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Small Ship Cruises

Our world is connected by vast oceans and intimate rivers. Unlike any other form of travel, a small ship adventure cruise gives you a “big perspective” of the region without the large-scale tourism experience of a big cruise line. Whether it be the adventurous antarctic seas, the protected Galapagos archipelago, or the tropical waterways of the Amazon river and Pantanal wetlands, our destinations are chosen for their natural beauty and ability to offer exceptional wildlife viewing.  In some cases, only a small ship expedition cruise can offer the kind of access to wildlife that Wild Planet is known for. Our Expedition Icebreakers traverse the frozen waters of the Antarctic so efficiently we are able to access 14 landing points in 8 landing days, which is twice to 4 times the landings of any other Antarctic cruise. Our 1st Class Galapagos “ ultimate Wildlife” cruises have kayaks on board, are timed to avoid the crowds, and include the highest guide ratio in the Galapagos.  And if you’re looking for something remote and completely different, discover our Brazil Pantanal Cruise where jaguars are regularly seen, otters play around our boat daily, and is a perfect combination with our luxury Amazon cruise! The destination is up to you - a small ship expedition cruise allows you a relaxing travel experience full of amenities while enabling you to visit the world’s most remote and wildlife-rich destinations. Below are some of our most popular small ship adventure cruises.

Small Ship Cruises - Select your adventure from our trips below

Antarctica - Ultimate Wildlife Cruise–20 Day South Georgia & Falkland Islands MS Hebridean Sky

The pack ice begins to break up, and the landscape is at its most pristine, with plenty of fresh snow. It’s mating season for the penguins and other birds. Adélie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo penguins and other seabirds return to their breeding sites. You’re likely to witness courtship displays, nest building, and egg tending. In South Georgia, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals are mating, and King Penguins are laying their eggs. Parents can be seen “carrying” eggs on their feet so that one parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. This is a fantastic time for photography, as the start of summer brings with it amazing sunsets and ever-changing cloud formations. This is also the time when albatross, marine fulmars, and petrels adorn the Southern Ocean, and the blue-eyed shags return to the region. Learn More>

2018 - $14,295 2019 - $16,995 2020 - $17,595

Antarctica - Ultimate Wildlife Cruise–20 Day South Georgia & Falkland Islands MS Island Sky

The pack ice begins to break up, and the landscape is at its most pristine, with plenty of fresh snow. It’s mating season for the penguins and other birds. Adélie, Chinstrap, and Gentoo penguins and other seabirds return to their breeding sites. You’re likely to witness courtship displays, nest building, and egg tending. In South Georgia, Elephant Seals and Fur Seals are mating, and King Penguins are laying their eggs. Parents can be seen “carrying” eggs on their feet so that one parent can shuffle around the colony while the other adult goes out to sea to feed. This is a fantastic time for photography, as the start of summer brings with it amazing sunsets and ever-changing cloud formations. This is also the time when albatross, marine fulmars, and petrels adorn the Southern Ocean, and the blue-eyed shags return to the region. Learn More>

2019 - $16,995 2020 - $17,595

Brazil - Amazon & Rio Negro Cruises

Choose from traditional or premium accommodations on our 4-day or 6-day cruises, with options for the Amazon River, Rio Negro, or both. Each one is a complete experience of the Amazon, including a visit to the "Meeting of the Waters" and side trips into the rainforest by canoe and foot with experts in Amazon ecology and wildlife. Our comfortable Classic Fleet offers air-conditioned cabins with private bath, library and 360-degree view sundeck. Our Premium Luxury Ships offer simply the best small-ship cruising in the Amazon! Learn More>

2018 & 2019 Starting at $798

Brazil - Pantanal Ultimate Wildlife River Cruise

This unique & exclusive Ultimate Wildlife Cruise will take you to explore remote pantanal regions for the best wildlife viewing, including the Transpantaneira Road, Porto Jofre, Cuiaba River, Paraguay River and the Taiama Ecological Station. Meet the elusive Jaguar as well as tapir, giant anteaters, capybara, giant river otter and exotic birds. Learn More>

2018 - $7,498

Galapagos - Ultimate Wildlife Cruise - M/Y Letty

The M/Y LETTY, 20-passenger first class motor-yachts, is one of the first hybrid yachts in the Galapagos custom-designed exclusively for Galapagos excursions. Eighty-three-feet long with 24-foot beams, the yacht offer spacious accommodations for small groups. Twenty passengers and two guides per yacht ensure that each guest enjoys a personalized voyage. The interior is designed in polished teak wood and feature fully air conditioned cabins, public spaces, dining room, well-stocked bar, conference area with television, DVD player, stereo cassette/CD equipment, and book and video library. Picture windows surround the upper two decks and offer spectacular panoramic views of the sea and landscape. Enjoy ocean breezes on sun-deck lounge chairs and at observation points. Snorkeling equipment, wet suits, sea kayaks, and beach towels are provided at no additional charge. Accommodations include ten cabins located on three decks, each with a large private bathroom and a fresh, hot-and-cold-wat Learn More>

2019 - $4,700

Galapagos - Premium Ultimate Wildlife Cruise - M/V Origin

When the MV ORIGIN made her appearance in Galapagos January 2016, she was the newest and most comfortable 20 passenger yacht operating in Galapagos. The vessel is a sister ship to our M/Y Eric, Letty and Flamingo, allowing us to retire the M/Y Eric. The Premium Class M/V Origin will combine modern sophistication and a high level of comfort and service, with quality guided land excursions in small groups, gastronomical experiences, exciting activities and a dose of scientific expertise providing guests a life enriching experience. Amenities include 2 expert naturalist guides, a concierge to attend to your every need, gourmet meals, open bar, Jacuzzi, spacious social areas, satellite TV, ten cabins with panoramic windows, fitness center with cardio equipment, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, wet suits and snorkel equipment. Plus the same extraordinary level of wildlife expertise you’ve come to expect from Wild Planet Adventures. Learn More>

2018 & 2019 - $7,850

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