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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 Baltra to San Cristobal
18 May 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£9499pp
Cruise Only£9499pp
42 London to Barcelona
19 May 2019 - 14 nights

Greenwich (London), United Kingdom | Greenwich (London), United Kingdom | Honfleur | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux, France | Bordeaux, France | Bordeaux (Le Verdon) | Bilbao, Spain | Lisbon | Lisbon | Cadiz (Seville), Spain | Malaga, Spain | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£5529pp
Cruise Only£5529pp
43 Mediterranean Spring
27 May 2019 - 7 nights

Monte Carlo, Monaco | Portofino, Italy | Saint-Florent, Corsica, France | La Joliette (Marseille),France | Sete, France | Palamos, Spain | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£3549pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
44 Barcelona round-trip
30 May 2019 - 11 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Cadiz (Seville), Spain | Casablanca, Morocco | Tangier, Morocco | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia, Spain | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Porto Mahon | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£5959pp
Cruise Only£5959pp
45 Fjords of Norway
30 May 2019 - 10 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | Stavanger, Norway | Bergen, Norway | Hellesylt | Geiranger, Norway | Alesund, Norway | Vik, Norway | Flam, Norway | Edinburgh | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Cruise Only£5139pp
46 Baltra to San Cristobal
01 June 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£7659pp
Cruise Only£7659pp
47 Rivieras & Rome
03 June 2019 - 7 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Mahon, Spain | Toulon, France | St Tropez, France | Calvi, Corsica | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Portovenere, Italy | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy more

Fly Cruise£4069pp
Cruise Only£4069pp
48 London round-trip
09 June 2019 - 13 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK | Honfleur | Honfleur | Kiel Canal (Germany) | Lubeck | Copenhagen, Denmark | Aalborg, Denmark | Gothenburg | Oslo, Norway | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Cruise Only£5819pp
49 Maltese Nights & Greek Isles
10 June 2019 - 12 nights

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Amalfi, Italy | Lipari, Italy | Syracuse, Italy | Mgarr (Victoria), Malta | Valletta, Malta | Valletta, Malta | Chania, Crete | Nafplion, Greece | Mykonos, Greece | Amorgos, Greek Isle | Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece | Piraeus (Athens), Greece more

Fly Cruise£4719pp
Cruise Only£4649pp
50 Barcelona to Monte Carlo
10 June 2019 - 7 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Porto Mahon | Sardinia (Alghero) | Calvi, Corsica | La Joliette (Marseille),France | St. Tropez, France | Monte Carlo, Monaco more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£4799pp
51 Baltra to San Cristobal
15 June 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£7659pp
Cruise Only£7659pp
52 Monte Carlo to Venice
17 June 2019 - 11 nights

Monte Carlo, Monaco | Portofino, Italy | Portoferraio, Elba | Porto Santo Steffano | Palermo | Giardini Naxos | Gallipoli, Italy | Kotor, Montenegro | Koper | Venice more

Fly Cruise£6499pp
Cruise Only£6499pp
53 San Cristobal to Baltra
22 June 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£8869pp
Cruise Only£8869pp
54 London to Copenhagen
22 June 2019 - 14 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK | Flam, Norway | Gudvangen | Alesund, Norway | Bronnoysund | Leknes | Tromso, Norway | Honningsvag, Norway | Hammerfest | Loen (Olden), Norway | Bergen, Norway | Copenhagen, Denmark more

Fly Cruise£6299pp
Cruise Only£6299pp
55 Galapagos Outer Loop
23 June 2019 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Daphne Island (Galapagos) | Gardner Bay (Espanola) | Suarez Point (Espanola) | Cormorant Point (Floreana) | Bahia Post Office (Floreana) | Urvina Bay (Isabela) | Moreno Point (Isabella) | Espinoza Point (Fernandina) | Vicente Roca Point | South Plaza (Santa Cruz) | Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly Cruise£6799pp
Cruise Only£5719pp
56 Venice to Monte Carlo
26 June 2019 - 11 nights

Venice | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Leece (Otranto), Italy | Valletta, Malta | Giardini Naxos | Sorrento | Olbia, Sardinia | Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy | Portofino, Italy | Monte Carlo, Monaco more

Fly Cruise£6639pp
Cruise Only£6639pp
57 Venice to Athens (Piraeus)
28 June 2019 - 9 nights

Venice | Venice | Pula, Croatia | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Brindisi, Italy | Chania, Crete | Rhodes, Greece | Santorini | Piraeus (Athens), Greece more

Fly Cruise£8769pp
Cruise Only£8769pp
58 Adriatic & Greek Glories
29 June 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4079pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
59 Baltra to San Cristobal
29 June 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£7369pp
Cruise Only£7369pp
60 Gems of The Irish Sea & Herbrides
01 July 2019 - 15 nights

Dover (London), England | Portland, England | Bantry, Ireland | Foynes (Limerick), Ireland | Galway, Ireland | Killybegs, Donegal, Ireland | Tobermory, Scotland, UK | Staffa, Scotland, UK | Rothesay, Isle Of Bute | Belfast, Northern Ireland | Belfast, Northern Ireland | Dublin | Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland | Cowes, Isle Of Wight, England, UK | Dover (London), England more

Cruise Only£5699pp
61 Ultimate Alaska & Inside Passage
02 July 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5449pp
Cruise Only£4939pp
62 Greek Islands Odyssey
06 July 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5959pp
Cruise Only£5499pp
63 San Cristobal to Baltra
06 July 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£6179pp
Cruise Only£6179pp
64 Piraeus (Athens) To Civitavecchia (Rome)
07 July 2019 - 10 nights

Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Patmos, Greece | Nafplion, Greece | Siracusa | Valletta, Malta | Trapani, Sicily, Italy | Cagliari | Sorrento | Sorrento | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy more

Fly Cruise£5219pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
65 Monte Carlo to Rome (Civitavecchia)
07 July 2019 - 7 nights

Monte Carlo, Monaco | La Joliette (Marseille),France | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Porto Mahon, Spain | Sardinia (Alghero) | Ajaccio, Corsica, France | Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy more

Fly Cruise£3639pp
Cruise Only£3639pp
66 Amsterdam to London
13 July 2019 - 7 nights

Amsterdam | Zeebrugge | Le Havre,(Paris) | St Peter Port | Falmouth, Jamaica | Cowes | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£3459pp
Cruise Only£3459pp
67 Route of The Vikings 1
16 July 2019 - 21 nights

Dover (London), England | Newlyn (Penzance), United Kingdom | Skomer Island, Wales | Milford Haven (Milford Haven) - UK | Douglas, Isle Of Man | Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland | Oban, Stewart Island | St. Kilda, Scotland | Summer Isles, Scotland | Ullapool | Copinsay Island, Scotland | Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland | Isle Of Noss | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Torshavn, Faroe Island | Vopnafjorour, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Siglufjorour, Iceland | Tasiilaq, Greenland | Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland | Grundarfjordur | Reykjavik, Iceland more

Fly Cruise£7599pp
Cruise Only£7599pp
68 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona
17 July 2019 - 10 nights

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Olbia, Sardinia | Porto Vecchio, Corsica | Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy | Ile Rousse, Corsica | Antibes | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Cartagena, Colombia | Valencia, Spain | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£4879pp
Cruise Only£4879pp
69 Barcelona to Athens (Piraeus)
18 July 2019 - 12 nights

Barcelona, Spain | La Joliette (Marseille),France | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Portovenere, Italy | Sorrento | Sorrento | Siracusa | Valletta, Malta | Hydra, Greece | Santorini | Piraeus (Athens), Greece more

Fly Cruise£6439pp
Cruise Only£6439pp
70 London to Reykjavik
20 July 2019 - 11 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | Saint-Malo | St Mary's Isles Of Scilly, United Kingdom | Cobh, Cork | Dublin | Belfast, Northern Ireland | Oban, UK | Ullapool | Reykjavik, Iceland | Reykjavik, Iceland more

Fly Cruise£5129pp
Cruise Only£5129pp
71 London to Amsterdam
25 July 2019 - 20 nights

Southampton, United Kingdom | Haugesund | Flam, Norway | Molde | Trondheim | Hammerfest | Murmansk | Solovetsky Islands | Archangel, Russia | Honningsvag, Norway | Kristiansand | Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland | Leith | Newcastle, Tyne, England | Amsterdam | Amsterdam more

Fly Cruise£8919pp
Cruise Only£8729pp
72 Adriatic & Greek Glories
27 July 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4199pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
73 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£5739pp
Cruise Only£5739pp
74 Barcelona To Civitavecchia (Rome)
27 July 2019 - 7 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Sete, France | Saint-Tropez, France | St Florent, Corsica | Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy | Olbia, Sardinia | Naples, Italy | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£3399pp
Cruise OnlyCall
75 Reykjavik to London
31 July 2019 - 11 nights

Reykjavik, Iceland | Isafjordur, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Seydisfjordur | Torshavn, Faroe Island | Lerwick, Shetland Islands, Scotland | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£5799pp
Cruise Only£5799pp
76 Greek Islands Odyssey
03 August 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5319pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
77 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Barcelona
03 August 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Sorrento | Sorrento | Amalfi, Italy | Trapani, Sicily, Italy | Cagliari | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Valencia, Spain | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£3459pp
Cruise Only£3459pp
78 Venice to Rome (Civitavecchia)
06 August 2019 - 7 nights

Venice | Split | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Kotor, Montenegro | Corfu, Greek Isles | Giardini Naxos | Sorrento | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy more

Fly Cruise£4129pp
Cruise Only£4129pp
79 Ultimate Alaska Inside Passage
08 August 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5099pp
Cruise Only£4749pp
80 Barcelona to Lisbon
10 August 2019 - 9 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Valencia, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Cadiz (Seville), Spain | Portimao, Portugal | Lisbon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£3539pp
Cruise Only£3539pp
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