With Adventure Cruising, it’s all about the destination.

After all, there’s no time to spend on shuffleboard or bad cabaret when you’re admiring breathtaking waterfalls or off wandering through little Croatian laneways with your local leader. On our Adventure Cruising ships, we travel in a small group of travellers (no more than 50), so when we haul anchor into smaller ports and islands, you’ll get to know the locals rather than outnumber them.

Our Adventure Cruising tours

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Join a small-ship cruise to the beautiful small islands off Southern Thailand’s west...

8 Days From $3,380

Experience historic Hue, vibrant Hanoi and the limestone beauty of Halong Bay and Phong...

8 Days From $3,162

Travel Malaysia and Thailand’s stunning west coast on a small-ship Peregrine adventure...

15 Days From $6,940

Experience the beautiful coast of Vietnam on a small-ship adventure cruise to Nha Trang...

8 Days From $3,162

Uncover Malaysia and Thailand’s spectacular west coast on a small-ship Intrepid...

8 Days From $3,663

Join Intrepid for a small ship cruising adventure around Greece’s hidden hotspots, from...

8 Days From $3,723

Unforgettable postcard-worthy views await at every corner on this 8-day adventure...

8 Days From $3,072

Travel the south coast of Vietnam on a Intrepid small-ship adventure cruise, visiting...

8 Days From $3,380

Embark on a small-ship coastal cruise in Vietnam, visiting iconic Halong Bay, the cave...

8 Days From $3,072

Cruise Vietnam’s south coast on a small-ship Intrepid adventure, visiting Hoi An, Nha...

8 Days From $2,601

Embrace Dalmation life on this glorious 8-day adventure cruise on Croatia’s coast....

8 Days From $3,162

Join Intrepid on a small-ship adventure cruise in Indonesia, visiting the perfect...

15 Days From $6,940

Travel to Vietnam and embark on a small-ship adventure cruise to Nha Trang, Ha Long Bay...

8 Days From $3,876

Climb aboard the Harmony V and set sail for Spain, Portugal and Morocco on this...

8 Days From $3,017

Join Intrepid for a small ship cruising adventure to Croatia. Voyage along the...

8 Days From $4,403

Climb aboard the Harmony V for an unforgettable cruising adventure in Portugal, Spain...

8 Days From $4,653

Cruise the rocky shores of Iceland's Westman Islands and traverse the waterfalls of...

8 Days From $2,520

Join Intrepid for a cruising adventure to Croatia. Voyage along the Dalmatian coast,...

8 Days From $3,720

From bustling Dakar, travel West Africa by water, spotting wildlife along the Gambia...

8 Days From $3,306

Peregrine's 8-day adventure cruise down Croatia's northern coast. Visit Krk, Zadar,...

8 Days From $2,890

Intrepid's 8-day adventure cruise up Croatia's northern coast. Visit Krk, Zadar,...

8 Days From $3,514

The Seychelles truly is a tropical paradise. Better yet, it’s not on many people’s...

15 Days From $5,780

Set out on a blissful cruise through Croatia, starting in Dubrovnik and dropping anchor...

15 Days From $5,248

Cruise from legendary Split to Dubrovnik, dropping anchor at Trogir, Zadar, Sibenik,...

15 Days From $5,350

Take in Croatia’s beauty while sailing from Dubrovnik to Italy's Venice, dropping...

15 Days From $5,350

Meet your group in Venice and then set sail from Opatija, dropping anchor at Krk, Rab,...

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Why choose Intrepid

Small ships, small ports

Bigger is not always better, just ask the mega liners who crowd out the big ports. Instead, we user smaller vessels that allow us to dock in out-of-the-way ports and drop anchor wherever we feel like a dip. Smaller ships also mean we can anchor right in the centre of town, giving you more time to explore.

A personal touch

Being a face in a crowd isn’t much fun, that’s why we limit our cruises to up to 50 likeminded travellers. Our boats have a maximum of 25 rooms, which means there’s a small group atmosphere and our crew can deliver a more personal level of service. By the end of the trip, they’ll know how to make your coffee just the way you like it.

Local flavours

Each cruise’s on-board menu is tailored to reflect the flavours of the destination you’re in. All our trips come with either half or full board and, once we disembark, our local leaders are always on hand to show you the best local hot spots.

Activities onboard

Who needs an onboard swimming pool when there’s the glittering Andaman or Aegean Sea? All our ships have either a platform or a ladder for swimming, getting you in and out of the water with ease. We also include snorkel and fishing equipment, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards on certain departures.

Home away from home

Our cabins are roomy and comfortable, with usually a twin or double configuration available. Better still, every room comes with an ensuite. There’s air-conditioning to keep you cool, a window to enjoy the views, laundry service onboard and turndown twice a day. Consider it a four-star hotel with all the perks, right on the water.

A lighter footprint

We’re changing the future of travel by carbon offsetting all our cruises using renewable energy initiatives. Choosing to travel on smaller ships also means we generate less waste, leave a smaller environmental footprint and reduce the problem of over-tourism by visiting smaller ports.

Explore our world

Croatia

There’s a reason Croatia’s been crowned the darling of Europe. It’s old-world charm, mingled with clear turquoise waters, tasty local produce and tumble-down streets, have drawn travellers near and far. Discover the country’s rich history in Split, stroll through Hvar’s lavender fields, or laze the day away at Dubrovnik’s cliff-side bars, spritz in hand. 

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Vietnam

Swap Hanoi’s motorised chaos for a slower pace, cruising Vietnam’s serene coastline in search of hidden caves, perfectly preserved port towns, and – of course – the perfect banh mi snack. Between Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City, try everything from snorkelling off Ly Son island, sand-sledding down Mui Ne’s spectacular dunes and getting the perfect outfit tailored by hand in Hoi An.

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Greece

With sun-drenched islands scattered across the Aegean Sea, it’s almost as though Zeus created Greece with cruising in mind. Spent days island hopping between Mykonos, Santorini, Paros and more, stopping to swim straight off the boat and exploring ancient temples, then spend your nights eating traditional gyros and sipping ouzo.   

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Thailand

Everybody knows about Phuket and Penang, but what about the snorkelling at the Similan Islands, mangrove forests of Ko Yao Yai and legendary water-diving Moken locals of Surin Islands? We’ll show you both the popular hot spots and hidden treasures off Thailand’s west coast, stopping off for some ocean swimming, tropical island hikes and a traditional home-cooked meal along the way.

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Introducing a greener way to cruise

It’s no secret, traditional cruises (and the travelling hordes that go with them) have an impact on our environment and the communities they visit. That’s why we’re committing to a new, greener way of cruising. We use smaller vessels carrying up to 50 guests, the kind that generate less waste and leave a smaller footprint. The ability to reach smaller ports also means we’re doing our bit to reduce over tourism in already bursting destinations.

We have a no single-use plastic rule on each of our trips and source 90% of our meals from local producers. Each departure has also been carbon offset by a range of renewable energy initiatives. It’s part of our commitment to being a carbon neutral company, and leading the industry towards a more sustainable future.

Meet the fleet

Whether it’s cruising along in a motor sailer or a state-of-the-art mega yacht, our range of cruising vessels are built for style and comfort. Each ship features 4-star accommodation with well-appointed interiors, including spacious cabins and sundecks.

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Private departures

Looking to charter your very own private coastal cruise, or perhaps an island-hopping adventure with just you and your friends? We can make it happen. Just get in touch and tell us what you’d like to do.

Enquire with our Private Groups team

FAQs

We have two classes of ships – Motor Yacht and Motor Sailor – with both carryings between 35 and 50 passengers. Both ships’ primary propulsion method is motorised, but the Motor Sailor offers the romance of travelling with the wind when the sails are raised. The décor varies between ships – some contemporary, some more traditional in their styling. Only Cuba and Greece offer a choice of ships – all other destinations have a single shipper itinerary.

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All cabins are air-conditioned and with a telephone for intra-ship communication. Our ship generators provide an electric current of 220v. Cabins are equipped with European type plugs so please remember to bring an adaptor if necessary.

Please be aware that cabins are compact in size, with wardrobe and storage space also compact. All cabins on all ships have private bathrooms with hairdryers and come with some toiletries such as shampoo and shower gel. A safe and minibar (containing water) are in every cabin. Pricing depends on the cabin type - similar to a hotel, some cabins offer superior views, larger windows/portholes and larger or additional living space. You can view cabin types on our ships page.

You are free to choose what you do when the ship calls into port. On the majority of trips, the listed on shore excursions are at an additional cost. When arriving into port, the cruise co-ordinator will advise you of both the excursion on offer and what you might do on your own. Simply choose what interests you most, or just relax on the ship. On our 'Dalmation Cruising' itinerary, on-shore activities are included in the price.

As much as possible, most relocation sailing will take place at night, allowing for more time to be spent at port and exploring. The majority of itineraries have at least one port stop or swim stop every day. In places of particular interest the ship will moor all day, allowing additional time for shore excursions and off-ship activities. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the trip itinerary in order to be aware of what time is scheduled at port and what excursions are on offer. However, please be aware that weather conditions may prompt a change to published itineraries.

It’s important to be aware that none of the ships have lifts and moving between decks will involve climbing fairly steep stairways. To disembark the ship at port, you will need to walk down a narrow gangway lowered to the dock. All ships are small enough that they can dock at all ports, and tenders (small dinghies) are not necessary. 

How often the ship sails in open waters depends on the itinerary. The itineraries that sail along the coast should experience sheltered conditions on most days, but those that sail between islands will cross open waters and may sail through heavier seas. Unless you are certain that you’re impervious to seasickness, it is necessary to come prepared with precautionary medication or other methods of combatting seasickness. Please be aware that there are no doctors aboard the ships.

Our Dalmation Cruise itinerary is operated by Peregrine and for our other itineraries we’re working with our partner company Variety Cruises to provide you with a range of small-ship cruising adventures in some of the world’s most beautiful places. Variety has been committed to helping travellers get to the heart of a destination since 1949, providing comfortable rooms, delicious local food and the support of an experienced crew. Variety’s traveller pledge aligns perfectly with our own: to give our passengers intimate, authentic and memorable travel experiences. We look forward to welcoming you aboard.

The number of people joining you will range from 35-50 people depending on the ship. Our adventure cruises generally attract a mix of European, North American and Australian/NZ travellers of all ages.

On all our itineraries, if you’re travelling solo, you will need to pay the single passenger price, but you will get a cabin for your own use. The exception to this is our Croatia ‘Dalmatian Cruising’ itinerary, where it is possible to share with another passenger of the same gender, depending on availability.

Language on board is English (with staff fluent), but German, French, Spanish or Russian may also be spoken by our Cruise Coordinators depending on the departure. In general there is a multilingual environment and you will have a chance to mix with a variety of nationalities.

By its nature, all travel by sea is subject to the weather, winds and tides. Occasionally the order in which we visit destinations may need to change to accommodate weather conditions and, sometimes, other ports may be substituted. Safety is always our first priority. All ships are built to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and are operated by an experienced captain and crew.

For the comfort and pleasure of our guests, our itineraries generally follow warm rather than hot weather patterns. The world's climate being at times unpredictable, our small ships are seldom far from a sheltered bay or port.

The Euro is the official currency while on board. There is an optional credit system for expenses on board that may be paid/settled at the end of the cruise. Credit cards are accepted on board.

Most dietary requirements can be catered for on all ships, except for kosher and halal. Please advise us at the time of booking and we will do all that we can.

Alcoholic drinks are available on all ships and are reasonably priced (the official currency onboard is Euro) – for example EUR5 for the cocktail of the day or EUR3.50 for a glass of wine. The bar runs on a chit system where you sign for drinks as you purchase them, with the amount added to your on-board account. This account is settled at the end of the voyage.

Dress aboard the boat is very casual – it is a holiday after all. However, you may wish to bring a smarter outfit, such as a sundress or a shirt with a collar, for the final night’s Captain’s Dinner or if you plan to eat off the ship in port.

Wifi is available on our ships at an additional cost. Please note, it may be unavailable in more remote locations or when sailing.

Yes definitely, and it's a popular option for many. While dates might not always align perfectly, there are plenty of options like day tours to bridge the time between the tours. Contact us or your local travel agent to find out more.

If you've found a tour you like, we can request space and confirm availability within 2-4 days.  Once availability is confirmed, a deposit is required within 7 days.  We suggest not booking other things like flights until availability is confirmed.

Once the space is confirmed by our local team and your deposit has been paid, your tour is guaranteed to depart - meaning you can book your airfares and additional accommodation with confidence. Please note that like all of our tours, this is subject to our regular booking conditions.

Pricing depends on the cabin type - similar to how hotels work, some cabins offer superior views, larger windows/portholes and larger or additional living space. You can view cabin types on our ships page. Contact us to find out more

While flights aren't included in the tour cost, we can assist with booking these. Our partnerships with the major airlines mean we can get you the best price on flights for your intended travel dates. Sometimes it can be challenging organising flights - some destinations are harder than others, and we know it can be tricky trying to negotiate dates, transfers and prices. So speak to us about how we can get you there easier.

Yes, we can generally assist with all of this when you're ready to book your trip. Contact us to find out more.

Of course! All ships have a swimming platform (usually located at the back of the ship – the Galileo has a set of lowerable stairs on the port side) that will allow easy access to the water during swimming stops. The crew will always be present to monitor the safety of swimmers, watching either from the ship or a small zodiac safety boat. Additional towels are available during swim stops. All ships are equipped with snorkelling and fishing gear that you are free to use. Some ships also offer kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for use at swim stops.

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Looking for a smaller boat?

Intrepid Sailing

Want to feel the wind in your hair? Our sailing tours use smaller catamarans or yachts rather than multi-deck cruise ships. Travellers can lend a helping hand with navigating, tacking and steering, or (if that sounds like hard work) simply stretch out on deck with a good book.

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River Boating

Kick back with a cheese board and bottle of red while gliding down the Canal du Midi. Our River Boating range is all about seeing the great sights of Europe from the comfort of your own river boat. It's a slower pace, for those who enjoy the finer things in life. 

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