Travel and Leisure magazine recently announced the most important travel trends for 2013. I often check these blogs to see if there is anything unique or interesting that is being suggested (in this instance there isn’t!). One item however that caught my eye was listed as the 2nd most important travel trend and it involved those who take cruises. Apparently the new trend is that people are turning away from the large cruise ships that ply the traditional waters around the Caribbean and are switching to more exotic locales such as Southeast Asia and South America. They are also choosing smaller vessels that can accommodate less than 100 passengers.
I suppose for some that would be considered news but at ElderTreks those are the only types of cruises we have ever offered. We like to consider ourselves to be somewhat above the travel curve! Expedition cruises are what we know as a fact to be the ultimate way to travel to hard-to-reach places and have been providing them to our clients for many years. If we believe that small-group adventures are the way to go on land it only seems reasonable to have the same philosophy when traveling on water.
Cruises to the Arctic, the Antarctic, the Amazon, French Polynesia, the Galapagos Islands or Baja California are some of the many locations that we offer trips to. Imagine taking a small zodiac raft on to a beach covered with thousands of penguins practically awaiting your arrival in the Antarctic. In French Polynesia the locals really are awaiting your arrival as the converted cargo vessel that you sail into port on carries the food and goods that they so anxiously await each month.
The Galapagos need no introduction but imagine exploring these ancient volcanic islands on a small luxury yacht with no more than 36 passengers. You have the ability to go where no large cruise ships can venture and to get up close with very few other people to experience the many endemic species that are present. Always dreamed of taking an Alaskan cruise? Well our version is aboard a classic motor yacht that carries no more than 12 guests. See humpback whales and orcas as we sail from remote fishing villages to glacial fjords with ample opportunity to hike and kayak in between.
Highly skilled personnel who are experts in the local history, flora and fauna lead all of our expedition cruises. Marine biologists and other naturalists will provide lectures and lead you on an in-depth encounter to experience the amazing wonders each of these regions can provide.
Expedition cruising means that previously inaccessible parts of the world are now available for you to explore. The only limitations are where you decide to go.
2013 is apparently all about the quest for new horizons. That has been ElderTrek’s philosophy for over 25 years.