Published On: Tue, Nov 21st, 2017

Travel Companions: Four eco-cruises of earthly wonders

From Sri Lanka’s white-sand shores to Iceland’s volcanic ones, there’s no doubt that exploring the world from the water offers a wholly unique view. Here are four far-from-ordinary cruises guaranteed to give travellers an adventure like no other.

Galapagos: Ecotourism in an Ecological Masterpiece

What: Origin of Species Luxury Cruise

Length: 10 days

When: Year round

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Departs from: Quito or Guayaquil

Ship: Integrity

With: INCA (International Nature & Cultural Adventures)

Price: Starting at $ 6,995 (U.S.) (internal flights included)

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After 40 years of hosting guests in the Galapagos Islands, INCA has learned a thing or two about making once-in-a-lifetime memories. From the personal touches found on board this 16-passenger luxury yacht to getting up close and personal with the wildlife that ignited Charles Darwin’s theory, explore these unique Ecuadorian isles with ease and an environmentally conscious perspective.

France: Bring On The Bordeaux

What: Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise

Length: Seven nights

When: March to November

Departs from: Bordeaux

Ship: AmaDolce

With: AmaWaterways

Price: Starting at $ 2,349 (Canadian) (doesn’t include airfare)


If the idea of floating along a calm river in southwestern France with a glass of wine in hand produced at the very vineyards you’re gazing at sounds like a dream, it’s time to pinch yourself. AmaWaterways has put together a delicious river-cruising itinerary designed to delight wine lovers and the culturally curious. À votre santé.

Sri Lanka: Small-Group Sea Exploration

What: Sailing Sri Lanka

Length: 7 days

When: February to April, November to December 2018

Departs from: Mirissa

Ship: Catamaran

With: G Adventures

Price: Starting at $ 1,699 (Canadian) (doesn’t include airfare)


The guiding experts at G Adventures know that when roads can’t get you somewhere, turn toward the sea. This brand-new catamaran sailing expedition will take you to remote towns, trading forts and fishing villages blessed with breathtaking beaches and a bevy of marine activities from snorkeling to surfing to dolphin spotting.

Iceland: Get Close to Geological Wonders

What: Iceland Circumnavigation

Length: 11 days

When: June to July 2018

Departs from: Reykjavik

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

With: Adventure Canada

Price: Starting at $ 2,995 (U.S.) (doesn’t included airfare)


See Iceland the way the Vikings did back when they first settled on this spectacular, volcanically active island back in 874 A.D. — from the bow of a boat. With its on-board academic experts and seasoned guides, this ecologically minded Canadian cruise company provides a deep dive into Iceland’s cultural fabric while also safely exploring its spectacular shores.

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Travel Companions: Four eco-cruises of earthly wonders