Small Ship Cruises Tours

Expedition Cruising is not your typical ‘amusement park on water’ style of travel. On all of our chosen cruises extra shore time is encouraged, whilst using the convenience of the ship to transport you and put you up for the night. You won’t get trapped on board, literally watching the world go by - you will get up close and personal to that world.
Whether on an expedition to Antarctica visiting the icy mainland in your zodiacs each day, in South America cruising the Amazon on an eight berth cruiser (equipped with personal spa and crew) or visiting private islands off the coast of Brazil, you’re spoilt for experience choices. You could also be photographing the enigmatic wildlife of the Galapagos or heading further south to cruise through Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords en-route to the ‘end of the world’ in Ushuaia.
No bus terminals, no different hotel room every night, simply board the ship, unpack your bags and wake up every day with something new to explore. Whatever your choice, water is definitely a great way to get around!
See below our suggested itineraries designed by our specialist team. Choose one of these or design your own journey.

Featured Small Ship Cruises Trips & Deals

LUXURY  From 3,830

Explore one of the world’s most intriguing environments on board the luxury Delfin Amazon Cruise! 

SAVE 20%  2017 Departures

Cruise the Amazon aboard the luxury Zafiro which can swiftly slide through the mysteries of the jungle. Choose from a range of inspiring itineraries departing in 2017 and save 20%.


Cruise the Arctic, one of the world’s most extraordinary regions famous for its dramatic landscapes and fascinating wildlife.

SAVE UP TO 25%  May - June 2017

'Grace' is the ideal yacht for travellers who seek a true adventure. Special on 2017 Departure dates include: May 6 - 13, May 20 - 27, May 27 - June 3, June 3 - 10 

SAVE UP TO US$1000*  Twin Share From US$6,990

Take advantage of early booking discounts, the best value trip to Antarctica you will find this year! An exclusive Chimu Adventures departure. 

Small Ship Cruises Tours

3 NIGHTS From 1,500

This 4 day tour cruises down Amazon river learning about and gazing at the magnificent wildlife that can be found no where else on earth!

10 NIGHTS From 7,599

Antarctica cruise aboard the M/S Expedition. A great value option for touring and travelling around Antarctica.

20 NIGHTS From 18,095

See the amazing wildlife on South Georgia and Antarctica. Cruise to the Falkland Islands.

2 NIGHTS From 1,145

Embark on this 3-day voyage to Patagonia and gaze upon the awe-inspiring mountains and a number of intimidating glaciers.

3 NIGHTS From 1,960

Gaze at the unique wildlife and breathtaking scenery on some of Galapagos' most impressive islands during your 4-day cruise.

3 NIGHTS From 4,350

The new mega-catamaran Ocean Spray offers the best performance and comfort in Galapagos cruising. 

Articles On Small Ship Cruises

5 Dreamy Honeymoon Destinations in Latin America and Antarctica

Posted on Wed, 26 Sep 2018

Travel obsessed couples the world over know that the single best reason for getting married is just so one can have an added excuse to take a sensational and not-a-little-luxurious adventure abroad. You know, aside from the “together forever” and in love kind of reasons. And the cake, obvs. Honeymoons are meant to be spectacular, unforgettable and out of the …


Best Places to Buy Quality Alpaca-wool Clothing in Peru

Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018

Discover the best places to buy quality alpaca-wool clothing in Peru and bring home an exceptionally unique souvenir from the legendary Andes Alpaca-wool clothing is among the most popular souvenirs to bring back from a tour of Peru. There really isn’t anything else that simply screams ‘Peruvian Andes’ like a distinctive colourful sweater woven with some of the world’s most …


Press release: Live for today! Australian hero and Paralympian, Kurt Fearnley, to embark on fundraising cruise to Antarctica with Chimu Adventures

Posted on Wed, 19 Sep 2018

Sydney, Wednesday 19th September 2018 Guests aboard Chimu Adventures’ February 2020 cruise to Antarctica, Antarctica Empowered, will be landing on the white continent with three-time Paralympic Gold Medallist and Australian hero, Kurt Fearnley, Chimu announced today. Fearnley is a passionate advocate for disability charities and a portion of the berth sales will be donated to Chimu’s MAD project where, working …


Best Things To Do in South and Central America – OCTOBER Guide

Posted on Sat, 15 Sep 2018

October is a much anticipated month in the Latin American travel calendar, one that showers a kaleidoscope of colour throughout the entire continent. As the Amazon dries up after lusciously rainy months, you’ll enjoy your cruise or lodge-based stay with far fewer mosquitos for company, a little added bonus many critter-adverse cherish love. In Central America, on the contrary, it’s …


About Kurt Fearnley – When Physical Disability Meets Unstoppable Determination

Posted on Thu, 13 Sep 2018

Kurt Fearnley, AO, has achieved more in his short life than most of us can ever hope to in several. A much-celebrated Paralympic and Commonwealth Games gold, silver and bronze medallist, Kurt is one of Australia’s most revered athletes and if you think we didn’t include ‘Paralympic’ to that noun by accident, you’d be grossly mistaken. A winner in sport …


Live for Today- How Money CAN Buy You Happiness & Good Health!

Posted on Fri, 07 Sep 2018

Whilst we can all agree that happiness can’t simply be purchased at the local 7-11, years ­­­­­of research have conclusively proven that spending money wisely can, indeed, bring us intense and long-lasting happiness. What constitutes ‘wise’, might you ask? Well, according to science, that would be spending money on experiences rather than material possessions. Spending our money – and time …


Tips: Being A Sustainable Traveller

Posted on Wed, 05 Sep 2018

Tourism is a tremendously beneficial thing for so many people, generating exponential numbers of jobs and a large proportion of the worlds GDP. But the harmful implications of tourism can have massive consequences on culture, destination longevity and the environment. To paint a picture of the numbers destinations are catering to, in 2017, destinations worldwide welcomed 1,323 million international tourist …


Why Should We “Live for Today”?

Posted on Wed, 05 Sep 2018

The mantra of the 21st century, the inspirational message that hits straight in the heart more than any other, “Live for Today” is a call to arms, if you will, a reminder to let go of excessive planning, of collecting and hoarding of material possessions and of spending less time thinking (or rather, worrying) about tomorrow or dwelling on yesterday.  …


Press release: Chimu travellers donate a truck load of hay to drought-stricken areas in Australia for World Charity Day

Posted on Tue, 04 Sep 2018

Latin America and Polar specialists, Chimu Adventures, have donated a truck load of hay to rural communities in New South Wales, Australia, through Rural Aid after pledging to donate ‘a bale a booking’ for all Chimu bookings made in August. This coincides with the United Nation’s International Day of Charity on Wednesday 5th September which celebrates and encourages charitable endeavours …


Could you Survive on Ernest Shackleton’s Diet?

Posted on Tue, 04 Sep 2018

As the author of Hoosh: Roast Penguin, Scurvy Day and Other Stories of Antarctic Cuisine so cleverly quipped, Antarctica’s history has always been intertwined with food or, rather, the importance of having enough. Antarctic explorers’ journeys, he states, were “as much about hunger as heroism” and anyone who’s ever taken on a harrowing journey to a remote region of our …


Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the best places in Latin America for small ship cruising?

The best places are the Galapagos, Amazon and Patagonia and the Chilean Fjords. We also offer a Panama Canal Cruise and a Sailing Cuba tour.

Do you offer both luxury and standard small ship cruising options ?

Yes we offer a range of cruising options aboard a variety of vessels from standard to luxury. Even cruises to the Antarctic can be aboard expedition ships through to mega-yachts.

What's the biggest benefit for going on a cruise with less than 100 passengers ?

On an Antarctic cruise, the main benefit is that all passengers can be taken on shore landings at the same time as numbers are restricted to a maximum of 100 per shore landing. Obviously smaller ships also have access to more places than larger vessels and provide you with a more intimate and more personalised experience.

Are there usually educational lectures on board ?

Generally there are briefings on board the Amazon and Galapagos cruises, whereas Antarctic and Arctic cruises offer educational lectures, especially on sailing days when there are no shore landings.

I've had sea sickness before, are there ways to minimize this ?

There are a variety of ways to minimise or prevent sea sickness. If you are prone to sea sickness you can ask your doctor to prescribe medication for you. There are also some over-the-counter remedies that your pharmacist can advise you on. Whilst on board you can reduce the risks by sitting facing in the direction of travel, avoiding reading, excessive alcohol and rich foods and staying near a source of fresh air if you are not out on deck.

What is the minimum age on a small ship cruise in South America?

There is no minimum age for Patagonia cruises. The minimum age on Antarctic cruises depends on the ship but children are accepted on many vessels. For Galapagos cruises the minimum age is generally 6 and on Amazon cruises it is usually 8 but sometimes children as young as 5 or 6 are accepted depending on the cruise. 

What should my fitness level be if I want to take a cruise to Antarctica or the Arctic ?

A high level of fitness is not necessary for Antarctica or Arctic cruises, but you need to be in good health as although there is generally a doctor on board the ships, you are often a long way from any other medical assistance. The majority of activities are focused around shore excursions and zodiac cruising and so you need to be agile and able-bodied enough to climb into and out of the inflatable zodiacs from both the ship and the shore. On shore landings you may need to negotiate uneven and slippery ground. Shore excursions generally involve some walking.