Wildlife Cruises

From the rich rainforests of the Amazon to the glaciers of Antarctica, a cruise allows passengers to explore wildlife habitats that may otherwise be inaccessible, says Jessica Pook

Orca in Alaska

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The wilds of Alaska are home to some of the world’s most impressive predators, from orca to bald eagles. Holland America Line offers up to 18-day cruises of Alaska’s famed Inside Passage and iconic glaciers, alongside Land and Sea Journeys that combine a cruise with Denali National Park and the Yukon. Passengers have the chance to watch grizzlies fish for salmon or spot howling wolves on a Tundra experience. hollandamerica.com

Hippo in Africa

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Take to the waters of Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park in Southern Africa for the chance to see hippos in their natural environment. CroisiEurope’s eight-night safari cruise visits South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe and features a four-day exclusive cruise on Lake Kariba, a stay in a luxury lodge in Namibia and safaris in Chobe, Namibia, and Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe. croisieurope.co.uk

Giant Tortoise in Ecuador

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Home to cloud forests and snow-capped mountains, Ecuador is teeming with wildlife. Passengers on the 15-day Ecuador In Style cruise with Wild Frontiers will take a night safari whilst staying at the Mashpi Lodge, set within a cloud forest, travel by horseback through conservation-focused Hacienda Zuleta, and then head to the Galapagos Islands to search for giant tortoises. wildfrontierstravel.com

Brown bear in Europe

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Scenic’s Black Sea Explorer Cruise uncovers the wildlife of Hungary, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria. Passengers can spot wild horses at Great Hungarian Plain, Kalocsa, watch marsh birds at Croatia’s Kopacki Rit and see brown bears in the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains. This nine-night cruise also passes through the famous Iron Gates, a narrow gorge that separates Serbia and Romania. scenic.co.uk

Bengal tiger in India

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Spot Bengal tiger in the wild when cruising the Brahmaputra River in India, taking in Kaziranga National Park which has the highest density of Royal Bengal tigers with one every five square metres. A seven-night cruise with Fred Holidays calls in Nameri National Park to spot great hornbills and wild elephants, Kaziranga National Park in search of tigers, elephants, and white-tailed eagle – and Saualkuchi. fredholidays.co.uk

Penguins in the Falklands

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Close to a million penguins nest in the Falklands every summer. Watch them waddle along the shoreline on a 17-night Antarctica, South Georgia & Falklands expedition in 2024 with Abercrombie & Kent. Guests will get close to wildlife with Zodiac excursions and time onshore led by A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team. Sightings of albatros, seals and whales are also common. abercrombiekent.co.uk