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.

121 San Juan To Fort Lauderdale Florida
08 December 2019 - 9 nights

San Juan, Puerto Rico | Basseterre | Castries | Roseau | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | La Romana | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3399pp
Cruise Only£3519pp
122 San juan to Fortlauderdale
10 December 2019 - 9 nights

San Juan, Puerto Rico | Basseterre | Roseau | Grenada | Castries | St John's, Antigua | St John US Virgin Islands | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3349pp
Cruise Only£3519pp
123 Yachtsman's Caribbean
14 December 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£3019pp
Cruise Only£2129pp
124 Holiday Caribbean Odyssey
14 December 2019 - 21 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 | St John's, Antigua | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Cartagena, Colombia | Santa Marta | Oranjestad | Oranjestad | Kralendijk | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£7899pp
Cruise Only£6779pp
125 Baltra to San Cristobal
14 December 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£5819pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
126 Emirates Yacht Adventure
16 December 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3769pp
Cruise Only£2939pp
127 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
17 December 2019 - 18 nights

Ushuaia | Westpoint Island | Saunders Island | Stanley | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Elephant Island | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£16049pp
Cruise Only£16049pp
128 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
17 December 2019 - 10 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Grand Turk | Road Town, Tortola, Bvi | Falmouth, Antigua | Gustavia | St Thomas, UK | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3499pp
Cruise OnlyCall
129 Holiday Antarctica,Petagonia &South Georgia Island
19 December 2019 - 24 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Punta Del Este | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia | Punta Arenas, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt | Santiago (San Antonio) more

Fly Cruise£12299pp
Cruise Only£11629pp
130 Fort Lauderdale to San Juan
19 December 2019 - 9 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Grand Turk | St John's, Antigua | Castries | Gustavia | St Thomas, UK | San Juan, Puerto Rico more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
131 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
20 December 2019 - 17 nights

Fort Lauderdale | San Juan, Puerto Rico | St Thomas, UK | Soufriere | Willemstad | Cartagena, Colombia | Cartagena, Colombia | Roatan, Bay Islands | Belize City | Cozumel | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£7489pp
Cruise Only£7489pp
132 Holiday Caribbean
21 December 2019 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | St John's, Antigua | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Cartagena, Colombia | Santa Marta | Oranjestad | Oranjestad | Kralendijk | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£5689pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
133 Papeete to Sydney
23 December 2019 - 31 nights

Tahiti (Papeete) | Tahiti (Papeete) | Moorea | Fakarava | Nuku Hiva | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Huahine | Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Suva | Champagne Bay | Port Vila | Pine Island, Canada | Noumea, New Caledonia | Brisbane, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£15939pp
Cruise OnlyCall
134 Papeete to Papeete
23 December 2019 - 11 nights

Tahiti (Papeete) | Tahiti (Papeete) | Moorea | Fakarava | Nuku Hiva | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Huahine | Tahiti (Papeete) more

Fly Cruise£7049pp
Cruise Only£4099pp
135 Emirates New Year's Eve
23 December 2019 - 11 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£7519pp
136 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to San Juan
27 December 2019 - 9 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Grand Turk | Samana, Dominican Republic | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Castries | Charleston | Road Town, Tortola, Bvi | San Juan, Puerto Rico more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
137 Baltra to San Cristobal
28 December 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£9079pp
Cruise Only£9079pp
138 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
28 December 2019 - 10 nights

San Juan, Puerto Rico | Road Town, Tortola, Bvi | Gustavia | St John's, Antigua | Curacao | Oranjestad | Grenada | Castries | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£4489pp
Cruise Only£4489pp
139 Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands
29 December 2019 - 18 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) more

Fly Cruise£21669pp
140 Papeete to Syndey
03 January 2020 - 20 nights

Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Suva | Champagne Bay | Port Vila | Isle Of Pines | Noumea, New Caledonia | Brisbane, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£7849pp
Cruise Only£5529pp
141 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
04 January 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3219pp
Cruise Only£2699pp
142 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
04 January 2020 - 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£5489pp
Cruise Only£5129pp
143 Atlantic & African Landfalls
04 January 2020 - 39 nights

Miami | Key West | Cartagena, Colombia | Oranjestad | Kralendijk | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Mindelo, Cape Verde | Dakar, Senegal | Dakar, Senegal | Banjul | Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire | Takoradi | Luanda | Walvis Bay | Walvis Bay | Luderitz, Namibia | Cape Town | Cape Town more

Fly Cruise£14139pp
Cruise Only£13089pp
144 Miami To Singapore
04 January 2020 - 78 nights

Miami | Key West | Cartagena, Colombia | Oranjestad | Kralendijk | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Mindelo, Cape Verde | Dakar, Senegal | Dakar, Senegal | Banjul | Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire | Takoradi | Luanda | Walvis Bay | Walvis Bay | Luderitz, Namibia | Cape Town | Cape Town | Durban | Richards Bay | Ilha De Mocambique | Nosy Be, Madagascar | Zanzibar, Tanzania | Mombasa, Kenya | Mombasa, Kenya | Mombasa, Kenya | Victoria, Mahé | Praslin, Seychelles | Male | Colombo | Hambantota, Sri Lanka | Chennai/Madras, India | Chennai/Madras, India | Sabang, Pulau We | Phuket | Porto Malai | Penang | Port Kelang | Singapore | Singapore more

Fly Cruise£27099pp
Cruise Only£26179pp
145 Miami To San Francisco
04 January 2020 - 145 nights

Miami | Key West | Cartagena, Colombia | Oranjestad | Kralendijk | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Mindelo, Cape Verde | Dakar, Senegal | Dakar, Senegal | Banjul | Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire | Takoradi | Luanda | Walvis Bay | Walvis Bay | Luderitz, Namibia | Cape Town | Cape Town | Durban | Richards Bay | Ilha De Mocambique | Nosy Be, Madagascar | Zanzibar, Tanzania | Mombasa, Kenya | Mombasa, Kenya | Mombasa, Kenya | Victoria, Mahé | Praslin, Seychelles | Male | Colombo | Hambantota, Sri Lanka | Chennai/Madras, India | Chennai/Madras, India | Sabang, Pulau We | Phuket | Porto Malai | Penang | Port Kelang | Singapore | Singapore | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | Ko Kood, Thailand | Sihanoukville | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hundred Islands (Sual), Philippines | Manila | Puerto Princesa, Pulawan, Philippines | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) | Komodo Island | Darwin, Australia | Cairns | Cairns | Townsville, Australia | Airlie Beach, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Noumea, New Caledonia | Kuto, Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia | Suva | Suva | Savusavu, Vanua Levi, Fiji | Apia | Pago Pago | Fanning Island | Kona | Honolulu | Honolulu | Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii, US | San Francisco, California | San Francisco, California more

Fly Cruise£49949pp
Cruise OnlyCall
146 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
04 January 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£19399pp
Cruise Only£19399pp
147 San Cristobal to Baltra
04 January 2020 - 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£6599pp
Cruise Only£6599pp
148 Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam
06 January 2020 - 140 nights

Fort Lauderdale | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Bridgetown | Devils Island | Fortaleza | Natal | Salvador | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Montevideo | Puerto Madryn | Port Stanley | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia | Puerto Chacabuco | Puerto Montt | Valparaiso, Chile | Robinson Crueso Island | Easter Island | Easter Island | Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands | Mangareva, Gambier Islands | Tahiti (Papeete) | Moorea | Bora Bora | Aitutaki, Cook Islands | Nuku 'Alofa | Neiafu, Vava'u Group | Ovaka | Lautoka | Champagne Bay | Pentecost Island | Pentecost Island | Lifou | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | Kangaroo Island, Australia | Albany,Australia | Fremantle | Fremantle | Bali (Benoa) | Semarang, Indonesia | Singapore | Singapore | Phuket | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin, India | Mumbai, India | Mumbai, India | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Taro Island, Solomon Islands | Sorrento/Capri, Italy | Civitavecchia | Barcelona | Lisbon | Oporto (Leixoes), Portugal | Dublin | Dublin | Belfast | Portree, Isle Of Skye | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Bergen | Flaam | Edinburgh | Amsterdam | Amsterdam more

Fly Cruise£48019pp
Cruise OnlyCall
149 Bridgetown to Bridgetown
07 January 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Of Spain | Grenada | Les Saintes, Guadeloupe | St John's, Antigua | Fort De France | Mayreau (Grenadines) | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£2969pp
Cruise OnlyCall
150 Caribbean Gems In-Depth
11 January 2020 - 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£6179pp
Cruise Only£5519pp
151 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
11 January 2020 - 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£3699pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
152 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
12 January 2020 - 21 nights

Santiago (San Antonio) | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | 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£12219pp
Cruise Only£11149pp
153 Bridgetown to Fort Lauderdale
14 January 2020 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Bequia, St. Vincent And The Grenadines | Castries | Fort De France | Gustavia | Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Key West | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3499pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
154 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
18 January 2020 - 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£6079pp
Cruise Only£5519pp
155 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
18 January 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3399pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
156 Galapagos Outer Loop
19 January 2020 - 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£6899pp
Cruise Only£5829pp
157 Sydney to Sydney
23 January 2020 - 36 nights

Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Mooloolaba, Australia | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Alotau | Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea | Darwin, Australia | Komodo Island | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) | Exmouth | Geraldton | Fremantle | Esperance, Australia | Adelaide, Australia | Kangaroo Island, Australia | Portland, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | Phillip Island (Rhyll) | Burnie, Tasmania, Australia | Eden, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£14989pp
Cruise Only£13669pp
158 Sydney to Bali
23 January 2020 - 16 nights

Sydney, Australia | Brisbane, Australia | Mooloolaba, Australia | Airlie Beach, Australia | Cairns | Alotau | Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea | Darwin, Australia | Komodo Island | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) more

Fly Cruise£7399pp
Cruise Only£6379pp
159 Fort Lauderdale to Callao
24 January 2020 - 13 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Cartagena, Colombia | Cartagena, Colombia | Colon | Guayaquil, Ecuador | Guayaquil, Ecuador | Salaverry, Peru | Callao, Peru | Callao, Peru more

Fly Cruise£5499pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
160 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
25 January 2020 - 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£3739pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
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