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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.

Small cruise ships sailing from the UK

There are plenty of small ships across luxury cruise fleets, including Silversea and Seabourn. Many of these also depart from the UK, meaning they are a great choice for cruisers looking for their next getaway. Take a look at our luxury cruises from the UK for a chance to set sail on your next incredible holiday.

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.

Small luxury cruise ships

These small luxury cruise ships each have fewer than 500 passengers:

Where can you sail on a small ship cruise?

One advantage of smaller cruise ships is that due to their size, they are able to slip into some of the most remote ports of call. On-board the world's best small luxury cruise ships, 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. Alternatively, small ship cruises from Southampton offer a convenient way to start your luxury cruise holiday.

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.

Expedition ships

Luxury expedition cruises are available on the following ships:

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

Small ship cruises in 2020, 2021 & 2022

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.

CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS
Mahé/victoria Harbor To Mahé/eden Island Marina
  23 January 2022
  Crystal Esprit
  7 nights
  Asia & Indian Ocean

Seychelles Yachting Serenade

Cruise & Fly
£5549pp
Cruise Only
£3839pp
CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS
Sorrentine Peninsula, Sicily & Greece
  14 May 2022
  Scenic Eclipse
  9 nights
  Europe

Now on Sale | Save up to 14% | Includes flights, overseas transfers, one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Rome and FREE door-to-door private transfers more

Cruise & Fly
£4859pp
Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
  02 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $2,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£4749pp
Cruise Only
£4749pp
Caribbean Yacht Harbors
  02 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite

Cruise & Fly
£2849pp
Cruise Only
£2659pp
Yachtsman's Caribbean
  09 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $1,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£2639pp
Cruise Only
£2659pp
Yachtsman's Spice Islands
  09 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Cruise & Fly
Call
Cruise Only
£4749pp
Caribbean Island Harbors
  16 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $2,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£4839pp
Cruise Only
£4749pp
Caribbean Spice Islands
  16 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $1,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£2849pp
Cruise Only
£2659pp
Caribbean Yacht Harbors
  23 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $1,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£2679pp
Cruise Only
£2659pp
Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
  23 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $2,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£5219pp
Cruise Only
£5219pp
Fort Lauderdale to San Juan
  29 January 2021
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Caribbean

Cruise & Fly
£3889pp
Cruise Only
Call
Caribbean Gems In-Depth
  30 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $2,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£4789pp
Cruise Only
£4749pp
Yachtsman's Caribbean
  30 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $1,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£2659pp
Cruise Only
£2659pp
Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
  03 February 2021
  Seabourn Quest
  21 nights
  South America

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package PLUS $500 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a FREE upgrade to a Veranda Suite. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive a FREE unlimited internet package and an additional $500 FREE to spend on-board per couple. more

Cruise & Fly
£10899pp
Cruise Only
£10919pp
Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  05 February 2021
  Silver Wind
  10 nights
  Antarctica

EXCLUSIVE OFFER | EXCLUSIVE $200 FREE to spend on-board per couple

Cruise & Fly
£9119pp
Cruise Only
£8259pp
Caribbean Yacht Harbors
  06 February 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Includes FREE flights and overseas transfers plus FREE upgrade from Ocean View to Veranda Suite. Up to $1,000 FREE to spend on-board and FREE internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£2659pp
Cruise Only
Call
Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
  06 February 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Cruise & Fly
£5219pp
Cruise Only
Call
Yachtsman's Caribbean
  13 February 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Cruise & Fly
£3179pp
Cruise Only
Call
Yachtsman's Spice Islands
  13 February 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Cruise & Fly
£4799pp
Cruise Only
Call
Caribbean Island Harbors
  20 February 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Cruise & Fly
£5089pp
Cruise Only
Call
Caribbean Spice Islands
  20 February 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

EXCLUSIVE OFFER | SALE NOW ON | Receive a 300-minute internet package and an EXCLUSIVE $250 FREE to spend on-board per couple

Cruise & Fly
£2849pp
Cruise Only
Call
Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
  27 February 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Sale now on | Receive a 600-minute internet package and a FREE upgrade from an Oceanview to a Veranda Suite. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $2,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple. more

Cruise & Fly
£4749pp
Cruise Only
£4749pp
Caribbean Yacht Harbors
  27 February 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Cruise & Fly
£2899pp
Cruise Only
Call
Papeete to Lima(Callao)
  01 March 2021
  Seven Seas Navigator
  18 nights
  Pacific

New reduced prices - save up to £4,680 per couple | Receive up to 27 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
£7389pp
Cruise Only
£5839pp
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
  08 March 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  20 nights
  Polar Regions

FREE door-to-door transfers in the UK! Includes flights, overseas transfers and 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay

Cruise & Fly
£14599pp
Ushuaia To Cape Town
  09 March 2021
  Silver Wind
  21 nights
  South America

Book now for 2021

Cruise & Fly
£9349pp
Cruise Only
£9349pp
Lima to Miami
  19 March 2021
  Seven Seas Navigator
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Up to 77 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
£6799pp
Cruise Only
£5879pp
Galapagos Inner Loop
  21 March 2021
  Celebrity Flora
  7 nights
  South America

Expedition Cruise! Includes all suite accommodation, FREE drinks, FREE pre-paid gratuities, FREE unlimited Wi-Fi and more! Call us for more details

Cruise & Fly
£9859pp
Cruise Only
£6989pp
Tokyo to Singapore
  21 March 2021
  Silver Whisper
  18 nights
  Asia & Indian Ocean

Cruise & Fly
£6979pp
Cruise Only
£6979pp
Grand Voyage of Discovery
  26 March 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  17 nights
  Canaries

FREE door-to-door transfers in the UK! Includes flights, overseas transfers and 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay

Cruise & Fly
£6479pp
San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
  26 March 2021
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Caribbean

Book now to secure the Suite of your choice!

Cruise & Fly
£3599pp
Cruise Only
£2889pp
Cape Town to Tema
  30 March 2021
  Silver Wind
  18 nights
  Africa

Cruise & Fly
£13149pp
Cruise Only
£11969pp
The Grand Caribbean & Amazon River Discovery
  02 April 2021
  Seven Seas Navigator
  25 nights
  Caribbean

Receive up to 70 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
£7799pp
Cruise Only
£7049pp
Singapore to Mumbai
  08 April 2021
  Silver Whisper
  15 nights
  Asia & Indian Ocean

Last Remaining Suites! | Includes flights, overseas transfers and 1-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Singapore

Cruise & Fly
£5219pp
Cruise Only
£5219pp
Incredible Iberian Discovery
  11 April 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  8 nights
  Europe

Includes, flights, overseas transfers and FREE private door to door chauffeur transfers

Cruise & Fly
£5699pp
Mediterranean Discovery
  11 April 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  16 nights
  Europe

FREE door-to-door transfers in the UK! Includes flights, overseas transfers and 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay

Cruise & Fly
£10889pp
Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
  15 April 2021
  Silver Shadow
  13 nights
  Canaries

Zero single supplement available!

Cruise & Fly
£4099pp
Cruise Only
£3129pp
French & Italian Rivieras
  18 April 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  9 nights
  Europe

FREE door-to-door transfers in the UK! Includes flights, overseas transfers and 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay

Cruise & Fly
£6449pp
Barcelona to Rome
  10 May 2021
  Silver Shadow
  7 nights
  Europe

Prices too good to miss!

Cruise & Fly
£3129pp
Cruise Only
£2749pp
Barcelona to Barcelona
  10 May 2021
  Silver Shadow
  14 nights
  Europe

New itinerary just launched!

Cruise & Fly
£5319pp
Cruise Only
£4939pp
Prices are subject to change and availability. Prices may vary depending on airport selected.

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