Expedition cruises can be difficult for the inexperienced. Here are 6 key tips on how best to plan your next adventure cruise.

1. You’ll need wellies for landing in water in Antarctica and Spitsbergen, and also windproof coats, warm jumpers, scarves, gloves and waterproof trousers. A pair of walking boots is recommended in Greenland.
Read our guide to what to wear on a cruise to Alaska or the Norwegian Fijords

2. Don’t choose an expedition cruise if you want traditional cruise trappings such as fixed dining, dress codes and glitzy shows. Expedition cruise lines are casual and entertainment is a lecture about geography, history or the environment.

3. Don’t take young kids on an expedition cruise but consider it for inquisitive teens who are more interested in seeing new places than following friends on Facebook.

4. Getting in and out of Zodiacs requires mobility. Be realistic about your abilities or you will find you might be unable to leave the ship.

5. Don’t book an expedition cruise if you want a relaxing cruise. These are all about early mornings and getting out and discovering new things.

6. Have realistic expectations. The expedition team will do their best to find polar bears, whales, penguins and the like, but wildlife can be elusive. The exception is the Galapagos. If you want guaranteed sightings, that’s the place to choose.

Polar Pioneer - Aurora Expeditions