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Browse the top ships visiting New Zealand during 2024-2025 below. These small ships have been hand selected to provide an excellent experience onboard with world class service and extraordinary activities during the day exploring New Zealand. Some of the most popular destinations visited on these small ship itineraries are Auckland, Dunedin, Milford Sound, Dusky Sound, and Doubtful Sound. The most popular things to do while on a small ship cruise to New Zealand are cruises, small ship cruises, wildlife viewing, village visits, and kayaking. Not sure which ship is the best match for you to explore New Zealand? Contact one of Adventure Life's New Zealand small ship cruise experts for advice on selecting the perfect ship and planning the perfect trip to New Zealand.
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Le Jacques Cartier
$6,960
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Le Jacques Cartier

Indulge in an intimate cruise with the opportunity to visit an ever-expanding choice of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service. Authenticity and a love of travel are the focal points of this opulent setting.
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Heritage Adventurer
$3,750
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Heritage Adventurer

Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Often referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Polar Exploration' due to her celebrated history and refined design, she was purpose-built for adventure in 1991 at Finland's Rauma shipyard and specifically designed for Polar exploration.
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Le Soleal
$8,700
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Le Soleal

Cruise the polar regions in luxury aboard the Le Soleal. This small ship carries 224 passengers in luxurious accommodations with first class amenities.
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Scenic Eclipse
$23,590
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Scenic Eclipse II

Scenic Eclipse II is the sistership of Scenic Eclipse I, which is launched in 2023. Eclipse II continues to take ocean cruising to a whole new level--- marrying 6-star luxury, discovery, and safety, and giving guests the opportunity to explore above and beyond what was previously imaginable. With elegant lines, perfectly-proportioned suites, and expansive wellness zones, every element of Scenic Eclipse has been considered with your enjoyment and pleasure in mind, creating a special environment
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The National Geographic Orion at sunset
$15,610
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National Geographic Orion

The creation of the National Geographic Orion in 2003 heralds a new breed of expedition ship: a state-of-the-art vessel which combines the latest advances in ship design and communication technology with all the style and comfort of a luxury cruise ship.
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Heritage Explorer
$2,595
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Heritage Explorer

A new era of exploration along the New Zealand coast has begun with the addition of the Heritage Explorer to Heritage Expedition's small ship fleet. At just 18 people on board, Heritage Explorer sets a new bar for New Zealand discovery travel by providing the ultimate in comfort while still maintaining a customized experience.
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Coral Adventurer
$5,275
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Coral Adventurer

This brand new 120-passenger ship cruises the stunning Kimberly Coast and New Guinea with expansive teak decking, spacious dining rooms and lounges, stylish interior and exterior teak furnishings and revitalized décor.
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$15,295
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Douglas Mawson

Introducing the Douglas Mawson, Aurora Expeditions' latest small ship for global exploration. With sustainability features and luxurious amenities, it accommodates up to 154 adventurers, offering unique itineraries including East Antarctica and Subantarctic Islands explorations.
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