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These are the 10 best adventure cruise lines

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With these 10 cruise companies, voted the best by 10Best readers, cruising becomes an adventure for active travelers.

10. Ponant

Aboard Ponant's fleet of luxury yachts, adventurers get a five-star treatment as they explore destinations like Africa, Alaska, the Arctic and Antarctica.

Photo courtesy of Eric vancleynenbreugel / PONANT

9. 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, Alaska and Cape Horn.

Photo courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

8. 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.

Photo courtesy of UnCruise Adventures

7. Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent's small group journeys take adventurous travelers to destinations not easily visited by land. The company is perhaps best known for its expedition cruises to the Arctic, Antarctic and the Northwest Passage.

Photo courtesy of Abercrombie & Kent

6. Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten has been leading adventures at sea since 1893, with exploration voyages to destinations like Norway, Greenland, Iceland, Africa, Arctic Canada, South America and Antarctica.

Photo courtesy of Hurtigruten

5. Star Clippers

Cruisers with Star Clippers get to sail on three of the largest full-rigged sailing ships in the world: Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper.

Photo courtesy of Star Clippers

4. 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.

Photo courtesy of David Merron, Quark Expeditions

3. Aurora Expeditions

Aurora Expeditions 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.

Photo courtesy of Aurora Expeditions

2. Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions works in partnership with National Geographic to produce innovative eco-adventures to some of the world’s most remote and wild places, including Galápagos, Antarctica, the Arctic and Russian Far East.

Photo courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions

1. Adventure Canada

While Adventure Canada does indeed lead small ship adventures through the rivers, icy fjords and secluded waterways of Canada, this expedition cruise company also takes travelers to experience landscapes and cultures further afield.

Photo courtesy of Lydia Schrandt

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