Do your expeditions include opportunities to explore ashore?
The ship is your mobile base camp!
Every vessel in our fleet becomes an expedition base camp. Unpack once. Visit an exciting range of places, because the ship moves from place to place. The ships are equipped with inflatable landing crafts known as Zodiacs. They are used for transfers ashore and ocean-level cruising.
Varied and frequent activities
Activities off the ship are called shore landings or cruising. They are frequent and caried. Ashore in the Arctic, you may visit Inuit in their home communities. In the Antarctic, you may visit research stations manned by intrepid scientists who brave the extreme environment to add to our knowledge of widlife, wind and weather. You will hike tundra carpeted valleys or glistening ice fields. Optional activities include sea-kayaking, camping, cross-country skiing and mountaineering.
The capacity of the vessel determines where you go ashore and how often in Antarctica.
In Antarctica, we operate under International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) guidelines that limit the number of travelers and Expedition Staff ashore during a landing. No more than 100 people can be ashore at any one time, and in some locations that number is 50. None of our Antarctic vessels carry more than 128 travelers.