ECUADOR’S GALAPAGOS ISLANDS ON MV ECLIPSE OR MC ATHALA
Darwin’s living laboratory, a thousand miles east of Ecuador, is a nature-lover’s treasure trove. The MV Eclipse carries just 48 passengers but has all the amenities of a larger ship, while the MC Athala is a superb 16 passenger catamaran. A voyage on either vessel is accompanied by our expert naturalist guides; the twice daily excursions to the different islands are interspersed with snorkelling and swimming, when you could see turtles, penguins, reef sharks and hammerheads; and you may even find yourself pirouetting underwater with a curious young sea lion – they love interacting with humans.
PERU’S AMAZON WITH AQUA EXPEDITIONS
Gliding along the Peruvian section of the Amazon on board the 5-star 12 suite Aqua Amazon or 16 suite Aria Amazon, you will be captivated by the teeming wildlife while enjoying every creature comfort. Departing from Iquitos, the MV Aqua docks at points along the route, enabling the exploration of remote estuaries and creeks by river launch accompanied by expert guides. Keep your eyes peeled for giant river otters and pink dolphins, while cayman bask on the banks and colourful macaws fly alongside.
ANTARCTICA ON LE BOREAL
If you dream of epic adventure, Antarctica is arguably the last frontier – pristine landscapes virtually untouched by humans, inhabited only by magnificent wildlife, including penguins, whales, dolphins, seals and a wealth of birdlife. Le Boreal, our all-balcony expedition ship, combines sleek contemporary design with innovative marine technology to optimise stability in the high seas. Leading experts in marine biology, ornithology, geology, ecology and photography lead each excursion by day and enthral with lectures in the evenings.
RIVER CRUISING WITH AMADEUS
Gently ambling along the waterways of Europe on a fully-crewed barge enables you to absorb life from a unique perspective. With some of the most elegant boats on the European waterways, Amadeus offers voyages up and down the rivers and canals of Holland and Belgium, as well as the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Rhône, Saône and Danube rivers. When you’re not busy stopping to see the sights, you can kick back and relax on the sundeck, take a dip in the spa pool and tuck into delicious food prepared by the onboard chef. Specialist cruises – including wine, art and golf – are also available, and we offer the opportunity to travel with like-minded companions, or charter an entire barge to fill with friends and family.
ALASKA CRUISING WITH SILVERSEA (SILVER SHADOW)
Big, breathtakingly beautiful and full of wildlife, Alaska offers adventure by the bucket load. A collage of sweeping tundra, lush forests, glinting glaciers and deep fjords, America’s largest state somehow still feels like a well-kept secret. Here you’ll find bald eagles, prowling wolves, mighty bears, and more than half of the world’s population of humpback whales, to name just a few. A Silverseas cruise along the most intricate sections of the magnificent Inside Passage allows you to experience Alaska’s grandeur up close, stopping along the way at some of its oldest and most charming towns.
NORWAY WITH HURTIGRUTEN
Norway’s endlessly enchanting coastline is best explored from the sea. The best vessel to sail on is a Hurtigruten ship, offering unique access to some of Norway’s most spectacular fjords. A Hurtigruten cruise will bring you closer to the captivating wildlife and spectacular scenery than any other, interspersed with adventures such as husky or reindeer sledding, snowmobiling, kayaking and horse riding. Hurtigruten ships call at 34 ports, many inaccessible to larger ships; sailing along this beautiful coastline, through magical fjords to enchanted islands, you can enjoy a friendly, relaxed and authentically Norwegian voyage.
CHINA’S YANGTZE RIVER ON SANCTUARY YANGZI EXPLORER
A voyage on China’s mighty Yangtze River allows you to cover many miles of this vast country in comfort. A fascinating tableau unfolds on the river banks, revealing steeply terraced hillsides, traditional fishing villages and dramatic gorges. Sanctuary MS Yangzi Explorer is renowned as the best vessel on this legendary river, with spacious staterooms, delicious cuisine and excellent service. As you relax and take in the sights and sounds, A&K’s on board guides will bring it all to life, providing insight into China’s ancient civilisation.
EGYPT’S NILE ON SANCTUARY SUN BOAT III & IV
A cruise along the waters of the mighty River Nile is surely the most wonderfully romantic way to visit the monuments of Egypt’s ancient past. Sanctuary Sun Boat III and Sanctuary Sun Boat IV are arguably the most elegant vessels on the Nile, with spacious cabins, beautiful sun decks complete with plunge pools, unparalleled service and fine-dining. Add to this the expertise and character of A&K’s exceptional Egyptologists on board – who keep you transfixed with intoxicating stories of the fascinating world of the Pharaohs – and our own private docks on the Nile, and we are confident you’ll find a Nile cruise with A&K is a cut above the rest.
MYANMAR’S AYEYARWADY AND CHINDWIN RIVERS ON SANCTUARY ANANDA
With its sublime landscapes, rich history, serene peoples and Buddhist culture, Myanmar’s heritage and traditional lifestyles are remarkably untouched. Sanctuary Ananda, launching in November 2014, is a luxurious all-suite ship, custom built by local shipbuilders using age-old knowledge and traditional materials, while incorporating the most modern technology; she has a shallow draft enabling her to navigate the rivers of Myanmar even when water levels are low, reaching unspoilt and unexplored regions of this spellbinding country.
AUSTRALIA WITH TRUE NORTH
Home to jaw-dropping landscapes, miles of untouched coastline, and Aboriginal communities, The Kimberley in the remote far north of Western Australia is one of the world’s last great wildernesses. However, exploring it doesn’t mean skimping on comfort. With stylish interiors, top notch service and lip-smacking Australian cuisine, True North’s expedition boats offer luxury in spades. As the ship was built for exploration of the upper reaches of shallow river systems, as well as secluded beaches, bays and natural harbours, a typical day on board might involve exploring a remote estuary with a naturalist guide, swimming in rock pools beneath towering cascades, or viewing ancient aboriginal cave paintings. An onboard helicopter adds to the adventure!