Small Ship Cruise Collection

Wilderness Travel Cruise Collection

Discover the Exciting World of Small-Ship Expedition Cruising

We’ve searched the world over to offer a collection of the very finest small ships featuring the most intriguing itineraries. These cruises offer an intimate way to explore by sea and river, with active onshore adventures on foot or by bike. Most importantly, they offer amazing off-the-beaten-path destinations and landings by Zodiac crafts that can go virtually anywhere. These are real voyages for real travelers—perfect for Wilderness Travel’s style of adventuring. And, this year, we’ve added more than 25 cruises to bring you the greatest selection of adventures possible.

Travel in Comfort—Adventure Awaits!

The ships vary from comfortable to luxurious, but all have in common an intimate and relaxed atmosphere, a learn-while-you-travel program, and the goal of bringing you to extraordinary places in the company of like-minded companions. We are thrilled to share these great adventures with you in some of the world’s most exotic locales.

Incredible Destinations, Extraordinary Experiences

We’ve gathered a dazzling array of programs, all designed to bring you close encounters with nature, wildlife, historic sites, and local cultures and communities. Polar exploration is the theme for our expedition-style voyages to Antarctica, a sublime realm of towering peaks, glacier-lined fjords, and an incredible array of wildlife, and epic Arctic destinations including Greenland, Spitsbergen, and the Northwest passage. Other voyages bring us along the stunning coastlines of Britain, Croatia, and New Zealand, and across the fabled waters of the Mediterranean. Yearning for a warm winter getaway? Our collection features many inviting tropical destinations, from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean to the white-sand beaches of South Pacific, and even a fantastic voyage by three-masted sailing cruiser to Cuba.

Besides ocean-going journeys, we offer delightful voyages on some of Europe’s storied rivers, including the Danube, Rhone, Seine, and Volga. These inventive itineraries are enlivened by walking tours, wine tasting with local vintners, and guided bike rides—a terrific way to experience Europe. We also offer cruises on Burma’s Irrawaddy River and along India’s timeless Ganges, which—along with our Mekong River cruise—offer fascinating glimpses of the rhythm of everyday life along the river.

The Small-Ship Experience

Active, Enlightening, and Fun!

Each boat varies in its style of operation, but generally all offer small groups, active days, and informative on-board presentations and lectures, along with the camaraderie of fellow guests and an attentive staff. Zodiacs zip you to shore for exciting excursions to nearby villages and markets, guided walks among history-filled streets, one-on-one encounters with the locals, or to wildlife-rich areas of natural beauty. On most of our warm-weather voyages, snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities abound, offering chances to get up close with the exquisite wonders of underwater realms.

Small Ships, Big Advantages

The small ships we’ve chosen go where big ships can’t, and avoid as much as possible the busy larger ports. And because the ships are small and host fewer guests, you can spend more time off the boat (and less time queuing up on deck), actively exploring and adventuring in the fascinating places you’ve come so far to see. Our programs feature a wide variety of vessels, including the 56-guest Bengal Ganga, with its atmosphere of India’s colonial past, and the 112-guest Sea Spirit that plies the waters of Antarctica. No matter the ship, all provide comfort and style as you explore the far corners of the world.

All the Creature Comforts

Unpack just once and settle into your own private stateroom! Cabins aboard both our ocean-going ships and river vessels are all outside-facing and feature water views, private bathroom with shower, and ample storage space; many are suites with small sitting areas. Each ship offers well-designed public spaces where you can gather with newfound friends, plus spacious sun decks, a bar, library, and dining room; many also feature a small gym, spa facilities, and medical facility. On most of our ocean-going cruises, there is an open bridge policy, so you can join the Captain to experience firsthand the thrill of ocean navigation.

Delicious, Varied Cuisine, Wonderfully Prepared

Our vessels offer distinctive cuisine, using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. The wonderful meals often reflect the regional cuisine, and many of the cruises include wine and beer with lunch and dinner onboard.

Expert Onboard Naturalists and Historians

On most expeditions, we travel in the company of gifted educators and naturalists chosen for their expertise and enthusiasm. They enhance our experience as they share their knowledge, passion, and insights during lectures, presentations, and shore excursions.

Join Us!

These cruises are very popular, and many itineraries are offered just one time. We’re ready to help you choose the perfect trip and assist you every step of the way. To check availability and reserve a place in your preferred cabin, call us at 1-800-368-2794 or email Detailed itineraries for all voyages, including complete pricing and deck plans, are here on our website. And check our Special Offers page regularly to take advantage of discounts. We look forward to welcoming you aboard and sharing the wonderful world of small-ship cruising with you!