Cruises

Forget shuffleboard and cabaret – adventure cruising is all about the destination.

Cruising is an adventure in itself, but the beauty of traveling on a small ship with less than 36 passengers is that the real fun begins when you drop anchor. This way, you'll get to know the locals, rather than outnumber them. You'll still be looked after by your crew and get to relax on the deck with a cold beer, but you'll also get to explore the waterfalls of Krka National Park, snorkel with green turtles in the Galapagos and taste locally produced olive oil, wine and lavender in Croatia. It's about exploring where the big ships can't go, so you can swim in hidden coves, view wildlife on remote islands and listen to live music in cobblestone laneways. This is cruising – Intrepid style. 

Our cruises

Small Ship Adventure Cruising with Intrepid Travel

Where you can go on a cruise

Cruises highlights

Harbor on Rab Island's coastline on Croatia's Dalmation Coast
Dig into Croatia’s coast

There’s a reason Croatia's been crowned the darling of Europe! Cruise through the pristine waters of the Adriatic and taste the best of the country’s bountiful coastline. Visit rolling vineyards for wine tastings, dine on barbecue dinners on the deck of your ship, sample locally produced honey on a Croatian farm and stroll through fragrant fields of lavender. Detour into Bosnia and Herzegovina where you’ll pop into a local coffee shop to see how Bosnian coffee is made and try some yourself.

Galapagos Land Iguana relaxes on a log in forest in Galapagos Islands
Go wild in the Galapagos

When we say go wild, we really mean it. Located just off Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a natural playground for wildlife lovers with over 9000 species to discover. Where else can you chill on the beach with a seal or kayak alongside a group of inquisitive penguins? Here, you'll snorkel in shallow coves teeming with green turtles, golden cow-nose rays and Galapagos sharks. Whether you cruise around the central, southern or western islands, you'll be well placed to have unforgettable wildlife encounters on and off the water.

Our motor yachts

Why choose us

Small ships, small groups

With fewer than 36 passengers on every ship, our groups are the perfect size for really getting to know your fellow travelers. Smaller groups mean more personalized service, like one-on-one chats with your leader about history, culture and food, or your favorite beer handed to you by the bar manager at the end of the day.

Specialized service

We’re right there with you to ensure your adventure is memorable for all the right reasons. Our expert local leaders facilitate incredible land experiences, while the ship’s friendly crew make sure you have everything you need – from a room that’s sparkling clean to a glass of sparkling wine – to enjoy your time on board.

Dining with a local twist

Whether it’s a dining alfresco on the deck at sunset, enjoying the catch-of-the day cooked up by your onboard chef or sitting down for a gourmet breakfast every morning, our culinary experiences are designed to complement your journey and help you create memories you’ll savor forever – both on and off the boat.

Cruise the seas less traveled

Our small ships give you access to those out-of-the-way spots the big ships can’t reach. We’ll show you the guidebook favorites from a new perspective, then cruise away from the crowds so you can stroll through seaside villages, swim in hidden coves, and get a real taste of what life is like for the locals.  

A floating boutique hotel

Our ships combine all the comforts and personality of a boutique hotel with the freedom of the open water. Relax in your well-appointed cabin and wake to a different outlook each morning. Enjoy panoramic views from the sun deck, spend time in comfortable lounges and dining rooms, or dine al fresco under the stars.

Reviews

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Galapagos Explorer: Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)

Linda · Traveled May 2024
Awesome itinerary. We loved this trip.
Review submitted 06 Jun 2024

Croatian Coastal Cruising: Dubrovnik to Split (Aurora)

Trudy · Traveled May 2024
THIS JOURNEY ON THE MS AURORA AROUND CROATIA WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC, OUR LEADER, ZIGGY, WAS ABSOLUTELY AWESOME, HE WAS ENGAGING, KNOWLEDGEABLE AND COULD NOT DO ENOUGH FOR US TO MAKE OUR TRIP EXCEPTIONAL. THE CREW ON BOARD WERE AMAZING AND THE CHEF MEALS WERE TOP NOTCH. WE CAN NOT RAVE ENOUGH ABOUT THIS EXPERIENCE - WE COULD NOT FAULT ANY ASPECT OF THIS TRIP - AMAZING PEOPLE, AMAZING JOURNEY
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

Croatian Coastal Cruising: Dubrovnik to Split (Aurora)

Scott · Traveled May 2024
I've been on about 6 Intrepid tours and this is clearly a signature trip. The itinerary is full of interesting inclusions, yet there's ample time to do your own thing. Ziggy and Ivan were two remarkable leaders who easily shared their love of Croatia while being approachable, caring, and mindful. We had a full 36-passenger cruise yet it didn't feel packed: I felt like I knew something about everyone by the end of the trip. The Aurora is a well-appointed boat with large cabins (I was in a lower berth and had no problems sharing), and it's small enough to dock at all ports with no problem. Swim stops included snorkeling and SUP gear, and included meals were all delicious and balanced. Even buses used for transfers were comfortable. I have absolutely zero complaints about this trip, and I highly recommend it!
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

Croatian Coastal Cruising: Dubrovnik to Split (Aurora)

Cynthia · Traveled May 2024
Review submitted 09 Jun 2024

Croatian Coastal Cruising: Dubrovnik to Split (Aurora)

Howard · Traveled May 2024
It was evident from day1 that Intrepid does a great job. Why? Many members of our group were repeat clients. Dubrovnik to Split was AMAZING. I will use Intrepid again!
Review submitted 05 Jun 2024

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