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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 08082026105 today, and secure your ideal small ship cruise escape.

1 Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn
07 November 2019 - 21 nights

Callao, Peru | Callao, Peru | Paracas, Peru | Valparaiso,Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Punta Arenas, Chile | Isla Magdalena | Patagonian Fjords | Patagonian Fjords | Magellan Strait | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£11519pp
2 Guayaquil to Valparaiso
09 November 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£11099pp
Cruise Only£11099pp
3 Charleston to Bridgetown
10 November 2019 - 11 nights

Charleston, South Carolina | San Juan | San Juan | Gustavia | Falmouth,Jamaica | Fort De France | Castries | Saint George | Port Of Spain | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£4369pp
Cruise Only£3679pp
4 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
11 November 2019 - 11 nights

San Juan | St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie | Gustavia | St John S, Antigua | Fort De France | Les Saintes, Guadeloupe | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | Key West (Florida), United States | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£3419pp
Cruise Only£3419pp
5 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
16 November 2019 - 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£3179pp
Cruise Only£1539pp
6 Gems Of The Leeward Islands
16 November 2019 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3759pp
Cruise Only£3229pp
7 Gems Of The Leeward Islands
16 November 2019 - 12 nights

Miami | San Juan | Gustavia | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Fort De France | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Miami more

Fly Cruise£3489pp
Cruise Only£3489pp
8 Treasures Of The Inca Coast
19 November 2019 - 9 nights

Callao, Peru | Islas Ballestas | Pisco/Nazca Lines | Punta Islay, Peru | Arequipa Matarani | Arica | Iquique, Chile | Antofagasta | Isla Pan De Azucar | San Antonio, Chile more

Fly Cruise£3489pp
Cruise Only£2799pp
9 Bridgetown to San Juan
21 November 2019 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Saint George | Bequia | Fort De France | Les Saintes, Guadeloupe | Falmouth,Jamaica | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Gustavia | Roadtown | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£4259pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
10 Roundtrip Fort Lauderdale
22 November 2019 - 14 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Grand Turk | San Juan | San Juan | Basseterre | Les Saintes, Guadeloupe | Bridgetown | Fort De France | St John S, Antigua | Roadtown | Key West (Florida), United States | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£6499pp
Cruise Only£5619pp
11 Fort Lauderdale to Barbados
22 November 2019 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Grand Turk | San Juan | San Juan | Basseterre | Les Saintes, Guadeloupe | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£3149pp
Cruise Only£3289pp
12 Gems Of The Leeward Islands
28 November 2019 - 12 nights

Miami | San Juan | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Fort De France | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Miami more

Fly Cruise£3199pp
Cruise Only£2499pp
13 Bridhetown to Fort Lauderdale
29 November 2019 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Fort De France | St John S, Antigua | Roadtown | Key West (Florida), United States | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States

Fly Cruise£2619pp
Cruise Only£1739pp
14 Yachtsman's Caribbean
30 November 2019 - 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£2419pp
Cruise Only£1449pp
15 Baltra to San Cristobal
30 November 2019 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Isla Daphne Grande | Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Ecuador | El Barranco (Genovesa) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Santiago (Bahia Sullivan) | Rabida (Galapagos) | Santa Cruz (El Eden) | 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£8259pp
Cruise Only£8259pp
16 San Juan to San Juan
01 December 2019 - 7 nights

San Juan | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Basseterre | Fort De France | St John S, Antigua | Charleston, South Carolina | Gustavia | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£3589pp
Cruise Only£2699pp
17 Fort Lauderdale to San Juan
03 December 2019 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Grand Turk | Gustavia | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Roadtown | San Juan

Fly Cruise£3289pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
18 Antarctica in Depth
05 December 2019 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£12799pp
19 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
06 December 2019 - 14 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Grand Turk | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Fort De France | Bequia | Castries | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | San Juan | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£4499pp
Cruise Only£5529pp
20 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
07 December 2019 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£2629pp
Cruise Only£1549pp
21 San Juan To Fort Lauderdale Florida
08 December 2019 - 9 nights

San Juan | Gustavia | Castries | St John S, Antigua | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | La Romana | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£4259pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
22 Gems Of The Antillies
10 December 2019 - 11 nights

Miami | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic | Fort De France | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | St John S, Antigua | Marigot, Saint Martin | Cruz Bay, St John, US Virgin Isles | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£2979pp
Cruise Only£2299pp
23 Gems Of The Antillies Holiday
10 December 2019 - 25 nights

Miami | Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Punta Frances, Isla De La | Cienfuegos, Cuba | West End, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands | Port Antonio | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic | San Juan | Gustavia | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | Basseterre | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Port Antonio | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Antilla (Nipe Bay), Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Havana, Cuba | Miami more

Fly Cruise£6899pp
Cruise Only£6229pp
24 San juan to Fortlauderdale
10 December 2019 - 9 nights

San Juan | Basseterre | Roseau | Saint George | Castries | St John S, Antigua | St John US Virgin Islands | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£3599pp
Cruise Only£3779pp
25 Yachtsman's Caribbean
14 December 2019 - 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£2589pp
Cruise Only£1549pp
26 Holiday Caribbean Odyssey
14 December 2019 - 21 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Falmouth, Antigua | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Cartagena, Colombia | Santa Marta, Colombia | Oranjestad, Aruba | Oranjestad, Aruba | Kralendijk, Bonaire | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£7619pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
27 Antarctica in Depth
16 December 2019 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£13969pp
28 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
17 December 2019 - 18 nights

Ushuaia | Westpoint Island | Saunders Island | Stanley | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Elephant Island | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£19569pp
Cruise Only£19569pp
29 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
17 December 2019 - 10 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Grand Turk | Roadtown | Falmouth (English Harbour) | Gustavia | St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£4199pp
Cruise OnlyCall
30 Holiday Antarctica,Petagonia &South Georgia Island
19 December 2019 - 24 nights

Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Punta Arenas, Chile | Strait Of Magellan | Chilean Fjords | Gulf Of Corcovado | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt | San Antonio, Chile more

Fly Cruise£12469pp
Cruise Only£11389pp
31 Fort Lauderdale to San Juan
19 December 2019 - 9 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Grand Turk | St John S, Antigua | Castries | Gustavia | St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£4099pp
Cruise OnlyCall
32 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
20 December 2019 - 17 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | San Juan | St. Thomas, Charlotte Amalie | Soufriere | Willemstad, Curacao | Cartagena, Colombia | Cartagena, Colombia | Roatan | Belize City (Belize) | Cozumel | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£6999pp
Cruise OnlyCall
33 Holiday Caribbean
21 December 2019 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Falmouth, England | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic | Cartagena, Colombia | Santa Marta, Colombia | Oranjestad, Aruba | Oranjestad, Aruba | Kralendijk, Bonaire | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£5369pp
Cruise Only£4169pp
34 Pearls of the Pacific
23 December 2019 - 31 nights

Papeete | Papeete | Moorea | Fakarava | Nuku Hiva | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Huahine | Papeete | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Lautoka | Suva | Champagne Bay (Espirito Santo) | Port Vila | Pine Island | Noumea | Brisbane | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£12589pp
Cruise Only£10549pp
35 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£6459pp
Cruise Only£3899pp
36 Emirates New Year's Eve
23 December 2019 - 11 nights

Dubai | Khasab | Muscat, Oman | Muscat, Oman | Doha | Sir Bani Yas Is | Dubai | Dubai | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi | Dubai more

Fly Cruise£9729pp
Cruise Only£6099pp
37 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
27 December 2019 - 22 nights

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

Fly Cruise£19199pp
38 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to San Juan
27 December 2019 - 9 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Grand Turk | Samana, Dominican Republic | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Castries | Charleston, South Carolina | Roadtown | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£4999pp
Cruise OnlyCall
39 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
28 December 2019 - 10 nights

San Juan | Roadtown | Gustavia | St John S, Antigua | Willemstad, Curacao | Oranjestad, Aruba | Saint George | Castries | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£5229pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
40 Papeete to Syndey
03 January 2020 - 20 nights

Papeete | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Suva | Lautoka | Champagne Bay (Espirito Santo) | Port Vila | Isle Of Pines | Noumea | Brisbane | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£11749pp
Cruise Only£7129pp
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