It’s all about the destination. Conventional big-ship cruising is all about life on the boat: what to eat, what to do, which show to catch. Adventure cruising is more about the destination: stopping at little islands big ships can’t reach, exploring local markets and trying fresh produce, and learning the history and culture of a place from local guides.
That’s the real advantage of a small-ship cruise – leaving with memories of places, not just pools. Premium destinations without expensive hotel bills Visit premium destinations such as Cuba, Croatia and Iceland without having to worry about hefty hotel bills or heaving your luggage from one stop to the next. Sail unchartered waters When it comes to cruising, bigger is not necessarily better. While megaliners are very restricted in their routes and itineraries, a smaller ship means we can dock in out-of-the-way ports and drop anchor wherever we feel like it. Big boats must moor out at sea and ferry passengers land by tender, but we can sail straight into port – hop on or hop off as you like. It’s convenience and comfort, all in one.
On a small-ship adventure cruise, enjoy travelling with 30 to 50 passengers, not 3000. Our boats have a maximum of 25 cabins, and the small-group atmosphere gives you a more personal level of service. By the end of the trip, the waiters know how you take your coffee and your favourite cocktail. Your Cruise Director will greet you by name. You’ll know your fellow passengers and won’t be just another face in the crowd.
Unlike a big liner that’s fuelled by an enormous diesel engine, adventure cruising is less damaging to the environment, and a greener alternative for those who are environmentally conscious. Journeys are designed to be low impact, meaning fewer passengers onboard, less stress on local communities, and each trip is carbon offset through a range of renewable energy projects.
The toughest part about adventure cruising? Picking the right one for you. We’ve carefully built a handpicked range of tours all over the world – a mix of classic cruising destinations (with a twist) and a few groundbreaking itineraries. Why not try a cruise around the wild west coast of Iceland? Or an island-hopping jaunt through the Adriatic Sea? For culture vultures, there’s an innovative itinerary around the Greek mainland with an archaeologist, or even a route along the south coast of Cuba. In each destination, we try to go beyond just the usual suspects.
If you’re struggling to pick the right cruise, give our team a call. They can help point out trips with shorter cruise days, more port stops and a greater emphasis on wildlife, history or food.