Some of the most amazing holiday destinations in the world are also some of the most remote. In some cases, such as with isolated islands and areas like the Arctic Circle, the easiest and most relaxing way to get there is by sea. Specialist cruise expeditions enable travellers to experience some of the most spectacular sights and fascinating wildlife on earth, all while sailing in the comfort of a fully equipped cruise ship.
If you’re thinking of taking an adventure cruise, have a look at our selection of the eight most exciting cruise expeditions available.
Take a voyage of discovery to Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong
On Avalon Waterways’ Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia and the Mekong cruise, a maximum of 36 guests sail on the new, all-suite Avalon Siem Reap. You’ll enjoy an intimate journey and get to know your fellow cruisers while exploring spectacular destinations.
This 13-day cruise starts at Ho Chi Minh City, home to stunning ancient architecture and an interesting mix of cultures. From here you’ll sail on to seven fascinating destinations, including Cai Be–Cu Lao Gieng, where you’ll visit a cathedral and see how rice paper and rice wine are made.
You’ll be guided along your journey by the Local Favourites, with Certified Local Guides giving you unique stories and perspectives to really bring the destinations alive.
Experience the sights and sounds of the Amazon, West Indies and Azores
On this superb Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ cruise, you’ll take a fascinating voyage that starts from the historic port of Lisbon, Portugal. After a brief stop in Funchal, Maderia, you’ll sail on to Santarem where your Amazon River tour begins.
Visit the remote jungle village of Boca da Valeria and experience a colourful show recreating the Bio Buma Festival in Parintins. There will also be chances to explore the lush vegetation and wildlife of the region.
You’ll then stop off to enjoy the scenery and beaches at the idyllic islands of Grenada, St. Lucia and Barbados. Your final stops will be Horta and Ponta Delgada, where you’re free to relax and discover the breathtaking beauty of the Azores.
Take an exciting voyage to the Galapagos Islands
Sail on National Geographic Endeavour to the incredible Galapagos Islands, where you’ll find the rich diversity of nature and wildlife that inspired Charles Darwin.
The Galapagos Islands are renowned for their biodiversity, which developed over thousands of years almost without interruption due to its isolated location. The landscapes across these islands are spectacular, with dense mangroves, jutting rocky outcrops and lagoons in the craters of extinct volcanoes.
A cruise to the Galapagos Islands is a paradise for nature lovers, with penguins, sea lions, many species of tropical birds and fish all spotted here regualrly. You may also get to meet a rare giant tortoise in San Christobel.
Explore exotic scenery from Tanzania to Mauritius
Take a real nature explorer’s voyage with this amazing Silversea cruise, where you’ll be accompanied by marine biologists, ornithologists and historians. Their in-depth guidance will give you all the information you’ll need to make the most of this fascinating journey.
You’ll stop at Zanzibar where you can explore Zanzibar Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. There will also be a visit to beautiful, crescent shaped Assumption Island before landing in Nosy Be, Madagascar, where you can take inland excursions including a ride up Mt. Passot.
Relax in ultimate luxury onboard, with a butler for all suites and fine dining options available. This really is expedition cruising at its finest.
Take a grand tour on Arcadia’s Polynesian & Asian Adventure cruise
If you’re looking for an epic cruise voyage to remember, this 116-day Arcadia tour is definitely worth considering. Brought to you by P&O Cruises and with a total of 29 destinations, this is a grand tour where you’re sure to create some unforgettable memories.
You’ll start in Madeira, then sail on to beautiful Barbados and Curacao in the Caribbean. From here you’ll sail through the Panama Canal to Huatalco, Mexico, where you’ll discover more than 32 kilometres of beach to enjoy.
Visit the exciting cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco before heading on to Hawaii and Tahiti. You’ll then sail to ports in New Zealand and Australia before visiting destinations in Japan, China, Singapore, Dubai, Turkey and Portugal.
Explore the Arctic home of the Caribou
Starting in Copenhagen, Hurtigruten’s Exploring the Arctic Land of the Caribou cruise takes you across to the vast Canadian landscape, where huge herds of caribou roam.
Sailing along the rugged coastlines of Newfoundland and Labrador, take some time to marvel at the stunning scenery before exploring the territory inland.
You’ll be expertly guided to discover more about the region’s fascinating history, as well as to learn about the role of the Vikings in this part of Canada. There will also be opportunities to meet indigenous Inuit, whose ancestors have lived here for thousands of years.
Discover the land of the Penguins
Join the Frozen Land of the Penguins cruise for a breathtaking look at the starkly beautiful home of wild Antarctic penguins. Sail with Hutigruten Cruises on the specially designed MS Fram, which uses the latest technology to explore polar regions.
On this spectacular, educational voyage you’ll pass through Drake Passage deep into the Antarctic Circle. Here, around 180,000 of the world’s penguins congregate to mate and bring up their young each year.
You’ll be accompanied by expert guides to help you spot the wide range of penguin species, seals and birds here, while there are also informative lectures to expand your knowledge further.
Visit Mayan temples in Guatemala and explore the reefs in Belize
On this exciting National Geographic Cruises expedition you’ll discover the vibrant coral reefs and sealife of Belize and the remarkable Maya ruins of Tikal. With expert photographers on hand, you’ll also be guided on capturing unforgettable photos to take home.
Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is one of the best places on earth to explore coral reefs and see manatees, sea turtles, rays and a multitude of species of fish.
At Tikal you’ll explore Mayan temples, palaces and ceremonial sites, all accompanied by local experts who will share the history and culture of the region. You’ll also visit the amazing Maya Biosphere Reserve which is home to over 400 species of birds, monkeys and big cats.
For more ideas on your next exciting cruise expedition, have a look at the many destinations waiting to be discovered.