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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 Holiday Cuban & Caribbean Stars
21 December 2019 - 14 nights

San Juan | Gustavia, St. Barts | St John S, Antigua | 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£8059pp
Cruise Only£6139pp
162 Papeete to Papeete
23 December 2019 - 11 nights

Papeete | Papeete | Moorea | Fakarava | Nuku Hiva | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Huahine | Papeete more

Fly Cruise£6899pp
Cruise Only£4019pp
163 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
164 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to San Juan
27 December 2019 - 9 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Grand Turk | Samana, Dominican Republic | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Castries | Charleston | Roadtown | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£3919pp
Cruise Only£3919pp
165 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
166 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
28 December 2019 - 10 nights

San Juan | Roadtown | Gustavia, St. Barts | St John S, Antigua | Curacao | Aruba | Grenada, West Indies | Castries | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£4719pp
Cruise Only£4719pp
167 Antarctica, South Georgia and Falkland Islands
29 December 2019 - 18 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£7689pp
Cruise Only£5419pp
169 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
04 January 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2649pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
170 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
04 January 2020 - 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£4599pp
Cruise OnlyCall
171 Miami To San Francisco
04 January 2020 - 145 nights

Miami, Florida, USA | Key West | Cartagena, Colombia | Aruba | Kralendijk | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Mindelo | Dakar, Senegal | Dakar, Senegal | Banjul, The Gambia | Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire | Takoradi | Luanda | Walvis Bay, Namibia | Walvis Bay, Namibia | Luderitz, Namibia | Cape Town, South Africa | Cape Town, South Africa | Durban, South Africa | 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 (Madras), India | Chennai (Madras), India | Sabang, Pulau We | Phuket | Porto Malai | Penang | Kuala Lumpur (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 National Park | Manila, Philippines | Puerto Princesa | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) | Komodo Island | Darwin | Cairns | Cairns | Townsville, Australia | Airlie Beach | Brisbane, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia | Noumea | 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£51499pp
Cruise OnlyCall
172 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
04 January 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£19399pp
Cruise Only£19399pp
173 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£5549pp
Cruise Only£5549pp
174 Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam
06 January 2020 - 140 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | San Juan | Bridgetown | Devil's Island, French Guiana | Fortaleza | Natal | Salvador | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Punta Del Este | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Puerto Madryn | Port Stanley/Falkland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Ushuaia, Argentina | Puerto Chacabuco | Puerto Montt | Valparaiso | Robinson Crusoe Island | Easter Island | Easter Island | Adamstown, Pitcairn Islands | Mangareva, Gambier Islands | Papeete | Moorea | 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, Australia | Kangaroo Island | Albany,Australia | Fremantle, Perth | Fremantle, Perth | Bali (Benoa) | Semarang (for Borobudur) | Singapore | Singapore | Phuket | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Kochi (Cochin) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Mumbai (Bombay) | Muscat | Salalah | Aqaba | Safaga | Taro Island, Solomon Islands | Sorrento | Civitavecchia | Barcelona | Lisbon | Porto (Leixoes) | Dublin | Dublin | Belfast | Portree, Isle Of Skye | Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, Scotland, United Kingdom | Bergen | Flaam | Edinburgh | Amsterdam, Holland | Amsterdam, Holland more

Fly Cruise£48019pp
Cruise OnlyCall
176 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale(Florida)
09 January 2020 - 7 nights

San Juan | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Bimini | Ft. Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£3099pp
Cruise Only£3379pp
177 Bridgetown to Fort Lauderdale
14 January 2020 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Bequia | Castries | Roseau | Gustavia, St. Barts | Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda | San Juan | Key West | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3399pp
Cruise Only£3739pp
178 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
16 January 2020 - 7 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Key West | Key West | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Bimini | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£2899pp
Cruise Only£3379pp
179 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
18 January 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2799pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
180 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£8469pp
Cruise Only£7369pp
181 Sydney to Bali
23 January 2020 - 16 nights

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

Fly Cruise£7399pp
Cruise Only£6249pp
182 Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale
23 January 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise OnlyCall
183 Fort Lauderdale to Callao
24 January 2020 - 13 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5499pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
184 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, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Plazas Sur, Ecuador | San Cristobal, Ecuador more

Fly Cruise£6079pp
Cruise Only£6079pp
185 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£7349pp
Cruise Only£6239pp
186 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
01 February 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2799pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
188 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
189 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£5099pp
Cruise Only£4149pp
190 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
02 February 2020 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Port Stanley/Falkland Islands | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula ,Antarctica | Ushuaia, Argentina | Punta Arenas, Chile | Castro, Isla Chiloe | Puerto Montt | San Antonio, Chile more

Fly Cruise£13779pp
Cruise Only£11519pp
191 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
03 February 2020 - 18 nights

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

Fly Cruise£17279pp
Cruise Only£17279pp
192 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to Fort Lauderdale,Florida
03 February 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2849pp
Cruise Only£3379pp
193 Callao to Buenos Aires
06 February 2020 - 20 nights

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

Fly Cruise£10499pp
Cruise OnlyCall
195 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
10 February 2020 - 7 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Ft. Lauderdale

Fly Cruise£3249pp
Cruise Only£3739pp
196 Cape Town to Singapore
12 February 2020 - 39 nights

Cape Town, South Africa | Durban, South Africa | 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 (Madras), India | Chennai (Madras), India | Sabang, Pulau We | Phuket | Langkawi | Penang | Kuala Lumpur (Port Kelang) | Singapore | Singapore more

Fly Cruise£15379pp
Cruise Only£12959pp
197 Antarctica in Depth
14 February 2020 - 11 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£2749pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
199 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
15 February 2020 - 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£4699pp
Cruise Only£4699pp
200 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
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