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Bartolomé Island in the Galapagos Islands

Tailor-made cruise holidays

For us, the real joy of cruising lies in getting out on the water and seeing things from a new perspective or reaching otherwise inaccessible places. Travel by river, lake or sea can sometimes provide the only route into little-visited regions, from the Red River Delta in Vietnam to Australia’s farthest-flung Whitsundays Islands. It can also allow you to observe floating markets, temples, and wildlife, such as orangutans in Borneo or Antarctic penguins.

Cruising offers the chance to avoid typically hectic road journeys and travel in a far more leisurely way, navigating you to sights and giving you a more authentic taste of local life. We’ve carefully chosen a range of vessels, from expedition cruise ships to restored riverboats, all focusing on excellent guiding, quality cabins and the best routings. Our experienced specialists can help you choose the best cruise holiday for you, whether you’re a regular cruiser or a first-time passenger.

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Our cruise collection

Depending on your interests, time and budget, the range of cruises available varies greatly. You can choose anything from an expedition cruise through the Galapagos Islands or Alaska, to hands-on sailing in Thailand, or a relaxing trip aboard a simple rice barge on Kerala's backwaters. We’ve arranged our collection into four categories, luxury, expedition, river and adventure — we’re confident you’ll find something to suit.

Longer cruises allow for in-depth travel, which you can combine with further exploration on land. Alternatively, shorter cruises ply a number of areas including the sounds of New Zealand and the Mekong Delta. Or, we can combine cruises to create a longer water-based experience.

Plan your cruise with first-hand, expert knowledge

Picking a cruise can seem like a complex task, with vessels, durations and experiences varying greatly. You might be after a few nights on a luxurious junk on Vietnam’s Halong Bay or an intrepid Antarctic adventure starting with a crossing of the Drake Passage. Discuss your options with one of our cruise specialists, who can help you select your ideal experience and build it into a meaningful journey that gets the very best out of the destination you’re visiting.

Our specialists have often lived in their respective destinations or worked on cruise ships during their travel careers. They know exactly where to guide you in choosing the right cruise and land experiences, to create a journey that excites you.

Guided cruises from our specialists

  • Indochina cruises
    Sunset upon return to Indochina Sails Junk, Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Indochina cruises

    Indochina cruises

    Southeast Asia specialist Mark shares his cruising in Indochina highlights. Picking his favourite ways to travel down the Mekong through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as taking in the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, and the local culture and landscapes along the Red River and on Lake Tonle Sap.

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  • Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap by riverboat: a holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia
    Taking goods to market in the Mekong Delta.

    Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap by riverboat: a holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia

    Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap by riverboat: a holiday in Vietnam and Cambodia

    Southeast Asia specialist Tom explains why travelling along the Mekong River is an ideal way to visit Vietnam and Cambodia in a single trip. Giving you time to take in floating villages and markets, the temples of Angkor, as well as Ho Chi Minh City and Phnom Penh.

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  • Nile cruises: the route to ancient Egypt
    MS Pyramisa Nile Cruise, Aswan

    Nile cruises: the route to ancient Egypt

    Nile cruises: the route to ancient Egypt

    A Nile cruise is the classic way of exploring Egypt. Drift down the Nile in a comfortable cruise boat, making stops to visit Ancient Egyptian temples and tombs. Egypt specialist Steve outlines how you can make the most of your cruise.

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  • Myanmar by boat: a river cruising guide
    RV Paukan 1947, Bagan

    Myanmar by boat: a river cruising guide

    Myanmar by boat: a river cruising guide

    From the deck of a boat view Myanmar's traditional waterborne ways of life, which have remained largely unchanged for centuries. Spend time in Yangon and Mandalay and visit the famous temples of Bagan.

    4 min read

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  • Arctic cruises to Svalbard
    The Sea Adventurer in the Canadian Arctic

    Arctic cruises to Svalbard

    Arctic cruises to Svalbard

    Polar specialist Tom shares his experiences of expedition cruising in Svalbard in the Arctic Circle. He talks about the scenery you’ll be immersed in, the wildlife you may encounter, and what life’s like on board a polar expedition vessel.

    8 min read

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  • River cruises in India
    Varanasi, India

    River cruises in India

    River cruises in India

    Take in the history, wildlife and culture of northeast India on a river cruise. Our India specialist Sarah shares some of her favourite things to see and do while cruising along the Brahmaputra, Ganges and Hugli rivers.

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Cruise itinerary ideas

Cruise your own way

To help you choose your ideal cruise, we've refined our options into four categories, each offering the very best, whether you're after a culture-led river cruise or remote sail in luxury.

Polar bears


These ships take you into untamed landscapes, often far from human habitation. Sail Alaska's Inside Passage or look out for polar bears on arctic sea ice — experiences often only possible by ship. On-board facilities are comfortable, but the focus is on exploring these otherworldly environments in a myriad of ways.

View from Silversea Muse


A spacious cabin with a view and gourmet food — this isn't unusual cruise territory. Real luxury comes with the exclusivity of the best facilities and service on small-occupancy ships which take this to the next level. Think personal butlers and exclusive moorings, like Sydney Harbour at new year.

Boats on Mekong River


Voyage along inland waterways and you'll be treated to an ever-changing landscape of river life, from grazing cattle to waterside towns. These are journeys that focus on culture, giving you the opportunity to learn about the communities and wildlife that call these waterways home.

Fairy tern chick, Denis Island


On an adventure cruise your method of travel is part of the thrill. From cargo vessel to sailing yacht, you'll island-hop, snorkel and dive little-visited places only small vessels can reach. The day's activities might be guided by reports of a nearby wildlife sighting or the lure of an uninhabited island.

Cruise ships selected by our specialists