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WILDLIFE & EXPEDITION CRUISES

Most small ships have excellent nature and wildlife programs and knowledgeable expedition leaders to take passengers on hikes or in zodiacs to find wildlife in the area. And most also practice "green ethics", careful to not disturb the environment , and giving back to the places where they visit, either buying local goods, giving employment to local people, having ship physicians give care to villages, or helping with schools or other projects.

The following are known for their off-the-beaten-path adventure, expedition and wildlife cruises and cruises that focus on nature and the environment. Whether you want whale watching, birding, Alaska, Antarctica, the Amazon, or the Galapagos, these ships with their nature guides will take you there.    


Click on the cruise company name to link to more details of their cruises. 

ALASKA COASTAL QUEST
Southeast Alaska
MISTY FJORD
Passenger Capacity: 10 (11)

ALASKAN DREAM CRUISES

BARANOF DREAM, ADMIRALTY DREAM, ALASKA DREAM
Passenger Capacity: 49-78

ALL ABOARD YACHT CHARTERS
Alaska, west coast U.S.
CLASSIC YACHT DISCOVERY

Passenger Capacity: 10-12

AMAZON CLIPPER CRUISES
Amazon River

AMAZON CLIPPER PREMIUM

Passenger Capacity: 32   

AMERICAN SAFARI CRUISES
Alaska, Sea of Cortez,
Pacific Northwest,
Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama

SAFARI ESCAPE

Passenger Capacity: 12

SAFARI QUEST
, EXPLORER
Passenger Capacity: 22, 35

ANGERMEYER CRUISES
Galapagos Islands
MARY ANNE, SAGITTA

Passenger Capacity: 1
6

AURORA EXPEDITIONS

AQUA EXPEDITIONS
Amazon
AQUA
                                              
Passenger Capacity: 24

BAJA EXPEDITIONS  
Mexico, Sea of Cortez
DON JOSE

Passenger Capacity: 14-20

BLUEWATER ADVENTURES

Alaska, Canada Islands

ISLAND ROAMER; ISLAND ODYSSEY 
Passenger Capacity: 16, 15
SNOW GOOSE
Passenger capacity: 12

BOAT COMPANY
Alaska
LISERON
 
Passenger Capacity: 20
MIST COVE
Passenger Capacity: 24

CANODROS SA
Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS EXPLORER II
Passenger Capacity: 100

TOUM TEAV
Passenger Capacity: 20 

CRUCEROS AUSTRALIS  
Chilean and Argentine Patagonia
MARE AUSTRALIS, VIA AUSTRALIS, STELLA AUSTRALIS
Passenger Capacity: 129, 136, 210

C
RUCEROS DE AVENTURA
Mexico
Sea of Cortez
PACIFIC MONARCH
Passenger Capacity: 60

DISCOVERY VOYAGES  
Alaska
DISCOVERY
Passenger Capacity: 12

DUEN SAILING ADVENTURES
Alaska, British Columbia, Canada islands
DUEN
Passenger Capacity: 8 adults or 15 trainees
 

ECOTOUR EXPEDITIONS
Amazon River and tributaries
TUCANO
Passenger Capacity: 18

FANTASY CRUISES
ISLAND SPIRIT
Passenger Capacity: 34
NW Coast


GALAPAGOS INC
Galapagos Islands

CORAL 1,  2
Passenger Capacity: 20
GALAPAGOS LEGEND
Passenger Capacity: 90

GALAPAGOS NETWORK  
Galapagos Islands
ERIC, FLAMINGO, LETTY
Passenger Capacity: 20

G.A.P.  ADVENTURES
Worldwide, mostly Arctic and Antarctic
EXPEDITION
Passenger Capacity: 120     


GUIDELINER CHARTERS
Scotland islands
GUIDELINER
Passenger Capacity: 10

HEBRIDEAN ISLAND CRUISES
                                                           
Scotland, Ireland, England, Scandinavia
HEBRIDEAN PRINCESS
Passenger Capacity: 49

INNERSEA DISCOVERIES   
Alaska
, Hawaii, West Coast US
WILDERNESS DISCOVERER, WILDERNESS ADVENTURER

Passenger Capacity: 49
WILDERNESS EXPLORER

Passenger Capacity: 76

INTERNATIONAL EXPEDITIONS
Amazon
LA AMATISTA,  LA TURMALINA
Passenger Capacity: 29, 28

LA TURQUESA
Passenger Capacity: 46 

ISLAND ESCAPE CRUISES
New Zealand
ISLAND PASSAGE
Passenger Capacity: 22

KATERRE EXPEDITION ECOTOURISM
Amazon River
JACARE-ACU, AWAPE
Passenger Capacity: 16, 8


LATIN TRAILS
Galapagos Islands
ANAHI
Passenger Capacity: 16

LATITUD SUR
Amazon and tributaries
SELVA VITA

Passenger Capacity: 10

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS
Alaska, Arctic, Baja, Galapagos,
 San Juan Islands, 
British Isles, Scandinavia, Latin America,  South Pacific

ISLANDER
Passenger Capacity: 47
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ENDEAVOUR
Passenger Capacity: 110
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER
Passenger Capacity: 148

TRITON

Passenger Capacity: 40

POLARIS
Passenger Capacity: 80
SEA BIRD; SEA LION
Passenger Capacity: 70
 
SEA VOYAGER
Passenger Capacity: 64
 
 
Ecuador
MANATEE AMAZON EXPLORER
Passenger Capacity: 30       

MAPLE LEAF ADVENTURES
Canada, Alaska
MAPLE LEAF
Passenger Capacity: 10

METROPOLITAN TOURING
Galapagos Islands, Amazon

ISABELA II
Passenger Capacity: 40
SANTA CRUZ
Passenger Capacity: 90

MOTHERSHIP ADVENTURES
West coast of Canada
COLUMBIA III
Passenger Capacity: 12

NORTHWEST NAVIGATION CO.
Pacific Northwest, Alaska
DAVID B
Passenger Capacity:
6

OCEAN ADVENTURES -- GALAPAGOS
Galapagos Islands

ECLIPSE
Passenger Capacity: 48
ATHALA
Passenger Capacity: 16

OCEANWIDE EXPEDITIONS
Antarctica, Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Falklands
PROFESSOR MOLCHANOV
Passengers: 54

GRIGORIY MIKHEEV

Passengers: 46

ORION EXPEDITION CRUISES
Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica, Papua New Guinea,
 Melanesia, Tasmania, Southeast Asia
ORION
Passenger Capacity: 106

PACIFIC CATALYST II
Alaska, Northwest US, Western Canada
CATALYST
Passenger Capacity: 11

PANAMA MARINE ADVENTURES
Panama and the Panama Canal

DISCOVERY
Passenger Capacity: 24

POLARQUEST
Norway, Russia, Svalbard
ORIGO
Passenger Capacity: 24

QUARK EXPEDITIONS
Arctic, Antarctic
SEA SPIRIT   
Passenger Capacity: 114

PROFESSOR MULTANOVSKIY
Passenger Capacity: 49

KAPITAN KHLEBNIKOV

Passenger Capacity: 108
CLIPPER ADVENTURER   
Passenger Capacity: 122

QUASAR NAUTICA  
Galapagos
LAMMER LAW, GRACE
Passenger Capacity: 16
EVOLUTION
Passenger Capacity: 32

REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES
Amazon, Antarctica, Arctic, Northwest Passage,
Alaska, Greenland,  South Pacific, Central and South America

SEVEN SEAS NAVIGATOR   
Passenger Capacity: 490

SAIL THE SAN JUANS  
San Juan Islands, Gulf Islands of Canada

NORTHWIND

Passenger Capacity: 6

SEADREAM YACHT CLUB   
SEADREAM I, SEADREAM II
 Passenger Capacity: 110

SEARCHER NATURAL HISTORY TOURS  
Sea of Cortez
SEARCHER
Passenger Capacity: 24

SEA VOYAGER EXPEDITIONS
 Cruises of Central and South America, including
Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama and the Panama Canal
SEA VOYAGER
Passenger Capacity: 60 

SILHOUETTE CRUISES
Seychelles

SILVERSEA CRUISES
SILVER GALAPAGOS

Passenger Capacity: 100
Wheelchair Access

TRANS NIUGINI TOURS  
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
SEPIK SPIRIT
Passenger Capacity: 18

VALUE WORLD TOURS
Russia, Ukraine

ALEXANDER VAMPILOV

Passenger Capacity: 32
VLADIMIR MAYAKOVSKI, MARSHAL KOSHEVOI,
KAMA QUEEN                      
Passenger Capacity: 272, 262. 265

VIAGGIO LUXURY YACHT
Alaska, U.S. Pacific Northwest, British Columbia
VIAGGIO
Passenger Capacity:
6

 

WANDERBIRD EXPEDITION CRUISES
Alaska, East coasts of U.S. and Canada
WANDERBIRD
Passenger Capacity: 12

WESTWIND TUGBOAT ADVENTURES  
British Columbia and west coast  islands
PARRY, UNION JACK
Passenger Capacity: 12; 8

WILD ALASKA CRUISES
Alaska Inside Passage
PERSEVERANCE
Passengers: 8-12

WINDSTAR
Caribbean, Central America
WIND STAR, WIND SPIRIT
Passenger Capacity: 148

WIND SURF
Passenger Capacity: 308

ZAMBEZI QUEEN
Africa river wildlife cruise

ZANBEZI QUEEN 
Passenger Capacity: 28


    

 
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