Island Sky

Small-Ship Cruises

The allure of small-ship cruises is the flexibility and ease with which we are able to navigate some of the most fascinating destinations on Earth, including remote islands and narrow fjords inaccessible by larger ship. To this end, we have chartered select vessels from the best fleets in the world for our small-ship voyages—using the highest standards and providing you with the very best experience. All of the vessels we charter offer lovely ocean-view staterooms and have access to myriad amenities, including a dining room, library, lounge, observation area, fleet of Zodiacs for excursions ashore, and more.

Upcoming Small-Ship Cruises

  • Salisbury Plain, South Georgia

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

    January 4January 25, 2018

    Following in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps, explore the White Continent’s rugged landscape, meeting vast penguin colonies in South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands, greeting albatross in the Falkland Islands, and enjoying every long moment of daylight in the austral summer.

  • Across the Antarctic Circle

    Across the Antarctic Circle: Voyage to the 7th Continent

    January 22February 4, 2018

    Be one of the very few to cross the Antarctic Circle and witness one of the planet’s last frontiers. In Zodiac cruises, search for humpback, minke, and orca whales, as well as leopard, Weddell, and crabeater seals.

  • Best of Micronesia

    Best of Micronesia: Rabaul to Palau

    February 23March 12, 2018

    Snorkel or dive nearly every day as you discover the western corner of Micronesia—this region boasts more than 1,300 species of fish. You'll also meet friendly locals, who will greet you with traditional dances; search for island endemics and a multitude of seabirds; and tour the island of Pohnpei.

  • Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia

    Canal to Cuba with Panama, Costa Rica & Colombia

    April 5April 20, 2018

    Continents commingle in Central America, with its significant human history and rich biodiversity—we’ll transit the Panama Canal by day, hike to traditional villages in San Blas, snorkel over colorful reefs, and end in recently-opened Cuba.

  • La Gomera, Canary Islands

    Sea to Sahara: Cape Verde, Canary Islands & Morocco

    April 7April 22, 2018

    Join Zegrahm Cofounder, Mike Messick, on a brand-new itinerary showcasing far-flung islands and exotic port of call. Discover Cape Verde’s charming Portuguese villages; hike through the volcanic landscapes of the Canary Islands; explore magical Marrakech; and experience the undulating Sahara Desert.

  • Circumnavigation of Cuba

    Circumnavigation of Cuba

    April 17April 30, 2018

    Immerse yourself in Cuban culture as you meet friendly locals, savor traditional cuisine, and enjoy musical performances, including a visit to the Buena Vista Social Club. Plus, you’ll travel with ease aboard the intimate, 104-guest sailing ship, Hebridean Sky.

  • Discoveries of Coastal Europe

    April 28May 11, 2018

    The coast of Western Europe makes for a sweeping journey—soak up the fine food and fantastic art, plus the myriad historical sites, from France’s Mont Saint-Michel, Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, and the French- and British-influenced Channel Islands.

  • Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    May 9May 24, 2018

    Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—on our return to the British Isles. Visit Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.

  • Australia's Kimberley

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    May 15May 29, 2018

    Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

  • Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island

    Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island

    May 19June 3, 2018

    On this brand-new voyage through one of Japan's least-developed islands, you'll be surrounded by wildlife as you search for Japanese pygmy-woodpeckers, white-tailed eagles, Eurasian bullfinches, and iconic red-crowned cranes; and explore spectacular Shikotsu-Toya National Park.

  • Skargaard, Greenland

    The Untamed North: Greenland to Iceland

    June 24July 8, 2018

    Greenland beckons with its glittering icebergs and wildflower-bedecked tundra, while Iceland enchants with its mighty glaciers and geothermal hotspots—hike, sail by Zodiac, photograph, and commune with seabirds in these ethereal landscapes.

  • Best of the Great Barrier Reef

    Best of the Great Barrier Reef

    July 10July 24, 2018

    Join this brand-new expedition that reveals the underwater wonders of the legendary Great Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, alongside marine biologist and expedition leader, Brad Climpson.

  • Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest

    Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest

    July 10July 23, 2018

    The Arctic summer and its lingering daylight allow ample time to discover Norway and Svalbard, with their abundant wildlife and stark natural beauty—journey by Zodiac and on foot, meeting the region’s hardy residents.

  • Wild Galapagos

    Wild Galapagos

    July 27August 5, 2018

    Witness numerous endemic species; photograph a wide variety of wildlife that has grown astonishingly fearless in the absence of humans and large predators; discover fascinating geology—lunar-like lava fields, eroded volcanic cones, and active shield volcanoes; and snorkel and s

  • Crowned Lemur, Diego Suarez, Madagascar

    Seychelles & Madagascar with Aldabra Atoll

    October 20November 6, 2018

    Expedition Leader, Michael Moore will be leading this journey through the Indian Ocean. Enjoy snorkeling and diving in the Seychelles; spend two full days exploring the Aldabra Atoll; and discover the unique flora and fauna of Madagascar.

  • Hidden Gems of the Caribbean

    November 25December 6, 2018

    On our journey through the lesser-known Eastern Caribbean, we’ll venture to ports inaccessible to larger ships, affording you the chance for dazzling snorkeling, hiking, bird-watching—glimpse the St. Vincent parrot—and explorations of historic forts and peaceful colonial plazas. 

  • Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar

    Bay of Bengal: Chennai to Yangon

    January 20February 5, 2019

    Join a brand-new expedition that offers the perfect mix of India's, Bangladesh's, and Myanmar's cultural and natural treasures. Highlights include spending two full days exploring the UNESCO World Biosphere-designated Sundarbans Reserve Forest, and visiting the stunning Shwedagon Pagoda.

  • Gentoo Penguins, Antarctica

    Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands

    January 24February 14, 2019

    Following in Sir Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps, explore the White Continent’s rugged landscape, meeting vast penguin colonies in South Georgia and the South Orkney Islands, greeting albatross in the Falkland Islands, and enjoying every long moment of daylight in the austral summer.

  • Best of Micronesia

    Best of Micronesia: Rabaul to Palau

    March 3March 20, 2019

    Snorkel or dive nearly every day as you discover the western corner of Micronesia—this region boasts more than 1,300 species of fish.

  • Treasures of Japan with South Korea

    Treasures of Japan with South Korea

    April 12April 28, 2019

    A classic Zegrahm expedition, not only will you enjoy a thorough Japan tour, you'll also spend a full day in Gyeongju, South Korea. Other highlights include visiting sacred Shinto shrines and ancient Buddhist temples, discovering Hiroshima, and spending time in Matsue.

  • Alhambra, Spain

    Iberian Peninsula

    April 18May 3, 2019

    Join this brand-new itinerary highlighting the very best of the Iberian Peninsula’s diverse history, cultural traditions, and architectural wonders. Tour the Alhambra, visit the Sagrada Familia Church, stroll through the old town of Porto, and follow in the footsteps of ancient Christian pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela.

  • Australia's Kimberley

    Australia's Kimberley: A Voyage to the Outback

    May 3May 17, 2019

    Your adventures in the remote and captivating Kimberley region of Western Australia are highlighted by unusual wildlife in Prince Regent Nature Reserve, the beauty of the Buccaneer Archipelago, and sublime desert-scapes.

  • Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

    May 3May 18, 2019

    Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—on our return to the British Isles. Visit Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.

  • Underwater Wonders of Western Australia

    Underwater Wonders of Western Australia

    May 13May 27, 2019

    Snorkel or dive nearly every day on this brand-new expedition of Western Australia, to discover colorful hard and soft corals, along with healthy populations of tropical fish. You'll explore Ningagloo Reef, home to whale sharks, dolphins, and humpback whales, as well as Little Turtle Island, an important nesting site for flatback turtles.

  • Wild Norway & Svalbard

    Wild Norway & Svalbard

    May 17June 2, 2019

    The Arctic summer and its lingering daylight allow ample time to discover Norway and Svalbard, with their abundant wildlife and stark natural beauty—journey by Zodiac and on foot, meeting the region’s hardy residents.

  • St. Petersburg, Russia

    Best of the Baltic

    July 4July 18, 2019

    Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island; visit Visby, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and once trading center of the Hanseatic League; and tour the historic districts of Gdansk, Riga, and Tallin.

  • Gros Morne National Park, Canada

    Path of the Vikings: Reykjavik to Quebec

    August 27September 12, 2019

    Cruise along chiseled fjords packed with icebergs for up-close views of glittering glaciers on our brand-new expedition that explores the Arctic region of Iceland, Greenland, and Canada. You'll search for beluga whales, and seabirds such as razorbills, guillemots, and kittiwakes, and enjoy a hike through Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Papua New Guinea

    Papua New Guinea

    September 20October 6, 2019

    Highlights of our return to Papua New Guinea include snorkeling or diving among some of the most biodiverse waters in the world; meeting the the friendly Trobriand Islanders; and watching the spectacular fire dances of the Baining tribe.

  • Circumnavigation of Sicily

    Circumnavigation of Sicily

    September 22October 4, 2019

    Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Agrigento and Syracuse; cruise among the scenic Aeolian Islands and enjoy up-close views of still-active Stromboli Volcano;  and tour Monreale’s impressive 12th-century Cathedral, hailed as Italy’s most beautiful Norman church, all on this circumnavigati

  • Marquesas Islands

    Tahiti to Easter Island: Marquesas, Tuamotus & Pitcairns

    October 10October 29, 2019

    Beyond the typical Polynesian paradise, one may delve deeper, to find aquamarine lagoons affording the world’s most dazzling snorkeling and diving, an intriguing Easter Island tour and the sky-piercing volcanoes of the Marquesas.

  • Gold Harbour, South Georgia

    Circumnavigation of South Georgia with the Falkland Islands

    October 24November 11, 2019

    For seven breathtaking days, explore majestic South Georgia—including Shackleton’s Grytviken gravesite—from its snow-covered plateaus and 15-foot icicles to its huge colonies of king penguins and nesting black-browed albatross.

  

Our Vessels

  • Caledonian Sky

    Caledonian Sky

    Recently refurbished, the all-suite Caledonian Sky welcomes 100 guests at a time to her beautifully designed public spaces, vast outdoor decks, alfresco dining, and Zodiac excursions.

  • Coral Discoverer

    Coral Discoverer

    Sized just petite enough for immersive regional exploration, the 65-guest Coral Discoverer caters to the adventurous spirit with a fleet of Zodiacs—and to the sybaritic spirit with Australian and New Zealand wines, two large-screen TVs, and all ocean-view staterooms.

  • Coral Expeditions II

    Coral Expeditions II

    Purpose-built for cruising the Great Barrier reef the 42-guest Coral Expeditions II is the ideal size to access the very best dive and snorkel sites in the region. Refurbished in 2015, public spaces include a spacious lounge, small library, single-seating dining room, and a large sun deck.

  • Evolution

    Evolution

    The intimate Evolution accommodates just 32 guests. Public spaces include an observation deck and a canopied bar on the roof deck, a single-seating dining room, cozy lounge, and Jacuzzi. A fleet of Zodiacs are available for scenic cruising and landing on remote shores.

  • Hebridean Sky

    Hebridean Sky

    The all-suite Hebridean Sky welcomes 104 guests at a time to her beautifully designed public spaces, vast outdoor decks, alfresco dining, and Zodiac excursions.

  • Island Sky

    Island Sky

    The recently enhanced Island Sky is the best of both worlds for an expedition ship—spacious, yet intimate, with an elegant piano bar, well-stocked library, alfresco dining on the rear sun deck, and a fleet of Zodiacs for excursions ashore.

  • Le Champlain

    Le Champlain

    Le Champlain is currently in the process of being built, and will be completed in 2018. It will feature innovative and enivronment-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside.

  • Le Ponant

    Le Ponant

    As beguiling as a sleek, three-masted sailing ship is expected to be, the graceful Le Ponant offers two restaurants, all ocean-view staterooms, Zodiacs and watersports equipment, and more beneath her 16,140-square-foot sails.

  • Ocean Adventurer

    Ocean Adventurer

    Outfitted with stabilizers and an ice-hardened hull, the Ocean Adventurer promises a smooth ride in the world’s most adventurous seas—hallmarks include a first-rate satellite navigation and communication system, a fleet of Zodiacs, all ocean-view staterooms, a small gym, a dining room, and more.

  • Serenissima

    Serenissima

    Built in 1960 and scheduled to be refurbished in 2018, the Serenissima is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include two lounges (one with a library and games), a single-seating dining room, and elegant bar.

  • Silver Discoverer

    Silver Discoverer

    Recently refurbished, the 120-guest Silver Discoverer is ideal for cruising the Far North. Each stateroom features an ocean view and her fleet of Zodiacs allows for up-close exploration of remote shorelines and offshore islands.