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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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  • Tropical Waters and Remote Island Communities in the Caribbean

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Roald Amundsen
    Providencia Island, Colombia 9 Nights Cruise Only from £3554pp Miami, Florida, Belize City, Lighthouse Reef, Providencia Island, Corn Island, Bocas del Toro, Colón
  • Dakar to Lisbon

    Silver Wind
    Varandinha Beach, Boa Vista, Cape Verde 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £5200pp Dakar (Senegal), Sao Filipe (Fogo Island, Cape Verde), Boa Vista, Tarrafal, São Nicolau Island, Porto Novo, Santo Antão Island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, San Sebastian de la Gomera, Agadir (Morocco), Safi, Lisbon (Portugal)
  • From Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Santa Cruz II
    Gardner Bay, Galapagos 6 Nights Cruise Only from £5811pp Baltra Island (Galápagos), Mosquera Island, Punta Pitt, San Cristóbal Island, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, South Plaza Island, Santa Fé Island, Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Punta Suarez, Isla Española, Gardner Bay, Española Island, North Seymour Island, El Edén Island, Baltra Island
  • Iconic Kimberley

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Choice of Ships
    Kimberley 10 Nights Cruise Only from £6290pp Broome, Lacepede Islands, Collier Bay, Careening Bay, Hunter River, Swift Bay, Vansittart Bay, King George River, Darwin
  • Rhythms of the Brazilian Coastline

    Scenic Eclipse
    Rio de Janeiro 11 Nights Fly Cruise from £6425pp Save up to 30% plus free flights and special solo prices! Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , Búzios, Ilha Grande, Abraão, Paraty, Ilhabela, São Sebastião Island, Pontal do Sul, Ilha do Mel, São Francisco do Sul, Punta del Este, Uruguay, Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Western Galapagos Luxury Expedition

    Silver Origin
    Flamingos, Floreana Island 7 Nights Cruise Only from £7000pp Exclusive fly-cruise package price from £10,800pp! San Cristóbal Island - Roca León Dormido (Galápagos), Bartolome Island - Santiago Island, Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island) - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island), Caleta Tagus - Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island), Post Office Bay (Floreana) - Champion Island - Punta Cormorant, Los Gemelos - Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island), Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) - Isla Guy Fawkes - Bahía Borrero (Santa Cruz Island), San Cristóbal Island
  • North Central Galapagos Luxury Expedition

    Silver Origin
    Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island 7 Nights Fly Cruise from £7100pp San Cristóbal Island (Galápagos), El Barranco - Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island), North Seymour Island - Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island), Mangle Point (Fernandina Island) - Punta Moreno (Isabella Island), Los Gemelos (Santa Cruz Island) - Santa Fé Island, Gardner Bay - Punta Suarez (Isla Española), Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado - Cerro Brujo (San Cristóbal Island)
  • Broome to Darwin

    Silver Cloud
    Darwin, Western Australia 10 Nights Cruise Only from £7200pp Broome, Western Australia, Buccaneer Archipelago, Western Australia, Hunter River Region Australia, King George River - WA Australia, Wyndham, Western Australia, Matakus Island, Darwin, Northern Territory
  • Puntarenas to Valparaiso

    Silver Wind
    Antofagasta, Chile 18 Nights Fly Cruise from £7900pp Puntarenas (Costa Rica), Playa Panama, Playa Herradura, Golfo Dulce, Cocos Island, Puerto Lopez (Ecuador), Salaverry (Peru), Callao, Paracas, Arica (Chile), Antofagasta, Isla Pan de Azúcar, Coquimbo, Valparaiso
  • Pan-Asian Exploration

    Silver Cloud
    Cochin, Kerala 16 Nights Fly Cruise from £8700pp UK - Male (Maldives), Van'gaaru - Uligamu, Minicoi Island (India), Tinnakara, Cheriyum Island, Cochin, Galle (Sri Lanka), Hambantota, Port Blair, Ross Island (India), Belawan (Sumatra, Indonesia), Singapore - UK, At Sea

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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Tropical Destinations

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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