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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.

121 New York to Miami
04 November 2019 - 15 nights

New York | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | Gustavia, St. Barts | St John S, Antigua | Castries | Grenada, West Indies | Bonaire | Aruba | Santa Marta | Miami, Florida, USA more

Fly Cruise£4299pp
Cruise Only£3849pp
122 Ultimate Chilean Fjords & Antarctica
07 November 2019 - 32 nights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£6349pp
Cruise Only£6349pp
127 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
11 November 2019 - 11 nights

San Juan | St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie | Gustavia, St. Barts | St John S, Antigua | Fort De France | Roseau | St. Maarten | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | Key West | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3549pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
128 Stars of the Cuban Sky
16 November 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5779pp
Cruise Only£4989pp
129 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£7049pp
Cruise Only£5959pp
130 Treasures Of The Inca Coast
19 November 2019 - 9 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4349pp
Cruise Only£3359pp
131 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
132 Bridgetown to San Juan
21 November 2019 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Grenada, West Indies | Bequia | Fort De France | Roseau | Falmouth, Jamaica | St. Maarten | St. Maarten | Gustavia, St. Barts | Roadtown | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£3399pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
133 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
22 November 2019 - 14 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Cienfuegos, Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Cozumel | Belize City (Belize) | Key West | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£5249pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
134 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
23 November 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3999pp
Cruise Only£3579pp
135 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
23 November 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2499pp
Cruise Only£1939pp
136 Valparaiso to Ushuaia
23 November 2019 - 12 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£13169pp
139 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£3939pp
Cruise Only£3429pp
140 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
141 San Juan to San Juan
01 December 2019 - 7 nights

San Juan Del Sur | Anguilla | Basseterre | Roseau | Castries | Falmouth (English Harbour) | Roadtown | San Juan Del Sur more

Fly Cruise£2929pp
Cruise Only£2939pp
142 Los Angeles to Papeete
05 December 2019 - 18 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6299pp
Cruise Only£4719pp
143 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
05 December 2019 - 12 nights

Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Ushuaia, Argentina more

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

Ft. Lauderdale | Grand Turk | St. Maarten | Roseau | Bequia | Castries | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Jost Van Dyke Bay | San Juan | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£4299pp
Cruise OnlyCall
145 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£4559pp
146 Antarctica in Depth
07 December 2019 - 11 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£2529pp
Cruise Only£1939pp
148 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
07 December 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4199pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
149 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
150 San Juan To Fort Lauderdale Florida
08 December 2019 - 9 nights

San Juan | Basseterre | Castries | Roseau | St. Maarten | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | La Romana | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3199pp
Cruise Only£3379pp
151 Stars of Cuba & Caribbean Skies
10 December 2019 - 11 nights

Miami, Florida, USA | Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Punta Frances, Isla De La | Cienfuegos, Cuba | West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands | Port Antonio, Jamaica | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£4999pp
Cruise Only£4069pp
152 Grand Cuban Holiday
10 December 2019 - 25 nights

Miami, Florida, USA | Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Punta Frances, Isla De La | Cienfuegos, Cuba | West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands | Port Antonio, Jamaica | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic | San Juan | Gustavia, St. Barts | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | St Kitts | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Port Antonio, Jamaica | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Santiago De Cuba, Cuba | Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Miami, Florida, USA more

Fly Cruise£9799pp
Cruise Only£8639pp
153 San juan to Fortlauderdale
10 December 2019 - 9 nights

San Juan | Basseterre | Roseau | Grenada, West Indies | Castries | St John S, Antigua | St John US Virgin Islands | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3199pp
Cruise Only£3379pp
154 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
155 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£3799pp
Cruise Only£2969pp
156 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
17 December 2019 - 18 nights

Ushuaia, Argentina | Westpoint Island | Saunders Island | Stanley, Falkland Islands | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Elephant Island | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Ushuaia, Argentina more

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

Ft. Lauderdale | Grand Turk | Roadtown | Falmouth, Antigua | Gustavia, St. Barts | St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3499pp
Cruise OnlyCall
158 Fort Lauderdale to San Juan
19 December 2019 - 9 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Grand Turk | St John S, Antigua | Castries | Gustavia, St. Barts | St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£3739pp
Cruise Only£3739pp
159 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
20 December 2019 - 17 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | San Juan | St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie | Soufriere | Willemstad | Cartagena, Colombia | Cartagena, Colombia | Roatan Island | Belize City (Belize) | Cozumel | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£6999pp
Cruise Only£7319pp
160 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 | Aruba | Aruba | Kralendijk | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£7219pp
Cruise Only£5279pp
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