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Why a small-ship adventure cruise is the new wave

Ever since the start of the pandemic cruising has had a bad rap. And for good reason - the ships with thousands of passengers that have been plying the world's oceans have in my mind always been the ultimate in unsustainable travel. **

Enter small-ship adventure cruises. Small, intimate, comfortable and expertly-led – this is cruising at its finest. Small-ship cruises take you to smaller ports, islands, coves and beaches and right into the heart of the destination. Think discovering wildlife in the Galapagos or Antarctica, a small port town in Croatia or Portugal, or a beautiful coral reef in Indonesia.

Our small ships vary in size from 16 passengers in Galapagos to 100 in Antarctica to a maximum of around 200 on our luxury yacht cruises. Because of the ship's size we can get you to ports and anchorages larger ships cannot. It means access to more landing sites and a more intimate experience with the people in destination, the natural world and your fellow voyagers.

Discover a different world with small-ship cruising. Join our webinar on November 11th at 7pm.

See you there!

** I like to keep my posts upbeat so I didn't want to go into too much detail. But if you want to know, the main issues with these large ships (the largest carries 6600 passengers) are:

- health and safety: once a virus is on-board it is virtually impossible to stop it from spreading. Norovirus apparently wasn't enough of a warning, even though it hit many ships. Coronavirus was a wake-up call but one may wonder for how long;

- large groups of travellers descending upon port towns that cannot handle the influx;

- ports of call get very little direct benefit as passengers eat and drink on board;

- carbon emissions associated with such ships;

- the question no one asks: where does all the ship's sewage go? While some improvements are being made, a lot of it still ends up in the ocean.


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