Planning your next expedition cruise? Count down ten of the best adventure cruises with Cruise International’s Jane Archer.
1 Compagnie du Ponant’s 11-day Antarctica: Land of Extremes cruise round-trip from Ushuaia on classy Le Boréal on 19 January 2011 features outings to see extraordinary wildlife. www.ponant.com.
2 Silversea’s 10- day voyage from Longyearbyen to Tromsø in Norway on exploration ship Prince Albert II on 23 June 2011 circumnavigates Spitsbergen in search of polar bears. www.silversea.com.
3 National Geographic’s nine-night Journey in the Sea of Cortez from La Paz on National Geographic Sea Lion on 11 December 2010 explores the region’s flora and fauna with time for kayaking and snorkelling. www.ngjourneys.co.uk.
4 Celebrity Cruises’ seven-night Galapagos cruises call at a couple of islands each day, so there’s a chance to go ashore and see exotic wildlife close up. www.celebritycruises.co.uk.
5 Hurtigruten’s three nine-day Glaciers and Icebergs cruises along the west coast of Greenland in June 2011, will take you past giant icebergs to visit tiny settlements. www.hurtigruten.co.uk.
6 Orion Expedition Cruises’ 10-night Rajahs, Riches, Rainforests and Reefs cruise from Kota Kinabalu to Singapore on 21 August 2011 is an in-depth exploration of Borneo. www.orionexpeditions.com.
7 Paul Gauguin’s 14-night Marquesas, Tuamotus & Society Islands cruise from Papeete in Tahiti visits nine South Pacific islands famed for their beaches and diving. www.pgcruises.com.
8 Voyages of Discovery’s 18-day Voyage to the White Sea and Archangel from Harwich on Discovery on 15 June 2011 will take you to Russia’s Solovetsky Islands, site of the first Soviet prison camp. www.voyagesofdiscovery.co.uk.
9 Hapag-Lloyd’s 19-day cruise from Seward to Nome in Alaska on Bremen on 27 July 2011 takes you bear spotting in the 49th State and over the Bering Sea to Western Siberia in Russia. www.hl-cruises.com.
10 Spirit of Adventure’s 16-night Magic of Madagascar cruise from Mauritius to Mombasa on 2 January 2011 makes four calls to the island in search of rare lemurs. www.spiritofadventure.co.uk.