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Cruise travel guides

Cruising offers you the chance to explore a country in a new light, visiting remote regions and journeying at a pace you just can’t replicate any other way. Watching the sun rise over the temples of Bagan from your riverboat on the Mekong gives you a view few visitors see, and if you’ve dreamed of spotting a polar bear in Svalbard, an expedition ship is the only way to do it.

Our specialists have plied the waters in a variety of vessels, from yachts in the Caribbean to ships that cruise through Canada’s Northwest Passage. We’ve collected their knowledge in our travel guides, where you’ll find advice ranging from how to choose the best polar cruise to suit your interests to the best Galapagos routings for avid birdwatchers.

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Inspiration for your cruise

Our cruise specialists regularly travel to discover new experiences and explore untried areas. They love nothing more than sharing their ideas and experiences to help you plan your ideal cruise holiday. We’ve written these travel guides based on our own first-hand cruise experiences to help inform and inspire your next trip.

  • Galvans Gorge, the Kimberley

    The Kimberley by land and by sea

    An expedition cruise, Zodiac boat trips or hikes and stays on cattle ranches: two members of our Australia team share how to best experience the Kimberley, both overland and overwater, and define the allure of this Outback region.

  • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

    A typical day in the Galapagos: what to expect

    Michael, one of our specialists, takes you through what to expect on a visit. He outlines a typical morning, afternoon and evening routine on a cruise boat, and explains the major differences between a cruise and land-based stays.

  • Sailing in the Whitsundays

    Cruises in Australia

    Explore the possibilities for small-ship cruises in Australia, including the best options for sailing the Great Barrier Reef and the remote Kimberley region. You can also find out about an excellent day cruise (with a theatrical twist) in Tasmania.

  • Juneau, Alaska

    Your guide to choosing an Alaska cruise

    An Alaska cruise combines convenience with front-row seats to many of the state’s most impressive sights, from glaciers to wildlife. Whether you choose a classic cruise or an intimate expedition cruise depends on your own personal travel preferences.

  • Aranui V, Tahiti

    Cruises in French Polynesia

    South Pacific specialist Joshua reviews the Aranui, which, for him, is the best cruise vessel around French Polynesia. He explains what to expect from life on board, and why the out-of-the-way Marquesas and Tuamotu Islands are such intriguing places to explore.

  • Yangtze River, Yangtze River

    Yangtze River cruises in China: a need-to-know guide

    China can be overwhelming, so Audley specialist Heather suggests exploring it from a calmer perspective on a cruise of its greatest river, the Yangtze. She reveals the key sights, and what life’s like on board your Yangtze cruise ship.

  • M/V Orlova, Antarctica

    Antarctic expedition cruises

    Audley’s Polar specialists describe what to expect from a trip to Antarctica. They explain the logistics of cruising on an expedition vessel and how you explore the wildlife and landscapes. They also discuss what makes Antarctica such a captivating destination.

  • MS Pyramisa Nile Cruise, Aswan

    Nile cruises: the route to ancient Egypt

    A Nile cruise is the classic way of exploring Egypt. Drift down the Nile in a comfortable cruise boat, making stops to visit Ancient Egyptian temples and tombs. Egypt specialist Steve outlines how you can make the most of your cruise.

  • The Sea Adventurer in the Canadian Arctic

    Arctic cruises to Svalbard

    Polar specialist Tom shares his experiences of expedition cruising in Svalbard in the Arctic Circle. He talks about the scenery you’ll be immersed in, the wildlife you may encounter, and what life’s like on board a polar expedition vessel.

  • Sunrise on the Mekong, Khong Jiam

    Cruising in Southeast Asia

    Travel by river, lake or sea in Southeast Asia to explore places which would otherwise be inaccessible. Cruising in Southeast Asia offers the chance to relax and observe everyday life, the scenery and wildlife.

  • Komodo archipelago, Indonesia

    Cruising in Indonesia

    Indonesia specialist, Rael shares his choice of boats for an Indonesia cruise, his favourite places to spot orangutan on a river cruise through the Tanjung Puting National Park, what you can expect to see when snorkeling, and where to spot Komodo dragons.

  • River Kwai, Kanchanaburi

    Cruising in Thailand

    Travelling by river in Southeast Asia on board boats brimming with character and charm is one of the best ways to view cities like Bangkok, the myriad of ancient temples, as well as traditional villages and culture in general. Our specialists describe some of their favourite trips.

  • RV Paukan 1947, Bagan

    Myanmar (Burma) by boat: a river cruising guide

    From the deck of a boat view Myanmar's traditional waterborne ways of life, which have remained largely unchanged for centuries. Spend time in Yangon and Mandalay and visit the famous temples of Bagan.

  • Varanasi, India

    River cruises in India

    Take in the history, wildlife and culture of northeast India on a river cruise. Our India specialist Sarah shares some of her favourite things to see and do while cruising along the Bhramaputra, Ganges and Hugli rivers.

  • Sunset upon return to Indochina Sails Junk, Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Indochina cruises

    Southeast Asia specialist Mark shares his cruising in Indochina highlights. Picking his favourite ways to travel down the Mekong through Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as taking in the limestone karsts of Halong Bay, and the local culture and landscapes along the Red River and on Lake Tonle Sap.

  • Zodiac excursion

    Choosing your polar cruise

    The awe-inspiring polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctic, are amongst the most beautiful and captivating in the world. Irrespective of which region you choose, visiting one of the world’s ultimate travel frontiers should prove to be a truly unforgettable and enriching experience.

  • Lemaire Channel, Antarctica

    A typical polar day

    A trip to the Arctic or Antarctic is a real adventure but many travellers are unsure of what to expect during their voyage. Here, we share with you what a typical day on an expedition cruise in the Arctic or Antarctic is like and what you can expect to see and do.

  • RV Mekong Cambodia and Vietnam

    Mekong river cruises

    The Mekong is one of the greatest rivers in Asia, and on an Audley tailor-made trip we will ensure you're able to take in the local culture, wildlife and scenery at a relaxed pace in comfortable surroundings.

  • Nicko Cruise - MS Simonov

    River cruises in Russia

    Experience the real Russia on a relaxing river cruise on the mighty River Volga from St Petersburg to Moscow. There are plenty of fascinating stops along the way, including ancient churches, monasteries and villages.

  • Dolphins in The Bay of Islands, New Zealand

    Cruising in New Zealand

    There’s a lot to love about day cruises in New Zealand, says specialist Ophelia. She shares her pick of the best from across the North and South Islands. Expect dolphins, hot springs, Maori rock art and a weka (or three).

  • Boat trip on the Kinabatangan River, Malaysian Borneo

    Kinabatangan river cruises

    A Kinabatangan river cruise is a real highlight of any Audley tailor-made trip to Borneo. You will have a good opportunity of seeing some of the best wildlife in Southeast Asia.

  • Cook's Bay, Moorea

    South Pacific cruises

    Enjoy exploring the South Pacific islands while on a cruise with time for relaxation, activities and cultural insights.

  • Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage with BC Ferries

    Cruises in Canada

    Canada is ideally suited for adventure cruises, especially with the abundance of marine wildlife around its enormous coastline. We can recommend a variety of boats and suitable activities to help you get the most out of your visit.

  • Blue Lagoon Cruises

    Cruises in Fiji

    Fiji offers you the chance to cruise through the Mamanuca and Yasawa islands, and take advantage of their pristine white sands and turquoise waters. You will also have time to swim, snorkel and explore traditional villages.

  • Dhow sailing off Mnemba Island

    Cruise destinations in Africa

    Africa is blessed with hundreds of miles of wonderful coastline and mighty inland lakes. Enjoy short adventure cruises such as a sunset yacht cruise on Lake Malawi or a dhow cruise off the coast of Mozambique or Zanzibar.