This year, give your usual holiday traditions a fresh twist and plan to celebrate in one of these incredible corners of the planet. Whether you’re gathering the whole family together for an end-of-year reunion or traveling solo, our small ship expeditions make the ideal holiday adventure. With daily activity options, flexible schedules, and open seating at mealtime, you can do as much or as little as you like, on your own or with the group. Plus, we make planning seamless and stress-free so all you need to do is focus on making indelible memories. Book now to end 2023 on a wild, unforgettable note.
Rejoice with a Wild Soundtrack
Forget “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” In New Zealand and Australia's rarely visited Subantarctic Island, you’ll be serenaded by the choral performances of colossal colonies of spectacular wildlife: 20,000 clamoring gannets, thousands of barking sea lions, and millions of braying penguins. Hike and Zodiac cruise your way through this lively and wild wonderland teeming with animals and plants found nowhere else in the world, and have up-close encounters of the very best kind.
Departing: Dec. 18, 2023
Photo: Ralph Lee HopkinsCELEBRATE IN NEW ZEALAND AND THE SUBANTARCTIC ISLANDS >
Watch a One-of-a-Kind Marine Ballet
Skip the Nutcracker in favor of a different kind of ballet. In a place Jacques Cousteau dubbed “the world’s aquarium,” you’ll have a front-row seat to an unforgettable performance: pods of bow-riding dolphins, acrobatic sea lions, and graceful mobula rays leaping out of the water; as well as flocks of seabirds soaring above. After each thrilling day exploring the Gulf of California there’s one last encore—a spectacular golden hour that lights up the desert landscape, changing colors until the sun slips behind the horizon and a curtain of stars envelops the night sky.
Departing: Dec. 20 & 27, 2023
Photo: Sven-Olof LindbladCELEBRATE IN THE GULF OF CALIFORNIA >
Have an Epic Snow Day
Ditch your backyard for the world’s biggest snowy playground—Antarctica. As you explore the virgin landscapes, you’ll have a chance at once-in-a-lifetime winter fun: slide down hills, toss snowballs, or make snow angels on the 7th Continent. On early season voyages, you can even snowshoe or cross-country ski on a frozen sea. Just think of the jaw-dropping photos you'll capture for next year's holiday cards!
Departing: Dec. 17 & 27, 2023
Celebrate in Antarctica >
Photo: Michael S. Nolan
Experience Holiday Joy in the Jungle
Swap out your classic holiday movie marathon for an even greater cinematic experience: a visually stunning voyage down the legendary Amazon River. Your spirits will instantly lift as you watch scarlet macaws fly overhead while kayaking in Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve, experience magical sunrises aboard the elegant Delfin II, or encounter the culture and traditions of the local ribereños who live along the riverbanks.
Departing: Dec. 16, 2023
Photo: David VargasCELEBRATE IN THE AMAZON >