Amazon, Antarctica, Arctic, Australia’s Kimberley coast, New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands, Borneo, British Isles, Galapagos Islands,
Greenland, Iceland, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica & Panama, Patagonian Fjords and the Russian Far East.
Wild places, extreme experiences, escorted by specialists & discovered in comfort or luxury.
Whether your choose a luxury ship or a more modest (yet comfortable) ship it’s all about up-close encounters with beauty, wilderness and the less often seen or experienced.
Expedition cruises are adventurous journeys where the ship effectively becomes a floating wilderness lodge enabling access (often by zodiac inflatable boats) to extraordinary places and experiences—designed with curious, inquisitive people in mind. Expedition cruises offer opportunities to explore otherwise inaccessible places (e.g. Antarctica) or destinations best discovered by ship (e.g. Galapagos Islands).
All of our chosen luxury and expedition cruise ships are small, with less than 250 guests, many have fewer than 100 guests (particularly in places like the Galapagos Islands and Amazon). Most ships will have a fleet of zodiacs to maximise opportunities for exploration and discovery . Given many of the places visited are remote, less visited, ecologically sensitive destinations limiting ship size is a fundamental necessity for the enjoyment of guests as well as protection of these wonderful places.
In the Arctic and Antarctic only 100 guests are permitted to go ashore at one time, another reason to select a small ship.
Our experienced team has travelled widely in Antarctica, the High Arctic, British Isles, Scandinavia, Australia’s Kimberley and even to the top of the world the North Pole. We know the regions and ships well. As independent experts we select the best luxury or expedition cruise ship and operator to match your needs, interests and budget.
The essential component of any voyage is passionate and expert expedition staff on board who offer professional knowledge as well as a personal insight into your chosen destination. Each vessel and operator we use has an experienced expedition team who have travelled extensively to your chosen region of interest and are specialists in their field.
We have been operating since 1995 (formally as South America Travel Centre Pty Ltd and now as Tailor-Made Journeys Pty Ltd) and have carefully selected ships and operators with proven track records. As a member of Australian Federation of Travel Agents (04329) and the AFTA accreditation scheme ATAS (A10751) you have financial security when booking with us. We are wholly Australian-owned.
Many ships offer Early Booking offers as well as special rates for last minute berths occasionally made available by group cancellations.
Please call or email to discuss your luxury or expedition cruise and discover what specials are available right now.
With such a wide array of luxury and expedition cruises, ships and operators to Antarctica, Falkland Islands, South Georgia, Ross Sea and Australian and New Zealand Sub Antarctic Islands we have chosen to have a dedicated web site to help you find the right Antarctic cruise.
As with Antarctica we have chosen to have a dedicated, specialist site for all cruises to the High Arctic: Svalbard (Spitsbergen), Greenland, Canadian Arctic (Northwest Passage), Iceland, Franz Josef Land, Russian Far East and arguably the ultimate Expedition cruise the North Pole.
The incredible wildlife and scenery in Raja Ampat is best explored on a Luxury or Expedition Cruise. Read one of our consultants, Jenn's experience on the magnificent Aqua Blu. ...
Rachel Callus – Luxury and Expedition Cruising Expert In July this year I was lucky enough to experience the highlights of Iceland on a small group tour. Starting in Reykjavik, the countries capital, the 8 day tour was a great taste of what Iceland has......
These luxurious ships offer large, very comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities, many with private balconies. The experienced expedition team enable you to explore the chosen destination with Zodiac dinghies and come home to an exquisite ship with superior comfort and excellent cuisine options. Our team can help guide you in which ship will be just right for your tailor-made journey.
As the name suggests these ships are a hybrid of an Expedition Ship and a Luxury Ship. Focusing on maximising opportunities for exploring as on an expedition vessel but with the added comfort of having larger, more comfortable cabins and common areas. Generally cabins are larger or perhaps the ship is newer than an Expedition ship. The cuisine is of a very high standard.
Expedition ships have a greater emphasis on maximising time off the vessel or out on deck. The expedition team works closely with the ship’s captain and crew to get you out exploring on the Zodiac dinghies and on shore as much as possible. Most voyages also offer kayaking and sometimes camping. Cabins are simple and comfortable, the food very good. These ships are often smaller (close to 100 guests) thus facilitating maximum time exploring or ashore.
Antarctica…well, words can’t quite describe how stunningly beautiful it is. We had the weather god looking after us and had incredibly calm, sunny weather. They joked about the Drake “lake” as opposed to the Drake Passage and according to the cruise operator they said we had a week of ‘brochure’ days. Lucky us.
Antarctica was more than I could have ever expected. The weather was great (though some would say the crossings of the Drake were not), the wildlife was in abundance, seals, penguins, birds and whales. As I tell my friends and family, words do not do it justice when describing Antarctica, in fact they can’t. The air smells wonderful (downwind of elephant seals and penguin guano) without pollution, as does looking around without pollution, what seems 5km away is actually 50km. The colours and the scenery is just amazing. Who would have thought ice could be colourful! I have made some lifelong friends on this cruise, and was lucky to share it with them.