The word 'cruise' may conjure images of tourists crammed onto vast ships, spilling out into the ports of seemingly unsuspecting Mediterranean towns in a manner similar to that of the Great Wildebeest Migration, but we'll let you in on a little secret… we love a cruise. Well, when we say cruise, we mean aboard small, luxurious boats which ply remote corners of the globe with expert crew and guides helping to get you up close and personal with your surroundings. And nowhere does luxurious adventure cruises quite like the Americas, from the barren beauty of Antarctica to the wilds of the Amazon. So why not channel your inner Christopher Columbus and help us make cruising cool again with these hot new offerings…
The Magellan Explorer, Antarctica
When considering adventure crusies, Antarctica is a good place to start. Named after famed explorer Ferdinand Magellan, the state-of-the-art Magellan Explorer is specifically designed for Antarctic expeditions. Hosting 70 passengers per cruise, this is the ultimate way to explore the kaleidoscopic ice and inky black waters of 'the white desert', with window-filled observation decks, a snug library stocked with literature about Antarctica and an indulgent spa with a gym and sauna. Beyond the boat, guests can partake in activities such as kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing.
The Origin, Galapagos Archipelago
A masterpiece of modern yacht design, The Origin is perfect for the environmentally responsible traveller. Hosting just ten Staterooms, we could bang on about the super personalised service and slick interior design, but it really is the breathtaking panoramic views of the Galapagos Islands that set this boat apart. A new addition to the Ecoventura fleet this year, the yacht puts nature at the forefront of your journey, whether it be by observing marine life through a glass-bottom boat or disembarking to go on a hike with an expert naturalist. A great option for those after warmer advetnure cruises.
Aqua Nera, Peru
Looking like a cross between a stealth submarine and a traditional steamship, the Aqua Nera will boast 20 suites when it launches in October 2020, complete with elegant interiors, splashes of traditional Peruvian colour and delicious food from an award-winning chef. There are few better ways to explore the Amazon; head out on low-emission speedboats into the heart of the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve with an expert naturalist guide; go kayaking, swimming and fishing in the pristine waters; explore riverside communities by bike or simply unwind in the outdoor Jacuzzi with panoramic rainforest views.
The Greg Mortimer, Antarctica
Named after the famous Australian mountaineer and explorer, The Greg Mortimer launched in November. This groundbreaking vessel is one of the most advanced expedition ships in the world, with the X-Bow design allowing it to comfortably withstand adverse weather. While creature comforts are at the forefront of the ship's design, why not push your boundaries with some sea kayaking, scuba diving, snorkelling and stand up paddleboarding? The real pièce de résistance, however, is the hydraulic viewing platforms, offering you unrivalled views of the starkly beautiful Antarctic landscape. If you're after adventure cruises, this is one of the best.
Anakonda Amazon River Cruise, Edcuador
The only luxury ship plying the waters of the Ecuadorian Amazon, the 148ft Anakonda Amazon River Cruise is the perfect way to explore this remote region. Choose from four, five and eight-day itineraries to see the Yasuni National Park, the Cuyabeno Wildlife reserve, and the Limoncocha and Pañacocha biological corridors. Excursions include hiking, kayaking and rainforest glamping.
Tupaiu Private Yacht, Brazil
Still undiscovered by mass tourism, the Tapajos Region offers a more remote option for adventurous travellers looking to explore the Amazon. A great option for families, the Tupaiu is a stunning 60ft yacht with three cabins for adults and two for kids. Experiences to be enjoyed during the cruise include forest trekking, visits to indigenous communities and exploring remote Amazonian beaches.
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