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About Us

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Our Mission

Our mission is to create an engaged travel trade community that shares a passion for expedition cruising as a form of travel, to grow the sector, and to act as sector’s voice in the travel industry and beyond. 


The Expedition Cruise Network (ECN) is a commercial B2B membership organisation whose purpose is to connect expedition cruise operators with travel-trade professionals, in order to promote expedition cruising as an incredible choice for travellers from across the world. We are also a voice for the sector that seeks to represent it in authentic, trustworthy, and consistent manner. 


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The  ECN is led by our CEO and Chairman, with the support of an advisory board that consists of representatives from expedition cruising brands and other travel-trade professionals, and whose role is to assist in strategic decisions and to ensure that the organisation continuously represents the interests of its members.

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Our Expedition Cruise Members

Our Expedition Cruise Members must offer cruise-style holidays onboard a ship or boat with a demonstrable emphasis on exploration. This might be by being intrinsic to the destinations served (e.g. Antarctica, Galapagos, etc.), the availability of an onboard expedition team, custom-designed shore activities that explore lesser-known aspects of other more-conventional destinations or catering for special, often scientific, interests of cruise passengers. 

Travel Trade Professionals

Our travel trade members are at the heart of all we do: they are travel trade professionals – travel agents, tour operators, travel designers and consultants, luxury specialists, adventure travel experts, marketing, product and sales managers -who all share one thing in common: a passion for expedition cruising as a unique form of travel. To join us for exclusive content, learning opportunities, ship visits, and events, click below.

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