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Small Ship Cruising

WHY SMALL SHIP CRUISING?

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!

 

BENEFITS OF SMALL SHIP CRUISING
 

MORE INTIMACY

With fewer people on board a ship, the intimacy of the trip is greater and so your chance to explore. You can sail into much smaller harbours, explore narrower channels and reach remote regions no large liner could ever get to. This is primarily what offers guests a more in-depth and immersive experience, no matter where they go.

MORE EXPERIENCES

Small ship cruising has the priceless benefit of allowing you more time ashore, as disembarking is made easier with fewer guests to carry back and forth. In places like Antarctica and Patagonia, the weather plays a huge role in how much time you spend on land – it figures that facilitating your movements on and off the ship is ideal. And in fervently protected reserves like the Galapagos Islands, some landing sites limit the number of people allowed, on land, at any given time: this is where you’ll really want to choose the smallest ship your budget will allow.

MORE PERSONAL SPACE

Overcrowding isn’t just something you’ll dodge on-land when you choose to explore with smaller ship: there’ll no queues with which to contend at dinnertime, fewer people with whom to share the library, gym or spa (AND kayak use); you’ll generally enjoy a much more relaxing experience in a far less-crowded ship. Small ships offer gorgeous quiet nooks you can retreat to with a good book and glass of wine – your chances of finding anything like this on a megaliner, outside of your own cabin, are practically nil.

 

See below our suggested itineraries designed by our specialist team. Choose one of these or design your own journey.

Antarctica Untouched

10 NIGHTS

The Ocean Endeavour

Join Chimu Adventures on an exclusive charter to Antarctica aboard the Ocean Endeavour. ...

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Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands Explorer

20 NIGHTS FROM USD 13,990

The Ocean Endeavour

This is an epic 21 day voyage of discovery aboard the Ocean Endeavour, as you follow in the footstep...

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DELFIN III CRUISE LUXURY AMAZON

3 NIGHTS

Delfin III

Experience the wonders of the Peruvian Amazon. Cruise aboard the luxurious Delfin III into the Pacay...

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Delfin II - 5 Day Amazon Cruise

4 NIGHTS

Delfin II

Delfin Amazon Cruises offers the perfect entry point via a luxury river vessel starting with Perus...

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Stella Australis: Patagonian Explorer

4 NIGHTS FROM USD 1,630

STELLA AUSTRALIS

Enjoy the spectacular fjords and stunning natural beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, as you c...

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Ventus Australis: Fjords of Tierra del Fuego

4 NIGHTS

VENTUS AUSTRALIS

Our cruise to Patagonia follow the fjords of the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego highlights the st...

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M/C Galapagos Seaman 4 Day Cruise

3 NIGHTS

Galapagos Seaman Journey

M/C Galapagos Seaman Journey is a first class catamaran offering superior comfort, size, style, and ...

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Galapagos Sea Star Luxury

5 NIGHTS

Sea Star Journey

See the Galapagos in style aboard the luxury M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey on this 6 day tour of th...

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M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey - Luxury Ten Day Cruise

9 NIGHTS

Sea Star Journey

See the Galapagos in style aboard the luxury M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey on this 10 day tour of t...

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In The Realm of the Polar Bear

9 NIGHTS FROM USD 4,315

SPITSBERGEN

Experience the incredible beauty of Svalbard during the Arctic Spring....

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Norway and Spitsbergen – The Route of Polar Pioneers

11 NIGHTS

SPITSBERGEN

Follow the route of Polar pioneers on this 7-day Arctic adventure as you venture from historic Troms...

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Songs in the South with Paul Kelly

20 NIGHTS

The Ocean Endeavour

In March 2021, iconic Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly, will be joining Chimu Adventures for...

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