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Grand Expedition Cruises

Embark on the ultimate global adventure and follow in the wake of the great explorers on one of our Grand Expedition Cruises. 

Grand Expedition Cruises

Set sail on an adventure of a lifetime with one of our Grand Expedition Cruises. Inspired by the Arctic and Antarctic explorers of yesteryear, our pole-to-pole cruises last several months at a time, while other voyages focus on a particular region. Following a flexible itinerary, you’ll feel like a modern-day explorer, enjoying a truly unique experience aboard our comfortable and fully equipped expedition ships. Exclusively developed by explorers like us for explorers like you, we’ve crafted a selection of globe-trotting journeys representing the zenith of 21st century expedition cruising.

Grand Expedition Cruises Durations

  • Choose from trips lasting between 23 and 97 days for an adventure the likes of which you've never experienced before.

  • Sail from the Arctic to Antarctica in two or three months, or spend up to a month getting to know regions such as Greenland, Atlantic islands or Central or South America.

Activities on Grand Expedition Cruises

  • These very special journeys come with included and optional activities taking in the best things to do in each place you visit, including hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and so much more.

  • Feed your curiosity about the people, places and wildlife you visit. The ship’s Science Centre host onshore and on-board presentations and excursions designed to deepen your experience.

  • Your Expedition Team is made up of top experts with unrivalled local knowledge. They’ll accompany you as you explore coastal areas and go on guided nature walks, landings, and other activities.

Wildlife on Grand Expedition Cruises

  • Embarking on a longer cruise, you’ll have opportunities galore to watch the wildlife of each region you pass through, as our team get you up close and deepen your understanding.

  • Puffins, caribou, sea lions, whales… Wildlife plays an important part in your expedition cruise. Scan the tundra for polar bears, hang out with sloths in Central America, or eyeball a penguin.

Explore iconic global destinations

Whether you’ve always dreamed of exploring the pristine fjords of Greenland, setting foot in Machu Picchu, or sailing the tropical Panama Canal, you’ll witness jaw-dropping scenery, and cities positively buzzing culture.

Cruising off the coast of Stornoway, Scotland. Photo: Tom Woodstock / Ultrasharp

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Embark on a journey of scientific discovery

With cutting-edge observation equipment including powerful microscopes and underwater drones, our onboard research scientists will open your eyes to the natural wonders around you.

Activities on Grand Expedition Cruises

Your Expedition Team will offer exciting and stimulating activities for every eventuality as the countries, the scenery and even the seasons change along your extended cruise. Throw yourself into each day of exploration safe in the knowledge that your comfortable ship awaits your return with a range of facilities for you to enjoy.

Santo Antão - Spectacular Nature

Experience Santo Antão on this rigorous, full day excursion and enjoy a guided walk over the mountains to discover Santo Antão's highlights and get marvelled with the volcanic landscape.

Bar Harbor - Gilded Age Walking Tour

A walking tour is the best way to experience this delightful area, where your guide will share the fascinating history of the area in the 19th century.

Manta and Montecristi Highlights

Learn about Ecuadorian culture and local crafts in Montecristi, home of the Panama hat.

* Please note that these are optional activities; an additional cost may apply.

An action-packed itinerary

For most, a Grand Expedition Cruise is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We’ll do our very best to show you a range of wildlife spots and activities that’ll make it an unforgettable expedition.

Wildlife on Grand Expedition Cruise

Get set for one continuous wildlife watching experience! As we traverse different areas of the world, we’ll discover a spectacular variety of animals. From whales, seals and penguins in the colder climes, to the exotic fauna of the tropics, the Grand Expedition Cruise you choose will offer plenty of opportunities to get up close and marvel at the creatures of the natural world.

Sail away on a floating oasis

With our Grand Expedition Cruises, you'll experience the adventure of a lifetime on fully equipped ships that are built for exploration. With an informal atmosphere, restaurants serving regionally inspired dishes, and high-quality service, you’ll develop a strong bond with your comfortable base camp at sea.

Expedition Team on Grand Expedition Cruises

Your Expedition Team are experts with many years of experience. They’ll join you while hiking, kayaking, expedition boat cruising and on shore landings, sharing their knowledge of ecology, natural history, and explaining conservation efforts as you explore. With only around 11 guests per expedition guide, you’ll enjoy a more tailored experience.

Expedition Ships on Grand Expedition Cruises

On all of the ships in today’s fleet, you’ll find modern facilities carefully blended with true character. Since 1893, our ships have been a hallmark of the Norwegian coast and beyond. Today, we operate fully equipped, purpose-built ships fitted out to the very latest in modern shipboard standards and technology. With excellent onboard facilities, and meals prepared using locally sourced ingredients, you’ll be exploring safely and in true comfort.

Conscious travel

As we explore, we minimise disruption to animals and ecosystems, and we ensure we leave as small a footprint as possible.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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