What to Expect on a Vantage Expedition

From Magellan to Shackleton, the great explorers of the past traversed rivers and oceans to discover our planet’s most rugged, remote lands. Just like them, your expedition cruise will be a true adventure – except you’ll be surrounded by modern-day comfort and expert guidance throughout your journey.

From the soaring fjords of Norway to the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland, our expeditions are all about excelling beyond your comfort zone. You’ll contend with extreme elements, confront fascinating cultures, and spot some of the rarest species of wildlife known to humankind. At the end of it all, you’ll be rewarded with experiences so sublime, they’ll stay with you for life. Read on to learn more.

The Most Included Features

With Vantage, you’ll always find the most included features — such as meals, activities, and accommodations — at the lowest per-diems in the deluxe adventure travel industry. Each included feature or Cultural Discovery is curated by our expert team to give you greater insight to each destination. Want to customize your experience? Our complimentary worldwide Concierge service is always on hand to add a special tour or special celebration on board!

Rugged Locations

The most coveted expedition destinations simply cannot be reached by land or air, as that would disturb the pristine natural setting that makes these places so special. Even traveling by sea requires specially designed ships that can withstand rough seas and icy passages. For instance, Vantage’s new Ocean Explorer features the latest ULSTEIN X-BOW® stabilization technology for smoother cruising, in addition to being Polar Code 6 compliant and fulfilling the latest SOLAS requirements in expedition cruising. With a Vantage expedition cruise, you’ll be able to go from the wind-battered coasts of Greenland to the world’s largest tidewater glacier in Alaska with ease.

Active Explorations

While a traditional cruise boasts well-planned itineraries and highly accessible tours, expedition cruises feature unpredictable conditions and plenty of physical activity. In Antarctica, you’ll venture out on Zodiac boats to set foot on snow-clad shores. In Norway, you’ll have the opportunity to kayak amid the fjords. Regardless of what nature throws at you, your expedition vessel has the flexibility to sail to areas where conditions are best, maximizing your experiences at every destination.

Get closer: to nature, to culture, to the soul of a destination

Whether you’re a newly minted traveler or a seasoned explorer, Vantage’s professional Expedition Team will help you discover the magic of expedition cruising. Each of our experts is handpicked for their experience and knowledge in fields ranging from biology to photography, and you’ll experience each destination to the fullest as they lead classes, point out wildlife, and ensure your safety throughout your adventures.

Luxury Accommodations

The conditions at your destination may be extreme, but your accommodations at sea will be exquisite. Our fleet is custom-built to provide an intimate experience, with 170 travelers or less. On the new Ocean Explorer, Vantage’s own 5-star expedition vessel, take advantage of onboard amenities — including a spa and fitness center — to relax and recharge between exciting days on shore. Or, look for wildlife from your private balcony as an ice floe drifts by. You’ll also taste your destination through the gourmet fare prepared by your onboard chefs, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients.

Pre- and Post-Trip Extensions

You’ve come a long way to conquer the far-flung reaches of this amazing planet — so why not make the most of your time and airfare by tacking on an extension to even more unexplored destinations? See, hear, and feel the mighty Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina and Brazil; discover the ancient moai on intriguing Easter Island; and end your Arctic expedition in the Scandinavian cultural capitals of Reykjavík or Oslo. As with all base tours, you’ll enjoy included flights, meals, included features, and Cultural Discoveries throughout your extension.

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