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Small Ship Cruises

Small cruise ships are perfect for those who long to explore the world by sea but baulk at the thought of bustling atriums, buffet queues and booming nightclubs. If you’d rather head off the beaten track and discover less-visited hidden gems rather than the congested overcrowded ports frequented on a daily basis by larger cruise ships, then a luxury cruise on a small ship could be just what you’re looking for.

Small ships cruises are all about personalised service, a cosy atmosphere and itineraries which focus on discovering new destinations rather than flashy facilities. Whilst you may not have climbing walls, zip wires and trampoline parks on-board your small ship, you will be able to enjoy gourmet meals, free-flowing wine and excellent enrichment programmes.

How many passengers are on each small ship?

On this page, we’ve listed luxury cruises on ships which have fewer than 500 passengers. The world’s largest ships have more than 5000 passengers, making these ships with less than 500 seem tiny by comparison. Within the small ship category, you’ll find that some ships are much smaller than others, with luxury yacht Crystal Esprit accommodating just 62 passengers.

Where can you sail on a small ship cruise?

One advantage of small cruise ships is that due to their size, they are able to slip into some of the most remote ports of call. On a luxury cruise, you can expect to experience some of the world’s most remote islands, hidden harbours and secluded coves. You’ll have access to many of the more elite destinations too, including the treasures of the Mediterranean, Asia and elsewhere, offering you the chance to delve into fascinating cultures or simply enjoy the spectacular unspoiled scenery.

Expedition cruises

Many small cruise ships are expedition ships, with reinforced hulls to slice through ice and the ability to sail close to shore and dock in the smallest of ports. The aim of expedition cruising is to head off the beaten track and experience the culture, landscape and wildlife of rarely-explored regions. Destinations include the Galapagos, Australia, the South Pacific, the Arctic and the Antarctic. If you’d like to embark on the voyage of a lifetime, discovering some of the planet’s most remote destinations, take a look at our selection of expedition cruises.

Browse expedition cruises

River cruises

River cruising is another great option for anyone looking for a small-ship experience. River cruise ships have to be small to be able to fit under bridges and through locks. With destinations across Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA, perhaps a luxury river cruise could be ideal for your next trip? Our sister company, rivervoyages.com specialises in river cruising and offers sailings with luxury river cruise lines including Scenic, Tauck, Uniworld and Crystal River Cruises.

See luxury river cruises

Book your small ship, luxury cruise today

When it comes to small, luxury cruises, we are the experts. No matter where you want to go in the world, we will help create the perfect holiday, tailor-made for you. So, call your personal expert Cruise Concierge on 0808 274 9579 today, and secure your ideal small ship cruise escape.

41 Barcelona to Athens (Piraeus)
18 July 2019 - 12 nights

Barcelona | Marseille | Monte Carlo | Portovenere | Sorrento | Sorrento | Siracusa | Valletta | Hydra, Greece | Santorini | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise£5779pp
Cruise Only£5779pp
42 Greece & Dalmatian Delights
20 July 2019 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Monemvasia, Greece | Katakolon | Nydri, Nisos Lefkda, Greece | Brindisi | Dubrovnik | Zadar | Venice more

Fly Cruise£3779pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
43 London to Reykjavik
20 July 2019 - 11 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | Saint-Malo | St Mary's | Cork (Cobh) | Dublin | Belfast | Oban, UK | Ullapool, Scotland | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£5479pp
Cruise Only£5479pp
44 London to Amsterdam
25 July 2019 - 20 nights

Southampton | Haugesund | Flaam | Molde | Trondheim | Hammerfest | Murmansk | Solovetsky Islands | Archangel, Russia | Honningsvag | Kristiansand | Lerwick/shetland | Leith | Newcastle, England | Amsterdam, Holland | Amsterdam, Holland more

Fly Cruise£8919pp
Cruise Only£8729pp
45 Seward (Anchorage), AK To Nome, Alaska
25 July 2019 - 16 nights

Seward | Holgate Glacier, Alaska, USA | Chiswell Islands, Alaska, USA | Kodiak, United States | Chignik, Alaska, USA | Semidi, Alaska, USA | Unga, Alaska, USA | Dutch Harbour | St Paul Island, Alaska, USA | Hall Island, Alaska, USA | Anadyr, Russia | Gabriela Bay, Russia | Cape Navarin, Russia | Bogoslaf Island, Russian Federation | Cape Kuyveveem, Russian Federation | Nome, Alaska more

Fly Cruise£11459pp
Cruise Only£11459pp
46 Adriatic & Greek Glories
27 July 2019 - 7 nights

Venice | Vodice | Kotor | Kerkira, Corfu, Greece | Sami, Cephalonia, Greece | Gythion | Nafplion, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
47 Baltra to San Cristobal
27 July 2019 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Isla Daphne Grande | Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Ecuador | El Barranco (Genovesa) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | El Eden, Santa Cruz | Rabida (Galapagos) | Galapaguero Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador | Gardner Bay (Espanola) | Punta Suarez, Espanola, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£6459pp
Cruise Only£6459pp
48 Barcelona To Civitavecchia (Rome)
27 July 2019 - 7 nights

Barcelona | Sete | Saint-Tropez, France | St Florent, Corsica | Livorno | Olbia, Sardinia | Naples | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise OnlyCall
49 Piraeus to Venice
30 July 2019 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Rethymnon, Crete, Greece | Santorini | Argostoli | Corfu | Hvar | Venice | Venice more

Fly Cruise£6269pp
Cruise Only£6269pp
50 Reykjavik to London
31 July 2019 - 11 nights

Reykjavik | IsafJordur, Iceland | Akureyri | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn, Faroe Islands | Lerwick/shetland | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£6269pp
Cruise Only£6269pp
51 Greek Islands Odyssey
03 August 2019 - 14 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Mykonos | Kos, Greece | Megisti (Kastellorizo) | Agios Nikolaos - Crete | Syracuse, Italy | Valletta | Mgarr (Victoria), Malta | Thira (Santorini), Greece | Rhodes | Symi, Greece | Ermoupolis, Nisos Syros, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise£5289pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
52 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona
03 August 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia | Sorrento | Sorrento | Amalfi | Trapani | Cagliari | Palma De Mallorca | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4349pp
Cruise Only£4349pp
53 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia)
06 August 2019 - 7 nights

Venice | Split | Dubrovnik | Kotor | Corfu | Giardini Naxos | Sorrento | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£4849pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
54 Ultimate Alaska Inside Passage
08 August 2019 - 12 nights

Vancouver | Ketchikan | Sitka | Inian Islands, Alaska | Icy Strait Point | Juneau | Wrangell | Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK, United States | Prince Rupert | Klemtu, British Columbia, Canada | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise£6079pp
Cruise Only£5279pp
55 Barcelona to Lisbon
10 August 2019 - 9 nights

Barcelona | Barcelona | Palma De Mallorca | Valencia | Malaga | Cadiz | Portimao | Lisbon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£4349pp
Cruise Only£4349pp
56 Northern Europe & British Isles
11 August 2019 - 13 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | Fowey, Cornwall, United Kingdom | Cork, Ireland | Bantry | Galway | Londonderry | Belfast | Dublin | Holyhead | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Cruise Only£6659pp
57 Secrets of the Cyclades
11 August 2019 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Delos | Mykonos | Mykonos | Paros | Patmos | Santorini | Chania, Crete | Neapolis | Elafonisos | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise£6399pp
Cruise Only£5839pp
58 San Cristobal to Baltra
17 August 2019 - 7 nights

San Cristobal, Ecuador | Roca Leon Dormido, Ecuador | Bartolome, Ecuador | Playa Espumilla, Santiago, Ecuador | Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Ecuador | Espinoza Point (Fernandina) | Caleta Tagus, Isabela, Ecuador | Elizabeth Bay | Punta Cormorant | Islote Campéon, Floreana, Ecuador | Bahia Post Office (Floreana) | Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) | Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly Cruise£6949pp
Cruise Only£6949pp
59 Athens to Dubrovnik
18 August 2019 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Navplion, Greece | Hydra, Greece | Corinth Canal, Greece | Nydri, Nisos Lefkda, Greece | Parga, Greece | Corfu | Kotor | Dubrovnik more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£6289pp
60 Lisbon To Monte Carlo
19 August 2019 - 11 nights

Lisbon | Portimao | Cadiz | Gibraltar | Motril | Valencia | Ibiza | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona | Monte Carlo more

Fly Cruise£4849pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
61 Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn
20 August 2019 - 11 nights

Vancouver | Ketchikan | Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK, United States | Wrangell | Sitka | Haines | Juneau | Inian Islands, Alaska | Icy Strait Point | Seward more

Fly Cruise£5549pp
Cruise Only£4259pp
62 Rome (Civitavecchia) round-trip
20 August 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia | Sorrento | Olbia, Sardinia | Marseille | Monte Carlo | Livorno | Porto Vecchio, Corsica | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£3799pp
Cruise OnlyCall
63 Adriatic & Greek Glories
24 August 2019 - 7 nights

Venice | Vodice | Kotor | Kerkira, Corfu, Greece | Sami, Cephalonia, Greece | Gythion | Nafplion, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise£3659pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
64 Baltra to San Cristobal
24 August 2019 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Isla Daphne Grande | Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Ecuador | El Barranco (Genovesa) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | El Eden, Santa Cruz | Rabida (Galapagos) | Galapaguero Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador | Gardner Bay (Espanola) | Punta Suarez, Espanola, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£7929pp
Cruise Only£7929pp
65 London (Tower Bridge) to Reykjavik
24 August 2019 - 12 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | St Mary's | Dublin | Belfast | Londonderry | Tobermory, Isle Of Mull | Stornoway | Seydisfjordur | Heimaey, Iceland | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£5969pp
Cruise Only£5969pp
66 Civitavecchia (Rome) To Monte Carlo
27 August 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia | Naples | Lipari, Italy | Palermo | Cagliari | Alghero, Italy | Calvi, Corsica | Monte Carlo more

Fly Cruise£3699pp
Cruise OnlyCall
67 Canadian Maritimes and New England
30 August 2019 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Canada | Quebec City, Canada | Saguenay | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, CA | Charlottetown | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Provincetown, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts, USA more

Fly Cruise£4399pp
Cruise Only£3579pp
68 Monte Carlo To Barcelona
30 August 2019 - 7 nights

Monte Carlo | Portofino | La Spezia | Olbia, Sardinia | Calvi, Corsica | Saint-Tropez, France | Marseille | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3359pp
Cruise Only£3359pp
69 Ultimate Glacier & Fjord Adventure
31 August 2019 - 14 nights

Seward | Inian Islands, Alaska | Icy Strait Point | Juneau | Haines | Sitka | Wrangell | Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK, United States | Ketchikan | Prince Rupert | Klemtu, British Columbia, Canada | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise£5369pp
Cruise Only£4549pp
70 San Cristobal to Baltra
31 August 2019 - 7 nights

San Cristobal, Ecuador | Roca Leon Dormido, Ecuador | Bartolome, Ecuador | Playa Espumilla, Santiago, Ecuador | Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Ecuador | Espinoza Point (Fernandina) | Caleta Tagus, Isabela, Ecuador | Elizabeth Bay | Punta Cormorant | Islote Campéon, Floreana, Ecuador | Bahia Post Office (Floreana) | Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) | Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly Cruise£6269pp
Cruise Only£6269pp
71 New York to Montreal
03 September 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Newport, Rhode Island, USA | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Saint John , Nb (Bay Of Fundy) | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Gaspe, Canada | Saguenay | Quebec City, Canada | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£4039pp
72 Monte Carlo to Barcelona
03 September 2019 - 7 nights

Monte Carlo | Portofino | Livorno | St. Tropez, France | Marseille | Sete | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3739pp
Cruise Only£3739pp
73 Reykjavik To Montreal
05 September 2019 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | St John's, New Foundland | St. Pierre (miquelon) | Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada | Havere St.Pierre | Sept Iles | Saguenay | Quebec City, Canada | Quebec City, Canada | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4199pp
Cruise Only£4899pp
74 Maritimes Discovery
10 September 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Lunenburg | Sable Island | Louisburg | Sydney, Canada | Bird Island | Charlottetown | Port Hawkesbury | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada more

Fly Cruise£7639pp
75 New England & Canadian Maritimes
10 September 2019 - 11 nights

Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Provincetown, Massachusetts | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Charlottetown | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, CA | Saguenay | Quebec City, Canada | Quebec City, Canada | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4999pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
76 Monte Carlo to Venice
13 September 2019 - 9 nights

Monte Carlo | Livorno | Civitavecchia | Sorrento | Siracusa | Corfu | Dubrovnik | Hvar | Venice more

Fly Cruise£5639pp
Cruise Only£5639pp
77 Greece & Dalmatian Delights
14 September 2019 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Monemvasia, Greece | Katakolon | Nydri, Nisos Lefkda, Greece | Brindisi | Dubrovnik | Zadar | Venice more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
78 Lisbon to London
17 September 2019 - 9 nights

Lisbon | Porto (Leixoes) | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Cherbourg | London (Greenwich), England | London (Greenwich), England more

Fly Cruise£3919pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
79 Montreal to New York
17 September 2019 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Canada | Tadoussac | Charlottetown | Iles De La Madeleine | Louisburg | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Salem, Massachusetts | Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | New York more

Fly Cruise£5299pp
Cruise Only£6079pp
80 Ultimate Maritimes & East Coast USA
19 September 2019 - 20 nights

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Port Hawkesbury | Prince Edward Island/Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Sydney, Canada | Sable Island | Lunenburg | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | New York | New York | Baltimore | Norfolk | Wilmington | Charleston | Nassau | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£11349pp
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