Sometimes the best way to see a country’s true colours is to travel along its rivers or coastline by boat. Watch the destination reveal itself through the windows, stopping off to get up close to the cultures, history and wildlife.
From expedition cruising in the Arctic to chartering a private yacht in the Mediterranean, getting out on the water really does give you a totally unique perspective on a new destination. In fact, some of the most remote and stunning parts of the world are only reachable by boat. With that in mind, we've picked out a few of our favorite vessels on which to explore the world's waters. This is just a snapshot of what we can offer, so if there's somewhere else you want to set sail, touch base with our experts and let us craft you the boating adventure that you've been dreaming off.
The journey is an integral part of the adventure. You could explore of the Galapagos Islands by catamaran, cruise to remote coral reefs in Belize, sail down the Amazon river in a luxury boat, or cruise the Mekong from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City. We've cherry-picked the best boats journeys and have plenty of ideas to help you stop and unwind before or after the journey, too.
If unparalleled luxury, privacy and freedom are high on your holiday checklist, a sailing adventure aboard an exclusive yacht charter will tick all these boxes and more. Offering the flexibility to choose your route and create your own itinerary, you’ll be able to explore hidden bays and secret beaches in the utmost style.
The continent of Antarctica contains an extraordinary wilderness of ice-sheets, glaciers and barren deserts that have formed over millennia, and is home to huge penguin colonies, sea birds, whales and seals. An expedition cruise to this remarkable destination is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and combines well with Argentina or Chile as part of a truly epic itinerary.
This Northernmost remote region is home to some of the world’s most unique wildlife, natural wonders and oldest communities, from the polar bear, King of the sea ice, to some of the oldest Inuit communities in the world and not forgetting the Aurora Borealis which dance across the night skies.
Origin & Theory
Sister ships Origin & Theory are the most comfortable premium-class yachts operating in the Galapagos archipelago, combining modern sophistication with quality guiding and accommodating just 20 guests each. They are both members of Relais & Chateaux.
Silversea Silver Explorer
Discover Antarctica in absolute comfort and style with Silversea's premium expedition ship, Silver Explorer. Travel on this ice-breaker vessel around the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, accompanied by specialist guides.
Belmond Afloat in France
South of France
Discover the waterways, canals and rivers of rural France in style with the Belmond Afloat in France program. Belmond’s seven barges are among the most luxurious in Europe and offer a unique way of seeing some spectacularly beautiful countryside.
This PC6 cruise ship charts a course through the polar regions with a fleet of Zodiacs and onboard experts creating the conditions for a memorable and exhilarating experience for its 170 passengers
Silversea Silver Cloud
Undoubtedly one of the most luxurious ships to cruise Antarctica, the Silversea Silver Cloud is perfect for an introduction to the white continent, boasting a Relais & Chateaux restaurant, highly attentive staff and suite-style accommodation.
Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon, Peru
Sail the waters of the mighty Amazon onboard the 147 ft exclusive Aria Amazon, which offers a first class service and luxurious accommodations.
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, United States of America
Let the frozen landscapes of Alaska's Inside Passage overwhelm your senses with a cruise on board the luxurious Silver Muse, where elegant suites and an extensive range of facilities go hand in hand with faultless service and unforgettable excursions.
Iquitos, Peruvian Amazon, Peru
Cruise along the mighty Amazon River on board the luxurious Delfin III, a modern and elegant vessel which boasts 21 cabins and has all the amenities of a hotel, whilst allowing you to explore untouched corners of Peru's Amazon Rainforest in total comfort.
A first class catamaran, the Endemic offers a high level of comfort for up to 16 passengers in panoramic suites and is supported by a highly qualified crew including a dedicated cruise service officer and bilingual naturalist guide.
M/V Magellan Explorer
An exciting and beautiful new addition to Antarctica21's fly-cruise operation, the M/V Magellan Explorer means that guests can fly over the infamous Drake Passage, cutting four days at sea to now sail the Antarctic peninsula in ultimate comfort and style.
Ultimate Cruise Patagonia
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine & Santiago
Voyage through unimaginable Patagonian scenery on this two-week adventure, taking in Buenos Aires and Santiago, coming up close to the outstanding Perito Moreno glacier, cruising the fjords and glaciers of southern Patagonia and trekking in the shadow of the iconic Torres del Paine massif.
Ultimate Ecuador and Galapagos
Quito, Galapagos, Mindo Cloud Forest
Indulge in a pampering cruise around the Galapagos Islands and experience the unique wildlife from the Endemic, a luxurious catamaran with highly specialized naturalist guides. Combined your cruise with a stay on land at the spectacularly located Pikaia Lodge, where giant tortoises can be found roaming in this highland paradise. Complete your...
Ultimate Northwest Passage
This is the ultimate Arctic voyage that takes you through the complete Northwest Passage. Designed for the true Arctic adventurer, following several different Explorer routes the itinerary crosses the High Arctic from Greenland to Alaska. Experience crystal clear glaciers, dramatic fjords and impressive icebergs; encounter a variety of different...
Exceptional Bali and Komodo in Style
Ubud, Komodo National Park, Jimbaran
This luxurious itinerary takes you from the cultural heart of Bali to Komodo where you will cruise the national park in style, stopping off at snorkeling and diving hotspots, pristine beaches and islands in search of the mighty Komodo Dragon. Return to Bali’s south coast for a relaxing end to your vacation unwinding on the beaches of Seminyak.
Exceptional Kerala and The Maldives
Cochin, Thekkady, Backwaters, Lake Vembenad & The Maldives
Captivating culture, tempting cuisine and an exclusive houseboat stay in Kerala. Followed by white sandy beaches, turquoise waters and luxurious contemporary accommodation in the Maldives, this two-week itinerary is perfect for those looking to combine culture with a dose of relaxation. We’ve hand-picked the very best hotels and lodges along with...
Family Fun in Ecuador & Galapagos
Quito, Mindo Cloud Forest, Galapagos Islands
Ecuador is a wonderful destination for families, with an incredible array of wildlife to be found, adventure activities galore and short traveling times in between destinations. This itinerary includes time in the mysterious cloudforest and a cruise around the Galapagos Islands where you can get up close to wildlife both on land and in the water...
Cruising the Irrawaddy in Style
Yangon, Mandalay, Irrawaddy River, Bagan
Cruise the Irrawaddy River in comfort and style aboard The Strand Cruise, combining onshore excursions, must-see sights and the height of onboard luxury as you sail from culture-rich Mandalay to the archaeological wonder of Bagan.
Extraordinary Antarctica: Cross the Polar Circle
Santiago, Punta Arenas, Antarctica, Punta Arenas, Santiago
Whilst more and more adventurers are setting their sights on Antarctica, few make it to 66°33’ S and cross the Antarctic Circle. Those who do are treated to a world of pristine sea ice, the abandoned signs of human activity now frozen in time and absolute silence. The itinerary we showcase below offers guests the chance to fly over the Drake...
France by luxury barge
Lyon, South of France & Provence
Discover the waterways, canals and rivers of rural France in style on board a luxury barge. This itinerary offers a unique way to see France’s spectacularly beautiful countryside. The Barges operate from April to October on a variety of routes through Languedoc-Roussillon, Burgundy, Provence, Franche-Comté and the Rhône. Sleeping from four to...
Family Fun in Egypt
Cairo, Luxor, Nile River, Aswan, & Sharm El Sheikh
Dive into the rich history and fascinating culture of Egypt on this epic family journey, sparking the imagination of budding archaeologists and adventurous teens. Step back in time as you explore the legendary tomb of Tutankhamun, live like a pharaoh as you cruise down the Nile and head to the Sinai Peninsula for magical underwater adventures.