Small Ship Cruises vs Micro Cruises
Small ship cruises are built for big Arctic adventure that minimises the impact on vital polar regions. They’re also a more intimate and authentic way to experience a once-in-a-lifetime expedition with a small group of like-minded travellers, rather than a massive tourist group. In short, they’re better for passengers and the planet too.
Micro cruises on small ships like ours only take 12 guests, but the largest expedition cruise ships can take up to 500. You can find out how micro cruises compare to traditional expedition cruises here.
Here are some of the reasons why smaller is better:
Reach remote destinations and visit unspoilt wilderness:
One of the major advantages of taking a small ship voyage is they can reach places the larger ships can’t pass through. They can’t visit areas with shallow anchorages or pass through narrow fjords – which are beautiful and home to wildlife including polar bears and walruses. Smaller ships can get up close to glacier fronts, and allow visitors to hike through the polar wilderness.
As a member of AECO we follow strict guidelines to ensure our cruises don’t disturb the environment or wildlife.
Intimate travel experience with like-minded travellers:
Expedition micro-cruises are perfect for people who want to experience the Arctic in a more intimate, and sustainable way, away from large tour groups. It’s the chance for a real adventure, in the company of like-minded travellers who are adventurous, curious and looking for meaningful experiences in nature. Secret Atlas trips are active, so a good level of physical fitness is required to get the most out of the experience.
Secret Atlas is run by a team of passionate explorers, conservationists, and photographers, we work with a veteran crew and expedition leader, as well as world-class nature photographers to run personal, expert, and unique small ship cruises. Find out more here.