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 New England & Canadian Maritimes
10 September 2019 - 11 nights

Boston | Provincetown, MA, USA | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Charlottetown | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, CA | Saguenay | Quebec City, Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£5099pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
42 Monte Carlo to Venice
13 September 2019 - 9 nights

Monte Carlo, Monaco | Florence/Livorno, Italy | Civitavecchia | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Siracusa | Corfu | Dubrovnik | Hvar | Venice more

Fly Cruise£6269pp
Cruise Only£6269pp
43 Greece & Dalmatian Delights
14 September 2019 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Monemvasia, Greece | Katakolon (Olympia) | Nydri, Lefkada | Brindisi | Dubrovnik | Zadar | Venice more

Fly Cruise£3449pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
44 Ultimate Alaska Inside Passage
14 September 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4579pp
Cruise Only£4069pp
45 Ultimate Maritimes & East Coast USA
19 September 2019 - 20 nights

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

Fly Cruise£11349pp
46 Maritimes Discovery - Halifax to New York City
20 September 2019 - 9 nights

Halifax, Nova Scotia | Louisburg | Rose Blanche, Canada | Charlottetown | Lunenburg | St. Andrews, Canada | Portland (Oregon), USA | Martha’s Vineyard | New York, New York more

Fly Cruise£7159pp
47 Canadian Autumn
21 September 2019 - 12 nights

Montreal | Havre-Saint-Pierre | L'anse Aux Meadow | St. John's, Newfoundland | St. John's, Newfoundland | Saint Pierre And Miquelon | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, CA | Quebec City, Quebec | Trois-Rivires | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4949pp
Cruise Only£4159pp
48 Venice to Rome
22 September 2019 - 11 nights

Venice | Venice | Opatija | Zadar | Korcula | Kotor | Brindisi | Valletta | Palermo | Naples (Capri) | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£7539pp
Cruise Only£7539pp
49 Grecian Yatching Gems
22 September 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£5729pp
50 New York to Montreal
23 September 2019 - 10 nights

New York, New York | Newport | Boston | Bar Harbor | Saint John , Nb (Bay Of Fundy) | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Gaspe, Canada | Saguenay | Quebec City, Quebec | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£5449pp
Cruise Only£4829pp
51 Ultimate Alaska Inside Passage
26 September 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3929pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
52 Alaska and America Gold Coast
26 September 2019 - 20 nights

Vancouver | Ketchikan | Sitka | Inian Islands, Alaska | Icy Strait Point | Juneau | Wrangell | Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK, United States | Prince Rupert | Klemtu, Canada | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver | Seattle, Washington | Victoria, British Columbia | San Francisco, California | Monterey, California | Santa Barbara | Los Angeles more

Fly Cruise£5929pp
Cruise Only£5619pp
53 London to New York
26 September 2019 - 15 nights

London (Greenwich) | Falmouth, England | Cobh | St. John's, Newfoundland | St. Pierre (miquelon) | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Boston | Boston | New York, New York more

Fly Cruise£4399pp
Cruise Only£5389pp
54 East Coast USA
28 September 2019 - 11 nights

New York, New York | New York, New York | New York, New York | Baltimore | Norfolk | Wilmington | Charleston | Nassau | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£7159pp
55 San Cristobal to Baltra
28 September 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£7539pp
Cruise Only£7539pp
56 Canada & New England - New York to Montreal
28 September 2019 - 10 nights

New York, New York | Boston | Boston | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Saguenay River | Saguenay | Quebec City, Quebec | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£5399pp
Cruise Only£6269pp
57 Canadian Maritimes and New England
03 October 2019 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec | Saguenay | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, CA | Charlottetown | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Provincetown, MA, USA | Boston more

Fly Cruise£4499pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
58 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice
03 October 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia | Naples | Giardini Naxos, Sicily | Valletta | Dubrovnik | Korcula | Venice more

Fly Cruise£4299pp
Cruise Only£4299pp
59 Greek Isles & Maltese Nights
04 October 2019 - 8 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Nafplion | Katakolon (Olympia) | Valletta | Mgarr (Victoria) | Trapani, Sicily, Italy | Naples | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£2769pp
Cruise Only£2699pp
60 Baltra to San Cristobal
05 October 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£8519pp
Cruise Only£8519pp
61 Galapagos Inner Loop
06 October 2019 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Daphne Island (Galapagos) | Egas Port | Rabida (Galapagos) | Elizabeth Bay | Tagus Cove (Isabella) | Bartolome Island | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Puerto Baquerizo (Cristobal) | Punta Pitt (San Cristobal) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly Cruise£9129pp
Cruise Only£6689pp
62 Pacific Gold Coast
08 October 2019 - 8 nights

Vancouver | Seattle, Washington | Victoria, British Columbia | San Francisco, California | Monterey, California | Santa Barbara | Los Angeles more

Fly Cruise£3449pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
63 Montreal To New York, NY
08 October 2019 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Quebec | Tadoussac | Iles De La Madeleine | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Saint John, New Brunswick | Bar Harbor | Boston | New York, New York | New York, New York more

Fly Cruise£5799pp
Cruise Only£6559pp
64 Venice to Athens (Pireaus)
10 October 2019 - 7 nights

Venice | Venice | Split | Kotor | Corfu | Nafplion | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise£4299pp
Cruise Only£4299pp
65 New York to Montreal
11 October 2019 - 11 nights

New York, New York | Newport | Boston | Saint John, New Brunswick | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Quebec City, Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£5299pp
Cruise Only£5779pp
66 Florence & Spanish Splendours
12 October 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia | Florence/Livorno, Italy | Ajaccio | Toulon, France | Palamos, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3329pp
Cruise Only£3329pp
67 New England & Canadian Maritimes
14 October 2019 - 11 nights

Boston | Provincetown, MA, USA | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Charlottetown | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, CA | Saguenay | Quebec City, Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4499pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
68 New York to New York
15 October 2019 - 10 nights

New York, New York | Newport | Boston | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | New York, New York more

Fly Cruise£3399pp
Cruise OnlyCall
69 Panama Canal Sojourn
16 October 2019 - 19 nights

Los Angeles | Cabo San Lucas | Huatulco | Puerto Chiapas | Puerto Quetzal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Colon | Cartagena, Colombia | Port Antonio | Miami more

Fly Cruise£6869pp
Cruise Only£6299pp
70 Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands II
19 October 2019 - 14 nights

Barcelona | Malaga, Spain | Tangier | Casablanca, Morocco | Arrecife, Lanzarote | San Sebastian, La Gomera | Santa Cruz, Tenerife | Santa Cruz, Tenerife | Santa Cruz, Tenerife | Funchal, Madeira | Portimao | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£5229pp
Cruise Only£5229pp
71 Baltra to San Cristobal
19 October 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£8519pp
Cruise Only£8519pp
72 Canada & New England - New York to Montreal
19 October 2019 - 10 nights

New York, New York | Boston | Bar Harbor | Saint John, New Brunswick | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Saguenay | Quebec City, Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£5199pp
Cruise Only£5579pp
73 Boston to Montreal
20 October 2019 - 9 nights

Boston | Bar Harbor | Saint John, New Brunswick | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Saguenay | Quebec City, Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£3519pp
74 Athens (Piraeus) round-trip
22 October 2019 - 11 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Mykonos | Kusadasi | Patmos | Rhodes | Limassol | Haifa | Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod) | Jerusalem/Bethlehem (Ashdod) | Athens (Piraeus) | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise£7739pp
Cruise Only£7739pp
75 Montreal to New York
22 October 2019 - 10 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Quebec | Saguenay River | Saguenay | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Boston | Newport | New York, New York more

Fly Cruise£4849pp
Cruise Only£5289pp
76 Atlantic Coast Harbors
25 October 2019 - 12 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Quebec | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Shelburne, Nova Scotia | New York, New York | New York, New York | Charleston | Miami more

Fly Cruise£4189pp
Cruise Only£3579pp
77 New York to New York
25 October 2019 - 10 nights

New York, New York | Newport | Boston | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | New York, New York more

Fly Cruise£3299pp
Cruise OnlyCall
78 Panama, Colombia & Ecuador Discovery
29 October 2019 - 11 nights

Cartagena, Panama | Cartagena, Panama | San Blas Island, Panama | Panama Canal | Darién National Park | Isla Gorgona | Salaverry, Peru | Isla Guanape | Callao, Peru | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£6759pp
79 Puntarenas to Guayaquil
29 October 2019 - 11 nights

Punta Arenas, Chile | Curu National Park | Isla Tortuga | Puerto Quepos | Corcovado National Park | Golfo Dulce | Isla Del Coco | Isla De La Plata, Ecuador | Machala, Ecuador | Guayaquil, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£6859pp
Cruise Only£6859pp
80 Canada & New England - Montreal to Charleston
29 October 2019 - 12 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Quebec | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Boston | New York, New York | New York, New York | Norfolk Island | Charleston more

Fly Cruise£5299pp
Cruise Only£5779pp
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