Cruise the hot spots from Alaska to Antarctica

Adrenaline-rich journeys to some of the world’s emptiest places

Image: YCO/Malcolm Birkett

Alaska is a hot spot at the moment. With the summer melt, you’ll find various vessels cruising the waters of Glacier Bay National Park, among them the newly renovated 76-berth Wilderness Explorer (www.innerseadiscoveries.com; a seven-night cruise costs from $3,262 per person based on double occupancy).

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With charts that read “Icy Strait” and “Peril Strait”, you can expect an adrenaline-rich journey packed with kayaking, hiking and birding in one of the world’s emptiest places – desolate waters, rich with sea life, that aren’t unfamiliar to Lone Ranger (its Owner’s Deck Salon pictured). This 78m long-range, steel-hulled luxury expedition yacht was built in 1973 as a salvage tug, towing some of the largest structures ever moved, from stricken tankers to oil rigs. In 1994, a new owner turned her into a private superyacht rigged with helicopters and seaplanes, taking her to the likes of Antarctica and Micronesia. Now she is for sale: $20m, through brokerage company YCO (www.ycoyacht.com).

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