Advertisement

Three adventurous cruises

Explore the poles in comfort and European restaurants with foodie experts. Madeleine Taylor reports.

929-travel-Scenic-Eclipse2
The Scenic Eclipse: see the Norwegian fjords in luxurious surroundings

Expedition cruises are booming thanks to a "voracious appetite for active, experiential travel to far-flung parts", says Kate Simon in National Geographic Traveller. From the "chiaroscuro world of snow and raging volcanic rock" off the Norwegian island of Senja to the rare sight of white spirit bears fishing salmon out of rivers in British Columbia, these places contain whole worlds that are usually hidden from view.

Advertisement - Article continues below

"There are no hotels in these regions, of course, so boat access is really your only option," says James Henderson in the Financial Times How To Spend It magazine. But fear not. New luxury Arctic and Antarctic expeditions are springing up all the time so those wishing to explore the polar ice-caps can do so without abandoning creature comforts. M/Y Atmosphere, a 45m yacht, ranges over the islands along Chile's southern Pacific coastline, and comes equipped with jet boats for fishing expeditions and two helicopters for skiing almost untouched slopes. Sister ship M/Y Legend boasts an onboard cinema, spa, gym, and snowmobiles for those wishing to venture inland on King George Island. Our winter is the best time to embark on Antarctic adventures, while those wishing to head north should wait for the summer months for optimal weather and daylight.

M/Y Atmosphere costs from £220,000 for seven nights. See PlanSouthAmerica.com

Explore European cuisine with a foodie cruise

929-travel-Oceania-Cruises2

"An overnight stop in Bordeaux adds to the gastronomic feel." There, you will dine at grand chteaux, eat at a chef's table at the Relais & Chteaux Saint-James restaurant in the village of Bouliac, visit vineyards and tour a cognac distillery, says Macefield. Jacques Ppin (pictured), formerly chef to three French heads of state, including Charles de Gaulle, is the cruise's culinary director, and his expertise will be shared with guests in talks and classes onboard ship.

From £2,989 per person. See OceaniaCruises.com

A journey by submarine

929-travel-Atmopshere3
M/Y Atmosphere: explore the ice-caps in comfort

"Underwater ruins in Greece, coral reefs in the Caribbean or whales, penguins and walruses in the polar regions": these are a few of the sights in store for passengers who decide to descend the ocean's depths via submarine, as they travel the world onboard Scenic's latest Eclipse cruise, says John O'Ceallaigh in The Daily Telegraph. The newly built luxury "discovery yacht" carries a seven-seater submarine capable of plunging 300m as it completes its course through a variety of destinations, from the Norwegian fjords to the tropical coasts of South America.

And if you'd rather be above water than below, that's an option too, with helicopters providing passengers with aerial tours. Complimentary beverages are served and there is an onboard spa.

From £3,345 per person for seven days, Lisbon to Barcelona, departing May 2019. See Scenic.co.uk

Advertisement
Advertisement

Recommended

Four Airbnb bookings as seen on TV
Travel and holidays

Four Airbnb bookings as seen on TV

The small screen has lent added glamour to these luxury apartments. Chris Carter reports.
10 Jul 2020
Three quiet destinations to consider as the rush to the airports begins
Travel and holidays

Three quiet destinations to consider as the rush to the airports begins

As quarantine restrictions are lifted for many destinations, the summer holiday is now back on the agenda, says Chris Carter.
3 Jul 2020
Beware these post-Covid travel insurance traps
Travel insurance

Beware these post-Covid travel insurance traps

Post-Covid-19 travel-insurance policies are riddled with exemptions, says Ruth Jackson-Kirby.
27 Jun 2020
Four of the best beaches in England
Travel and holidays

Four of the best beaches in England

Blow away the quarantine cobwebs with a visit to the coast. Nicole Garcia Merida reports
26 Jun 2020

Most Popular

An economics lesson from my barber
Inflation

An economics lesson from my barber

On reopening his shop after lockdown, Dominic Frisby’s barber doubled his prices. It’s all part of the post-Covid inflation process – and we’re going …
8 Jul 2020
Three ideas for Lloyds Bank's new boss
UK stockmarkets

Three ideas for Lloyds Bank's new boss

The Black Horse needs whipping into shape. A change at the top provides a great opportunity, says Matthew Lynn.
12 Jul 2020
Why the moving average is my favourite charting tool
Sponsored

Why the moving average is my favourite charting tool

Traders and technical analysts use "moving averages" to iron out daily fluctuations and give a much clearer picture of a market's direction. Dominic …
13 Jul 2020