A small adventure cruise holiday combines the intimate, personalised feel of land-based small group tours with the comfort of a well-appointed cruise. Because the ships carry fewer passengers, you’ll have easy access to the smaller ports that larger cruise ships can’t reach, delivering you to the heart of your destination. Wake up each morning for a swim in clear, tropical waters, right of the back of your boat, and spend time getting to know the locals, tasting home-cooked specialities and enjoying the natural beauty for which the waters of South East Asia are renowned.
Explore southern Vietnam’s beautiful coastline from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Nang via Nha Trang, Hoi An and more. Your small ship can drop anchor in quiet spots such as the sun-kissed sand dunes of Mui Ne along the way. From the tranquillity of the Fairy Spring to the wonder that is the enormous reclining Buddha atop Ta Cu Mountain; from ancient Cham architecture to traditionally-made pottery; from shimmering waters filled with tropical fish to fresh, delicious Vietnamese cuisine, a small ship adventure is a chance to experience all the highlights of this stunning region of Vietnam.
The popular holiday destinations of Phuket and Penang are among the best-known ports of call that line the stunning west coast of Malaysia and Thailand. But in between, there are plenty of smaller islands and villages that are ideal for exploring on a small ship cruise. Tucked away from the major cruise ship routes, the natural beauty of Turatao National Park and Koh Yao Yai are just some of the highlights you’ll experience along the way, while the smaller ship size means you can cruise right up close to the towering limestone karst formations of Krabi.
A small ship adventure cruise is a great way to indulge in a little island-hopping, exploring some of the most secluded and enchanting islands of the Indonesian archipelago. From Komodo dragon-spotting on remote Rinca Island to lazing on the often-deserted beaches of Banta Island; from the hidden cascades of Moyo to the incredible crater lake of Santonda, you’ll spend your days island-hopping, swimming and learning about traditional Indonesian pastimes such as sarong weaving and rice farming. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled and your snorkel at the ready: these waters are renowned for the richness of its marine life, including tropical fish, colourful corals and magnificent sea turtles.
If a small-ship adventure cruise sounds like your version of paradise, ask your personal travel manager for details and itineraries.