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 for our collection, and while these voyages are not operated by or exclusive to Wilderness Travel, participating in these cruises counts 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

New Cruises for 2021!

We are delighted to present WT’s new Cruise Collection for 2021. We’ve searched the world to find the best small ships that offer the most intriguing itineraries to unforgettable destinations. Check out the new voyages at th elink below, but hurry, many of these journeys are only offered once and they book well in advance—call to reserve your cabin soon!

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Featured Cruises
11 days from: $5750

Kayak & snorkel in Baja's Sea of Cortez. Watch breaching gray whales & swim with whale sharks. Overnights on a small ship cruise. Download a free itinerary!

6 days from: $4000

Aboard a small, historic research vessel, enjoy a six-day cruise along the coast of Washington and the San Juan Islands. Hike in old-growth forests, and kayak and paddle board in waters teeming with whales.

7 days from: $4600

Hiking, sea kayaking, and natural history adventure by private expedition vessel, and marine life from orcas to whales.

10 days from: $6990

Discover Ireland on a cruise from Dublin to Belfast. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, Giant's Causeway, the Aran Islands, the Ballinskelligs, and more.

9 days from: $6990

Explore Scotland’s history, architecture, and wildlife on a 9-day cruise. Visit Giant’s Causeway, the Inner Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, Shetland, and more.

8 days from: $2690

Voyage among the Aegean Islands aboard a small-ship vessel with stops at beautiful Delos, Mykonos, Pyros, and Santorini islands.

12 days from: $8295

Sail throughout Komodo National Park and the Alor Archipelago along the Pacific Ring of Fire. Enjoy world-class snorkeling on this 12-day small ship expedition.

14 days from: $6995

Explore the wonders of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands on this wonderfully varied cruise with active options and fantastic birding opportunities.

11 days from: $7200

This expedition cruise is a rare adventure into the wilderness, showcasing the rugged coastal beauty and World Heritage Listed National Parks of Tasmania, Australia’s island state.

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Our Cruises Specialists know every detail about our itineraries and boats, and will be happy to help you choose the journey that’s right for you!

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Cruise Collection Brochure

Download our online digital brochure to view on your computer or mobile device, or as a PDF! Or request a printed copy to be sent by mail, or by calling 800-368-2794.