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Best cruise line for adventure? Readers vote Adventure Canada

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Canadian expedition cruise line wins title for second straight year

If you think cruising is all about lounging on the lido deck, piña colada in hand, think again. With these 10 cruise companies, nominated as the best in the industry by our panel of cruise experts and voted to the top by readers, cruising becomes an adventure for active travelers, where exploring an exotic destination might involve kayaking through remote fjords, getting up close and personal with ice bergs aboard a Zodiac or walking atop a glacier.

  • Adventure Canada

    While Adventure Canada does indeed lead small ship adventures through the rivers, icy fjords and secluded waterways of Canada, this adventure cruise company also takes travelers to experience landscapes and cultures further afield, places like Scotland, Iceland, Ireland, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
    Photo courtesy of Lydia Schrandt

  • One Ocean Expeditions

    One Ocean Expeditions specializes in personalized journeys to the Canadian Arctic and East Coast, Greenland, Falkland Islands, Svalbard, South Georgia and Antarctica aboard a fleet of three expedition ships.
    Photo courtesy of One Ocean Expeditions

  • Quark Expeditions

    Quark Expeditions has been taking adventure travelers to the polar regions since 1991 and continues to operate the largest and most advanced fleet of adventure ships in these two regions. Each Adventure Ship facilitates experiences like sea kayaking, camping, cross country skiing and mountaineering in some of the planet's most stunning landscapes.
    Photo courtesy of David Merron, Quark Expeditions

  • G Adventures

    G Adventures is a leader in responsible travel and tourism to destinations throughout the world. A small ship cruise with this company geared toward active, adventurous travelers might involve an ecological exploration of the Galapagos, sailing to Thailand and the Maldives, a journey to the polar regions or a river cruise through India or the Amazon.
    Photo courtesy of G Adventures

  • Zegrahm Expeditions

    Inquisitive travelers turn to Zegrahm Expeditions to explore the far corners of the globe aboard small-ship cruises; scuba dive in Tahiti, meet penguin colonies in South Georgia, search for humpback whales in the Antarctic Circle or explore the wild island of Hokkaido in Japan.
    Photo courtesy of Zegrahm Expeditions

  • UnCruise Adventures

    Adventure travel has always been the name of the game at UnCruise Adventures, a company that has been leading responsible small-ship journeys for more than two decades. Destinations include Alaska, the Galapagos, the Sea of Cortes and the Pacific Northwest.
    Photo courtesy of UnCruise Adventures

  • Aurora Expeditions

    Aurora Expedition sails to the polar regions and other wild and remote places aboard small ships with flexible, innovative itineraries. The company has been a pioneer in expedition travel, introducing onshore experiences like scuba diving or climbing in Antarctica. Onboard naturalists, historians, staff and crew help passengers gain insight into these remote regions.
    Photo courtesy of Aurora Expeditions

  • Lindblad Expeditions / National Geographic

    Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic have partnered up to take cruisers on eco-adventures to some of the world's most spectacular natural places, including the Galapagos, Baja Peninsula, Iceland and Antarctica. Each sailing includes an experienced expedition team onboard of world-class photographers, naturalists, biologists and historians to enhance the experience.
    Photo courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions

  • International Expeditions

    Active travelers with International Expeditions might find themselves sailing the Galapagos, exploring the glaciers and peaks of Patagonia, cruising along the Peruvian Amazon or getting nose to beak with penguins in Antarctica. Some of the world's top naturalist guides lead excursions to hike, bird watch, kayak or snorkel in more than 20 countries around the globe.
    Photo courtesy of International Expeditions

  • Celebrity Cruises

    While Celebrity Cruises is well-known as one of the world's top ocean cruise lines, they also cater to adventure travelers with itineraries to the Galapagos Islands aboard the small ship Celebrity Xpedition, Xperience and Xploration. The line also sails nine itineraries in Alaska and a sailing around Cape Horn in South America.
    Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

The top 10 winners in the Best Adventure Cruise Line category are as follows:

  1. Adventure Canada
  2. One Ocean Expeditions
  3. Quark Expeditions
  4. G Adventures
  5. Zegrahm Expeditions
  6. UnCruise Adventures
  7. Aurora Expeditions
  8. Lindblad Expeditions / National Geographic
  9. International Expeditions
  10. Celebrity Cruises

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Don and Heidi Bucolo (EatSleepCruise.com), Carrie Finley Bajak (CruiseBuzz.net), Danielle Fear (Cruise Miss), Sherry Laskin (CruiseMaven.com), Jason Leppert (Popular Cruising), Chris Owen, Doug Parker (Cruise Radio) and Ming Tappin (Your Cruise Coach) were chosen for their knowledge of the cruising industry.

Congratulations to all these winning adventure and expedition cruise line.

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Don and Heidi Bucolo

Don and Heidi Bucolo

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Carrie Finley Bajak

Carrie Finley Bajak

Carrie Finley Bajak

Danielle Fear

Danielle Fear

Danielle Fear

Sherry Laskin

Sherry Laskin

Sherry Laskin

Jason Leppert

Jason Leppert

Jason Leppert

Chris Owen

Chris Owen

Chris Owen

Doug Parker

Doug Parker

Doug Parker

Ming Tappin

Ming Tappin

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