Expedition Cruising sets a course for adventure during Cruise Month
October 16, 2023 – Expedition cruise lines are setting a new course in world travel, opening up fresh destinations and unspoilt coastlines for a modern generation of explorers.
As Cruise Month enters its third week, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is putting a focus on expedition cruising, one of the most innovative and rewarding areas of the cruise sector.
CLIA Managing Director in Australasia Joel Katz said expedition cruising had fostered a new breed of traveller, drawn to increasingly sophisticated small-scale ships that can reach remote and pristine locations.
“Expedition cruising is an ideal way to reach extraordinary wilderness and undeveloped landscapes, while still travelling in comfort,” Mr Katz said. “Regions that were previously inaccessible or difficult to reach can now be explored with relative ease aboard an expedition ship.”
“Australian and New Zealand travellers are increasingly motivated by the opportunity gain insight into other cultures or first-hand encounters with wildlife and pristine environments. As a result, we’re seeing a lot of creativity in these areas as cruise lines develop a more intimate and memorable experience for their guests.”
Cruise Month is an annual initiative by CLIA in Australasia, bringing together cruise lines and travel agents to showcase the best available cruise options for Australian and New Zealand travellers.
Throughout October, CLIA travel agents will be able to explain the latest cruise offers available to Australians and New Zealanders and assist them in selecting the best cruise line to suit their travelling style.
CLIA has launched a Cruise Month Competition for Australian and New Zealand cruise fans this year, giving them a chance to win A$1000 towards their next cruise when booked through a CLIA-accredited travel agent. Travellers can also find cruise ideas and inspirational cruise coverage in the weekend travel sections of major newspapers and other travel publications.
Mr Katz said expedition cruising had gained a strong following among travellers with a love for natural environments.
“Conservation and sustainability are a huge part of the expedition experience and guests often join a cruise to learn more about the marine environment, wildlife, climate and remote ecosystems,” Mr Katz said “Protecting the natural environment is very much a priority and cruise lines are among the pioneers in implementing environmental protections and emission reductions at sea.”
To find an accredited CLIA travel agent, use the Find a Cruise Specialist search function at www.cruising.org.au.