A luxury expedition cruise on Ponant's L'Austral in Antarctica

Luxury expedition cruises

The phrase ‘luxury expedition cruise’ may sound like an oxymoron, but in fact it’s one of the biggest emerging trends in travel, and no wonder. Spending your days exploring exotic and far flung destinations such as the Galapagos, Antarctica or the Mekong River, and then retreating to the comfort of a small luxury ship, is simply wonderful.

Our insight

See the world in style

Defining what we mean by a 'luxury expedition' is tricky, since both words mean different things to different people. But we will give it our best shot…

A luxury expedition could mean days spent cruising the icy Arctic waters off Spitsbergen on board a Silversea Expeditions ship, carving through an ethereal landscape of gunmetal skies and glassy seas, on the lookout for polar bears. Then, in the midnight sun-lit evening, enjoying the very best in first class service and exquisite cuisine.

Or it could mean exploring regions that are only just opening up to tourism, such as the enchanting and little developed waterways of Myanmar (Burma). You might be the sort of person who enjoys the offbeat and the undiscovered, but doesn't want to sacrifice on comfort, in which case we recommend an Ayeyarwady river cruise on board one of Belmond's luxurious vessels.

Alternatively, a luxury expedition could just mean appreciating a well known destination from a new perspective, such as a Nile river cruise on board Sanctuary Retreats' intimate and exclusive 36 guest cruiser.

Ultimately, a luxury expedition cruise is about seeing the world in style, which of course just happens to be what we at Mundy Adventures do best - travel wide, yes; but also travel well!

Cruise Lines

Luxury adventure specialists

Silversea Expeditions

Silversea Expeditions brings together the very best of Italian hospitality and exuberance, alongside the most inspiring team of expert guides, naturalists and scientists, and a marine team dedicated to your safety as you explore far from civilisation. This winning combination creates the ultimate adventure in style.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Expedition cruising requires high levels of experience and expertise, and in these areas Hapag-Lloyd is in pole position – just as you would hope from a ship specialising in Arctic and Antarctic cruises. Combine that with a great service and excellent accommodation, and you have a winning combination.

Scenic

This promises to be a rare combination: a stylish and elegant ship, with the cutting edge technology and equipment of a state-of-the-art expedition vessel. This will be Scenic’s first foray into the world of expedition cruising, having established themselves in the touring and river cruise market, and the ship will be equipped with an ice-strengthened hull, a helicopter and even a seven-seater submarine!

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises

2019 will see the launch of Crystal’s first yacht expedition vessel, and excitement is running high – the combination of Crystal’s hospitality expertise with a totally new, custom-designed super cool expedition yacht spells perfection.

Ponant

Ponant’s super modern fleet comprises four stylish yachts carrying 264 guests each, and four new expedition yachts, each carrying 184 guests. This will be the largest modern expedition fleet in the world, with the first two expedition ships launching in 2018, and the second pair in 2019.

Sanctuary Retreats

The Sanctuary Retreats philosophy is to create an authentic experience, ensuring that your accommodation is totally in keeping with the region – their philosophy is ‘Luxury, naturally.’ In addition, the company has a spirit of adventure, demonstrated in their choice of cruise destinations, with vessels on the Yangtze, the Irrawaddy and the Nile.

Belmond

Belmond allow you to access the unique sights, scents and sounds of Myanmar in style and luxury. Travelling through the heart of the country visiting rural villages, monasteries and pagodas, all set within the beautiful Burmese countryside.

Aqua Expeditions

Launched in 2007, Aqua Expeditions began with a custom-built vessel designed by acclaimed architect Jordi Puig operating on the Peruvian Upper Amazon, one of the last great unexplored regions, and now operates a second luxury ship on the Mekong.

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