Our VOYAGES Style
Adventure Life VOYAGES
is dedicated to reminding our travelers of the beauty and wonder of our planet.
Itineraries are designed to offer the best of each region, while at the same time
ensuring a positive impact on the local culture and environments. And we do this
without sacrificing hospitality or comfort. Put aside all existing views of a
typical cruise. Small-ship expeditions take you into the most secluded and unique
parts of the world, and offer a perfect combination of exploration, adventure
and relaxation. Our VOYAGES bring you personal experiences with like-minded
travelers from around the globe.
We've done the research, and offer our
unbiased opinions and objective feedback. Whether you are looking for an icebreaker
or research vessel, or a specialty designed luxury yacht, each vessel offers numberous
itineraries and destinations to fit the needs of any traveler. Our years of experience
help guide you to the best trip and ship for you.
Travel should be unexpected
and fascinating. It should awaken questions and encourage answers. Part of our
job is to make travel easier, but mostly we want our expedition voyages to make
travel important, rewarding, and extraordinary.
is connected by waterways. Unlike any other form of travel, an expedition cruise
opens the world to exploration, providing journeys from the ancient marvels of
the Mediterranean to mystifying Easter Island. Destinations are chosen for the
natural beauty and their rich culture. Icebreakers traverse frozen waters of the
Antarctic and Arctic. Luxury yachts follow Africa's Cape Verde to the Canary Islands.
The destination is up to you -- an expedition cruise provides you with the means
to turn ordinary travel into a world adventure.
Unexpected and Unpredictable
While itineraries are designed to
explore the best of each region, they allow room for the unpredictable and unexpected
surprises that make each trip, each destination, unique. It is impossible to plan
for a humpback whale gracing the underbelly of your zodiac. Or a cultural exchange
with a Peruvian woman in the Azapa Valley. Or a fiery sunset over the Niger River.
Or a howler-monkey lingering in the surrounding jungles of Tikal's ancient Maya
ruins. Possibilities are as exciting as they are endless!
The Journey Begins Onboard
Expedition vessels are uniquely designed
to handle the seas' powerful passageways, and are small enough to manipulate into
isolated regions out of reach to larger ships. Watch the sunset over the Pacific
horizon or playful porpoises race along the bow. Wake up to brilliant blue icebergs
or the Amazon jungle whose trees are alive with monkeys and macaws. Comfortable
cabins, attractive cuisines, cozy libraries and eye-opening lectures where onboard
naturalists welcome questions -- small ships have a relaxing and friendly atmosphere
where travelers can share the afternoon swapping stories of the day's adventure.
vessels we work with are experienced and licensed to assure that all of our travelers
are safe and sound. But they go beyond just doing things by the book. A variety
of the vessels are members of organizations such as IAATO, IGTOA, and AECO; organizations
which recognize the close relationship between delicate environments and the travel
industry. Before onshore excursions, travelers are educated on the "Dos and
Don'ts" of responsible travel and how to be an active participant in preserving
local ecology and culture. Many yachts also take independent initiatives to support
sustainable efforts, such as the cleaning of the Spitsbergen coast or contributions
to local Amazonian communities.
To encourage sustainable and low-impact travel, group
size is kept to a minimum. Small groups also offer the very best cultural experiences
and increase our chances of seeing wildlife. You'll journey the world with like-minded
travelers - many form friendships that continue well beyond their trip. Expedition
guides and onboard naturalists are highly skilled and educated. They are professionals
in their fields, and often hold university degrees in anthropology, biology, geology
or other relevant disciplines. Guides eagerly share their insight of each region,
and help prepare you for daily excursions. We're all a big family here and trip
leaders are chosen for their knowledge, friendliness, and charisma! They are there
to help as much or as little as needed.