Tortoises, thrushes and tropical fish: Wildlife adventures with Emerald Cruises

Luxury cruise operator Emerald Cruises ( has a selection of itineraries that mix luxury cruising and up-close encounters with incredible wildlife.

From swimming with tropical fish off the back of a yacht in the Caribbean, to visiting bird sanctuaries in a Vietnamese National Park and spotting giant Aldabra tortoises in the Seychelles, here are some of the best wildlife adventures from Emerald Cruises’ river and yacht collection.

Emerald Cruises eight-day Grenadines & Windwards yachting itinerary allows guests to see some of the most spectacular marine life in the Caribbean. Guests can swim off from a 100-capacity yacht that boasts an infinity-style Aqua Pool on the Pool Deck and a Wellness Centre complete with Elements Spa, gym, and infrared sauna. Guests will explore the glassy blue waters of Port St Charles, where they can make the most of swimming in the Caribbean Sea from their yacht’s Marina Platform, with use of marina toys such as snorkelling kits, kayaks, and SEABOB water scooters. Additional highlights include the hidden gem of Bequia Island, a paradise island surrounded by coral reefs teeming with tropical fish in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, the quaint churches of Mayreau Island, and the idyllic archipelago of Tobago Cays. Prices start from £3,495 per person, including return flights, transfers, meals, and on board drinks based on a 8 February 2025 departure.

Seychelles giant tortoise, La Digue island.

For a taste of luxury river cruising, wildlife lovers can head to Southeast Asia to take in the highlights of Vietnam and Cambodia on the 10-day Meandering Majestic Mekong itinerary – a new addition for 2024. Guests can watch the Mekong Delta pass by from the on board pool before visiting the floating Thoi Binh community and its honey farm, untouched by tourism. After a short ride on a Sampan (tuk-tuk) up the canal to Sa Ðéc, guests can enjoy a walking tour around town, and traverse the unique Monkey Bridge. For avian escapes, guests can partake in Emerald Cruises’ DiscoverMORE tour of Tràm Chim National Park for an additional cost, home to Tam Nong Ramsar Bird Sanctuary, a habitat for rare red-headed cranes. Prices start from £3,220 per person, including return flights, transfers and meals, based on a 10 August 2024 departure.

Mekong delta landscape from above

The eight-day Tropical Charms of the Seychelles promises a relaxing trip to the white-sand beaches of the Seychelles — an all-new destination for Emerald Cruises. Ports of call include the tropical jungle-fringed beaches of Praslin Island; the rugged island of Curieuse, home to hundreds of resident Aldabra giant tortoises; and the breathtaking Aride nature reserve, which is a major breeding site for the seabird population of the Indian Ocean. Guests will also be able to visit Sainte Anne Island, a significant nesting site for Hawksbill turtles. Sainte Anne is encircled by a Marine National Park that is home to incredible marine life, including more than 150 species of fish. This sailing leads in at £4,410 per person, including return flights, transfers, meals, and on board drinks based on an 8 February 2026 departure.

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