Holland America Line has launched Explorations Central (EXC)
In-Depth Voyages, cruises that will feature Zodiac excursions.
EXC In-Depth Voyages will initially be offered on the Maasdam.
The ship will be equipped with a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs that will take
guests on excursions to places that would not be accessible to larger watercraft. Excursions
will be led by a crew of onboard experts and local guides.
EXC will have an onboard component, too. HAL says it will
offer small-group instruction on photography, port-to-table meals made with
local ingredients, and talks about the culture, history and art of destinations.
The first EXC cruise is a 12-day voyage from Papeete to
Auckland departing Nov. 11.