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Tropical Expedition Cruises

Tropical Expedition Cruises

Our fantastic range of tropical expedition cruises explore some of the world’s most remote and exotic regions. Discover destinations away from the well-trodden tourist trail. Immersive experiences are designed to bring you closer to the nature, culture and history of tropical paradises.

Cruise in Zodiacs along jungle rivers, kayak exotic coral islands, visit ancient Inca sites and explore indigenous Amazon villages on a warm weather adventure.

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  • San Cristóbal to Baltra

    Silver Origin
    Marine Iguana 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £9180pp San Cristóbal Island, Galápagos, Roca León Dormido, Bartolome Island, Santiago Island, Galápagos, Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island, Galápagos, Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island, Galápagos, Caleta Tagus, Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island, Post Office Bay, Floreana, Champion Island, Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island, Santa Cruz Island, Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island, Isla Guy Fawkes, Bahía Borrero, Santa Cruz Island, Baltra Island
  • Expedition New Zealand

    Hapag Lloyd
    Hanseatic Inspiration
    Doubtful Sound 16 Nights Cruise Only from £9660pp Exclusive £100pp Discount! Lyttelton (New Zealand), Fjordland National Park, Cruising in Thompson - Doubtful Sound - Dusky Sound - Breaksea Sound, Stewart Island, Port Chalmers, Akaroa, Golden Bay, New Plymouth, Kaiteriteri, Cruising in Queen Charlotte Sound, Wellington, Napier, Cruising off White Island, Mount Maunganui, Waiheke Island - Auckland
  • Darwin to Broome

    Silver Explorer
    Darwin 10 Nights Cruise Only from £10000pp Darwin, Northern Territory, Matakus Island, Wyndham, Western Australia, King George River - WA Australia, Hunter River Region Australia, Buccaneer Archipelago, Western Australia, Broome, Western Australia
  • Broome to Darwin

    Silver Explorer
    Darwin, Western Australia 10 Nights Cruise Only from £10000pp Broome, Western Australia, Buccaneer Archipelago, Western Australia, Hunter River Region Australia, King George River - WA Australia, Wyndham, Western Australia, Matakus Island, Darwin, Northern Territory
  • Expedition Vanuatu and New Caledonia

    Hapag Lloyd
    Hanseatic Inspiration
    Noumea 16 Nights Cruise Only from £10040pp Exclusive £100pp Discount! Auckland (New Zealand), Bay of Islands, Norfolk Island (Australia), Ile des Pins (New Caledonia), Vanuatu, Ilot Casey (New Caledonia) - Noumea
  • Lisbon to Dakar

    Silver Cloud
    Funchal, Madeira 17 Nights Cruise Only from £10560pp Lisbon, Ponta Delgada, Azores, Calheta, Island São Jorge, Azores, Horta, Azores, Corvo Island, Flores Island, Angra do Heroísmo, Funchal, Madeira, Santa Cruz de La Palma, San Sebastian de la Gomera, Dakhla, Porto Novo, Santo Antão Island, Sao Filipe, Fogo Island, Dakar
  • Fortaleza to Bridgetown

    Silver Wind
    Amazon Jungle, Brazil 21 Nights Fly Cruise from £14580pp Fortaleza, Belem, Sailing Strait of Breves, Guajará, Balaio, Furo dos Botos, Manaus, Lago Canaraci, Furo Comprido, Cruising the Curuá Una River, Jariuba, Cajari, Ile Royale, Salvation Islands, Paramaribo, Georgetown, Essequibo River, Port-of-Spain, Bridgetown
  • Darwin to Cairns

    Silver Explorer
    Darwin 18 Nights Fly Cruise from £15390pp Darwin, Northern Territory, Pulau Nai, Aiduma Island, Triton Bay, Den Weg Islands, Pulau Miossu, Auri Islands, Kwatisore, Vanimo, Ali Island, Kopar Village, Sepik River, Tuam Island, Wagifa Island, Fergusson Island, D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Dobu, D'Entrecasteaux Islands, Samarai Island, Cairns, Queensland
  • Grand Kimberley Coast

    APT Luxury Cruises
    Choice of Ships
    Kimberley Coast 14 Nights UK - Broome (Australia), Adele Island - Buccaneer Archipelago, Talbot Bay - Horizontal Falls, Raft Point - Doubtful Bay - Montgomery Reef, St George's Basin, Prince Frederick Harbour - Mitchell Falls, Bigge Island, Jar Island - Vansittart Bay, Koolama Bay - King George River and Falls, Wyndham - Kununurra, Perth, Perth - UK  
  • Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise

    Celebrity Flora
    Galapagos 7 Nights Baltra Island (Galapagos Islands) - Daphne Island, Espanola Island, Floreana Island, Isabela Island, Fernandina Island - Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island, Baltra Island  

About Tropical Expedition Cruises

Tropical expedition cruises offer the opportunity to stay active with hikes and kayak trips. Scout for magnificent wildlife including whales, dolphins, tortoises, monkeys and lemurs. Expedition ships make unplanned stops whenever wildlife appears. A diverse team of on-board experts including researchers, scientists, adventurers and explorers share their in-depth knowledge.

Zodiac trips allow for landings in normally inaccessible places such as beaches, coral reef flats and shallow river banks. On a tropical adventure you can immerse yourself in unique native culture. Call at remote small communities, intriguing villages and historic towns to learn about fascinating local traditions.

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Baja California

The stunning Baja California peninsula is separated from the Mexican Coast by the Sea of Cortez, one of the world’s most diverse marine environments. Baja California expedition cruises explore the wildlife-rich islands that dot the Sea of Cortez and colourful coastal Mexican towns including lively Acapulco.

Discover pure wilderness in the most exhilarating way possible on board an expedition cruise ship for the chance to get up close to dolphins, sea lions and whales. Tropical expedition cruises in Baja California offer snorkelling and scuba diving in the colourful underwater world. The turquoise water teems with sea urchins, green turtles and manta rays.

Central America

Venture into a tropical paradise on a Central America adventure. Experience lively Caribbean culture, lush jungles, idyllic islands and ancient civilisations in Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico. Go ashore on white sandy beaches for some of the world’s best areas for diving and snorkelling, or hike a volcano to discover stunning crater lakes and amazing views.

On expedition cruises, on-board experts and naturalists will explain the ecosystems of Central America and the Caribbean and accompany on-shore landings. Costa Rica is perfect for animal lovers, with incredible wildlife including colourful toucans, capuchin monkeys and the elusive ocelot. On select Central America expedition cruises you navigate the Panama Canal. This marvel of modern engineering separates the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.


An expedition cruise around the Galapagos Islands is tropical exploration at its finest. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps as you observe the unique wildlife, including blue-footed boobies, Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and prehistoric iguanas. A close-up view of the famous Galapagos tortoises will make your cruise an unforgettable experience. Galapagos expedition cruises offer nimble zodiac boat trips to take passengers to shore. Some offer kayaking trips to get even closer to the natural beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.


Peru is a land of ancient Incan ruins, spectacular landscapes and fascinating wildlife. On a Peru expedition cruise it is possible to explore the beautiful volcanic Ballestas Islands, often referred to as Peru’s Galapagos due to their vast array of wildlife. Pisco, on the Peruvian coast, is the gateway to the famous and mysterious Nazca lines.

Peru expedition cruises often include land tours to discover the highlights of the Incan Empire and learn about a civilisation that thrived long ago. Visit the formidable stone fortress of Ollantaytambo and admire the sophisticated craftmanship of Sacsayhuamán fortress. A real highlight is the magnificent Inca archaeological site of Machu Picchu, spectacularly located amid misty cloud forest high above the Sacred Valley.


Explore the exotic flora and fauna of the Amazon on a tropical adventure into the heart of dense jungle, the traditional hunting ground of the American Indians. Amazon expedition cruises are active adventures with excursions deep into the jungle, led by skilled naturalist guides. A night-time Zodiac ride is an unforgettable experience, revealing nocturnal animals that are rarely seen during the day including caymans and night monkeys.

The culture of the people who live in this vast wilderness is also explored on an Amazon expedition cruise. See small fishing villages perched on stilts, enjoy encounters with local families, watch traditional dance ceremonies and learn how the natives hunt with blowpipes. There is often the chance to experience village life with visits to schools and the chance to see inside a typical home.

Indian Ocean

On an Indian Ocean expedition cruise purpose-built Zodiacs allow landings on otherwise inaccessible beaches. Hike to vast lagoons, snorkel amongst coral reefs and encounter some of the world’s most beautiful tropical scenery. In the Seychelles, discover the Aldabra Atoll which is only accessible by ship and is the last breeding ground of the giant tortoise. A tropical exploration of remote Madagascar reveals the island’s unique wildlife including over 100 species of lemur and wildly colourful chameleons.

Kimberley Coast

Experience the wild beauty of Australia’s Kimberley Coast on an expedition cruise. Cruise past sheer cliffs rising from the ocean, witness mammoth tidal streams and explore mangrove-dotted rivers. Set out on Zodiac excursions to explore narrow gorges carved by ancient rivers. Uncover Aboriginal rock art, hidden island beaches and remote waterfalls. Snorkel pristine reefs, swim in freshwater rock pools and enjoy thrilling helicopter flights over the remarkable landscape.

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