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Expedition Cruises

When it comes to cruising, people often have a 'love it or hate it' reaction. For those who haven’t ever been on a cruise, for fear of being stuck ‘doing nothing,’ let us introduce you to Last Frontiers cruises where, if anything, your days will be so packed with adventure you’ll need another holiday afterwards!

Whether you want to kayak past penguins in Antarctica, fish for piranha in the Amazon or snorkel with marine Iguanas in the Galapagos, there’s a vast array of daily tours and activities offered on all of our cruises. The boats are generally small (with just 9 to 50 cabins, depending on destination) meaning you’ll receive more personalised attention from on-board specialist guides.

Explore the Brazilian Amazon on the M/V Tucano

Kayak through the AmazonKayak through the Amazon

The M/V Tucano takes you into the deepest darkest depths of the Amazon in true explorer style. This classic, wooden-cabined riverboat will have you cruising in air-conditioned comfort and provides a wonderful place to relax after the selection of daily excursions, each starting around 6 or 7am each morning.

This is a cruise for those who have a thirst for knowledge and a keen appreciation of nature at its most wild. Whilst you can opt for a 4 day/3 night cruise, we’d strongly recommend the longer 7 day/6 night cruise, as you’ll go further, see more and experience the Amazon more deeply.

Wrap up warm for an Antarctic dream

Wild camp in AntarcticaWild camp in Antarctica

Follow in Shackleton’s footsteps (in considerably more comfort) by setting off from the southernmost tip of Argentina (or occasionally Chile) and setting sail through the notorious Drake Passage, towards the White Continent. At Last Frontiers we recommend a number of expedition cruises which all have zodiac boats on board for daily excursions of the peninsula, and specialist guides (in subjects such as history and ornithology) who give lectures in the evening about their specific topics.

For the particularly adventurous the Akademik Ioffe and Akademik Sergey Vavilov also offer overnight camping on ice, mountaineering and cross-country skiing, should the desire so take you!

Cruises are usually between 5 and 18 nights long and if you would prefer to avoid the dreaded Drake Passage altogether, we can arrange fly-cruises for those who suffer particularly badly from sea-sickness and/or have limited time.

Sail around the Galapagos

Blue-footed BoobiesBlue-footed Boobies

High on the list for any keen naturalist is a visit to the Galapagos Islands. Whilst you can stay on one of two of the Archipelago’s islands in a hotel (or tent), the best way to explore the many different islands (and therefore landscapes and wildlife), is by taking a cruise.

All vessels in the Galapagos have specialist guides on board to provide lectures on relevant topics and zodiac boats, pangas, in order to make landings and explore the waters. Besides hikes and walks on land, all cruises include activities such as swimming and snorkelling, whilst others can also offer kayaking (waters dependent) and diving (for experienced PADI certified divers only).

Cruises are usually 3, 4 or 7 nights long, though if you want to take in all corners of the archipelago in one go, then you will need 14 nights. If the thought of 7 nights at sea is too much, then we can suggest taking a 3 or 4 night cruise and combining this with a stay on one of the islands (either Santa Cruz or Isabela).

All the cruises we offer are fully immersive, active, educational and most importantly, fun. So please do give us a call to discuss the options in more detail.

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