Expedition cruises appeal to groups seeking active adventures, immersive exploration, and close encounters with wildlife in remote and pristine areas of the world. Expedition voyages offer all this and more with intimate ships designed for healthy, responsible travel. Built for remote exploration, these vessels are leading the way in sustainability by implementing innovative green technology and supporting local communities.

Joyce Landry in Galapagos during Lindblad Expedtion voyage

L&K CEO Joyce Landry in Galapagos during Lindblad Expedition

Purpose-built, small expedition vessels (up to 250 passengers) go where the big ships don’t. Unique itineraries – including many voyages that are 7 nights or shorter – visit once-in-a-lifetime, bucket-list destinations including:

  • Alaska
  • Arctic & Antarctica
  • Asia
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Pacific Northwest
  • South America

Premium Expedition Ships Offer More Adventure & Inclusions

Celebrity Flora all-suite expedition cruise ship in Galapagos.Premium expedition vessels offer an all-inclusive base for exploration with first-class accommodations and amenities. Complimentary excursions are led by experienced expedition teams, and ships are equipped with exploration tools like Zodiacs and kayaks to discover wild places close up. From gourmet dining and in-suite butlers to private verandas and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, new and upgraded ships provide all the creature comforts you desire after a day of active adventure.

Eco-Friendly Expedition Cruises

Hurtigruten Roald Amundsen expedition in Norway

As we enter a new era of healthy and sustainable travel, expedition ships are leading the way. Built for remote exploration, these vessels are implementing innovative green technology and sustainability practices to protect our oceans and fragile ecosystems. A few of the initiatives include:

  • Ships fueled with hybrid-electric, clean battery power
  • Single-use plastic bans
  • Partnerships with environmental and scientific research organizations
  • Developing educational programs for guests 
  • Supporting local communities

Sustainable Expedition Ships & the Future of Cruising

Landry & Kling Global Cruise Services launched SustainableShips.com as a forum for the greening of the cruise industry. Our livecast interview series “The Future of Cruising” features host Joyce Landry and leaders in the cruise industry who are making an impact and minimizing their footprint on the environment. Check out these episodes to learn more about expedition ships and destinations:

Hurtigruten and What’s Next in Sustainable Cruising
Watch Episode 1

Ponant & Inchcape: The Vanilla Islands and Sustainable Tourism
Watch Episode 2

Celebrity Flora & the Galapagos Islands
Watch Episode 6

Episode 8: Wild Escapes in Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions,
Watch Episode 8