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We have always been interested in Expedition Cruising but have held back, waiting until our son was older.  He is 11 now, and I have read that he is welcome to sail, but certain Adventures may be limited to that age group.  For the under 18 set, are there any excursions/adventures they can participate and if so are you able to provide some examples?

This will help us decide if this type of cruise is something we try to do sooner, wait until an older age for our son, or perhaps travel sans kid 🙂


Thanks for your time.  Very excited to have you here

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Hey Jenn, 

Super excited about your future expedition travel plans. We definitely encourage families to travel together (we've seen an upward trend of multi-generational travel pre-COVID!) as exploring the Polar Regions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and what's better than sharing it with your loved ones. 

The minimum age of a traveler accompanied by a guardian is 8 years old. If guests are under 16 years old at the time of boarding, they will not be able to participate in any paid Adventure Options (Sea Kayaking, Paddling Excursion, SUP, etc). 

Please note that they will still be able to go participate in all included activities off-ship such as landings and zodiac cruises) and onboard, by attending educational presentations, assisting our team in spotting wildlife, etc. He'll also be able to do the Polar Plunge! 

We've included some photos! Let me know if you have any additional questions, have a good one!

A mother and daughter out on a hike on one of the landing sites. 


Open bridge policy on all our ships allow guests to access the bridge and observe and interact with our team as they work in alignment with the captain and his team to get us to the next destination, better "park" our ships in case of wildlife sightings, or to make decisions depending on weather forecasts! 

A guest taking the Polar Plunge on an Arctic expedition (all guests are attached to a safety harness).

Ship cruising through the Lemaire Channel! 

Guests enjoying incredible vistas in Antarctica from the main deck of their ship! 

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