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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.

123 New England & Canadian Maritimes
14 October 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£5779pp
Cruise Only£5029pp
124 New York to New York
15 October 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Newport | Boston, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | New York more

Fly Cruise£5359pp
Cruise Only£4599pp
125 Panama Canal Sojourn
16 October 2019 - 19 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6389pp
Cruise Only£5889pp
126 Taste of Cuba and the Caribbean
19 October 2019 - 12 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£13889pp
128 Canada & New England - New York to Montreal
19 October 2019 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4149pp
Cruise Only£4789pp
129 Athens (Piraeus) round-trip
22 October 2019 - 11 nights

Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Mykonos, Greece | Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey | Patmos, Greece | Rhodes, Greece | Limassol | Haifa | Ashdod | Ashdod | Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Piraeus (Athens), Greece more

Fly Cruise£5619pp
Cruise Only£5619pp
130 Atlantic Coast Harbors
25 October 2019 - 12 nights

Montréal, Québec | Quebec City, Quebec | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Shelburne, Nova Scotia | New York | New York | Charleston | Miami, Florida more

Fly Cruise£5349pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
131 Panama, Colombia & Ecuador Discovery
29 October 2019 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£7029pp
132 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£5199pp
Cruise Only£5199pp
133 Canada & New England - Montreal to Charleston
29 October 2019 - 12 nights

Montréal, Québec | Quebec City, Quebec | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York | New York | Norfolk Island, Australia | Charleston more

Fly Cruise£4499pp
Cruise Only£5129pp
135 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£5919pp
Cruise Only£5919pp
136 Stars of The Cuban Sky
04 November 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5869pp
Cruise Only£5129pp
137 New York to Miami
04 November 2019 - 15 nights

New York | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | Gustavia | St. John’s | Castries | Saint George | Bonaire | Oranjestad | Santa Marta | Miami, Florida more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£4289pp
138 Ultimate Chilean Fjords & Antarctica
08 November 2019 - 29 nights

Lima, (Callao) Peru | Paracas | Valparaiso | 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
139 Guayaquil to Valparaiso
09 November 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6169pp
Cruise Only£6169pp
141 Stars of the Cuban Sky
16 November 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5249pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
142 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
22 November 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4499pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
144 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
23 November 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2699pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
145 Antarctica in Depth
26 November 2019 - 11 nights

Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | South Shetland Islands | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£13169pp
146 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£5479pp
Cruise Only£5479pp
148 Antarctica in Depth
05 December 2019 - 15 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | South Shetland Islands | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£12099pp
149 Los Angeles to Papeete
05 December 2019 - 18 nights

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

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£6589pp
Cruise Only£4819pp
150 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
06 December 2019 - 14 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Grand Turk | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Roseau | Bequia | Castries | St. John’s | Basseterre | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | San Juan | Fort Lauderdale more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise OnlyCall
151 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
07 December 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2699pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
152 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
07 December 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4199pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
153 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£5479pp
Cruise Only£5479pp
154 San juan to Fortlauderdale
10 December 2019 - 9 nights

San Juan | Basseterre | Roseau | Saint George | Castries | St. John’s | St John US Virgin Islands | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£2799pp
Cruise Only£2999pp
155 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) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£5479pp
Cruise Only£5479pp
156 Antarctica in Depth
16 December 2019 - 15 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | South Shetland Islands | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£12899pp
157 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
17 December 2019 - 10 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Grand Turk | Roadtown | Falmouth, Antigua | Gustavia | St Thomas, UK | Fort Lauderdale more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise OnlyCall
158 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
20 December 2019 - 17 nights

Fort Lauderdale | San Juan | St Thomas, UK | Soufriere | Willemstad | Cartagena, Colombia | Cartagena, Colombia | Roatan | Belize | Cozumel | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£6419pp
Cruise Only£6699pp
159 Holiday Caribbean
21 December 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£7149pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
160 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
27 December 2019 - 22 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | Antarctica Peninsula | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Fly To UK | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£20899pp
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