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.
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Featured Small Ship Cruises Trips & Deals

LUXURY  From 4,280

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%.

POPULAR  DESTINATION

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 20%  2017 Departures

M/C Galapagos Sea Star Journey is a luxurious catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and stability. Choose from a range of 2017 itineraries and save 20%.

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 6,999

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

20 NIGHTS From 17,636

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

2 NIGHTS From 1,320

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

Galapagos Cruises, Tours and Travel

Articles On Small Ship Cruises

Fascinating Facts to Help You Celebrate Earth Day 2018

Posted on Sat, 21 Apr 2018

April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of modern environmentalism on this wonderful planet of ours. The brainchild of a US Senator who had witnessed the horrendous consequences of an oil spill in Santa Barbara in 1969, the Earth Day movement has grown from strength to strength over the last five decades. What started as a relatively small-scale attempt …

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Press release: Chimu’s Casa Republica wins prestigious Prix Versailles award

Posted on Thu, 19 Apr 2018

Sydney, Thursday 19 April 2018 Chimu Adventures’ boutique hotel in Lima, Peru, Casa Republica, has been named one of the Continental Winners of Prix Versailles 2018, claiming the ‘Special Prize Interior’ at the 2018 Prix Versailles Continental Ceremony for the Americas at Castillo Hidalgo in Santiago de Chile on Saturday 14 April 2018. This is a huge architectural accolade for …

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

Posted on Sun, 15 Apr 2018

Good times continue to roll in Latin America, as the awesomeness of April stretches well into May. There’s always an exciting anticipation in Latin America at this time of year. This is the calm before the storm, you see, that tranquil travel month before the summer holiday period in Europe and North America, which attract hordes of tourists. Even then, …

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Best Time to Travel to The Falklands

Posted on Wed, 11 Apr 2018

The Falkland Islands (or Islas Malvinas as they are known in Argentina) are a group of 750 remote and ruggedly beautiful islands in the South Atlantic Ocean, 500 kilometres from South America’s southern Patagonian coast. Steeped in decades of controversy, these Islands have been settled and claimed by France, Spain, Britain and Argentina. Travel to the Falkland Islands will give …

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Argentina’s Sustainable Tourism

Posted on Thu, 05 Apr 2018

With its incredible landscapes that range from imposing glaciers and ice-fields to pampas grasslands, mountains and waterfalls, Argentina is an impressive destination for sustainable ecotourism. But what exactly is ecotourism? Tourism can have a harmful impact on the environment with the destruction of its ecosystems caused by the influx of visitors. Sustainable tourism aims to preserve the biodiversity of an …

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Top Five Cocktails in Latin America

Posted on Wed, 04 Apr 2018

South America., the fourth largest continent in the world and home to a total of 12 countries, is famous for so many incredible things, from its awe-inspiring natural landmarks such as the Amazon River, Atacama Desert and Andes Mountains to the ancient civilization of Machu Picchu and the cultural hotspots of Buenos Aires with the tango, Brazil’s samba, Colombia’s salsa. …

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Bogota International Airport Guide

Posted on Tue, 03 Apr 2018

Comprising two (domestic and international) terminals, Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport is Colombia’s busiest and the third most trafficked airport in all of Latin America. As the most convenient aviation gateway into the country, Bogota International Airport handles over 50 percent of the air traffic in and out of the country, with over 30 million people transiting through its gates …

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Thing To Do In Svalbard

Posted on Sat, 31 Mar 2018

A fascinating icy wonderland home to some of the most iconic wildlife on earth, as well as imposing glaciers, dramatic fjords and breathtaking frozen horizons, Svalbard is the famed ‘last stop’ en route to the North Pole.  An archipelago floating over 800km north of the Norwegian mainland, Svalbard is, quite literally, built on ice, and is as spellbinding as it …

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Exploring the Amazon: Lodge or River Cruise?

Posted on Fri, 30 Mar 2018

The largest rainforest on the planet, one sensational adventure: will it be lodge or river cruise for your unforgettable Amazon adventure? Planning a trip to the Amazon rainforest is one of the most coveted bucket-list adventures for those who travel anywhere in Latin America. Given the sheer size of this jungle haven (almost 7 million square kilometres) access points into …

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Best Things to do in Latin America – JANUARY Guide

Posted on Wed, 28 Mar 2018

Kicking off a brand new year with a Latin American adventure is too good an idea to pass up. Global festive season notwithstanding, January is simply a superb month to visit some of the most iconic highlights in the whole continent. Not only to escape the freezing temperatures of the Northern Hemisphere but because NOW is when you’ll find the …

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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.