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Search 222 Small Ship & Expedition Cruises tour operators and travel companies, with 2,718 reviews. Small ship cruises and expedition style cruises are an excellent way to travel. You have the benefit of unpacking only once and enjoying personalized service and fine dining on board. If you want to cover a lot of ground, visit multiple countries, or take an adventure to remote and rugged lands like Greenland or Antarctica, a small ship or expedition cruise is the only way to do it. Some large global tour companies include small ship cruises as a theme of travel that they offer, though if you ... Read more

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Silversea

Silversea

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 6 Trips
Average Price $ 758 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 13 days
Trip Prices $ 4,250 – $ 15,550
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 5 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

A fantastic family vacation

Traveling with Silversea on our Alaska cruise was just perfect. The sites, service, and overall feel were great. I will say, the food was somewhat lacking in my opinion, but the overall experience was spectacular.
5.0 • Smith

A wonderful way to travel

Silversea is a wonderful way to see the world in comfort and luxury. I went with a large family group and they really took care of us. Would highly recommend, especially for multi-gen travel!
5.0 • Sam
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Vancouver, Canada to Seward (Anchorage)
Vancouver, Canada to Seward (Anchorage) Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Baltra, Galapagos
Baltra, Galapagos Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Founded in 1994, Silversea has been a major player in the world of luxury small ship cruising.  What Makes Them Stand Out? For many years, Silversea has been the pinnacle of luxury cruising for the 50 + audience. They excel at providing an all-encompassing experience, from multiple restaurants and bars on board, extensive shore excursions, and attentive customer service. Who Travels With Them? Typically Silversea attracts older travelers seeking a high standard of luxury from their cruise experience. Activities and ambiance are all designed to appeal to an older crowd. Where Do They Operate? Silversea cruises sail to over 800 destinations on all seven continents. All cruises provide multiple and varied opportunities to go ashore. Why Travel With Them? For a relaxing and luxurious experience, where you have control over how adventurous or laid back you want to be, Silversea is a great option. Amenities include personalized service, large staterooms, and world class cuisine. 
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Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten

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3.8 • Great
Total Trips 17 Trips
Average Price $ 414 per day
Size Regional Expert
Tour Length 9 – 17 days
Trip Prices $ 880 – $ 9,684
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 15 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Great Time with Grandfather

I technically took the abbreviated version of this exact cruise a few years back, essentially a one-way trip through the Fjords starting in Bergen and going up to Kirkenes on the Russian border. It was a graduation present from my grandfather, and we took the trip together. He is not the most mobile of travelers, and a cruise was a great compromise for us. I loved being able to talk and read with him on the many rocking chairs looking out the ship's walls, and it was helpful to get the occasional reminder from the Captain about the feature we were passing. We got a solid feel for Norway's coastline and culture from watching attentively from the boat, and also getting off at the majority of the daytime stops. We took part in a bunch of the optional activities (which we booked right beforehand, there was no trouble with that) and there were plenty of options we both liked. One my favorites was seeing a Sami settlement, learning about their culture and how they farm reindeer. The bus ride that took us from the boat to the Sami was also incredible -- the landscape had totally changed, we saw the rows and rows of fish racks, and we even saw wild reindeer run past! The optional activities also meant that when I wanted to take a hike one day, I could go and my grandfather could do whatever he wanted, and we'd see each other in a couple of hours. A couple of other things that made this trip for us: the food and the ship itself. The ship's room was definitely close quarters, but my grandfather is a big man and we still had no trouble with anything. The entire ship is handicap accessible, and there is a gym and a hot tub I utilized multiple times! Most importantly: the food. My grandpa is a HUGE foodie and an adventurous eater, and that was definitely his primary concern, and we were both satisfied with the quality of the food. We both felt there was a good balance between having good food, and having enough classical Norwegian food. Plus, if you feel like getting fancy, there is a separate restaurant on the ship that is an extra fee. The only reason I give "guide" a lower rating is because we weren't really guided for much of the ship, only during the optional excursions and the occasional information from the captain.
5.0 • Charlotte

One of the world's most beautiful voyages

The Hurtigruten, which travels the coast of Norway north from Bergen beyond the Arctic Circle almost to Russia, is nothing short of gorgeous. You get to stop in big cities/towns like Tromso and Trondheim, but also in little villages,including one known as the farthest north in Europe. You also get to cruise down some beautiful fjords. One of the best features is that the ships double as cargo carriers along with passengers, so at every stop you can watch the crew load and unload the supplies that keep these far-north villages going all year round. (The summer trips are almost all 24-hour daylight, while the winter trips are mostly in darkness.) There's nothing fancy about these ships, and the food isn't as memorable as on some other ships, but the experience is hard to top. Hurtigruten has expanded beyond Norway, too, but I haven't taken any of their other trips.
5.0 • Clark
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To the High Arctic on the MV Fram

Before we began the cruise, we spent three days in an apartment in Reykjavik. I would recommend a stay in Iceland to anyone cruising in that part of the world. Iceland is beautiful in a wild and unique way. MV Fram, built by Hurtigruten in 2007 especially for cruising the polar regions, is a wonderful ship. According to Hurtigruten, it carries 318 passengers, but we were told the ship was full on this voyage with 227. The average age of passengers was typical for an expedition-type cruise, i.e., younger than on large ships. There were two or three people with physical handicaps (one in a wheelchair) and a number of children. Eighty to ninety percent of the passengers were Scandinavians (93 Norwegians) and Germans. There were only four Americans aboard, along with a handful of people from other English-speaking countries. The official language of the voyage was English. Check-in on the ship in Reykjavik was chaotic. Help with luggage was available upon request; otherwise everyone managed their own bags. As on more traditional cruises, a cruise card was used for all purchases aboard. There was a small gift shop with clothing appropriate for the voyage, along with some souvenir items and toiletries. Alcohol, soft drinks, and premium coffees could be purchased. Shore excursions were included in the cruise price, and all passengers were given windbreakers as a memento of the voyage. There were two dinner seatings with assigned tables, but due to the nature of the trip, all but two nights were buffets with open seating. The food was Scandinavian, meaning good fresh fish (such as salmon) at dinner, and smoked or marinated fish as a choice at every buffet. Besides the fish and excellent desserts, the food was uninspired, to say the least. Vegetarians, diabetics, and people with gluten intolerance were provided for. A snack bar with complimentary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, cookies, and small sandwiches was open 24/7. There was no room service. The cruise itself was an unforgettable experience. After one sea day we reached Jan Mayen Island, a tiny Norwegian outpost 370 miles NE of Iceland. It is inhabited only by fourteen hardy souls who run the weather station there. There is no harbor, no regular air service, and no tourist facilities. The only visitors are the occasional yachts that anchor there. The Fram was the first cruise ship to call there. Our landing was made on a rocky beach from "Polarcirkel" boats (similar to Zodiacs), and required waterproof boots. Jan Mayen is a wild, desolate place with essentially no vegetation. The perfectly shaped volcano last erupted in the 1970's, and the whole island consists of lava rock. The weather was relatively mild, with calm seas and temperatures in the forties. While we were ashore the volcano was obscured by clouds, but later that night the midnight sun appeared and illuminated the snow-covered peak with its glaciers. As if on cue, three Minke whales also appeared. After another sea day we arrived at Spitsbergen, where our first stop was to be Longyearbyen, the largest settlement in the Svalbard archipelago. As luck would have it, an ice-field totally filled the Isfjorden. The Fram is designed to break through such ice floes, but progress was so slow that after two hours the captain made the decision to cancel that stop and head north. Standing on the bow (fully covered with wind-proof pants, jacket, hood, boots, and heavy long-johns) watching our laborious progress through the ice, I felt a long, long way from home. We saw many birds taking advantage of the shifting ice floes: puffins, guillemots, auks, fulmars, gulls, and arctic terns. Our trip north along the west coast of Spitsbergen took us past an incredible landscape of mountains, glaciers and blue skies. The next morning we stopped for a guided tour of Ny Alesund, a small settlement made up of scientists from different countries doing various polar research projects. Cruise ships and yachts do stop there, but there are no facilities except a small gift shop and a museum. Ny Alesund used to be a mining town, and most of the buildings are remodeled houses from that era. Later that day we made a landing at the beach in beautiful Magdalena Fjord, where blubber ovens were still visible from the days when whaling ships used this natural harbor (ice-free year round due to the Gulf Stream) as headquarters for their activities in this part of the world. While leaving Magdalena Fjord we saw our only polar bears of the trip, unfortunately far in the distance. It was a mother and cub. After midnight that night (still bright sunlight) we reached Moffin Island off the north coast of Spitsbergen. It's a walrus preserve, so we were not allowed to go ashore but could see the walrus colony quite clearly. There were other wonderful experiences sailing through the many fjords and past the countless glaciers and bird nesting cliffs of Spitsbergen. Days and nights were spent watching the scenery and profiting from the excellent lectures and slide shows of the scientists aboard the ship. Among them were five Ph.D.s in such fields as Geology, Glaciology, and Ornithology. All were experts on the polar regions and also gave talks on the history of polar expeditions, animals of the Arctic, and the like. There was no nightly entertainment per se, just a pianist in the lounge, and a couple of events such as a crew talent show. In addition, all passengers were taken on a tour of the Bridge. The voyage ended on a dramatic note with another passage through the ice-field in the Isfjorden to get to our final destination, Longyearbyen. It took all of the last day, so the scheduled landing had to be cancelled. But the ship's breaking through the ice was such an exhilarating experience that it was worth it. We had a few hours in Longyearbyen before our flight to Oslo (included in the cruise fare). The settlement has a history of coal mining and other attempts at making a profitable permanent town here, including many international disputes over sovereignty, especially between Norway and Russia. The Fram is a beautiful small ship, nicely appointed with a large observation lounge, lecture rooms, attractive public areas, a fitness room, two on-deck hot tubs, and interesting art work. Our cabin was tiny but acceptable. The service was impeccable and friendly, although with mostly open seating we didn't have much personal interaction with the dining room staff. The Expedition Team was fantastic, comprised of exceedingly competent and knowledgeable men and women. All in all, this was an incredible cruise for someone who wants to get way off the beaten path. A memorable experience all around.
5.0 • hawklady
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The Vinland Saga Adventure
The Vinland Saga Adventure Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Greenland to Svalbard expedition
Greenland to Svalbard expedition Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Discover the green coast of Brazil
Discover the green coast of Brazil Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Once known as "Norwegian Coastal Voyage" in the U.S., Hurtigruten adopted its traditional Norwegian name a few years ago, and remains, in many minds, "The World's Most Beautiful Voyage." What Makes Them Stand Out? They operate cruises to lesser known locations and focus on providing unique nature experiences and excursions. They’ve been a leader in constantly improving how they treat the landscape and try to maintain as little harmful impact as possible. Who Travels With Them? Hurtigruten’s cruises are perfect for adventurous travelers looking to “connect with your inner explorer.” Excursions tend to be very active, and do take place in harsher environments - it will most likely be cold! And while you certainly won’t be roughing it, the Hurtigruten ships aren't the newest vessels on the seas, nor are they equipped with large numbers of amenities. But the scenery and experiences are hard to beat. Where Do They Operate? The 11 Hurtigruten ships ply the Norwegian coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, near the Russian border, making the round trip in just under two weeks (but many passengers choose to go just one way). They also run voyages to Spitsbergen (a far northern Norwegian island also known as Svalbard) and other Arctic locations, as well as Antarctica. Why Travel With Them? For spectacular views, and incredibly unique experiences ashore. You'll stop in some fascinating cities and fishing villages; sail down gorgeous fjords and view snow-capped mountains; cross the Arctic Circle; pay a visit to the Top of Europe (the northernmost point on the Continent); and watch as the ships unload supplies for the locals at each stop -- the Hurtigruten is both cruise passenger and cargo ship.
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Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises

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Total Trips 7 Trips
Average Price $ 435 per day
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 8 – 18 days
Trip Prices $ 2,145 – $ 7,895
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 7 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, to Lisbon, Portugal
Philipsburg, St. Maarten, to Lisbon, Portugal Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Paul Gauguin Cruises sails award-winning luxury cruise ships, owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., an operator to luxury destination resorts in French Polynesia for more than 25 years.  What Makes Them Stand Out?  Its cruises’ award-winning Polynesian hospitality aims for an attention to detail, which delivers a personalized, luxury experience. Every sail also offers live entertainment and hosting activities, which bring Polynesian culture to life on board. The Gauguin is one of the only luxury ships in French Polynesia to offer PADI SCUBA diving programs.  Who Travels With Them?  Paul Gauguin cruises are open to families, couples, solo travelers, and groups.  Where Do They Operate?  Paul Gauguin Cruises operates in the Caribbean, Fiji, Indonesia, Tahiti, and French Polynesia. They also offer transatlantic cruises. Why Travel With Them?  Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the longest continually sailing cruise ship in the South Pacific—The Gauguin. It was recognized by Condé Nast Traveler on its “Top Small Ships” list, 15 years in a row.
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Lindblad Expeditions

Lindblad Expeditions

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 7 Trips
Average Price $ 827 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 15 days
Trip Prices $ 5,990 – $ 12,690
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 6 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Enjoy the adventure as well as the learning

I'd love to join a group going to Antarctica and enjoy the adventure as well as the learning that goes on during these trips. Lindblad Tours are one of the premier travel companies in the world. Live, laugh, learn, love and thrive!
5.0 • Joyce

Absolute trip

Just returned from a National Geographic/Linblad trip to the Galápagos. Absolute trip of a lifetime that is in no small part thanks to the amazing crew and staff of the National Geographic Endeavor II. I will definitely be recommending this first-rate organization to everyone.
5.0 • Paul-Erik
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Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition cruise specialist with almost 50 years experience. The company was founded by Antarctic explorer, Lars-Eric Lindblad in 1969, who pioneered leisure travel expedition cruises to places like Antarctica and the Galapagos. What Makes Them Stand Out? Lindblad is one of the most well-known adventure travel brands in the world, with a rich history of exploring the far corners of the earth. All of their trips have an element of education, such as lectures from naturalists and photographers. In fact, Lindblad has long partnered with National Geographic to provide this enriching, educational aspect to their tours. Although you are on board with a large group, sometimes 100+ people, this is not your typical group tour. Travelers have flexibility and can choose their daily activities based on personal interest. In places like Antarctica, smaller groups form to make landings via a zodiac boat. Who Travels With Them? Lindblad attracts a curious, well-educated traveler - someone who wants to truly immerse themselves in nature and their surroundings, versus a more passive traveler. Lindblad travelers have diverse backgrounds such as professional photographers, artists, teachers, and scientists. You can expect your expedition group to be of all ages, although many passengers are 40+. Where Do They Operate? Lindblad offers a wide range of tours to classic expedition cruise destinations like the Galapagos, Alaska, and Antarctica as well as non-traditional places like Costa Rica, Panama, and the British Isles. Their fleet of ships numbers 10 in total. Why Travel With Them? If you’ve always wanted to explore distant places like Antarctica or tough-to-reach lands like the Galapagos, then Lindblad could be your best bet. They have many years experience fine tuning their hands-on, but comfortable, expeditions to provide a fun, educational experience. This certainly isn’t your classic cruise experience.
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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

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Total Trips 6 Trips
Average Price $ 453 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 10 – 13 days
Trip Prices $ 2,899 – $ 7,599
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 6 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
San Francisco to Vancouver
San Francisco to Vancouver Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Miami to Miami
Miami to Miami Trip Type: Large Ship Cruise
Formerly Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Regent — rebranded in 2007 — is a Miami-based luxury line that operates a fleet of four small cruise ships (with maximum passenger capacities ranging from 490 to 700) that sail much of the world.  What Makes Them Stand Out?  Regent is known for its attention to detail and personalized service, with a high ratio of staff to passengers. And while expensive, the line also offers a number of cost-cutting incentives such as all-inclusive pricing and, in many cases, two-for-one airfares (including free business class air for many cruises). Its four sleek, top-of-the-line small ships can reach out-of-the-way and more intimate ports that larger ships cannot. Regent ships feature all-suite cabins, and almost all come with private balconies.  Who Travels With Them? Regent Seven Seas attracts an affluent group of passengers — usually couples middle aged to older — who are seeking an all-inclusive small-ship experience, often in exotic locales. The line doesn’t cater to families (no supervised children’s programs are available), though it does offer special children’s fares on some cruises.  Where Do They Operate? As its name implies, Regent travels the Seven Seas, stopping in nearly 350 ports around the world. Parts of Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific, North and South America and Europe (northern and Mediterranean) are all on Regent itineraries, as are around-the-world cruises that visit more than 60 ports in 30 countries and may last up to two months.  How Does It Work? Once you come aboard a Regent ship, your only expenses will be personal items such as laundry and beauty services, purchases in the shops or on shore, or perhaps a fling at the casino. Shore excursions, gratuities, specialty restaurants, and drinks (fine wines and spirits) are all included in the price – expenditures that could run into the thousands of dollars on other lines. True, Regent charges a good deal more to begin with, but its passengers like not being “nickel-and-dimed to death” during the voyage. Why Travel With Them?   If you can afford it, you can cruise the world with Regent and expect to have an excellent experience with few hiccups. No formal wear is required – “elegant casual” is the watchword for dress.
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Grand Circle Cruise Line

Grand Circle Cruise Line

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4.5 • Excellent
Total Trips 8 Trips
Average Price $ 197 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 13 – 28 days
Trip Prices $ 2,095 – $ 7,195
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 6 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Enjoyed entire trip

Enjoyed entire trip. Beautiful scenery, great food, wonderful adventures and friendly Italians
5.0 • Frederick

I may look Elsewhere going forward.

I get the brochures and e mail deals. Last two times I call immediately. The can't fine the deal. Thy send out the low price offers then Grand Circle deal arrived yesterday Thanksgiving to my e-mail. Called last night and today and throughout the day. Got an answer after 3 pm. Couldn't get the advertised rate to Paris /Normandy for 13 days. Second time now I tried. Last was English /Scotland and Ireland. We found a deal elsewhere . Anyone else feel they bait and switch at Garand Circle? It was $1000 more than the deal in the E mail and I had no date limitations . I may look Elsewhere going forward.
1.0 • Thomas
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Ultimate Africa was Awesome

The accommodations were the best. It’s hard to believe we were in camps. I was amazed how good the food was, and how frequently we ate. It was one of the best experiences I have had. The game drives were exciting, and we saw so many animals, including the big five. It was the trip of a lifetime, and I may be going back in the future.
5.0 • Sandra
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Romance of the Rhine and Mosel
Romance of the Rhine and Mosel Trip Type: River Cruise
Essence of the Elbe: Berlin to Prague
Essence of the Elbe: Berlin to Prague Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Grand Circle Cruise Line is a family of Grand Circle Corporation, a global enterprise. What Makes Grand Circle Cruise Line Stand Out? It offers a value small ship cruises and river cruises for travellers seeking to discover their destination. The trip duration ranges from 5 to 30 days and its fleets cabins and other features are designed to meet American taste. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Grand Circle Cruise Line?  Grand Circle Cruise Line caters exclusively to older Americans Top Destinations While the Grand Circle Cruise Line offers their small ship cruises globally their river cruises are focused on Europe. Grand Circle Cruise Line Travel Style It focuses on providing value tours by having low per diems and yet focuses on providing rich experience through inclusion of local program directors and activities that deeply engages in discovering the culture of the destination. Why Choose a Cruise with Grand Circle? If you are looking for an enrichment tour that gets you in-depth knowledge of culture, history and traditions of the destination you are travelling to and are open-minded to try new things then Grand Circle Cruise will be a perfect solution.
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St Hilda Sea Adventures Preferred

St Hilda Sea Adventures

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 11 Trips
Average Price $ 166 per day
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 6 – 12 days
Trip Prices $ 965 – $ 4,726
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 10 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

A memorable holiday

Have just spent a fabulous week on board the St. Hilda vessel sailing around the small Hebridean Islands. This is a stunningly beautiful & spectacular part of the world that needs to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated. Many thanks must go to Christophe for his sailing expertise and extensive knowledge of the Islands & surrounding waters & lochs. Thanks to Kerry for her delicious meals which appeared like magic from below deck and for looking after our every need during our cruise. Loved the birthday cake and Champagne!! Although the weather and the seas were not always kind to us it did not dampen our spirits and only added to the “Scottish” experience. This was truly a memorable holiday made more so by the warm hospitality of all staff in this family run business from Christophe and Kerry to Collette and Julie.
5.0 • John

Fabulous trip and company enough!

Just got back from our Mull Odyssey cruise. An amazing, truly special holiday. So many highlights to pick from but the amazing columnar basalt rock formations on Staffa; Lochbuie Standing Stone Circle; dolphins bow riding; huge jellyfish; 'helping' crew the ship; Tobermory; sunsets & rainbows; Iona and the fabulous scenery are a good start. Special thanks to Christophe and Amy for going above and beyond being the crew. I cannot recommend this fabulous trip and company enough!
5.0 • Mike
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I had a memorable and enjoyable time

I had a memorable and enjoyable time on Seahorse II. This included seeing a minke whale breaching many times, a huge pod of dolphins, including a baby one, diving and jumping out the water and porpoises. The crew were very helpful, kind and skillful, we had delicious food and good laughs. The islands we visited were wild and wonderful. Recommended.
5.0 • Amanda
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Skye and the Small Isles
Skye and the Small Isles Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
St Kilda: an Outer Hebridean Cruise
St Kilda: an Outer Hebridean Cruise Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Malt Whisky and Wildlife
Malt Whisky and Wildlife Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups. What Makes Them Stand Out? Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by. Who Travels With Them? All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor. Where Do They Operate? The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world. Why Travel With Them? Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.
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Oceanic Society

Oceanic Society

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 3 Trips
Average Price $ 510 per day
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 1 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

I had an unbelievably amazing travel

I had an unbelievably amazing travel experience with Oceanic Society. I have been privileged to travel all over the world but nothing compares to the wildlife adventure I experienced with this group in Mexico. Truly, a life-changing experience to travel with such wonderful, passionate and compassionate conservation professionals
5.0 • Gina

I had a brilliant time out on a tour

I had a brilliant time out on a tour with these kind and knowledgeable folks last week. We were lucky to have 3 gray whales that seemed content to let us follow them for awhile, but even without that it would have been a worthwhile trek. The weather was beautiful and the two naturalists had great depths of knowledge and interesting stories to share. I'm very grateful for the experience and will go out with them again.
5.0 • Corinne
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Around since 1969, the Oceanic Society has stayed true to their original ideals: to teach travelers about the ocean, marine life, and encourage conservation. What Makes Them Stand Out? They offer active ocean travel, exploration, and education around the world. With a strong focus on conservation, they are the perfect travel experience if you want to learn more about ocean life, movement, and history. Their tours involve such amazing experiences as whale watching, snorkeling, and even some yoga retreats. The point is to connect to the ocean and feel empowered to help keep them safe. Who Travels With Them? Water travel enthusiasts! If you love snorkeling, scuba diving, rafting, and other water (specifically ocean) sports, this is the company for you. They are especially popular among families for their educational focus. Where Do They Operate? They have expedition tours that go around the world with a focus on conservation - these include Kenya, Nicaragua, The Galapagos, and Cuba. Their other main focus is in North America, specifically the California coast and San Francisco. Why Travel With Them? They are a community of passionate conservationists as well as a tour company. Part of traveling with them is learning about the incredible marine wildlife around the world and how you can help protect threatened areas and species. If you’re seeking a company that has a community feel and a focus on ocean education, but also wants to make sure you have fun on your vacation, this is a great place to look.
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Tauck Premier
4.9 • Excellent
Total Trips 710 Trips
Average Price $ 535 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 24 days
Trip Prices $ 3,190 – $ 14,990
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Mixed Land & Cruise
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 250 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Pay for a 4 star trip and get 2 star food

My husband and I took the Treasures of the Mediterranean tour two weeks ago. The food off the ship was very good. The food on the ship was subpar (2 stars out of 4 stars). We ended up ordering French Fries at the beginning of each meal so we would at least have something to eat. I called Tauck and voiced my concerns. They offered us a $250 voucher each for another trip. I hardly think the food portion on the yacht was $250. Why would I go on another Tauck trip when my first one, which was our retirement celebration due to the poor food. The majority of the people on the trip were dissatisfied with the food and their reviews reflected it.
2.0 • KBone

Still Spellbound by the Grandeur of Alaska

Focused on the amazing wildness of Alaska without worrying about the mundane details. Expert, low-key tour director made everything look easy. Excursions enhanced appreciation for the history, terrain, wildlife, peoples, boom and bust cycles that make Alaska so unique. Clear view of Denali, great weather, days 'at sea' with binoculars in hand! Most Memorable Moment: Flightseeing, Tundra Wilderness tour (clear Denali, rare wolf sighting and grizzlies in distance), crossing Prince William Sound (sea-otters, orcas, stellar sea-lions, and more), Hubbard Glacier calving, Glacier Bay entire day, Whale Watching out of Juneau, and bald eagles everywhere!
5.0 • Ischeibl
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Founded in 1925 by Arthur Tauck, the company has blossomed from a New England motor coach tour agency to offering trips throughout the world -- by land (including rail), sea, and sometimes by air (private air charters, helicopters). But it remains a Tauck family-run business, now in its fourth generation. Quick Facts Founded in 1925 Luxury travel with a friendly touch Small groups, large groups, river cruises Solo friendly Average tour price is around $6,000 p/p Unique partnerships: BBC Earth, offering science themed nature tours, Ken Burns journeys in the US What Makes Tauck Stand Out “No grouches or pessimists” was the plea in a 1920s newspaper ad for a small tour group. From that small automobile taking curious, adventurous New Yorkers along dusty roads through beautiful New England, Tauck has come a long way, now offering guided tours throughout the world. They look upon their legacy with immense pride, as well they should. Arthur Tauck was an immigrant who pulled himself up by bootstraps and engenuity, and his name represents a supreme, classic and classy tour experience.   Tauck is a long-established high-quality tour operator with a strong reputation as one of the top companies offering upper-mid-range to luxury group travel and river cruises for the 50+ crowd. While its staple has been European and North American land tours, Tauck has been increasingly expanding into special family trips, exotic locations, and recent award-winning European river cruising. Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Tauck? Pricing is virtually all-inclusive -- no additional options that can run up costs are offered during the trips, yet this is not a place for the true budget traveler. Though they offer several different types of tours, from family vacations to river cruising, attracting and serving a diverse customer group, the legacy of tradition and comfortability appeals largely to older and middle aged travelers. Solo travelers are very welcome on Tauck trips, and pay a low single supplement. Numerous specifically solo friendly tours are offered. You’ll meet romantic singles, or simply independent minded travelers, of all ages. Large family or friend groups could find a great fit at Tauck. Particularly because if your group is 11 people, the 11th travels for free! Because of Tauck’s impressively wide reaching themes and styles for families, having several different ages will be easier to entertain than they might be with other companies. They even have dedicated “family river cruises”. So if you’re considering a multi-gen family reunion or have a large group of friends with various ages, Tauck could be a good choice. Top Destinations Tauck destinations include all seven continents -- so whether you're trying to plan an Iceland vacation or looking to take a trip to Canada, consider Tauck! Special themes may include food and wine, North American national parks, fall foliage, solo travel, African safaris, “Culturious” travel (for culturally curious baby boomers), “Bridges” (for families), and “Events,” which are considered once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. These may feature a trip to the Kentucky Derby or journeys based around themes of Ken Burns films, with a chance to meet Burns himself. Tauck Travel Style Tauck’s travel style is all about seeing destinations in comfort, yet with a strong sense of adventure and desire to see different sides of the destination - from local life to culturally immersive activities. Land tours are where they began, and they offer hundreds of different tours of various lengths around the world. Typically accommodations are in comfortable 3, 4, and occasionally 5 star hotels. Tauck has an award winning river cruise line, covering a variety of European rivers. They strive to create an intimate setting, where customer service is not compromised. Small ship cruises use 40- to 264-passenger-size yachts and expeditionary vessels that can visit small islands and other locations that big ships cannot. The staff is known for its attentiveness and individualized service. Among Tauck’s unique partnerships is a special connection with the BBC Earth, through which they offer what they call “Earth Journeys”. These explore the natural world with emphasis on being outdoors learning the fascinating earth science behind stunning nature and wildlife. Tauck is a luxury minded brand, and their prices do tend to sit in the upper budget range. Think an average price between $5,000 and $7,000 per person. That said, they strive to reflect a friendliness and openness, and steer away from any kind of “stuffy” feeling. Their trips are comprehensive and full of enriching cultural activities, while also appreciating the value behind enjoying a cocktail hour before heading into dinner. Why Choose a Tour or River Cruise With Tauck? Tauck has an impressive array of travel styles and tours, suitable to numerous types of travelers. They are especially popular with large family groups and corporate groups, as well as very friendly to solo / single travelers. A renowned, award winning, and well established company, they seamlessly marry innovation with legacy - sticking to their roots while continuing to create unique offerings. Some of its biggest growth has come on water, where Tauck operates a fleet of seven European river boats and a number of small ship cruises. Their customer service, attentive and knowledgeable guides are definitely a key component to their popularity. Tauck offers something for just about everyone.
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Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 14 Trips
Average Price $ 744 per day
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 8 – 20 days
Trip Prices $ 5,195 – $ 16,195
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 13 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Most AMAZING experience ever

You guys rock! Thanks for the most AMAZING experience ever. Totally exceeded our expectations. Expedition Crew and Hospitality Crew were outstanding. We highly recommend QUARK. Special shout out to the Kayaking Crew, you're exceptional!
5.0 • Jodie-Anne

Professional and satisfactory

Any company can be good when things go well, it's how they perform when things go wrong that is important. I was on the 7th Jan Fly the Drake expedition that got cancelled after 3 days of bad weather meant we were unable to land on King George Island. They were honest with us whilst events were unfolding and took care of our food and accommodation needs. Since returning home, my dealings with them via my travel agent have been professional and satisfactory. So much so that I have booked to travel with them next year.
5.0 • Jill
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Quark has been a leader in expedition-style cruising for nearly a quarter century, specializing in the polar regions. You can travel in an icebreaker -- including one that's nuclear-powered and goes to the North Pole -- or in smaller, more mobile ships, all of which hold fewer than 200 passengers.  Quark Expeditions are exactly that -- if you'd like to follow in the wake of some of the great Arctic and Antarctic explorers, this company will provide you the opportunity. Passengers often board Zodiacs to get out on the water or make landings in remote locations.  Here's an example: in December 2014, passengers on Quark's vessel Sea Spirit made a successful landing on Saunders Island, part of the uninhabited South Sandwich Islands in the Antarctic region. It's so difficult to land on the precarious coast of Saunders Island that only 12 touristic attempts have been made in the past 24 years, many unsuccessful.  So if you're ready for true adventure, this is the place.        
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International Expeditions

International Expeditions

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 8 Trips
Average Price $ 602 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 10 days
Trip Prices $ 3,548 – $ 5,348
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 3 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

IE puts on a show on the Amazon

My wife and I just returned from a wet season trip with International Expeditions (IE) to Lima and the Amazon. It was tremendous: 1. The diversity of wildlife is extreme and up close and personal. 2. The vastness of it all approaches infinity. 3. The staff and guides were top drawer professionals. The IE mother ship (Zafiro) is in great condition and very comfortable, clean and welcoming. The staff is friendly, helpful, supportive, knowledgeable. The naturalists/guides are the best. Experts in the wildlife and flora and good-natured and personable. Yes, it is hot and humid, but very bearable. Yes, there are mosquitoes at night, but again very manageable. (We've all experienced much much worse in the US.) In the wet season (50 feet higher water than in dry season) you don't get to walk as much as you do in dry season because terra firma is so much further into the rain forest than you can reach in a boat. But we did get to visit villages and walk in the rain forest. We swam. We went out every morning and afternoon in the skiffs to explore smaller rivers and lakes. Sloths, monkeys, iguana, boa, anaconda, caiman, tarantula, piranha, frogs, toads, and more bird types than you can count. Wow - What a Show!
5.0 • The Amazon does not disappoint

Amazon River Cruise

This was our second time coming to Peru but first time with International Expeditions and it was amazing. Staff and guides are very friendly and accommodating. If you have food allergies and any sort of problem they take the time to ensure you have a great trip and will help you any way that they can. The river cruise itself was very comfortable clean sheets, beds are nice and rooms are pretty spacious overall for a river cruise. We always had daily activities to participate in or could choose to stay behind. But I wouldn't recommend that as you get to see so much just within the first couple of days that you're in Pacaya-Samiria Reserve! The wildlife was incredible and included sightings of monkeys, birds, snakes, a sloth, spiders and beautiful frogs that you get to see during the night boat tour. I loved going into a local village and learning about cultural traditions that have been passed on from generation to generation. We even participated in a spiritual ritual that's supposed to cleanse your body; a very interesting experience! I'd recommend bringing and using insect repellent daily especially during summer peak season, it is the Amazon after all. If you love wildlife and are looking for a great authentic but comfortable experience in nature, I highly recommend this trip.
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Amazon Voyage
Amazon Voyage Trip Type: Group Tour
Cuba Voyage
Cuba Voyage Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Amazon Riverboat & Rainforest Lodge
Amazon Riverboat & Rainforest Lodge Trip Type: River Cruise
Peregrine Adventures Preferred

Peregrine Adventures

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4.7 • Excellent
Total Trips 849 Trips
Average Price $ 402 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 23 days
Trip Prices $ 1,520 – $ 33,105
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 203 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

amazing beyond all our expectations

We arrived home last week following an 11 day tour with Peregrine Plus, Lima, The Sacred Valley and Lake Titikaka. It was amazing beyond all our expectations. Our private guide was a Peruvian local, English speaking, he was excellent great local knowledge and organised everything like clockwork. Our accommodation was brilliant we were treated like royalty, check out Hotel B in Lima, Sol Luna Urubamba and Hotel Belmond Monasterio in Cusco. Would highly recommend this tour and look forward to another experience with Peregrine in the future. 1 Comment
5.0 • Stephanie

Fabulous time with a wonderful guide, Jorge.

This trip was fabulous and it was made even better with the knowledge and expertise of our Spanish-speaking guide, Jorge Riofru. Jorge smoothed over all our difficulties and showed us the real Peru that is his homeland. He was able to ensure that my coeliac diet was catered for even when we were trekking to Machu Picchu! this trip was enhanced by the deep knowledge and love that Jorge has for his country. this has been one of the best trips ever.
5.0 • Bernadette Foster
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What an AMAZING 6 week trip of 6 countries!

My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed.
5.0 • Wendy P.
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With Peregrine Adventures, ‘anywhere is possible.’ Based in Australia, Peregrine has led small-group, ‘soft’ adventure-style trips worldwide for over 30 years. It was one of the first operators to employ local leaders, a practice that is now widespread in guided travel. What Makes Them Stand Out? While considering itself an adventure travel company, Peregrine promises to “smooth down the bumps and rough edges.” In short, it’s more about soft adventure with added comforts than roughing it. Group sizes are kept small, with no more than 16 travelers per trip. Its philosophy is that while “seeing the famous sites is a must, it’s those memories of wandering through a little village or sharing dinner with a local family that leave a lasting impression.” The small-group aspect allows for more time to absorb the nature of the places visited, and to make a minimal environmental impact on them as well. Who Travels With Them? While Peregrine is a global company, many of its travelers originate from Australia and New Zealand. However, their groups can be geographically diverse, with most travelers 50+ years of age. Where Do They Operate? Peregrine offers a wide variety of exciting global destinations, with 200 trips across 80 countries -- spanning from Egypt to Turkey to Canada trips! The company is perhaps best known for its Himalayan trekking excursions to far-flung destinations including Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. It was a pioneer in high-altitude trekking and these trips remain among their most popular today. How Does it Work? Most travel is by private, air-conditioned minibus, but you might find yourself on a houseboat in Kerala, India, a tuk-tuk in Sri Lanka, or a mountain lift on the best Switzerland tour you've ever experienced. Lodging and dining is at smaller, locally run hotels and restaurants. You might also dine with locals from time to time, and stay with local families or at campsites as well. Why Travel With Them? Peregrine is a good choice if you’re looking for a bit of a softer landing with respect to transportation and accommodations but still crave an authentic, off-the-beaten-path experience. If you’re looking for more individual travel, Peregrine will craft independent journeys, arrange self-guided walking and cycling tours, or arrange private group and tailor-made trips. It’s your choice. Peregrine also helps support various community and conservation projects via its ties with the Intrepid Foundation. Tweets by PeregrineSpirit
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Star Clippers

Star Clippers

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4.5 • Great
Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 247 per day
Size Regional Expert
Tour Length 10 – 10 days
Trip Prices $ 2,351 – $ 2,577
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 2 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Intimate small group sailing

If you are looking for a unique experience on a four masted sailing ship, this is for you. No broadway shows, or mega floating theme parks, just the real experience of sailing the Mediterranean. The ship holds about 125 guests plus crew. You are able to interact with the crew and even lend a hand in the daily operation of the ship. Few if any children under the age of 15, and 75% of the guests were from countries other than the USA. We had a wonderful experience on the ship and during the small group land tours.
4.0 • Mike

not your typical 3500 person ship

This was an awesome sailing ship that held 170 people from all over the world. Loved the fact that it never used the motor but it was there in case of emergency. And it didn't overwhelm you with climbing walls, spas, 30 restaurants, gambling, etc. etc that the huge moving hotel ships provide. A truly unique experience !
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Spain, Italy, Tunisia & Malta
Spain, Italy, Tunisia & Malta Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Panama - Cuba - Star Flyer
Panama - Cuba - Star Flyer Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Windstar

Windstar

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 450 per day
Tour Length 7 – 8 days
Trip Prices $ 3,199 – $ 3,499
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 2 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Dreams of Tahiti cruise was above my expectations!

Dreams of Tahiti cruise was above my expectations! Crew was attentive, friendly and helpful, Food was delicious. Great selection of tropical fruit, and salads! When we arrived home we knew we would be booking another cruise with Winstar, and we did !! July 2019 Mediterranean island hopping!! So excited
5.0 • Nina Ambrogio

Service on board is impeccable

My wife and I and two other couples recently returned from a week-long sail on the Aegean Sea aboard the Wind Star to Greece. Service on board is impeccable; the ship is spotlessly clean, the staff is ever attentive and the captain, Belinda Bennett is out and about all day checking on the dining room(s) the service on the veranda and is often found sitting with passengers and sharing her experience as one of the first female ship captains. This cruise was a delight from beginning to end aboard a four-masted sailboat. Highly recommended.
5.0 • Frank
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Greek Isles & Turkish Delights
Greek Isles & Turkish Delights Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast
Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Windstar operates a fleet of luxury small ship yacht-style cruise ships around the world. What Makes Them Stand Out? Windstar is the place to go for luxurious, yacht style travel . Their fleet consists of  vessels specifically designed to be a difference experience to larger ships. Each ship has a maximum occupancy of 300, lending to their luxurious feel. They pride themselves on providing a “private yacht experience” so even though you are traveling with a couple hundred passengers, you have a lot of space to yourself. Who Travels With Them? Those seeking a flexible, inclusive, customizable cruise experience will be most at home on a Windstar Cruise. This is a higher budget kind of experience, popular among baby boomers, couples, and families.  Where Do They Operate? Currently Windstar operates their cruises in North Europe, Italy and the Mediterranean, the South Pacific and Caribbean. They also offer special themed cruises and ocean crossings. Why Travel With Them? For the experience of authentic travel with a luxury twist, Windstar provides an ideal mix. They offer options like private events, exclusive on shore tours with interesting and varied themes, as well as top notch cuisine and on ship activities. Smaller ports are more accessible on smaller ships such as these so it’s a great option for those who want a comfortable travel experience with just an element of adventure.
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Un-Cruise Adventures Preferred

Un-Cruise Adventures

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 17 Trips
Average Price $ 410 per day
Size Regional Expert
Tour Length 8 – 22 days
Trip Prices $ 1,795 – $ 9,295
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 17 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

one of the best trips of my life

Just got back from Glacier Bay with UnCruise - one of the best trips of my life. This was my first group trip and my first cruise and I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the "group experience," but I would absolutely do this again, and again, and again... Amazing staff created unique, intimate nature encounters that you couldn't achieve on your own or with a larger group. From the ship's crew to the hotel/dining staff to the expedition leaders, this company has perfected hiring. Every single staff member had a passion for customer service and adventure. The final element that created such a magical trip was the passengers. Regardless of age or ability, each passenger had an adventurer's heart and seemed invested in helping each other have a fantastic experience. So many new friends and role models. This is definitely a bucket list trip, but one I want to repeat instead of crossing off. Thank you, UnCruise!
5.0 • Christa

Cheerful care and incredible trip

We are in awe of UnCruise. Our trip for fifteen days on the Wilderness Discoverer through the inside passage from Juneau to Seattle was exciting every single day. Dozens of humpbacks diving and breaching, an orca extravaganza , grizzly, dolphins, sea and river otters, the aurora borealis and much more! The local sourced food and drinks exquisite, the activities plentiful and well planned, and the small number of passengers and incredible crew made being onboard feel like an extended family reunion. We were immersed in Alaska both physically and spiritually and came home both renewed and at peace. Thanks Captain Keith, First Mate Lee, Sara who programmed incredible opportunities, Ben, Haley, Miriam, Kelly, Nate, Carl, and everyone on the crew for the many hours of cheerful care and incredible trip you gave to us passengers.
5.0 • Kitty
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Hawaiian Seascapes
Hawaiian Seascapes Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Ultimate Adventure
Ultimate Adventure Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Formerly American Safari Cruises, Un-Cruise Adventures changed its name in 2013 to reflect its philosophy: You won’t be on a conventional cruise with us. Un-Cruise has an eight-ship fleet that includes expedition vessels, yachts, and one replica 19th-century coastal steamer. None of the ships holds more than 88 passengers, and one carries a maximum of 22. Most are in the 40-to-70-passenger range. Experts such as National Park Rangers in Alaska often come on board to give lectures and answer questions, and guides often try to arrange cultural encounters with local people. What Makes Them Stand Out? Un-Cruise Adventures combines water-borne adventure with small-ship intimacy and casually clothed luxury. It’s an unusual combination that sets them apart from most other cruise lines. On-board service is personalized and excellent with a high crew-to-passenger ratio, and guides are extremely knowledgeable. Ambience on board is relaxed; you never need to dress up. Once you’ve taken an Un-Cruise, you may find it difficult to return to “regular” cruising.  Who Travels With Them?  Adventurous and active travelers of any age can enjoy an Un-Cruise. Un-Cruise does attract primarily upscale passengers, though if you travel in the offseason and choose one of the lesser-category cabins, their prices are competitive with other small-ship cruise lines. (And more amenities are included in the base rates than on many other lines.)  Un-Cruise also offers family trips. Where Do They Operate? Un-Cruise “adventure cruises” sail Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, the Pacific Northwest (Coastal Washington state and British Columbia), and Central America (Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, including a complete crossing from the Atlantic to Pacific). They also run river cruises on the Columbia and Snake rivers of the Northwestern U.S. Un-Cruise Adventures like to get off the beaten path, and, using small ships, they can do just that. How Does It Work? Kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, hiking, and going out in skiffs to watch for whales or other marine life are typical activities, depending on the destination. There’s also plenty of time to be out on deck, read in the lounge, or chat with fellow passengers at cocktail hour and over meals.  Why Travel With Them? If you don’t like waiting in line to embark or disembark your ship; want to get to know many of your fellow passengers; prefer itineraries flexible enough to, say, go in search of whales if the captain spots some in the distance; believe in the “leave no traces” style of travel; enjoy good food and service; and want to bring home intimate knowledge of a destination rather than just souvenirs, then an Un-Cruise may be right for you. 
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Lost World Adventures

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4.8 • Excellent
Total Trips 57 Trips
Average Price $ 447 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 6 – 32 days
Trip Prices $ 1,728 – $ 32,750
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Custom/Private Tour Operator
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 9 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Great place for kids

Great place for kids. If you want to have a birthday in East bay a place to consider. We celebrated our grandson's birthday here. It was a hit. Has several games. Staff were nice.
5.0 • John

Patagonia Trip

Overall we had a terrific experience. With the exception of El Calafate, the accommodations were all exceptional. The 5 day cruise from Porto Arenas to Ushuaia, although expensive, was worth it. Exceptional weather for end of March also helped. Highlights were Bariloche, Puerto Natalas and Torres del Paine (Chile postcard peaks), and Glacier Alley on the cruise. Ushuaia showed what 50 mph winds look like but the perpetual rainbow made it a great final stop. Working with Lost World was a pleasure. They were very responsive and followed up on everything including the days of arrival and departure in every city.
5.0 • Richard Peiser
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I love this place!

I love this place! My 4 y/o daughter loves to play here. She always meets a new little friend everytime we come...it's cute. My only complaint would have to be the food. I paid $7.50 for an ice cream cookie. That's a bit insane! Especially since you can't bring in any outside food and you are forced to eat what they sell. Since that's the case, I would highly recommend selling better quality food. If we have to pay for it, at least make it worth it, right?
5.0 • Kellie
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Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula Expedition
Polar Circle - Antarctic Peninsula Expedition Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Antarctic Peninsula -
Antarctic Peninsula - "Basecamp Plancius" Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Antarctic Express Air-Cruise
Antarctic Express Air-Cruise Trip Type: Small Ship Cruise
Founded in 1987, Lost World Adventures offers private and customized trips to South and Central America and Antarctica. What Makes Lost World Adventures Stand Out? Lost World Adventures provides luxury trips in South America, for a discerning clientele. Your guide will get to know you before beginning to plan your customized experience. If you want to have a relaxing beach vacation, they can arrange that. Or if you’d rather hike up the adrenaline, they are able to offer that as well. Who Will Enjoy Traveling With Lost World Adventures? Specializing in South America, Lost World Adventures provides a luxury travel experience in adventures destinations. This can seem like a dichotomy, but is the perfect fit for adventurous travelers who are still looking for a comfortable bed and a cocktail at the end of the day. Tours are catered, customized, and private - they can accommodate anyone from honeymooners to large family or friend groups. Lost World Adventures is best suited to those travels seeking a highly customized experience. If you have some pre-set ideas about what you want to see and do, you’ll enjoy working with Lost World Adventures - and you’ll know you’re making the most of the specialized service they offer. Trips are generally in middle to high price range - if you are looking for a budget trip, you probably won’t find it here. Tours with Lost World Adventures are best enjoyed by those who don’t mind paying for the finer things in life. Top Destinations Lost World Adventures are focused in South and Central America, with a variety of trips from beach vacations to Costa Rica, food tours in Argentina, or Machu Picchu adventures. They are also among the few small companies providing cruises to Antarctica. Lost World Adventures Travel Style Luxury and customized is the name of the game! The travel style and activity level on your trip is largely determined by you, as you discuss with your Lost World travel planner about the kind of trip you’re looking for. Why Choose a Tour with Lost World Adventures? If you want to feel well taken care of from start to finish, and know that you’ll be staying in luxury accommodations, with the best restaurant recommendations and a private guided view of South America. The variety of trip types and themes available make Lost World the perfect choice if you know you want a luxury and high caliber trip but aren’t quite sure yet what you want to see or do. Browse their trips and read itineraries to get a better idea of what you’re looking for. From food and wine tours and adventure tours to beach getaways and cruises - all of which are customizable to your likes and dislikes. If you’d prefer not to overly customize, they have pre-set itineraries as well.
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Ecoventura

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 1 Trip
Average Price $ 125 per day
Size Local Specialist
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 1 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

It was a life changing experience!

It was a life changing experience! The guides were fantastic and professional! The food was wonderful! I came away with a new appreciation of our wonderful world!
5.0 • Freddie Carolyn

Amazing

Cannot say enough wonderful things about this company. I spent one week on MV Eric doing Itinerary B and one week on Galapagos Sky and both trips were AMAZING. The boats were very comfortable. The food was delicious. The naturalists and dive guides spoke excellent English and had SO MUCH KNOWLEDGE. The guides were truly spectacular. And since the boats have limited passenger numbers you are always in a small group which is wonderful. And the boat crews are what really make the boats excellent. They are so attentive and kind. I LOVED that everyone was local so they are showing you their home and truly LOVE the area, you can tell. Travel with Ecoventura. Let them take care of everything. You'll have an amazing holiday
5.0 • Paula
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Ecoventura  is all about cruising the Galapagos -- it doesn't just do the Galapagos along with lots of other cruises. Its three identical expedition motor yachts -- the M/Y Eric, Flamingo I and Letty -- were custom-designed for Galapagos cruising: While nearly 25 years old, you'd never know it because they're refurbished annually. You'll find lots of teak and brass fittings and the lounge area is very comfortable for pre-dinner socializing or reading a book at any time. There's also plenty of outdoor deck space.  With just ten (spacious) cabins, all facing outside and with private bathrooms, the ships each hold a maximum of  20 passengers. It's easy to get to know everyone on board if you want.  The key, though, is the thorough coverage of the Galapagos themselves. You'll take in up to eight islands on the seven-day trips, with chances to view most of the marine mammal, reptile and bird species that inhabit them, as well as research facilities. Besides hiking to view the animals, you'll have plenty of chances to swim, snorkel or scuba dive among sea turtles, sea lions, and tropical fish.  Guides are trained, local, and knowlegeable, and Ecoventura is dedicated to sound environmental stewardship of these fragile island habitats. 
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Variety Cruises

Variety Cruises

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Total Trips 3 Trips
Average Price $ 253 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 8 – 8 days
Trip Prices $ 1,820 – $ 2,290
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 3 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
World Luxury Cruise Vacations

World Luxury Cruise Vacations

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Total Trips 2 Trips
Average Price $ 439 per day
Size Global Operator
Tour Length 7 – 7 days
Trip Prices $ 2,490 – $ 2,490
Service Level Luxury
Operator Type River Cruise Line
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 1 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
Personality Journeys

Personality Journeys

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5.0 • Excellent
Total Trips 16 Trips
Average Price $ 184 per day
Size Local Specialist
Tour Length 5 – 5 days
Trip Prices $ 1,112 – $ 1,112
Service Level Standard
Operator Type Group Tour Operator
Trips in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises 1 Tours in Small Ship & Expedition Cruises

Fabulous!

2 of us spent five days sailing, hiking, relaxing, paddle boarding, eating 'pastitsio', and having fun with Alex and George our wonderful guides.. couldn't have asked for more, thank you guys!
5.0 • Martin

Thank you for a wonderful trip!

Thank you for a wonderful, informative, flowery sailing and hiking holiday. You took very good care of us!
5.0 • Wendy
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Thank you for an amazing trip!

Perfect way to visit
5.0 • Fanni
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Sailing the Saronic islands 8 days
Sailing the Saronic islands 8 days Trip Type: Small Group Tour
Personality Journeys works with you to create a custom tailored journey in Greece. What Makes Them Stand Out? They make your Greece tour an adventure through fun, active itineraries. Tours are mainly private or semi-private, attractive to groups of friends, couples, and corporate trips. Their team are all experiences guides and travel experts in Greece. Having a specific regional focus helps them be able to really concentrate on finding the best outings, activities, food and accommodation options for you and your travel companions. Who Travels With Them? Travelers looking for a fun trip to Greece. The average age range to take their trips varies, as their tailor made options appeal to multiple types of traveler. Younger travelers, families, and honeymooners may enjoy their chartered sailing trips, while older travelers and groups of friends might gravitate more to an Agro Tourism. Active travelers will find a fun trip when they arrange a multi day hiking tour. Where Do They Operate? Their tours go throughout mainland Greece and the many islands. Why Travel With Them? For a unique, fresh, and exciting way to explore Greece. Because they offer both luxury and adventure tours, it’s a great place to start for experiencing Greece in the way you want. There’s definitely something for everyone, and you have some direct control over what you see and do during your tour.
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Sunday, 22 July... SVALBARD, Norway. Halfway between the top of continental Norway & the North Pole!

We disembarked & are now back to civilization! WOW!
What a FANTASTIC adventure on the ship Ocean Adventurer!

Once again, Zegrahm delivered! Cruise Director & Expedition Leader executed an unforgettable adventure! SUPERB lectures on ship & field trips from the guest experts in their fields... history of polar explorations... geology... birds... polar bears & other animals!

We saw several polar bears, groups of walrus, one very photogenic seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, a BLUE WHALE (largest of ALL whales!)... & a gazillion birds!

Our small ship was indeed able to circumnavigate the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago... 3 cheers to our Russian captain! The staff on board were FANTASTIC! And the best food I've had on any ship!

Mostly great weather... quite fortunate! Out on the Zodiacs (rubber rafts), I wore almost everything in my suitcase, in layers all at once, hoping to stay warm & dry... followed by VERY LONG hot showers once back on the ship, while I thawed out!

If you have an interest in polar adventure, TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

5.0
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Laurie
July 2018
Sunday, 22 July... SVALBARD, Norway. Halfway between the top of continental Norway & the North Pole!

We disembarked & are now back to civilization! WOW!
What a FANTASTIC adventure on the ship Ocean Adventurer!

Once again, Zegrahm delivered! Cruise Director & Expedition Leader executed an unforgettable adventure! SUPERB lectures on ship & field trips from the guest experts in their fields... history of polar explorations... geology... birds... polar bears & other animals!

We saw several polar bears, groups of walrus, one very photogenic seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, a BLUE WHALE (largest of ALL whales!)... & a gazillion birds!

Our small ship was indeed able to circumnavigate the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago... 3 cheers to our Russian captain! The staff on board were FANTASTIC! And the best food I've had on any ship!

Mostly great weather... quite fortunate! Out on the Zodiacs (rubber rafts), I wore almost everything in my suitcase, in layers all at once, hoping to stay warm & dry... followed by VERY LONG hot showers once back on the ship, while I thawed out!

If you have an interest in polar adventure, TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!
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My daughter had gone to bhandardara near nasik with the trailblazer team...she had a very nice time..and it was first time I had send her ...so looking fwd for more camps...

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Meghana
May 2018
My daughter had gone to bhandardara near nasik with the trailblazer team...she had a very nice time..and it was first time I had send her ...so looking fwd for more camps...
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"We recently booked an extensive two week trip of Argentina and Chile through Across South America We approached the company by email (in English) from Australia and advised them what our interests and budget were.
They then came up with a wonderful itinerary which covered our interests perfectly. They chose excellent hotels and scheduled internal flights and airport pick-ups, etc perfectly. Everything ran like clockwork.
We paid from Australia using the companies secure payment providers. We had no issues at all with the payments.
We were given a contact within the company who kept in touch with us (using WhatsApp) while we travelled. Our contact was always happy to answer our questions (which were sometimes asked outside of normal working hours).
We can strongly recommend Across Argentina as a secure and highly experienced travel agency. You will not be disappointed if you use them.

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Jonathan
February 2018
"We recently booked an extensive two week trip of Argentina and Chile through Across South America We approached the company by email (in English) from Australia and advised them what our interests and budget were.
They then came up with a wonderful itinerary which covered our interests perfectly. They chose excellent hotels and scheduled internal flights and airport pick-ups, etc perfectly. Everything ran like clockwork.
We paid from Australia using the companies secure payment providers. We had no issues at all with the payments.
We were given a contact within the company who kept in touch with us (using WhatsApp) while we travelled. Our contact was always happy to answer our questions (which were sometimes asked outside of normal working hours).
We can strongly recommend Across Argentina as a secure and highly experienced travel agency. You will not be disappointed if you use them.
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This was seriously the most amazing Whale watching Farallon Islands trip ever!! We saw dozens of humpbacks lung feeding a blue whale a mola mola and so many other marine mammal plus a blue footed booby on the islands! Insane.

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Ann
September 2017
This was seriously the most amazing Whale watching Farallon Islands trip ever!! We saw dozens of humpbacks lung feeding a blue whale a mola mola and so many other marine mammal plus a blue footed booby on the islands! Insane.
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My family and I went on the Natural Paradise 8 Day B Cruise at the end of June-beginning of July 2017. It was INCREDIBLE! I cannot say enough good things about the entire trip. The boat was so nice with all of the amenities you could want. The food was so good too! The staff was so friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to make sure we had an excellent trip, and they made it really fun. Our naturalist was extremely knowledgeable and made sure he showed us and taught us as much as possible. The Galapagos is obviously amazing, and we saw incredible animals and nature. However, it truly was the staff on the Natural Paradise that made our trip. Thank you!!! I would highly recommend this trip, the Natural Paradise, and Royal Galapagos.

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Alison
July 2017
My family and I went on the Natural Paradise 8 Day B Cruise at the end of June-beginning of July 2017. It was INCREDIBLE! I cannot say enough good things about the entire trip. The boat was so nice with all of the amenities you could want. The food was so good too! The staff was so friendly and helpful. They went out of their way to make sure we had an excellent trip, and they made it really fun. Our naturalist was extremely knowledgeable and made sure he showed us and taught us as much as possible. The Galapagos is obviously amazing, and we saw incredible animals and nature. However, it truly was the staff on the Natural Paradise that made our trip. Thank you!!! I would highly recommend this trip, the Natural Paradise, and Royal Galapagos.
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My friend and I hired Jakada Tours to plan our overnight trip from Cairo to Luxor. They picked us up from our hotel in Cairo and drove us to the airport to take the flight to Cairo. Arriving in Luxor, we were greeted by our Egyptologist and guide Mr. Ahmed faued and driver. They drove us to our Hotel than informed us about our tour the next morning.
We visit The Valley of Kings, the tombs of King Tut and Ramses VI, Queen Hatshepsut temple, Luxor and Karnak temples.
Mr. Ahmed is a very knowledgeable Egyptologist, he showed us all the sites and told us all about the history behind all the historical site we've visited.
Thanks to Jakada Tours and Mr. Ahmed, we had the best trip ever and everything was so perfect from beginning to end!

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Smith David
June 2017
My friend and I hired Jakada Tours to plan our overnight trip from Cairo to Luxor. They picked us up from our hotel in Cairo and drove us to the airport to take the flight to Cairo. Arriving in Luxor, we were greeted by our Egyptologist and guide Mr. Ahmed faued and driver. They drove us to our Hotel than informed us about our tour the next morning.
We visit The Valley of Kings, the tombs of King Tut and Ramses VI, Queen Hatshepsut temple, Luxor and Karnak temples.
Mr. Ahmed is a very knowledgeable Egyptologist, he showed us all the sites and told us all about the history behind all the historical site we've visited.
Thanks to Jakada Tours and Mr. Ahmed, we had the best trip ever and everything was so perfect from beginning to end!
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Choosing a Small Ship or Expedition Cruise

Small ship cruises and expedition style cruises are an excellent way to travel. You have the benefit of unpacking only once and enjoying personalized service and fine dining on board. If you want to cover a lot of ground, visit multiple countries, or take an adventure to remote and rugged lands like Greenland or Antarctica, a small ship or expedition cruise is the only way to do it.

Some large global tour companies include small ship cruises as a theme of travel that they offer, though if you are seeking a more elevated kind of experience consider a specialized company.

Silversea, for example, offers small ship cruises exclusively, and have become known for superior customer service, luxurious staterooms, and overall excellence in the small ship travel space. They have a relatively small fleet as well, which has allowed customers to develop attachments and loyalty to the ships over the years.

Hurtigruten is another recognizable small ship cruise company name - with a legacy stretching back to the 1800s. They are known for the Polar regions, so if you’re itching for an invigorating visit through tough weather to the enduring, hardy lands off the coast of Antarctica, Norway, Greenland, Iceland or north of Canada, this is who to choose.

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