia with the option to kayak in spectacular locations.

Sell it: 15-night Wild Chile itinerary from £7,999, including return international and domestic flights, transfers, cruise package and one night pre and post-cruise hotel stay in Buenos Aires and Valparaiso.

Cool Arctic

Spitsbergen, the largest and only permanently populated island in Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, is known as the wildlife capital of the world. Quark Expeditions’ classic Arctic itinerary explores the western edge of the island and northern outlying areas in search of polar bears and walrus, with countless opportunities for birdwatching and whale spotting, plus options for snowshoeing and sea kayaking.

Sell it: 10-night Spitsbergen Explorer: Wildlife Capital of the Arctic expedition on Ocean Nova from $6,495 (about £4,985), including transfers.

Amazing Antarctica and more

Combine the lakes, volcanoes, fjords and glaciers of Chile and Patagonia with six unforgettable days exploring Antarctica by land and sea. This Seabourn voyage navigates the 350-mile Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic to the Pacific. Other highlights include a full-day flight excursion from Punta Arenas to the majestic peaks, lakes and wildlife of the Torres del Paine National Park.

Sell it: 20-night cruise only Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia sailing on Seabourn Quest from £9,499, with an open bar and no tipping policy.

Norwegian Fjords
Fjords are a big favourite among cruisers.


Alaskan adventure

Follow in the footsteps of gold prospectors on Ponant’s new Alaska to British Columbia voyage through magnificent landscapes marked by the Gold Rush. Spot brown bears, black bears, sea otters, orcas, humpback whales and bald eagles. Highlights include sailing in Tracy Arm Fjord, close to Sawyer Glacier.

Sell it: Seven-night On the Trail of the Gold Prospectors cruise aboard Le Soléal from £8,848, an all-inclusive cruise including an open bar, internal flight from Seattle to Juneau and transfers.

Galapagos wildlife wonders

This remote and mysterious volcanic archipelago of islands is renowned as one of the best places in the world for wildlife viewing. It’s also one of the last unspoilt destinations on earth, with an overwhelming number of rare and endemic plant and animal species. Stops include Mosquera Islet, renowned for its sea lions, and Dragon Hill, named after its population of land iguanas.

Sell it: Seven-night Galapagos Southern Loop sailing on Celebrity Xploration from £3,459, including drinks and tips.

South Pacific paradise

Coral Expeditions’ cruise sails through the remote atolls and beaches of the idyllic Melanesia region, with key stops in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. There’s time to snorkel and dive over vivid coral gardens at Egum Atoll and Njari Reef, get up close to an active volcano and visit off-the-beaten track island communities.

Sell it: 11-night A Passage to the Solomons itinerary from Cairns to Honiara on Coral Discoverer from AUD$11,900 (about £6,628).

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