A special note about footwear: As you can imagine, the wrong footwear can ruin your travel plans. Good walking shoes are essential. And waterproof, close-toed sandals or shoes are best for “wet landings” and island explorations. Consider “Keen”, ”Teva” or similar brands. Polar expeditions require much more in the way of winter clothing and footwear.
EXPLOR CRUISES’ rates are all-inclusive:
- All ship and hotel accommodations
- All meals aboard ship and most meals ashore as indicated.
- Taxes, and port charges
- In most cases, all shore excursions and sightseeing, entrance fees, special access permits are included
- Transfers as indicated in itinerary
- Use of kayaks (where available), snorkeling gear and panga excursions
- Services of Exploration Team and Naturalist Guides
Airfare to the program point of origin is a separate cost. Many of our travelers prefer to use their Frequent Flyer miles. There may also be departure taxes due at airports, if not included in your air ticket.
We offer a few special programs to encourage early planning:
Early Booking Discount – Explor Cruises may offer Early Booking Discounts (EBDs). Our intent is to reward those who book early, which helps us and our vendors plan more efficiently.
Group Discounts – For your party of ten people or more, booked together at the same time, you may receive an additional 5% discount off the cost of your cruise- tour with EXPLOR CRUISES. A deposit of 10% of the trip cost is required at the time of reservation, and an additional 25% is required 120 days in advance. Final payment is due 90 days in advance.
Note: if taking advantage of this discount, a variation of the cancellation policy may apply. Please ask upon making your reservation.
Our Policy on Combining Offers – If the cruise-tour with Explor Cruises that interests you provides more than one savings opportunity (e.g. it is eligible for EBD and Group savings), we won’t make you choose between them. You may combine any of the applicable savings offers. Discounts will be applied sequentially, with smallest discount taken off first. (IE: Early Booking, then Group discount).
Families are welcome at any time on any of our expeditions. Some ships impose a minimum age, IE 8 years old, except on “Family Cruises”, when minimum age is 3 years old. Multi-generation travel with EXPLOR CRUISES is a popular way to create lasting family memories and bonds. And no one has to cook or clean!
Destinations with an emphasis on nature are perfect for families to share in the expedition experience. Kids and parents or grandparents can, for example observe the wildlife, walk through rain forests, swim from isolated beaches or kayak in remote waters. Everyone’s on the same wavelength, sharing life-enriching experiences that create lifetime memories.
A growing number of men and women are traveling alone today, either by choice or necessity. EXPLOR CRUISES has always welcomed the independent traveler. You’ll find expedition life is very conducive to traveling solo. You’ll travel with fellow guests who have similar interests, making it easy to mingle. In the Dining Room, meals are served in a single seating with unassigned tables-so it’s easy to pull up a chair and make new friends.
Some of our ships and yachts have single cabins, or do not charge a single supplement. So please ask. Or, if you’d like to share cabin costs, we are glad to try to find a same sex roommate for you.
Cabin Amenities You may expect standard hotel style amenities, including beach towels. If you choose to bring your own shampoo and/or conditioner, we recommend that you bring biodegradable products.
Communications Prior to your departure date, we will provide you with a list of port contacts and phone numbers, indicating how you can be reached in case of emergency.
Currency and Credit Cards On most ships the currency is the US Dollar. All services and products purchased on board the ship may be paid for by cash, or credit card. Travelers Checks are not generally accepted aboard ships or ashore anymore.
Dining There will generally be one open seating for all meals, with tables unassigned to encourage mingling. The meal hours will be posted in the Daily Program.
Doctor There may be a doctor on board certain ships. There may be a fee charged for discretionary medical services.
Electrical Appliances In general, each cabin is equipped with at least one 110v (American) or 220V (European) electrical outlet which can be used for electric razors and other small devices. Hair dryers may be available in each cabin or from the Hotel Manager..
Elevator A few small exploration ships are equipped with an elevator providing access to all decks/guest areas.
Expedition Staff Knowledgeable and professional guides both ashore on land tours and onboard ship will ensure you have an intellectually enlightening, as well as enjoyable, travel experience. They may join you for meals and social hours as well.
Gratuities Gratuities are included on some cruises, such as Ponant and Silversea Expeditions.
Laundry Laundry services may be available at an additional charge aboard some ships.
Library Each ship features an onboard library with a selection of books pertaining to your destination.
Smoking For the comfort of all our guests, we use ships where smoking is permitted only in designated outdoor areas, if at all.
Snorkeling Snorkels, masks, fins and beach towels are available on board our ships where such activities are available. To ensure a perfect fit, you may want to bring your own mask and snorkel. In certain areas wetsuits may also be available for snorkeling. Our goal is to ease packing restrictions and provide added comfort in the water.
Valuables Some vessels are equipped with safety deposit boxes in the rooms and cabins. Others may have small locking drawers with a key where you can keep your valuables. Or you may leave valuables with the Purser, Captain, or Hotel Manager.
Wellness Program Exploring the world can be a powerful reenergizing tonic. To that end, we are delighted to offer you more options to tap into your own personal wellness goals and help you rest and rejuvenate as best we can. Some of the ships we use offer spa and massage services at reasonable rates.
Zodiacs and Pangas Key to exploration cruises is the use of Zodiac-style inflatable watercraft, or pangas, which are used to land on remote islands, communities and beaches that would otherwise be inaccessible.