Types of APT cruises
APT is first and foremost a tour company — cruising is just one way it shows travelers around. If you’re in the market for a cruise, the first thing to do is understand what APT has to offer.
Here’s a cheat sheet on what APT has to offer. Note that you’ll be accompanied on every cruise by an APT tour director or expedition leader — even if the ship has been borrowed from another company.
|What to expect||One part land tour, one part cruise, APT partners with Holland America Line and Norwegian Cruise Line for hybrid adventures through New England, New Zealand and Alaska’s Inside Passage.||Classic river cruises through Asia and Europe. Choose between a 5-star Luxury River Cruise or a less expensive 4-star Premium River Cruise. ||Its fleet of small ships sails to niche and off-the-beaten-path ports in fascination destinations like the Norwegian Fjords, Antarctica and the Baltic Islands.||These tours occur just a couple of times per year on a privately-chartered yacht.|
Compare APT’s cruise ships
Since APT prioritizes dynamic journeys rather than resort-style ships, it doesn’t invest in bigger and better vessels. Instead, it uses its own fleet for small ship and river cruising and leans on other cruise lines for ocean and luxury yacht tours.
That said, you can generally expect 4- to 5-star accommodations and top-notch service from its crew. Its boats are classy and comfortable, without too many bells and whistles.
Since the actual ship experience can vary widely depending on the cruise you book, we recommend selecting an itinerary and clicking Ship Details to learn exactly what to expect on your chosen tour.
Where do APT cruises depart from?
APT tours kickstart from ports around the world. Here’s where you can begin an APT cruise:
- Amsterdam, Athens, Bali Denpasar, Barbados, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Dover, Dubai, Dubrovnik, Fort Lauderdale, Guam, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Keelung, Lima, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Mahe Island, Miami, Mumbai, New Orleans, New York City, Palma De Mallorca, Papeete, Puerta Caldera, Quebec, Rome, San Diego, San Juan, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, Venice, Yokohama
APT cruise destinations
Travelers checking world-famous destinations off their bucket list will be pleased with APT’s well-rounded itineraries and vast array of destinations. Here’s a taste of where you can go with APT cruises:
- Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Eastern Mediterranean, Europe, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Mexico, Middle East, Northern Europe, Pacific, South Pacific, Transatlantic, Western Europe
What’s included on APT cruises?
Inclusions vary, depending on the itinerary and tour type — though shore excursions are always included.
Otherwise, APT fare tends to cover perks like alcoholic beverages, shore excursions and gratuities, in addition to meals, snacks and accommodations. But check the details for each itinerary to confirm.
Why you should (or shouldn’t) cruise with APT
Before booking your cruise, weigh the benefits and drawbacks:
- Expert guided tours with top-notch directors.
- Excursions hit all the popular attractions.
- Wide variety of itineraries to choose from.
- Most cruises are truly all-included.
- Ships can feel old and outdated.
- Fare is pricier up front than less specialized cruise lines.
- Only a couple of US departure ports.
- Fewer onboard entertainment options than larger cruise lines.
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