Explore the World by Small-Ship Cruises

Some of the most spectacular places in the world can only be reached by small ship, and we’re thrilled to offer you this collection of journeys aboard the finest ships with the most intriguing cruising itineraries. Small-ship travel offers major advantages for the avid traveler, from the intimate size of the vessels and the expertise of the on-board staff to the far-flung destinations themselves, which range from ice-draped polar coasts to remote Pacific atolls. These are real voyages for real travelers—perfect for Wilderness Travel’s style of adventuring.

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Small Ship Experience
Small-Ship Experience

When exploring the world by ship, smaller truly is better. Small expedition ships can travel to more remote and uncrowded ports and places that the larger ships can’t reach. You’ll spend less time queuing up on deck, and more time off the boat, savoring the places you came so far to see. We have hand-selected each and every cruise company has been hand-selected for our collection, and while these voyages are not operated by, nor exclusive to, Wilderness Travel, participating in these cruises count toward your Toucan Club discounts.

Variety of Comforts and Style

Small ships range quite a bit in style, cabin size, and amenities, from a 24-guest vessel in the Amazon to a 120-guest ice-strengthened expedition ship that plies polar waters. Some are luxury cruises designed for ultimate relaxation as you navigate from one port to the next, with elegant cabins, decks for lounging, and 24-hour service from the cruise staff. Other cruises offer a casual style and operate as a comfortable base, with your choice of explorations throughout your cruise, giving you the freedom to join daily excursions based on your interests. All ships offer twin or double cabins with en suite facilities.

This was the best trip we have ever been on. Superb accommodations, wonderful food, and a super staff at all levels. The naturalists were awesome for their knowledge, congeniality, and ability to find critters.
— Pat C., Pittsboro, NC — Amazon River Expedition

Active, Enlightening, and Fun!

Each cruise program varies, but most offer wonderfully active days. On our unique expedition cruises, Zodiacs zip you to shore for exciting visits to nearby villages, and you’ll enjoy guided walks on history-filled streets, one-on-one encounters with the locals, or excursions to wildlife-rich areas of natural beauty. Optional sea kayaking and snorkeling opportunities abound on some warm-water voyages, offering memorable encounters with the wonders of underwater realms. On most of these adventures, you will also enjoy the great benefit of traveling in the company of gifted educators and naturalists. They enhance your experience every day during lectures, presentations, chats on deck, and on exciting shore excursions.

Where do we start to retell our adventure and odyssey? This experience was history, adventure, picture—perfect images every moment, cuisine extraordinary, service unequaled, nature and geology breathtaking.
— Gus and Christine H., Meeker, CO — Antarctica
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Featured Cruises
20 days from: $13,995

Immerse yourself in the wildly remote and pristine landscapes of Antarctica, the Falkland Islands, and South Georgia on this epic voyage by expedition vessel.

8 days from: $5242

Hop aboard for an enthralling cruise around Cuba and experience the best of what this fascinating country has to offer, including its rich cultural heritage and savory cuisine.

10 days from: $2305

Journey along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, exploring the natural settings of Manuel Antonio, Isla Coiba, San Blas Islands, then cross the Panama Canal.

16 days from: $19,280

Voyage between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, exploring the limestone islands of Halong Bay, savoring the delectable local cuisine of Vietnam, and browsing colorful markets overflowing with exotic produce and textiles.

19 days from: $16,980

Discover the cultural treasures of the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan aboard a small-ship cruise, with stunning water- and land-based excursions.

17 days from: $13,480

Explore the five nations of the Baltic—Germany, Denmark, Poland, Lithuania, and Sweden—during this small ship cruise and cultural adventure.

10 days from: $10,450

Explore Iceland’s fabled Golden Circle with adventures in Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, and Skálanes Nature Reserve, with stops in enchanting villages with fascinating Viking history.

13 days from: $6500

Voyage through the majestic landscapes of Papua New Guinea, exploring remote islands near the Louisiade Archipelago and enjoying cultural encounters. End your journey in picturesque Madang, a diver's paradise.

20 days from: $21,480

Small ship cruise from Tahiti to the Marquesas, Pitcairn Islands, and the Tuamotu Islands, concluding at mysterious Easter Island.

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Cruise Collection 2017 brochure

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