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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.

81 Northern Europe & British Isles
11 August 2019 - 13 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | Fowey, U.K | Cork | Bantry | Galway, Ireland | Londonderry, Northern Ireland | Belfast, Northern Ireland | Dublin | Holyhead | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Cruise Only£5559pp
82 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£6099pp
Cruise Only£6099pp
83 Lisbon To Monte Carlo
19 August 2019 - 11 nights

Lisbon | Portimao, Portugal | Cadiz (Seville), Spain | Gibraltar, British Territory | Motril | Valencia, Spain | Ibiza, Balearic Islands, Spain | Palma De Mallorca, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain | Monte Carlo, Monaco more

Fly Cruise£4069pp
Cruise Only£4069pp
84 Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn
20 August 2019 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5199pp
Cruise Only£4259pp
85 Rome (Civitavecchia) round-trip
20 August 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Sorrento | Olbia, Sardinia | La Joliette (Marseille),France | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy | Porto Vecchio, Corsica | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£3899pp
Cruise OnlyCall
86 Adriatic & Greek Glories
24 August 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3859pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
87 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£5299pp
Cruise Only£5299pp
88 London (Tower Bridge) to Reykjavik
24 August 2019 - 12 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | St Mary's Isles Of Scilly, United Kingdom | Dublin | Belfast, Northern Ireland | Londonderry, Northern Ireland | Tobermory, Scotland, UK | Stornoway (Isle Of Lewis), UK | Seydisfjordur | Heimay Island, Iceland | Reykjavik, Iceland | Reykjavik, Iceland more

Fly Cruise£5479pp
Cruise Only£5479pp
90 Canadian Maritimes and New England
30 August 2019 - 11 nights

Montréal, Québec | Quebec City, Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec | Saguenay, Canada | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec | Charlottetown | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Provincetown, MA, USA | Provincetown, MA, USA | Boston, Massachusetts more

Fly Cruise£5869pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
91 Monte Carlo To Barcelona
30 August 2019 - 7 nights

Monte Carlo, Monaco | Portofino, Italy | Florence/Pisa (La Spezia) | Olbia, Sardinia | Calvi, Corsica | Saint-Tropez, France | La Joliette (Marseille),France | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£3179pp
Cruise Only£3179pp
92 Ultimate Glacier & Fjord Adventure
31 August 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5319pp
Cruise Only£4839pp
93 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£5749pp
Cruise Only£5749pp
94 New York to Montreal
03 September 2019 - 10 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£5529pp
Cruise Only£5019pp
95 Monte Carlo to Barcelona
03 September 2019 - 7 nights

Monte Carlo, Monaco | Portofino, Italy | Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy | St. Tropez, France | La Joliette (Marseille),France | Sete, France | Barcelona, Spain | Barcelona, Spain more

Fly Cruise£3269pp
Cruise Only£3269pp
96 Reykjavik To Montreal
05 September 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4599pp
Cruise Only£4599pp
97 Maritimes Discovery
10 September 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts | Lunenburg | Sable Island | Louisbourg (Cape Breton Island) | Sydney, Canada | Bird Island | Charlottetown | Port Hawkesbury | Halifax, Nova Scotia more

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

Boston, Massachusetts | Provincetown, MA, USA | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Charlottetown | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec | Saguenay, Canada | Quebec City, Quebec | Quebec City, Quebec | Montréal, Québec more

Fly Cruise£5869pp
Cruise Only£5029pp
99 Barcelona to Lisbon
10 September 2019 - 7 nights

Barcelona, Spain | Valencia, Spain | Cartagena, Spain | Malaga, Spain | Cadiz (Seville), Spain | Portimao, Portugal | Lisbon | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£3959pp
Cruise Only£3959pp
100 Monte Carlo to Venice
13 September 2019 - 9 nights

Monte Carlo, Monaco | Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Sorrento | Siracusa | Corfu, Greek Isles | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Hvar, Croatia | Venice more

Fly Cruise£5219pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
101 Greece & Dalmatian Delights
14 September 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4199pp
Cruise Only£3679pp
102 Lisbon to London
17 September 2019 - 9 nights

Lisbon | Leixoes (Algarve), Portugal | Bilbao, Spain | Bordeaux, France | Bordeaux, France | Cherbourg, France | Greenwich (London), United Kingdom | Greenwich (London), United Kingdom more

Fly Cruise£3779pp
Cruise Only£3779pp
103 Montreal to New York
17 September 2019 - 11 nights

Montréal, Québec | Quebec City, Quebec | Tadoussac | Charlottetown | Iles De La Madeleine | Louisbourg (Cape Breton Island) | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Salem, Massachusetts | Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | New York more

Fly Cruise£4999pp
Cruise Only£5799pp
104 Maritimes Discovery - Halifax to New York City
20 September 2019 - 9 nights

Halifax, Nova Scotia | Louisbourg (Cape Breton Island) | Rose Blanche, Canada | Charlottetown | Lunenburg | St. Andrews, Canada | Portland (Oregon), USA | Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts | New York more

Fly Cruise£7159pp
105 Venice to Rome
22 September 2019 - 11 nights

Venice | Venice | Opatija | Zadar, Croatia | Korcula - Croatia | Kotor, Montenegro | Brindisi, Italy | Valletta, Malta | Palermo | Naples (Capri) | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy more

Fly Cruise£6669pp
Cruise Only£6669pp
106 New York to Montreal
23 September 2019 - 10 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£5339pp
Cruise Only£4829pp
107 Ultimate Alaska Inside Passage
26 September 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£4449pp
Cruise Only£4169pp
108 Alaska and America Gold Coast
26 September 2019 - 20 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 | Seattle, Washington | Victoria, Canada | San Francisco | Monterey, United States | Santa Barbara | Los Angeles more

Fly Cruise£6019pp
Cruise Only£5889pp
109 London to New York
26 September 2019 - 15 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£4699pp
110 East Coast USA
28 September 2019 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£7159pp
111 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£6699pp
Cruise Only£6699pp
112 Canada & New England - New York to Montreal
28 September 2019 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4599pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
113 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice
03 October 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Naples, Italy | Giardini Naxos | Valletta, Malta | Dubrovnik, Croatia | Korcula - Croatia | Venice more

Fly Cruise£3799pp
Cruise Only£3799pp
114 Greek Isles & Maltese Nights
04 October 2019 - 8 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2859pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
115 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£6699pp
Cruise Only£6699pp
116 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£6099pp
Cruise Only£6829pp
117 Cuba in Depth
07 October 2019 - 14 nights

Nassau | Nassau | Long Island | Mayaguana Island | Port Antonio | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Casilda | Cienfuegos | Cienfuegos | Maria La Gorda | Havana | Havana | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£8289pp
118 Pacific Gold Coast
08 October 2019 - 8 nights

Vancouver, WA | Seattle, Washington | Victoria, Canada | San Francisco | Monterey, United States | Santa Barbara | Los Angeles more

Fly Cruise£3299pp
Cruise Only£2699pp
119 Montreal To New York, NY
08 October 2019 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4899pp
Cruise Only£5749pp
120 Venice to Athens (Pireaus)
10 October 2019 - 7 nights

Venice | Venice | Split | Kotor, Montenegro | Corfu, Greek Isles | Nafplion, Greece | Piraeus (Athens), Greece more

Fly Cruise£3729pp
Cruise Only£3729pp
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