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The Best Places for a Hot-Weather Expedition Cruise

14 May 2018 | by Helen Williams

The world of cruising is vast and varied, covering everything from relaxed, low-key mini cruises in the Med, to adventurous expedition cruises in Antarctica. Many people associate expedition cruises with cold weather, but in fact there are a number of these exploration-focussed itineraries in hot weather destinations. So you if you’re looking for the warmth of the Mediterranean or Caribbean but crave a bit of adventure, consider these top places for a hot weather expedition cruise.


Located off the southwest coast of Africa, beautiful Madagascar is the fourth largest island on the planet. It’s well-known all over the world for the rich array of plants and animals – there are species here that can’t be found anywhere else, such as the distinctive baobab trees. Exploring this unique nation on a cruise to Africa is certainly rewarding, with opportunities not only to see some incredible wildlife, but also to get to know more about the traditions and beliefs of this warm African culture. Find out more about what to see and do in Madagascar.

Sri Lanka

An increasingly-popular exotic holiday spot, Sri Lanka has so much to offer her visitors. Off the coast of southeast India, this sunny destination boasts glorious beaches with crystal clear waters, luscious greenery, incredible food, and some very welcoming locals. Take an expedition cruise to this part of the world and discover more about the local culture as well as the island’s colonial history, by visiting places like the old capital of Kandy, Buddhist temples, local markets, and Galle Fort. See Sri Lanka on part of an Indian Ocean cruise.


Egypt is a country that has captured the attention of people all over the globe for many centuries. Having played such a notable part in world history, the ancient relics and traditions here are extremely important, and still inspire people to learn more about them today. One of the best ways to properly explore the region is on a Nile river cruise. The itineraries allow guests to see not only the infamous pyramids, but also the temples and structures of the ancient city of Thebes, the Valley of the Kings, and the Great Sphinx of Giza.


The Ecuadorean Galapagos Islands are more than 600 miles off the mainland, and are home to an amazing array of creatures and plants – many of which can be found nowhere else on earth. A cruise to this part of the world is on many a bucket list, and with good reason. The terrain here allows all sorts of wildlife to flourish, from the well-known Galapagos tortoises and penguins, to the iguanas and diverse marine life. Find out more about enjoying the South American sun on a Galapagos expedition cruise.

Komodo Islands

Considering the name of this beautiful Indonesian island, it’s not hard to guess the destination’s prime attraction; the mighty Komodo dragon. The Komodo National Park comprises the entirety of the land, allowing the reptiles to thrive – so much so that there are more than 4,000 on the island. On an expedition cruise here, as well as having the chance to see these fascinating creatures, other experiences can include opportunities to see the beautiful marine life. The coral reef here is vibrant, and the location has become a hot spot for scuba-diving and snorkelling. See Komodo Island during a cruise to Australasia.

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