A Day of Small Ship Cruising
Imagine waking every morning to new adventures. On an APT Small Ship Expedition Cruise, with each day you will rise to discover a remote island or to enjoy magnificent coastline views.
Mornings have a particular buzz on an expedition cruise ship as everyone is waking up for the day, ripe with anticipation for what lies ahead. With just 99 passengers and crew on board, the excitement between like-minded guests creates a convivial ambience. Fuelled by a first-rate breakfast, hear the morning’s schedule from your expedition team, experts from different backgrounds who have a shared love and local insight for the locations you visit.
Our small ship, the MS Caledonian Sky, carries a fleet of inflatable Zodiac vessels to get you close to the action and nearer to stunning destinations at sea level that larger ships cannot access. Your expedition team bring these lesser-known locations to life, while ensuring your safety, comfort and enjoyment at all times.
On our Tasmania small ship expedition cruise, you will travel by Zodiac to Port Arthur penal settlement for a full day exploration of this historic site. There is high Zodiac activity on our Auckland to Queenstown cruise, where expedition teams take you to explore Macquarie Island, the islands of The Snares and remote landing sites at Doubtful and Dusky sounds. Explore the wilderness with on-board naturalists, and spot animals native to the islands such as the endemic Snare penguins and Buller’s albatrosses.
The afternoons are spent wandering through remote subantarctic island towns on Stewart Island, Ulva Island and Macquarie Island, or port towns on the Hobart to Adelaide journey such as Port Davey, Burnie and Port Lincoln. You can take guided walks, visit shops and museums, and in Port Lincoln the option to take a shark cage dive or swim with sea lions is an exciting alternative.
The evening is yours to enjoy. As the sun sets, kick back with your favourite drink, a decadent meal and relish the outdoor dining area’s all-inclusive lifestyle when weather permits. There are welcome and farewell dinners to make connections with newfound friends or to toast the journey’s adventures. On our subantarctic islands cruise, enjoy Christmas entertainment, festive feasts and New Year with special celebrations on board.