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Enjoy the delights of small ship cruising, taking in unknown small ports, enjoying an informal and friendly atmosphere, with knowledgeable crews and guest speakers.

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Noble Caledonia

Small ships, big experiences - the Noble Caledonia way! Travel with just 150 fellow passengers to some of the most remote and out of the way destinations possible.

Expedition cruises really are just that, expeditions, often using Zodiacs to reach magical places and the chance to see the natural world in all its glory.

Accompanied by expert ornithologists, naturalists and marine biologists, you cannot fail to totally immerse yourself in the wonders of your trip. 

Informal evenings, with a little light music are enjoyed by all, and often include a talk by one of the experts, preparing for the day ahead. Antarctica, Borneo or the Amazon, all are there for you to explore and marvel at. 

Small ship cruises are often themed around gastronomy, culture, music or gardens.  Visiting some smaller ports, and exploring the wonderful, related sites, you will be travelling with like-minded people and often a guest lecturer. 

In a small group, you can discover little known, even secret places which others might pass by. 

On many of the ships, all staterooms have an ocean view, with a comfortable sitting area. 

Dress is casual, the atmosphere relaxed, creating a very special camaraderie amongst travellers.  Enjoy wonderful, exciting days returning to your floating base for a restful, informal evening. 

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Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten visits the frozen places on earth,stunning Norwegian fjords to the glacial, snowy bays of Antarctica.

The ships voyage to some of the most isolated and remarkable coastal areas in the world, with expedition itineraries that are really special.

There is a fleet of 12 small and friendly, welcoming ships that will change your view of cruising, life and our planet as you take in the scenery, animals and inhabitants in the remotest places imaginable.

A Norwegian coastal voyage Hurtigruten was founded in 1893 and has become an essential part of Norwegian life, taking cargoand people to distant settlements which are situated in stunning frozen landscapes. The ships leave daily from Bergen to sail right to the centre of breath taking fjords and the Arctic Circle beyond.

MS Fram, is for true adventure. If you dream of going even further into the icy wilderness, the MS Fram has expedition itineraries taking in Svalbard, Greenland and Antarctica. On these astounding journeys, the crew and passengers are joined by leading expert speakers whose talks on the region add another dimension to the experience.

You also have opportunities for shore landings with guides to ensure you see as much as possible. Truly, voyages of a lifetime.

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Star Clippers

If you are after a totally unique cruise experience, this has to be it. With Star Clippers, you voyage on one of three ships, which are the tallest sailing ships in the world.

The size of the ships is small compared to the cruise liners, so there is the opportunity to visit ports others never see. And indeed, the atmosphere on board is akin to that of a private yacht, as there are around just 200 guests per ship.

This is relaxed cruising, the sails unfurling overhead, the wind in your hair and great levels of personal service from the dedicated crew, who also climb the rigging and run the ship too! Fear not, guests are not required to haul on ropes. A sunbathing deck, swimming pool, informal dining and friendly bars ensure your holiday is convivial too.

There is no doubt that taking a Star Clippers cruise is gentle adventure, where you do not need to sacrifice any creature comforts or pampering. And the dining is rightly deemed excellent!

On board the Star Clipper, Star Flyer or Royal Clipper, you will be enjoying a sailing tradition that is hundreds of years old. There is romance and true style on these voyages, as the billowing sails pick up the wind to take you on the journey, perhaps passing dolphins and other marine creatures on the way.

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Swan Hellenic

On the good ship Minerva, with just 350 passengers, you will travel the seas taking in some of the world’s most interesting places, with a focus on history and culture.

Daytime excursions take you to archaeological sites, exciting cities and traditional villages where you can immerse yourself in the local traditions, often based on ancient civilisations.

In the evenings, world class speakers will inform you about the upcoming shore visits so you can really get the best from your trip. And of course, you can relax on deck or in the lounge, whilst the ship cruises on to your next port of call.

The Minerva enjoys a country house style atmosphere, with traditional values, which are expressed in great service and the home from home comforts in each cabin, such as dressing gowns, slippers and rather special L’Occitane toiletries. Dining onboard, all inclusive, takes place in the two restaurants, with open seating and timing. Excursions, tips and taxes are all included in the price, as are the activities on the ship, yoga or T’ai Chi perhaps, so you can step onto the ship able to partake of all that’s on offer.

Swan Hellenic offers discovery, small ship cruising for the discerning traveller.

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