An expedition ship operates very differently from a standard ocean cruise. It carries everything with it, as it cannot count on being able to bring on provisions regularly, whilst the crew have to be particularly dedicated, with little 'down time' in the remote destinations they visit, and have particular skills relating to safety and responsibility. Naturalist guides and expedition leaders are included in the team on board, and the Captain has the freedom to navigate according to the local conditions, and location of the wildlife. Depending on where the vessel is to operate, it must have appropriate licenses, with an appropriate international ice rating. And as there will be little infrastructure on an itinerary of this sort, vessels need to carry landing craft, usually rubber inflatables, which enable the passengers to land in any location, often straight onto a beach.
The operators must also build relationships with the local people in these remote areas, ensuring that they behave with appropriate levels of respect and support, to create a mutually beneficial visit.
The level of expertise and investment required to plan and create these expeditionary programmes is very high.
Expedition ships rarely carry more than 150 guests, often significantly fewer. At Mundy Adventures, we select partner companies whose experience is tried and tested, and who we trust to offer the very best standards in their particular field. Some of the vessels are very basic, and others quite luxurious, but all offer an unforgettable travel experience.