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+44 1756 706500
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.

Cruise Collection 2020/ 2021

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  • Caribbean Sea from New York

    Choice of Ships
    New York 15 Nights Cruise Only from £3026pp Exclusive £100pp discount! New York (USA), Charleston, Key West, Cozumel (Mexico), Isla de Útila, Isla de Providencia (Columbia), San Andres Island, Corn Island (Nicaragua), Bocas del Toro (Panama), Puerto Limón (Costa Rica) - San José, San Jose
  • Underwater Treasures of the Caribbean - National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Dumont dUrville
    San Blas Islands, Panama 9 Nights Cruise Only from £3190pp Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Colon, San Blas Islands, Cartagena, Bonaire, Saint George (Grenada), Mayreau Island, Soufriere, Fort de France
  • Essential Seychelles

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Choice of Ships
    Praslin 8 Nights Cruise Only from £3210pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Mahe (Seychelles), Sainte Anne Marine National Park, Saint Joseph Atoll, Curieuse Island, Aride Island, Grande Soeur, Praslin Island, La Digue, Mahe
  • Tropical Rainforests and Panama Canal - National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Dumont dUrville
    Sloth in Costa Rica 7 Nights Cruise Only from £3230pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount! Colon, San Blas Islands, Panama Canal Crossing, Playa Muerto, Manuel Antonio National Park, Curu Wildlife Refuge - Tortuga Island, Puerto Caldera
  • Andean Coast

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    Lima 16 Nights Cruise Only from £3933pp Exclusive £100pp discount! San Jose (Costa Rica), San Jose - Puerto Limon, Bocas del Toro (Panama), Panama Canal, Crossing the Equator, Guayaquil (Ecuador), Salaverry (Peru), Callao, Paracas, Arica (Chile), La Serena, Valparaíso
  • Sea of Cortez Discovery

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    San Diego 12 Nights Cruise Only from £3950pp Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! San Diego (USA), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico), Monserrat - Puerto Agua Verde, Punta Colorada - Bahia Amortajada, Los Islotes - Isla Partida - Espiritu Santo Island, Cerralvo Island, Huatulco, Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala)
  • Pearls of the Indian Ocean

    Ponant Luxury and Expedition
    Le Bougainville
    Seychelles 9 Nights Cruise Only from £4160pp Save up to 30% PLUS exclusive £50pp discount! Victoria (Mahe), Praslin Island, Saint Joseph Atoll, Alphonse Island, Cosmoledo Atoll, Assumption Island, Astove Island, Glorieuses, Scattered Islands, Nosy Komba - Nosy Tanikely, Nosy Be
  • Polynesia and Easter Island National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Le Boreal
    Tahiti 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4230pp Save up to 25% PLUS exclusive £50pp Blue Water discount! Papeete (Tahiti), Rangiroa (Tuamotu Islands), Rikitea (Gambier Islands), Aukena, Adamstown (Pitcairn Island), Sailing along Ducie Island, Hanga Roa (Easter Island)
  • Incredible Iberian Discovery

    Scenic Eclipse
    Lisbon 8 Nights Fly Cruise from £4425pp UK - Lisbon (Portugal), Portimão, Seville (Spain), Tangier (Morocco), Malaga (Spain), Cartagena, Soller de Mallorca, Barcelona - UK
  • National Parks of Central America National Geographic

    Ponant National Geographic Expeditions
    Manuel Antonio National Park 13 Nights Cruise Only from £4453pp Exclusive savings of up to 30%! Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala), Curu Wildlife Refuge (Costa Rica) - Tortuga Island, Manuel Antonio National Park, Cocos Island, Cebaco Island (Panama), Pacheca Island - Fuerte Amador, Darrien National Park - Jacque, Utria National Natural Park (Colombia), Guayaquil (Ecuador)

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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