Asian cruise is growing. But while the big ship market is attracting most attention, adventure ships are also seeing more Asian travellers looking for the kind of changing experiences this form of journey can provide.
Asean Cruise News asked Lindblad Expeditions, a world leader in adventure, for its top 10 destinations as booked by the Asian market – and why they are so popular.
The number one drawcard for most travellers is penguins. In addition, this year and next Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is bringing to life one of the most storied expeditions in modern history to celebrate the Centennial of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Atlantic Expedition. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic offer an Antarctic season from November – February, with rates from $14,410.
The Arctic explores the history of polar exploration, dauntless early Vikings, to the 18th-21st century Northwest Passage and North Pole explorers. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has voyaged the region for more than 30 years, with seven itineraries that offer the chance to Zodiac cruise, kayak, hike and walk daily. Itineraries are from May-September each year and start at $10,490.
The Galápagos Islands
Guests can explore the Galápagos Islands the same way Charles Darwin did – aboard an expedition ship. Guests will voyage from island to island to discover new land and venture undersea. The Galápagos is home to lush green highlands, stark volcanic landscapes, pristine beaches and a range of animals that you can only find on these islands that have no fear of humans due to it being such an untouched wilderness. Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic have been travelling here for more than 40 years and provide year-round expeditions from $5,490.
The South Pacific is known for its diverse wildlife and culture. There are a huge range of discoveries in the undersea and experiences such as swimming with giant rays in Micronesia, along with tropical seabirds and flora on the islands. There are six itineraries that span Fiji, Tahiti, Easter Island and more from September – November, starting from $12,080.
The Kimberley is a land so old that it pre-dates the existence of fossils. A place of immense scale, guests will explore the gorges, waterfalls, caves rainforests and wildlife. It is a place of discovery, with a vast coastline of islands, Indigenous rock art and a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle ranges. Itineraries start at $9,160.
Guests on a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ship will see the islands as few have ever seen them. They will be privy to tropical gardens on the Isles of Scilly, Beehive huts of sixth century Celtic monks, cliffs thronged with puffins at St Kilda and Macbeth’s (presumed) grave at Iona. Itineraries are in May each year, starting at $14,430.
The Amazon is a magical place – inky waters backed by layers of green forest. The Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic trip focuses on the Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, backed by two fierce rivers – the Marañón and Ucayali. This is the less travelled part of the Amazon, with the highest concentration of bird species on the planet. Itineraries are spread throughout the year, from $7,100.
Alaska is home to some of the most life-changing experiences, including waking up to watch the humpback whales feed near the ship, cruise past crashing glaciers, hike amongst towering trees and see foraging brown bears. Guests will sail through narrow channels and past towering mountains and stand on the open bow to observe wildlife. The Alaska season is from May- September, with rates from $6,990.
The legendary Sea Cloud, the tall ship of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet is a vessel of elegance and grace. Guests will explore notable archaeological sites, tiny towns and seaside villages. The perfect balance of exploration and relaxation, this itinerary is the ultimate way to explore the Mediterranean. Itineraries are from May – September, starting at $12,260.
Costa Rica & Panama
The renowned natural beauty of Costa Rica and the tropical wilderness of Panama is a haven of exploration for guests aboard this trip. Guests will be able to experience a unique Canal transit and explore deep in the jungle, as well as snorkel among the thousands of fish and undersea life. Itineraries span November – March each year, with rates from $6,880.
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*All rates are per person in a category one cabin based on double occupancy