Disembark in Zodiac boats to explore Antarctica’s landmarks at close quarters. Photo by Scott Ableman / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Get ready for a different adventure with these luxury cruises that deliver you right to the doorstep of some of the most talked-about places in the world. Aboard your vessel, top-notch meals, service and amenities are a given to provide you with a comfortable stay. The fun, however, truly starts when you disembark for excursions.

Immerse yourself fully in the destination’s offerings as you sail within the region. From kayaking up close to monumental glaciers to uncovering a verdant forest’s mysteries or even wildlife-spotting right by your room window, these unforgettable experiences will have you eagerly anticipating each moment of your holiday. So take your pick and venture forth!

Journey within wild Antarctica

The seventh continent remains elusive to most but truly intrepid travellers will not hesitate to adventure to Antarctica. Tick the achievement off your bucket list when you embark to the world’s end, where you’ll encounter icy landscapes that brim with one-of-a-kind beauty and have the rare opportunity to observe arctic wildlife in their natural habitat. As your vessel weaves amongst ice floes, massive glaciers and relaxed animals such as penguins and seals, you’ll be captivated at every turn. You’ll also disembark periodically during the cruise for offshore adventures led by a team of passionate experts, where you’ll get to meet locals and photograph animals from up close.   

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Increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights on an extended cruise around the Arctic Circle. Photo by milquetoast / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Catch the Northern Lights dancing overhead in Norway

We all know by now that the Northern Lights can be an elusive sight so why not maximise your chances of encountering the phenomenon by increasing the duration of your stay and travelling to the most unpolluted places? As your vessel traces the Norwegian coastline, you’ll be captivated by your exploration of breathtaking fjords and charming towns in the daytime and hopefully see the magical lights dancing overhead in the unobstructed skies when night falls. Add in a bevvy of land activities ranging from snowmobile trips to dog sled rides and hikes to panoramic viewpoints and there you have it: your ideal winter holiday.

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Snorkel alongside giant tortoises in the Galapagos. Photo by Ricardo Betancur / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Go island hopping in the Galapagos

Widely recognised as a paradise for wildlife-lovers, cruising around the Galapagos Islands is one of the best ways to encounter its staggering array of flora and fauna. Snorkel in bays teeming with marine creatures including schools of fish and giant tortoises, hike through the pristine lands to visit sea lions and iguanas and learn about local ecology from dedicated naturalists — each island here has a different experience to offer. Even when you’re cruising leisurely during your downtime, the ocean views that are easily accessible from your vessel will have you craning your head to capture every picturesque scene.

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Enjoy the rich history and natural attractions Alaska has to offer. Photo by Ivan Wong Rodenas / CC BY-ND 2.0

Revisit Alaska’s gold rush era

Transport yourself back to the excitement of the gold rush era during your Alaska cruise. You will first stop by Skagway, known as the gateway to fields of gold, before visiting Juneau, Alaska’s capital that was founded by the discovery of gold mines, and Ketchikan, which developed fishing and mining industries from the gold rush boom. Besides the wealth of historical knowledge you’ll glean, top-notch nature experiences such as glacier viewing, whale watching and a scenic flight where you will soar through the skies amongst a variety of other excursions await.

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Delve into the Amazon in search of local species like three-toed sloths. Photo by Charles (Chuck) Peterson/ CC BY-NC 2.0

Conquer the Amazon

What does the world’s largest tropical rainforest conceal within its lush greenery? Find out for yourself when you cruise into its depths and venture beneath its leafy canopy. Glimpse rare pink dolphins, strangely captivating sloths and colourful birdlife as they go about their daily life, stargaze into an inky black sky dotted with a multitude of constellations and interact with the indigenous people on a village visit. You’ll not only learn more about habitats and biodiversity but even get to contribute to local conservation efforts at the Manatee Rescue Center, ensuring that you go home a more worldly person.  

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