What to pack for Expedition Cruises
There are several things to remember to bring along with you when you are coming on an expedition with us.
To make packing a bit easier, we have put together a packing list, covering both polar waters and expeditions in warmer waters such as the Caribbean, South America and in Europe.
And if you forget something, don’t worry! You will find a store with a wide range of clothing and practical items on board all of our ships.
On board, it’s a good idea to wear regular shoes.
Bring a memory card with a large capacity – there are sockets in the cabins to recharge photo equipment.
The dress code aboard the ship is relaxed and casual and you are not expected to dress formally for meals.
On most of our cruises, lectures and presentations will be in English and simultaneously translated to GER (or FRE on SB). There will be single-use in-ear headphones available on the ship; however, for better comfort, consider bringing your own personal headphones.
Extra shoelaces are also a good idea.
Bring a good pair of binoculars.
A small waterproof backpack is necessary for carrying essentials.
Please remember to bring your passport, and an extra copy of your passport
Sunglasses with UV-filter lenses
Lip balm with UV protection. Dry, cold wind and sun often cause chapped lips.
Money in the appropriate currency. Remember, our ships also accept several credit cards.
Remember to bring sufficient medication in case of any unforeseen delays
You will receive a wind- and water-resistant parka as a memento on all expedition ships except MS Nordstjernen and MS Santa Cruz.
Rubber boots are available upon request, at no extra cost, aboard all expedition ships except MS Nordstjernen, MS Santa Cruz, MS Maud and MS Otto Sverdrup.
Expeditions to polar waters – this means voyages to Antarctica, Svalbard, Greenland, Canada and the Norwegian coast.
Warm winter jacket
Wind and water resistant trousers and long thermal underwear and top (we recommend wool)
Warm cap or headband
You should also bring swimwear to for use in our on-deck whirlpools
Scarf or fleece tube
Warm woollen jumper and fleece jumper/jacket, remember layers are essential
Sunglasses with UV filter lenses
Gloves and mittens, fleece and wool
Bring extra batteries for your camera, as battery life is shorter in cold areas
Shoes with good soles are recommended for outdoors, on deck, and for excursions ashore. Make sure they are worn-in walking boots.
Expeditions to warm areas – generally, South America and the areas around the equator are hot and muggy, but during the evenings it can cool down quite a bit, especially if it rains. Fast-drying clothes that can be layered work best.
Inexpensive rain poncho
Sandals or shoes you don’t mind getting wet
Wide-brimmed sun hat
A light jacket (water resistant) that will keep you warm on a cool evening and dry during a sudden downpour
Swimwear, both for use on the beach and in the whirlpools on deck