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Experienced adventure cruise operator with emphasis on pure' expedition

Itineraries focusing on nature-based enrichment in emerging locations

Harder edged, niche voyages yet still achievable for regular passengers

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Heritage Expeditions Overview

Heritage Expeditions has flown below the radar since it was founded in 1985, yet it has established an enviable reputation among birder groups around the world. The cruise line concentrates on New Zealand (though other itineraries are available), focusing on areas of exceptional natural beauty and on contributing to conservation through experiential learning.

Who goes on Heritage Expeditions ships?

Passengers are generally blessed with a true spirit of adventure, range in age from 20 to 80 and hail from all corners of the globe, including the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan and Russia. All have a strong interest in nature, conservation and are keen to get out and explore.

Do I have to dress up on a Heritage Expeditions cruise?

No. Heritage voyages are all about traveling in comfort, so there is no requirement to dress for dinner. Packing lists are driven by destination, not what to wear onboard your ship. Heritage sends out a detailed packing list in advance of your departure to help eliminate any confusion.

What are Heritage Expeditions' most popular activities?

The most popular activities for Heritage cruisers varies by destination, but all are focused on exploring the destinations visited. For instance, in Antarctica, passengers look forward to visiting the huts and research stations of historic Antarctic explorers as well as heading out on Zodiacs to see seals and penguins. In Melanesia, in demand options include snorkeling and calling on remote and rarely visited villages to experience the traditional lifestyle and ceremonies of the local people. For birders, the birding-themed tours are particularly popular.

Onboard, most cruisers attend the program of lectures provided by botanists, historians and other experts.

Is everything free on Heritage Expeditions?

No. All meals are included in the fare, including buffet breakfasts and lunches to three-course dinner. Included drinks include 24-hour tea and coffee. All transfers and excursions are also covered by the cruise fare, with the exception of additional birding tours.

You'll pay extra for most beverages, gratuities, laundry, charter flights and visas.