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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.

161 Papeete to Syndey
03 January 2020 - 20 nights

Papeete, Tahiti | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia, Samoa | Lautoka | Suva | Champagne Bay | Port Vila | Pine Island | Noumea | Brisbane | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£9029pp
Cruise Only£6759pp
162 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
04 January 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4699pp
Cruise Only£4699pp
163 Miami To San Francisco
04 January 2020 - 146 nights

Miami, Florida | Key West | Cartagena, Colombia | Oranjestad | Kralendijk | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Mindelo | Dakar | Dakar | Banjul | Abidjan | Takoradi | Luanda, Angola | Walvis Bay | Walvis Bay | Luderitz | Cape Town, South Africa | Cape Town, South Africa | Durban | Richard's Bay | Ilha De Mocambique | Andoany (Hell-Ville), Nosy-Be, Madagascar | Zanzibar, Tanzania | Mombasa, Kenya | Mombasa, Kenya | Mombasa, Kenya | Victoria, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Male | Colombo | Hambantota, Sri Lanka | Chennai | Chennai | Sabang, Pulau We | Phuket | Porto Malai | Penang | Port Klang | Singapore | Singapore | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | Ko Kood, Thailand | Sihanoukville, Cambodia | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Hundred Islands, Philippines | Manila | Puerto Princesa | Benoa | Benoa | Komodo Island | Darwin | Cairns | Cairns | Townsville, Australia | Airlie Beach | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Noumea | Kuto, Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia | Suva | Suva | Savusavu, Vanua Levi, Fiji | Apia, Samoa | Pago Pago | Fanning Island | Kona | Honolulu | Honolulu | Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii, US | San Francisco | San Francisco more

Fly Cruise£50959pp
Cruise OnlyCall
164 Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam
06 January 2020 - 140 nights

Fort Lauderdale | San Juan | Bridgetown | Devil's Island | Fortaleza | Natal | Salvador | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Puerto Madryn | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia | Puerto Chacabuco | Puerto Montt | Valparaiso | Robinson Crusoe Island | Easter Island | Easter Island | Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands, United Kingdom | Mangareva, Gambier Islands | Papeete, Tahiti | Moorea , French Polynesia | Bora Bora | Aitutaki, Cook Islands | Nuku 'alofa, Tonga | Neiafu, Vava'u Group | Ovaka | Lautoka | Champagne Bay | Pentecost Island | Pentecost Island | Lifou | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) | Kangaroo Island | Albany, Australia | Perth (Fremantle), Australia | Perth (Fremantle), Australia | Benoa | Semarang (Borobudur) | Singapore | Singapore | Phuket | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Taro Island, Solomon Islands | Sorrento | Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy | Barcelona, Spain | Lisbon | Leixoes (Algarve), Portugal | Dublin | Dublin | Belfast, Northern Ireland | Portree, Isle Of Skye | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Bergen, Norway | Flam, Norway | Edinburgh | Amsterdam | Amsterdam more

Fly Cruise£47529pp
Cruise OnlyCall
166 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
14 January 2020 - 22 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | 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 | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Fly To UK | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£19669pp
167 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
18 January 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2799pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
168 Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale
23 January 2020 - 11 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Cienfuegos, Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Bimini | Fort Lauderdale more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£4349pp
Cruise Only£4879pp
169 Fort Lauderdale to Callao
24 January 2020 - 13 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Cartagena, Colombia | Cartagena, Colombia | Colon | Guayaquil | Guayaquil | Salaverry | Lima, (Callao) Peru | Lima, (Callao) Peru more

Fly Cruise£5099pp
Cruise Only£6369pp
170 Baltra to San Cristobal
25 January 2020 - 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£5569pp
Cruise Only£5569pp
171 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
01 February 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2799pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
172 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
01 February 2020 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St. John’s | Basseterre | 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£4799pp
Cruise Only£4549pp
173 Seychelles Yachting Serenede
01 February 2020 - 7 nights

Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | Cousin Island, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | La Passe, La Digue, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Big Sister Island, Seychelles | Big Sister Island, Seychelles | Aride, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles more

Fly Cruise£5749pp
Cruise Only£4599pp
174 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to Fort Lauderdale,Florida
03 February 2020 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Santiago De Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Bimini | Fort Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£2649pp
Cruise Only£3189pp
175 Callao to Buenos Aires
06 February 2020 - 20 nights

Lima, (Callao) Peru | Lima, (Callao) Peru | Pisco | Arica | Valparaiso | Castro, Chile | Puerto Chacabuco | Laguna San Rafael | Punta Arenas, Chile | Stanley Island, Australia | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£8329pp
Cruise OnlyCall
176 Antarctica in Depth
14 February 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£12199pp
177 San Cristobal to Baltra
15 February 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£5659pp
Cruise Only£5659pp
178 Seychelles Yachting Serenede
15 February 2020 - 7 nights

Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Cousin Island, Seychelles | Cousin Island, Seychelles | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | La Passe, La Digue, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Big Sister Island, Seychelles | Aride, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£4579pp
179 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to Fort Lauderdale,Florida
17 February 2020 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Bimini | Bimini | Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£2649pp
Cruise Only£3189pp
180 Baltra to San Cristobal
22 February 2020 - 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£7229pp
Cruise Only£7229pp
181 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to Fort Lauderdale,Florida
24 February 2020 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Bimini | Bimini | Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£2649pp
Cruise Only£3189pp
182 Antarctica in Depth
25 February 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£13199pp
184 Sydney To Auckland
28 February 2020 - 14 nights

Sydney, Australia | Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) | Melbourne (Victoria, Australia) | Burnie, Tasmania, Australia | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa | Wellington, New Zealand | Napier, New Zealand | Tauranga, New Zealand | Bay Of Islands | Auckland more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£7699pp
Cruise Only£6069pp
185 Ushuaia to Valparaiso
04 March 2020 - 14 nights

Ushuaia | Garibaldi Fjord & Glacier | Alberto De Agostini National Park | Ainsworth Bay, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Puerto Natales | English Narrows Chilean Fjord | Tortel, Chile | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt | Niebla | Valparaiso more

Fly Cruise£6189pp
Cruise Only£6189pp
186 Antarctica in Depth
07 March 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£10949pp
187 Baltra to San Cristobal
07 March 2020 - 7 nights

Isla Daphne Grande | Baltra (Galapagos) | Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Ecuador | El Barranco (Genovesa) | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | El Eden, Santa Cruz | Rabida (Galapagos) | San Cristobal, Ecuador | Galapaguero Cerro Colorado, San Cristobal, Ecuador | Gardner Bay (Espanola) | Punta Suarez (Espanola) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£5999pp
Cruise Only£5999pp
188 Rio De Janeiro to Fort Lauderdale
07 March 2020 - 20 nights

Rio De Janeiro | Salvador | Recife | Fortaleza | Ile Royale | Bridgetown | Saint George | Fort De France | St. John’s | Gustavia | San Juan | Fort Lauderdale more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£5199pp
Cruise OnlyCall
189 Rio De Janeiro to Bridgetown
07 March 2020 - 12 nights

Rio De Janeiro | Salvador | Recife | Fortaleza | Ile Royale | Bridgetown

Fly Cruise£4449pp
Cruise Only£3519pp
190 Auckland to Papeete
13 March 2020 - 15 nights

Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Norfolk Island, Australia | Noumea | Noumea | Lautoka | Suva | Apia, Samoa | Pago Pago | Bora Bora | Moorea , French Polynesia | Papeete, Tahiti | Papeete, Tahiti more

Fly Cruise£7549pp
Cruise OnlyCall
191 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
14 March 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3149pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
192 San Cristobal to Baltra
14 March 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£5839pp
Cruise Only£5839pp
193 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to Fort Lauderdale,Florida
16 March 2020 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Bimini | Fort Lauderdale | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£2649pp
Cruise Only£3099pp
194 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
18 March 2020 - 18 nights

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

Fly Cruise£17799pp
195 Baltra to San Cristobal
21 March 2020 - 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£5849pp
Cruise Only£5849pp
196 Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 13 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Funchal (Madeira), Portugal | Lisbon | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£3449pp
Cruise Only£3449pp
197 Papeete to Papeete
28 March 2020 - 10 nights

Papeete, Tahiti | Papeete, Tahiti | Moorea , French Polynesia | Fakarava | Nuku Hiva | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Papeete, Tahiti more

Exclusive to six star cruises
Fly Cruise£6219pp
Cruise Only£4069pp
198 San Cristobal to Baltra
28 March 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£5849pp
Cruise Only£5849pp
199 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to Fort Lauderdale,Florida
30 March 2020 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Bimini | Fort Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£2879pp
Cruise Only£3099pp
200 Baltra to San Cristobal
04 April 2020 - 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£5929pp
Cruise Only£5929pp
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