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 2020!

We are delighted to present WT’s new Cruise Collection for 2020. 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
16 days from: $11,990

Journey from Darwin, Australia into lesser-known islands of Indonesia where traditional cultures thrive. Snorkel, dive, and trek while learning about the ancient Makassans.

8 days from: $7525

On an expedition cruise from Bali to Komodo, swim, snorkel, and dive the waters of Indonesia’s archipelago of islands. Wildlife includes Komodo dragons.

11 days from: $11,500

Expedition cruise to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea to see emperor penguins by the thousands on Snow Hill Island.

9 days from: $5290

Explore Svalbard on a small ship expedition in the Arctic. Get close-up views of wilderness and wildlife including whales, seals, and polar bears.

15 days from: $11,000

Discover whales, walrus, polar bears, and native Chucki villages aboard a 50-passenger expedition cruise vessel to Wrangel Island and the Bering Strait.

8 days from: $4895

Explore the majestic and remotes coastlines between Panama City, Panama and Cartagena, Colombia. Enjoy wildlife viewing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding.

16 days from: $11,980

Discover the tropical paradise of the Seychelles by small ship cruise. Also visit Zanaibar, the Aldabra Atoll, and the Amirante Islands.

8 days from: $4295

Take a week-long cruise along the coast of Washington and the San Juan Islands exploring old growth forests, hiking green peaks, and paddling waters teeming with whales and other fascinating marine life.

15 days from: $10,980

Cruise and snorkel along Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Visit Lizard Island, Stanley Island, and witness minke whales and other amazing sea life.

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Find tremendous offers and last-minute deals on our cruise adventures here!

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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 2020 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.