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 Galapagos Inner Loop
26 January 2020 - 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£6899pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
162 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
01 February 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
163 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
01 February 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£5659pp
Cruise Only£5329pp
164 San Cristobal to Baltra
01 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£5729pp
Cruise Only£5729pp
165 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 | Aride, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles more

Fly Cruise£5099pp
Cruise Only£4099pp
166 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
02 February 2020 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Montevideo | Port Stanley | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Antarctica Peninsula | Ushuaia | Punta Arenas, Chile | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt | Santiago (San Antonio) more

Fly Cruise£9599pp
Cruise Only£9019pp
167 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
03 February 2020 - 18 nights

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

Fly Cruise£17279pp
Cruise Only£17279pp
168 Callao to Buenos Aires
06 February 2020 - 20 nights

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

Fly Cruise£10499pp
Cruise OnlyCall
169 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
08 February 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£3779pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
170 Bali to Sydney
08 February 2020 - 20 nights

Bali (Benoa) | Timor Sea | 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£8999pp
Cruise Only£8169pp
171 Cape Town to Singapore
12 February 2020 - 39 nights

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 | Langkawi | Penang | Port Kelang | Singapore | Singapore more

Fly Cruise£15779pp
Cruise Only£14539pp
172 Cape Town to Sydney
12 February 2020 - 77 nights

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 | Langkawi | 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 more

Fly Cruise£24499pp
Cruise Only£23269pp
173 Antarctica in Depth
14 February 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£18089pp
174 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
15 February 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
175 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
15 February 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£5829pp
Cruise Only£5329pp
176 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£5989pp
Cruise Only£5989pp
177 Seychelles Yachting Serenede
15 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 | Aride, Seychelles | Big Sister Island, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles | Mahe/Victoria, Seychelles more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£4219pp
178 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
21 February 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£9589pp
Cruise Only£9589pp
179 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
23 February 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£10739pp
Cruise Only£9689pp
180 Buenos Aires to Rio De Janeiro
26 February 2020 - 10 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Montevideo | Punta Del Este | Itajai, Brazil | Paraty, Brazil | Buzios | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) more

Fly Cruise£5099pp
Cruise OnlyCall
181 Sydney To Auckland
28 February 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£7869pp
Cruise Only£6189pp
182 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
29 February 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£5669pp
Cruise Only£5139pp
183 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
29 February 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3119pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
184 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, Chile | English Narrows Chilean Fjord | Tortel, Chile | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt | Niebla | Valparaiso, Chile more

Fly Cruise£6259pp
Cruise Only£6259pp
185 Antarctica in Depth
07 March 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£11979pp
186 Rio De Janeiro to Fort Lauderdale
07 March 2020 - 20 nights

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Salvador | Recife, Brazil | Fortaleza | Ile Royale | Bridgetown | Grenada | Fort De France | St John's, Antigua | Gustavia | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£5999pp
Cruise OnlyCall
187 Rio De Janeiro to Bridgetown
07 March 2020 - 12 nights

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Salvador | Recife, Brazil | Fortaleza | Ile Royale | Bridgetown

Fly Cruise£5099pp
Cruise Only£4399pp
188 Auckland to Papeete
13 March 2020 - 15 nights

Auckland, New Zealand | Bay Of Islands, New Zealand | Norfolk Island | Noumea, New Caledonia | Noumea, New Caledonia | Lautoka | Suva | Apia | Pago Pago | Bora Bora | Moorea | Tahiti (Papeete) | Tahiti (Papeete) more

Fly Cruise£8649pp
Cruise Only£6649pp
189 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
14 March 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3339pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
190 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
14 March 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£5439pp
Cruise Only£5139pp
191 Exotic Caribbean & Atlantic Sunsets
14 March 2020 - 25 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 | Funchal, Madeira | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£7039pp
Cruise Only£6779pp
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£5989pp
Cruise Only£5989pp
193 Amazon & Caribbean Sunsets
15 March 2020 - 36 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Armacao Dos Buzios | Recife, Brazil | Natal | Santarem, Brazil | Manaus, Brazil | Manaus, Brazil | Manaus, Brazil | Boca Dos Botos | Parintins | Santarem, Brazil | Guajara, Barzil | Devils Island | Bridgetown | Fort De France | St. Kitts | Jost Van Dyke Bay | San Juan, Puerto Rico | Miami more

Fly Cruise£10699pp
Cruise Only£9979pp
194 Brazil & The Amazon
15 March 2020 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Brazil | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Brazil) | Armacao Dos Buzios | Recife, Brazil | Natal | Santarem, Brazil | Manaus, Brazil | Manaus, Brazil more

Fly Cruise£6889pp
Cruise Only£6099pp
195 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
18 March 2020 - 18 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina (Argentina) | 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, Argentina (Argentina) more

Fly Cruise£18759pp
196 Yachtsmans Caribbean Atlantic Sunsets
21 March 2020 - 18 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Funchal, Madeira | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£4469pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
197 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) | 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£6349pp
Cruise Only£6349pp
198 Singapore To San Francisco
22 March 2020 - 68 nights

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£22579pp
Cruise Only£21329pp
199 Singapore to Sydney
22 March 2020 - 38 nights

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 more

Fly Cruise£12589pp
Cruise Only£11629pp
200 Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 13 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Funchal, Madeira | Funchal, Madeira | Lisbon | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
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