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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
£5579pp
Cruise Only
£3979pp
CONCIERGE RECOMMENDS
Civitavecchia (Rome) to Athens
  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
Aegean & Turkish Treasures
  16 May 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£3599pp
Cruise Only
£3129pp
Baltra to San Cristobal
  16 May 2020
  Silver Galapagos
  7 nights
  South America

BONUS SAVINGS | Save up to £2,000 per couple! Includes flights, overseas transfers and a two-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Quito

Cruise & Fly
£6269pp
Cruise Only
£6269pp
Greece & Dalmatian Delights
  23 May 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£3799pp
Cruise Only
£3319pp
Iceland, British Isles & Iberian Gems
  25 May 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  29 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive $500 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 600-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive an additional $2,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£9019pp
Cruise Only
£8549pp
Iberian Gems & France
  25 May 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  14 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive $500 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive an additional $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£4269pp
Cruise Only
£3799pp
Amsterdam to London
  25 May 2020
  Silver Whisper
  12 nights
  United Kingdom

Bonus savings | Includes savings of up to £300 per couple

Cruise & Fly
£5029pp
Cruise Only
£4299pp
London(Tower Bridge) to Stockholm
  25 May 2020
  Silver Wind
  14 nights
  Europe

Last chance to book!

Cruise & Fly
£6269pp
Cruise Only
£6269pp
Great Seafaring Nations
  29 May 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  12 nights
  Europe

LIMITED SUITES LEFT | Includes flights and overseas transfers

Cruise & Fly
£6369pp
Adriatic & Greek Glories
  30 May 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£3319pp
Cruise Only
£2849pp
Baltra to San Cristobal
  30 May 2020
  Silver Galapagos
  7 nights
  South America

Bonus savings | Includes bonus savings of up to £300 per couple.

Cruise & Fly
£6299pp
Cruise Only
£5459pp
Alaska Inside Passage & Glacier Sojourn
  31 May 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  12 nights
  Alaska

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

Cruise & Fly
£3989pp
Cruise Only
£3989pp
Greek Isles & Ephesus
  06 June 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£3599pp
Cruise Only
£3129pp
Aegean Odyssey
  06 June 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Europe

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

Cruise & Fly
£6169pp
Cruise Only
£5699pp
San Cristobal to Baltra
  06 June 2020
  Silver Galapagos
  7 nights
  South America

Bonus savings | Includes bonus savings of up to £300 per couple.

Cruise & Fly
£6599pp
Cruise Only
£6599pp
Atlantic Isles Quest
  08 June 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  30 nights
  United Kingdom

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

Cruise & Fly
£9019pp
Cruise Only
£8549pp
Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
  10 June 2020
  Silver Cloud
  11 nights
  Polar Regions

Suites selling fast!

Cruise & Fly
£8639pp
Cruise Only
£7929pp
Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage
  12 June 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  14 nights
  Alaska

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package.

Cruise & Fly
£5929pp
Cruise Only
£5699pp
Aegean & Turkish Treasures
  13 June 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£3599pp
Cruise Only
£3129pp
Baltra to San Cristobal
  13 June 2020
  Silver Galapagos
  7 nights
  South America

Bonus savings | Includes bonus savings of up to £300 per couple.

Cruise & Fly
£6599pp
Cruise Only
£6599pp
Galapagos Inner Loop
  14 June 2020
  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
£5899pp
Cruise Only
£4859pp
Venice to Bracelona
  18 June 2020
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Mediterranean

Sale now on | Suites selling fast!

Cruise & Fly
£5499pp
Cruise Only
£5499pp
Reykjavik to London
  18 June 2020
  Silver Whisper
  15 nights
  Scandinavia

Bonus savings | Includes savings of up to £300 per couple Includes Business Class flights and overseas transfers

Cruise & Fly
£6549pp
Cruise Only
£6549pp
Greece & Dalmatian Delights
  20 June 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£3129pp
Cruise Only
£2659pp
Longyearbyen to Tromsø
  21 June 2020
  Silver Cloud
  9 nights
  Polar Regions

Bonus Savings | Save up to £3,000 per couple! | Expedition voyage not too be missed!Includes flights, overseas transfers and a one-night pre-and-post-cruise hotel stay in Oslo! more

Cruise & Fly
£14529pp
Cruise Only
£14529pp
Icelandic Summer
  23 June 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  15 nights
  Polar Regions

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£5219pp
Cruise Only
£4749pp
Adriatic & Greek Glories
  27 June 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£3599pp
Cruise Only
£3129pp
Reykjavik to Copenhagen
  30 June 2020
  Seven Seas Navigator
  28 nights
  United Kingdom

Receive up to 111 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
£12319pp
Cruise Only
£11939pp
Tromso to Longyeabyen
  30 June 2020
  Silver Cloud
  9 nights
  Scandinavia

Bonus savings | Includes bonus savings of up to £3,000 per couple. Includes flights, overseas transfers, 1 night pre-cruise and 1-night post-cruise hotel stay more

Cruise & Fly
£6649pp
Cruise Only
£6649pp
London (Greenwich) to London (Greenwich)
  03 July 2020
  Silver Whisper
  15 nights
  United Kingdom

Bonus savings | Includes bonus savings of up to £500 per couple

Cruise & Fly
£5649pp
Cruise Only
£5649pp
Reykjavik to London
  08 July 2020
  Silver Wind
  12 nights
  Scandinavia

Bonus savings | Includes bonus savings of up to £500 per couple

Cruise & Fly
£5739pp
Cruise Only
£5359pp
Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
  09 July 2020
  Silver Cloud
  11 nights
  Polar Regions

Includes flights, overseas transfers, 1 night pre-cruise and 1-night post-cruise hotel stay

Cruise & Fly
£10259pp
Cruise Only
£9539pp
Arctic Islands: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
  12 July 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  14 nights
  Scandinavia

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

Cruise & Fly
£11099pp
Dubrovnik To Venice
  12 July 2020
  Crystal Esprit
  7 nights
  Europe

NEW ITINERARY

Cruise & Fly
£6129pp
Cruise Only
£5339pp
Adriatic Idyll
  14 July 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  11 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive $300 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive an additional $700 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£4559pp
Cruise Only
£4079pp
Dublin to Copenhagen
  14 July 2020
  Seven Seas Navigator
  14 nights
  United Kingdom

POPULAR SAILING

Cruise & Fly
£6459pp
Cruise Only
£6159pp
Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage
  17 July 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  14 nights
  Alaska

Sale now on | Receive a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $2,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£5389pp
Cruise Only
£5219pp
London (Greenwich) to Lisbon
  18 July 2020
  Silver Whisper
  9 nights
  Europe

Prices too good to miss!

Cruise & Fly
£3889pp
Cruise Only
£3499pp
Reykjavik to Churchill,Manitoba
  20 July 2020
  Silver Cloud
  16 nights
  Polar Regions

Bonus savings | Includes bonus savings of up to £500 per couple

Cruise & Fly
£14959pp
Cruise Only
£14249pp
Prices are subject to change and availability. Prices may vary depending on airport selected.

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