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.

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