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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 Maritimes Discovery - Halifax to New York City
20 September 2019 - 9 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£6789pp
Cruise Only£6789pp
83 Grecian Yatching Gems
22 September 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£5729pp
84 New York to Montreal
23 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£5339pp
Cruise Only£4729pp
85 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, British Columbia, Canada | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise£4839pp
Cruise Only£4259pp
86 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, British Columbia, Canada | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver | Seattle, Washington | Victoria, British Columbia | San Francisco, California | Monterey, California | Santa Barbara | Los Angeles, California more

Fly Cruise£6799pp
Cruise Only£6329pp
87 London to New York
26 September 2019 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£4899pp
88 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
89 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£6879pp
Cruise Only£6879pp
90 Canada & New England - New York to Montreal
28 September 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Saguenay River | Saguenay | Quebec City, Canada | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£5379pp
91 Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice
03 October 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3919pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
92 Greek Isles & Maltese Nights
04 October 2019 - 8 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2529pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
93 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£6879pp
Cruise Only£6879pp
94 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£6849pp
Cruise Only£6829pp
95 Cuba in Depth
07 October 2019 - 14 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£3899pp
Cruise Only£3289pp
97 Montreal To New York, NY
08 October 2019 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Canada | Tadoussac | Iles De La Madeleine | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Saint John | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | New York | New York more

Fly Cruise£5199pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
98 Venice to Athens (Pireaus)
10 October 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3919pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
99 New York to Montreal
11 October 2019 - 11 nights

New York | Newport, Rhode Island, USA | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Saint John | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Quebec City, Canada | Quebec City, Canada | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£5729pp
Cruise Only£5289pp
100 Florence & Spanish Splendours
12 October 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia | Livorno | Ajaccio | Provence (Toulon) | Palamos, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£2599pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
101 Fort Lauderdale to Puntarenas
12 October 2019 - 17 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Dangriga, Belize | Josh's Cay , Graham's Place, Honduras | Guanaja Cay, Honduras | Roatan Island | Pigeon Cays, Honduras | Providencia Island | Cartagena, Colombia | San Blas Islands | Fuerte Amador | Darien Jungle | Quepos, Costa Rica | Puntarenas, Costa Rica more

Fly Cruise£5299pp
Cruise Only£6789pp
102 New England & Canadian Maritimes
14 October 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£3999pp
Cruise Only£3199pp
103 New York to New York
15 October 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Newport, Rhode Island, USA | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | New York more

Fly Cruise£5359pp
Cruise Only£4499pp
104 Panama Canal Sojourn
16 October 2019 - 19 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6799pp
Cruise Only£5949pp
105 Taste of Cuba and the Caribbean
19 October 2019 - 12 nights

Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Maria La Gorda | Cienfuegos | Cienfuegos | Isla De Providencia, Colombia | Puerto Limon | Portobelo | San Blas Islands | Cartagena, Panama | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£7339pp
106 Ultimate Caribbean & Central American Treasures
19 October 2019 - 21 nights

Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Maria La Gorda | Cienfuegos | Cienfuegos | Isla De Providencia, Colombia | Puerto Limon | Portobelo | San Blas Islands | Cartagena, Panama | San Blas Islands | Panama Canal | Darién National Park | Isla Gorgona | Salaverry | Isla Guanape | Lima, (Callao) Peru | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£13889pp
107 Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands II
19 October 2019 - 14 nights

Barcelona | Malaga | Tangier | Casablanca | Lanzarote (Arrecife) | San Sebastian | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Funchal | Portimao | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£5279pp
Cruise Only£5279pp
108 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£7229pp
Cruise Only£7229pp
109 Canada & New England - New York to Montreal
19 October 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Saint John | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Sydney, Canada | Saguenay | Quebec City, Canada | Quebec City, Canada | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4299pp
Cruise Only£4719pp
110 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£6349pp
Cruise Only£6349pp
111 Montreal to New York
22 October 2019 - 10 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Canada | Saguenay River | Saguenay | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | Newport, Rhode Island, USA | New York more

Fly Cruise£4299pp
Cruise Only£4899pp
112 Atlantic Coast Harbors
25 October 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4999pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
113 San Cristobal to Baltra
26 October 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£7319pp
Cruise Only£7319pp
114 Panama, Colombia & Ecuador Discovery
29 October 2019 - 11 nights

Cartagena, Panama | Cartagena, Panama | San Blas Islands | Panama Canal | Darién National Park | Isla Gorgona | Salaverry | Isla Guanape | Lima, (Callao) Peru | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£7029pp
115 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 more

Fly Cruise£5379pp
Cruise Only£5379pp
116 Canada & New England - Montreal to Charleston
29 October 2019 - 12 nights

Montreal | Quebec City, Canada | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Bar Habor, Maine, USA | Boston, Massachusetts, USA | New York | New York | Norfolk Island, Australia | Charleston more

Fly Cruise£4699pp
Cruise Only£5289pp
118 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
119 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£6939pp
Cruise Only£5839pp
120 Stars of The Cuban Sky
04 November 2019 - 12 nights

Miami, Florida, USA | Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Port Antonio, Jamaica | West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands | Cienfuegos, Cuba | Cienfuegos, Cuba | Miami, Florida, USA more

Fly Cruise£5939pp
Cruise Only£5179pp
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