Usually when cruising comes to mind it is something along the lines of a large cruise ship with all you can eat buffets, nightly entertainment, and rooftop swimming pools.? But, not all cruises follow these guidelines.? There are a number of tours of offer in our database that travel on small ships and boats, cruising to locations like the Amazon, the Galapagos, Antarctica, the Mediterranean, and Thailand just to name a few. ?
There are many advantages to small ship cruising vs large ship cruising.? What I like about small ship cruising is the personal experiences on offer.? The crew are often well educated on the areas visited, with a vast knowledge of the local sights, and there are often plenty of opportunities to sit down with them and pick their brain about their local knowledge.? There are also many opportunities to get to know the other travelers quite well, which makes for a very social and memorable journey.? Here are a few of our favorite small ship cruises on offer in the TravAddict database:
Amazon Riverboat Adventure – G Adventures
This 9 day cruise starts and finishes in Lima, Peru and explores the Pacaya?Samiria National Reserve?the largest national park in Peru.? Dine on food fresh from the jungle, spot pink dolphins on the Amazon River, look down into the jungle from a canopy walkway, interact with members of the local community, and learn the intricacies of Amazon wildlife
Mekong River Cruise – Peregrine Adventures
This 9 day cruise travels from Vietnam to Cambodia, and travels on a deluxe riverboat discovering the vibrant Mekong Delta by stopping off in market towns, visiting schools and pagodas and witnessing the local cottage industries. Continuing into Cambodia, encounter the sombre and moving memorials to the excesses of the Khmer Rouge in the capital, Phnom Penh. Cruise up the Tonle Sap River into South East Asia?s largest lake, Tonle Sap, and experience the tranquillity of lakeside fishing villages before the final arrival near the town of Siem Reap ? home to the magnificent Angkor ruins.
Croatia Sailing – Travel Talk Tours
Sail the islands of Croatia for 8 days and experience sunsets, picture perfect scenery and pristine beaches. Commence your cruise in the crystal blue waters of the Adriatic in the charming city of Split.? Visit the epic seaside bars of Hvar, the popular resort town of Markarska and the stunning National Parks of Miljet. Your week is not complete until you have discovered the delights of mainland Dubrovnik and walked the huge city walls surrounding the Old Town of this fascinating seaside city.
Phuket Sailing Adventure – Intrepid Travel
Just imagine 7 fabulous days enjoying sublime seascapes of shimmering turquoise water, white sandy beaches and craggy limestone peaks. That’s just what you get on this sailing jaunt in the beautiful Andaman Sea – a chance to experience the region with the wind in your hair, while still having plenty of time to swim, snorkel, explore or simply chill out on deck.
Galapagos Coral South – Tucan Travel
With a wealth of wildlife viewing opportunities on offer, this carefully planned 7 day cruise covers the main highlights of the Gal?pagos Islands. You will enjoy a flexible programme that offers several alternative daily activities, on land and in the water but always amidst the stunning wealth of unique wildlife that inhabit these famous islands.
Antarctic Explorer – Gecko?s Adventures
On this 11 day cruise you will explore penguin rockeries and scout for humpback whales, orcas and leopard seals. Scramble up Orne Harbor view colonies of chinstrap penguins. Hike. Sit on the pebbled beach and introduce yourself to curious penguin chicks. Take the Polar Plunge. Cruise past icebergs as big as a city block. Set foot on the Antarctic continent. Tear up your bucket list.