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 Montreal to New York
29 October 2019 - 9 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise Only£3329pp
82 New York to San Juan
01 November 2019 - 10 nights

New York, New York | Hamilton, Bermuda | Hamilton, Bermuda | St John's, Antigua | Roseau | Gustavia | Road Town, Tortola, Bvi | San Juan, Puerto Rico more

Fly Cruise£3449pp
Cruise OnlyCall
83 Atlantic Idyll
02 November 2019 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal, Madeira | Bridgetown | Roseau | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£3549pp
Cruise Only£3199pp
84 Atlantic & Caribbean Idyll
02 November 2019 - 21 nights

Lisbon | Funchal, Madeira | Bridgetown | Roseau | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£5229pp
Cruise Only£5139pp
85 Baltra to San Cristobal
02 November 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£6699pp
Cruise Only£6699pp
86 Galapagos Inner Loop
03 November 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£9089pp
Cruise Only£8099pp
87 New York to Miami
04 November 2019 - 15 nights

New York, New York | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | Gustavia | St John's, Antigua | Castries | Grenada | Bonaire | Oranjestad | Santa Marta | Miami more

Fly Cruise£5769pp
Cruise Only£5299pp
88 Panama Canal & Inca Gold
06 November 2019 - 13 nights

Miami | Fuerte Amador | Manta | Manta | Machala, Ecuador | Salaverry, Peru | Callao, Peru | Callao, Peru more

Fly Cruise£5379pp
Cruise Only£4649pp
89 Ultimate Chilean Fjords & Antarctica
07 November 2019 - 32 nights

Callao, Peru | Callao, Peru | Paracas | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Punta Arenas, Chile | Isla Magdalena | Patagonian Fjords | Patagonian Fjords | Magellan Strait | Ushuaia | South Shetland Islands | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£20829pp
90 Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn
07 November 2019 - 21 nights

Callao, Peru | Callao, Peru | Paracas | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Punta Arenas, Chile | Isla Magdalena | Patagonian Fjords | Patagonian Fjords | Magellan Strait | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£10249pp
91 Ultimate Chilean Fjords & Antarctica
08 November 2019 - 29 nights

Callao, Peru | Paracas | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Punta Arenas, Chile | Isla Magdalena | Patagonian Fjords | Patagonian Fjords | Magellan Strait | Ushuaia | South Shetland Islands | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£24759pp
92 Guayaquil to Valparaiso
09 November 2019 - 14 nights

Guayaquil, Ecuador | Lobos De Tierra Island, Peru | Salaverry, Peru | Islas Guanape, Peru | Callao, Peru | Paracas | Arequipa Matarani | Arica, Chile | Antofagasta, Chile | Isla Pan De Acuzar | Isla Chanaral, Chile | La Serena (Coquimbo) | Valparaiso, Chile more

Fly Cruise£6349pp
Cruise Only£6349pp
93 Charleston to Bridgetown
10 November 2019 - 11 nights

Charleston | San Juan, Puerto Rico | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Gustavia | Falmouth, Jamaica | Roseau | Castries | Grenada | Port Of Spain | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£3899pp
Cruise OnlyCall
94 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
11 November 2019 - 11 nights

San Juan, Puerto Rico | St Thomas, UK | Gustavia | St John's, Antigua | Fort De France | Roseau | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | Key West | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£4139pp
95 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
16 November 2019 - 7 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£2689pp
Cruise Only£1939pp
96 Caribbean Gems In-Depth
16 November 2019 - 14 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown | St John's, Antigua | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£4469pp
Cruise Only£3869pp
97 Galapagos Inner Loop
17 November 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£8899pp
Cruise Only£7929pp
98 Treasures Of The Inca Coast
19 November 2019 - 9 nights

Callao, Peru | Islas Ballestas | Pisco (San Martin) | Punta Islay, Peru | Arequipa Matarani | Arica, Chile | Iquique | Antofagasta, Chile | Isla Pan De Azucar | Santiago (San Antonio) more

Fly Cruise£3639pp
Cruise Only£3189pp
99 Miami to Los Angels
19 November 2019 - 16 nights

Miami | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Cartagena, Colombia | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Puerto Quetzal | Puerto Vallarta | Cabo San Lucas | Los Angeles more

Fly Cruise£5799pp
Cruise Only£4889pp
100 Round - trip Dubai
19 November 2019 - 10 nights

Dubai | Khasab | Muscat | Muscat | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi | Doha, Qatar | Doha, Qatar | Sir Bani Yas Is | Dubai more

Fly Cruise£5799pp
Cruise Only£5279pp
101 Bridgetown to San Juan
21 November 2019 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Grenada | Bequia, St. Vincent And The Grenadines | Fort De France | Roseau | Falmouth, Jamaica | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Gustavia | Road Town, Tortola, Bvi | San Juan, Puerto Rico more

Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
102 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
23 November 2019 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown | St John's, Antigua | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£4589pp
Cruise Only£4169pp
103 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
23 November 2019 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown | St John's, Antigua | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£2499pp
Cruise Only£2129pp
104 Valparaiso to Ushuaia
23 November 2019 - 12 nights

Valparaiso, Chile | Niebla | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Puerto Natales, Chile | Puerto Natales, Chile | Puerto Natales, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£6259pp
Cruise Only£6259pp
105 Antarctica in Depth
26 November 2019 - 11 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Ushuaia | South Shetland Islands | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£13169pp
106 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
28 November 2019 - 21 nights

Santiago (San Antonio) | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Port Stanley | Montevideo | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) more

Fly Cruise£9299pp
Cruise Only£8719pp
107 Emirates Yacht Adventure
29 November 2019 - 7 nights

Dubai | Dubai | Sir Bani Yas Is | Manama, Bahrain | Doha, Qatar | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi | Dubai more

Fly Cruise£3899pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
108 Yachtsman's Caribbean
30 November 2019 - 7 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£2689pp
Cruise Only£1929pp
109 Caribbean Gems In-Depth
30 November 2019 - 14 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown | St John's, Antigua | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£4839pp
Cruise Only£3869pp
110 Baltra to San Cristobal
30 November 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£6169pp
Cruise Only£6169pp
111 San Juan to San Juan
01 December 2019 - 7 nights

San Juan, Puerto Rico | Jost Van Dyke Bay | St. Kitts | Fort De France | St John's, Antigua | Charleston | Gustavia | San Juan, Puerto Rico more

Fly Cruise£2899pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
112 Fort Lauderdale to San Juan
03 December 2019 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Grand Turk | Gustavia | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Road Town, Tortola, Bvi | San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fly Cruise£2199pp
Cruise OnlyCall
113 Los Angeles to Papeete
05 December 2019 - 18 nights

Los Angeles | Kauai (Nawiliwili) | Honolulu | Kahului | Nuku Hiva | Fakarava | Bora Bora | Moorea | Tahiti (Papeete) | Tahiti (Papeete) more

Fly Cruise£6439pp
Cruise Only£4819pp
114 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
05 December 2019 - 12 nights

Ushuaia | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£11729pp
Cruise Only£11729pp
115 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
06 December 2019 - 14 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Grand Turk | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Roseau | Bequia, St. Vincent And The Grenadines | Castries | St John's, Antigua | Basseterre | Jost Van Dyke Bay | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£4599pp
Cruise OnlyCall
116 The Emirates & Dubai
06 December 2019 - 10 nights

Dubai | Dubai | Khasab | Muscat | Muscat | Doha, Qatar | Sir Bani Yas Is | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi | Dubai | Dubai more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£4519pp
117 Antarctica in Depth
07 December 2019 - 11 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Ushuaia | South Shetland Islands | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£13969pp
118 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
07 December 2019 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown | St John's, Antigua | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£2449pp
Cruise Only£1929pp
119 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
07 December 2019 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown | St John's, Antigua | St. Kitts | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£3969pp
Cruise Only£3579pp
120 San Cristobal to Baltra
07 December 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£6169pp
Cruise Only£6169pp
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