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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.

Cruise Collection 2023/ 2024/ 2025

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  • The Wonders of Madeira and the Canary Islands - Carnival of Santa Cruz

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Las Palmas, Gran Canaria 10 Nights Cruise Only from £2237pp Las Palmas, Arrecife, Lanzarote, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Funchal, Madeira, Porto Santo Island, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Puerto de la Estaca, La Gomera, Las Palmas
  • Tropical Waters and Remote Island Communities in the Caribbean

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Roald Amundsen
    Providencia Island, Colombia 9 Nights Cruise Only from £3001pp Miami, Florida, Belize City, Lighthouse Reef, Providencia Island, Corn Island, Bocas del Toro, Colón
  • From Machu Picchu to the Galápagos Islands

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Santa Cruz II
    Gardner Bay, Galapagos 6 Nights Cruise Only from £3833pp 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
  • Essential Seychelles

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Champlain
    Praslin 8 Nights Cruise Only from £4550pp Save up to 20% plus receive £700 flight credit on selected dates! Mahe (Seychelles), Sainte Anne Marine National Park, Desroches Island, Curieuse Island, Aride Island, Grande Soeur, Praslin Island, La Digue, Mahe
  • South America Expedition Cruise - Machu Picchu & Galápagos

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Santa Cruz II
    Bartolome Island, The Galapagos Islands 8 Nights Cruise Only from £4601pp Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island - Baltra Island (Galápagos), Fernandina Island - Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island - Puerto Ayora, Isla Santa Cruz, Champion Island - Post Office Bay, Floreana - Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island, Baltra Island - Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island, Buccaneer Archipelago (Australia) - Puerto Egas (Galápagos), Rabida Island - Bartolome Island, El Barranco, Genovesa Island, Sailing Itabaca Channel - Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island - Baltra Island
  • Port Elizabeth to Maputo

    Silver Cloud
    Table Mountain, Sunset 12 Nights Cruise Only from £5150pp Gqeberha (ex Port Elizabeth, South Africa)), Bird Island, Cape Town, Langebaan, Hermanus, East London, Durban, Richards Bay, Maputo (Mozambique)
  • Walvis Bay to Port Elizabeth

    Silver Cloud
    Port Elizabeth, South Africa 12 Nights Cruise Only from £5250pp Walvis Bay (Namibia), Lüderitz, Port Nolloth (South Africa), Langebaan, Cape Town, Hermanus, Mossel Bay, East London, Gqeberha (ex Port Elizabeth)
  • Dakar to Lisbon

    Silver Wind
    Varandinha Beach, Boa Vista, Cape Verde 14 Nights Fly Cruise from £5950pp 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)
  • Broome to Darwin

    Silver Cloud
    Darwin, Western Australia 10 Nights Cruise Only from £6250pp Broome, Western Australia, Buccaneer Archipelago, Western Australia, Hunter River Region Australia, King George River - WA Australia, Wyndham, Western Australia, Matakus Island, Darwin, Northern Territory
  • West African Islands to the Canaries - Volcanoes & Wildlife Expedition

    Hurtigruten Expeditions
    Monte Verde, Cape Verde 16 Nights Cruise Only from £6807pp Dakar, Praia, Santiago Island, Sao Filipe, Fogo Island, Santo Antao, Sal Rei, Boa Vista Island, Bissau, Banjul, Dakar, Las Palmas

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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