Small ship, expedition cruising is distinctly different than its mega cruise ship counterpart in one important way. While big ships become floating, self contained towns with onboard dining, dancing and more, small ships offer an outward focus, where the main activities are off the vessel like exploring nature’s wonders and local cultures. Cruise expert Mike Nesbitt of Small Ship Safaris offers his favorite off-boat attractions and activities, and all of the off-ship excursions here are included in the price of the small ship cruise.
Fans of cruising on mega ships love the convenience of onboard features like dancing, dining, and spectacular shows.
But small ship, expedition cruising offers vacationers a unique way to see the local sites. By focusing on what lies off the vessel, small ship—12 to 150 passenger boats—provide tours through nature’s wonders and the opportunity to explore new cultures.
From an ice cold plunge in the Arctic Ocean, a snorkeling adventure with Manta Rays in Hawaii to a morning skiff ride through the Peruvian Amazon, these unique journeys are designed to get you back in touch with nature’s finest.
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