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.

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Our Adventure Cruising tours

8 Days From €3,635

Discover the spectacular landscapes and remote villages of Iceland’s remote Westfjords,...

8 Days From €2,184

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

8 Days From €2,184

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

15 Days From €4,075

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

8 Days From €2,533

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

8 Days From €2,222

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

8 Days From €2,125

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

8 Days From €1,984

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

8 Days From €2,197

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

8 Days From €2,125

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

8 Days From €1,615

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

8 Days From €2,184

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

15 Days From €4,075

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

8 Days From €1,984

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

8 Days From €2,086

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

8 Days From €1,738

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

8 Days From €2,184

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

8 Days From €2,630

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

8 Days From €2,779

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

8 Days From €2,312

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

8 Days From €1,976

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

8 Days From €1,725

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

8 Days From €2,099

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

15 Days From €3,451

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

15 Days From €3,132

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

15 Days From €3,196

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

15 Days From €3,196

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


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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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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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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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.

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It all comes down to a matter of size. Our Intrepid Sailing range puts travellers on a real sailing vessel – mast, sails and all – and you can help sail the boat (or just relax with a book if you prefer). These boats are smaller, with our fleet comprised of single-hulled yachts in Europe and catamarans in Asia and the Caribbean. Each boat can accommodate up to 8 passengers plus crew.

By contrast, our Adventure Cruises use larger boats that allow room for additional creature comforts – such as air conditioning and Wi-Fi. A bigger boat also carries more people, which is why you’ll be joined by up to 50 fellow travellers to share the journey. While our cruises use larger boats, these are still smaller than other commercial cruise ships. This means you can skip the queues waiting to get off the boat and spend more time in places that larger cruise liners simply can’t get to.  

We have two classes of ships – Motor Yacht and Motor Sailor – with both carrying around 30 passengers. Both ships rely on motors as their main means of propulsion, however the Motor Sailor also features the more romantic option of setting the sails to the wind too. The interior varies between ships – with some vessels offering more contemporary furnishings while others are more traditional in style.

Please note only adventure cruises in Cuba and Greece offer a choice of ships. All other destinations have a single ship per itinerary. 

Being a larger boat, there’s more room for comfort and additional luxuries – such as air conditioning in each cabin, as well as a central music system and telephone connection for intra-ship communication. Cabins also feature wardrobe and storage space. Please be aware that, although cabin space is larger than on a sailing boat, cabins are still compact in size.

All cabins on all ships have been fitted with private bathrooms and include hairdryers. Cabins are equipped with European type plugs, so please remember to bring an adaptor if necessary. Each guest on board will receive some handy toiletries too, such as shampoo and shower gel. A safe and stocked minibar (containing water) are in every cabin. 

In the same way that hotels offer varying rates for rooms depending on views, location and space, prices on a cruise ship will also vary depending on differing levels of amenities.

Most sailing between ports will take place at night, allowing greater time to explore each new location during the day. This also allows you to make the most of any optional on-shore excursions or off-ship activities. It’s generally a good idea to familiarise yourself with the trip itinerary before arriving, as this will contain more in depth details about the excursions on offer and the amount of time scheduled at each port. While we do our best to stick to the itinerary, it’s important to remember that all sailing is reliant on the weather being cooperative. If there’s a turn in the weather, or maintaining the itinerary becomes unsafe, you can rely on your skipper to chart an alternative course.

Seasickness is most often felt when the ship is cruising in open waters, although some passengers may feel symptoms while cruising through sheltered conditions along the coast. Some itineraries include a mix of coastline cruising as well as navigating open waters between islands and ports.

Common symptoms of sea sickness include fatigue, uneasiness, dizziness, headaches, and, in some instances, vomiting. If you’ve never sailed before, or are unsure whether you’re susceptible to seasickness, it’s generally a good idea to pack some precautionary medication.

Many symptoms of seasickness subside after some time to adjust to life on board the ship (usually a few hours to a day) and paracetamol tables can assist in easing this transition. If symptoms persist, there are a number of self-management techniques you can try – such as drinking ginger tea, sitting out in the open air (the higher on board the better) and watching the horizon. There are also a variety of medications available to help alleviate seasickness symptoms.

Please note that there are no doctors aboard the ships and you will need to obtain any medication before arriving. 

Each of our cruise ships carries around 30 passengers, who are usually a mix of European, North American and Australian/NZ travellers of all ages.

Joining one of our adventure cruises is a great way to experience a destination and make some new friends. Solo travellers on all our cruises will be able to share a twin cabin with another passenger of the same gender. If you would rather a cabin to yourself, a single supplement can be paid for you to have a cabin for your own use.

The predominant language on board is English, however our staff may also speak German, French, Spanish or Russian depending on the departure. Most tours are multilingual environments, providing the opportunity to meet and learn from a variety of nationalities. 

Cruising is, by its nature, always subject to winds, tides and weather. Sometimes we may need to adjust the itinerary, or vary the order in which destinations are visited, to accommodate this. 

All of our ships are built to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and are operated by an experienced captain and crew. Each ship is equipped with life jackets, flares, radio, life ring buoys, and emergency supplies.

While there is an optional credit system for expenses, the accepted currency on board is the Euro. Travellers who choose to use the credit system can settle their tab at the end of the cruise. Credit cards are accepted.

Most dietary requirements can be catered for, simply tell us if you have any allergies or dietary requirements at the time of booking. Unfortunately we are unable to cater for kosher and halal needs. If you require kosher or halal meals, please tell us at the time of booking and we will do our best to accommodate. 

Reasonably prices alcoholic drinks are available for purchase on all our ships. All prices on board use the Euro. For example, a cocktail may cost EUR5 while a glass of wine might be EUR3.50. The bar uses a chit system, where you sign for drinks as you purchase them, and the amount is added to your on-board account. This account is settled at the end of the tour.  

Absolutely! All ships are fitted with a swimming platform, usually located at the stern side of the ship. This platform allows easy access to and from the water during swimming stops. The crew will always be present, either from the ship or a small zodiac safety boat, and will watch out for the safety of swimmers. Additional towels are available during swim stops if needed. All ships are supplied with snorkelling and fishing gear that you are free to use, simply ask the crew and they’ll be happy to provide it. Some ships also offer kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for use at swim stops.

The dress code on board is very casual – so feel free to leave your regulation Hawaiian shirt at home (or bring it if you really love it). It is generally a good idea to pack some smart dress, such as a sundress or a collared shirt, for the final night’s Captain’s Dinner. The smart dress might also come in handy if you plan to eat off the ship in port.  

Due to the compact size of the boats and the sometimes rocky nature of a sailing trip, it is advisable that you bring fabric/canvas luggage. When choosing what kind of bag to pack, be mindful that you will need to wheel or carry it over a gangway connecting the boat to the port. 

While cruise ships have more space than smaller sailing vessels, there’s still only a finite amount of space on the boat. It’s best to avoid bulky suitcases and packing needless items such as surfboards, scuba gear and your favourite lilo.  

While the below list is not an exhaustive summary of what you should pack, it should give you some idea of what to expect:

  • A medium-sized fabric bag that can be flattened or stored easily
  • A small day pack for shore excursions
  • Some flip flops or deck shoes that can get wet
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat
  • Seasickness tablets (just in case)
  • Swimmers (don’t worry about the snorkel and fins – we provide those)
  • Waterproof camera (for those sweet underwater shots)
  • A light weatherproof jacket (just in case of high seas or seasonal showers)

Please check your tour’s essential trip information for a more tailored packing list.

Wi-Fi is available on board at an additional cost. Please note, Wi-Fi signal may be impaired or temporarily unavailable in more remote locations or when cruising. 

Please note that none of the ships are fitted with lifts and moving between deck levels involves climbing steep stairways. To disembark the ship at port, you will need to walk down a narrow gangway connecting the dock to the ship. Our ships are small enough that they can dock at all ports, and this means tenders (small dinghies) are not required. 

Flights are not included in the tour cost, however we can assist with booking these. Intrepid has partnerships with many of the major airlines, which means we can get you the best price on flights for your intended travel dates. We know it can sometimes be challenging to organise flights - and some destinations are harder than others – which is why we can assist with negotiating dates, transfers and prices. Speak to us about how we can help. 

As cruising is a heavily weather-dependent activity, which can cause delays in returning to port, we recommend allowing an additional night at the end of the trip to ensure nobody misses any onward flights.

Yes, in fact this is a popular option for many travellers. There are short day tours available to help fill the days, and you can choose to bookend your cruise with an Intrepid tour too. Contact us or your local travel agent to find out more. 

Yes. We can help you book any additional accommodation as needed as well as transfers and day tours. Contact us to find out more. 

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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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