Adventure Canada wins title of Best Adventure Cruise Line

Lindblad-National Geographic, One Ocean Expeditions, Quark Expeditions and G Adventures in top five

If you think cruising is all about lounging on the lido deck, piña colada in hand, think again. With these 10 cruise companies, nominated by our panel of cruise experts and voted the best in the industry by 10Best 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, the Faroe Islands and Greenland.
    Photo courtesy of Lydia Schrandt

  • Lindblad-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 Ralph Lee Hopkins / Lindblad Expeditions

  • 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 iStock / LauraDyerPhotography

  • 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 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, Inc.

  • Aurora Expeditions

    Each of Aurora's expedition ships to the polar regions, Galapagos, Papua New Guinea and Patagonia carries fewer than 60 passengers, giving those onboard greater solitude for enjoying the views and opportunity for more shore landings. Adventurous offerings onshore might include rock climbing in Greenland, snowshoeing in Antarctica or sea kayaking in the European arctic.
    Photo courtesy of Aurora 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

  • 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

  • Windstar Cruises

    Windstar's fleet of luxury yachts can get visitors into secluded coves, narrow fjords and tiny villages inaccessible to bigger ships. Adventures aboard Windstar might include exploring Iceland's Surtsey Island, scuba diving in Fakarava, watching salmon spawn in Alaska or walking in the footsteps of vikings on Canada's eastern shores.
    Photo courtesy of Windstar Cruises

  • Quasar Expeditions

    Founded in 1986, Quasar Expeditions offers adventure cruises (paired with overland safaris) to the remote Galapagos Islands aboard the M/Y Grace or the M/V Evolution with a maximum of 32 guests aboard. 
    Photo courtesy of Quasar Expeditions

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

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

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Don and Heidi Bucolo (EatSleepCruise.com), Anita Dunham-Potter (ExpertCruiser.com), Danielle Fear (Cruise Miss), Carrie Finley Bajak (CruiseBuzz.net), Linda Garrison (TripSavvy), Sherry Laskin Kennedy (CruiseMaven.com), Jason Leppert (Popular Cruising), Chris Owen (ChrisCruises.com), Doug Parker (CruiseRadio.net), Aaron Saunders (From the Deck Chair) and Ming Tappin (Your Cruise Coach Consulting) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of the cruise industry.

Congratulations to all these wining cruise companies!

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Don and Heidi Bucolo

Don and Heidi Bucolo

Anita Dunham-Potter

Anita Dunham-Potter

Danielle Fear

Danielle Fear

Carrie Finley Bajak

Carrie Finley Bajak

Linda Garrison

Linda Garrison

Sherry Laskin Kennedy

Sherry Laskin Kennedy

Jason Leppert

Jason Leppert

Chris Owen

Chris Owen

Doug Parker

Doug Parker

Aaron Saunders

Aaron Saunders

Ming Tappin

Ming Tappin