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 Reykjavik To Montreal
05 September 2019 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | ST. JOHN'S, CANADA | St Pierre | Corner Brook | Havere St.Pierre | Sept Iles | Saguenay | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4949pp
Cruise Only£5719pp
2 Ultimate Alaska Inside Passage
14 September 2019 - 12 nights

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Ketchikan, Alaska, USA | Sitka, Alaska | Inian Islands, Alaska | Icy Strait Point | Juneau, Alaska | Wrangell | Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK, United States | Prince Rupert | Klemtu, British Columbia, Canada | Alert Bay, Canada | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada more

Fly Cruise£4579pp
Cruise Only£4069pp
3 Venice to Rome
22 September 2019 - 11 nights

Venice | Venice | Opatija, Croatia | Zadar | Korcula | Kotor | Brindisi | Valletta | Palermo | Naples (Capri), Italy | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£6689pp
Cruise Only£6689pp
4 Grecian Yatching Gems
22 September 2019 - 7 nights

Dubrovnik | Kotor | Corfu | Parga, Greece | Nydri, Nisos Lefkda, Greece | Corinth Canal, Greece | Hydra, Greece | Navplion, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£7489pp
5 London to New York
26 September 2019 - 15 nights

London (Greenwich) | Falmouth, England | Cobh | ST. JOHN'S, CANADA | St Pierre | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Boston, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts | New York more

Fly Cruise£12689pp
Cruise OnlyCall
6 San Cristobal to Baltra
28 September 2019 - 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 | Post Office | Islote Campéon, Floreana, Ecuador | Punta Cormorant | Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) | Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly Cruise£7469pp
Cruise Only£7469pp
7 Canada & New England - New York to Montreal
28 September 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Saguenay River | Saguenay | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£5349pp
Cruise Only£6199pp
8 Greek Isles & Maltese Nights
04 October 2019 - 8 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Nafplion(Mycenae/Corinth) | Katakolon (Olympia) | Valletta | Mgarr (Victoria) | Trapani | Naples | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£2889pp
Cruise Only£2699pp
9 Pacific Gold Coast
08 October 2019 - 8 nights

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada | Seattle, Washington | Victoria, British Colombia | San Francisco, California, USA | Monterey, California | Santa Barbara | Los Angeles, California, USA more

Fly Cruise£2999pp
Cruise Only£2319pp
10 Montreal To New York, NY
08 October 2019 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Tadoussac | Iles De La Madeleine | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Saint John | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York | New York more

Fly Cruise£4649pp
Cruise Only£6689pp
11 Venice to Athens (Pireaus)
10 October 2019 - 7 nights

Venice | Venice | Split | Kotor | Corfu | Nafplion(Mycenae/Corinth) | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise£4259pp
Cruise Only£4259pp
12 New York to Montreal
11 October 2019 - 11 nights

New York | Newport | Boston, Massachusetts | Saint John | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4559pp
Cruise Only£5719pp
13 Florence & Spanish Splendours
12 October 2019 - 7 nights

Civitavecchia | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Ajaccio | Tolone | Palamos | Palma De Mallorca | Valencia | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£2899pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
14 Fort Lauderdale to Puntarenas
12 October 2019 - 17 nights

Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Dangriga, Belize | Guanaja Cay, Honduras | Josh's Cay , Graham's Place, Honduras | Roatan | Pigeon Cays, Honduras | Providencia Island | Cartagena, Colombia | San Blas Islands | Fuerte Amador | Darien Jungle | Quepos | Puntarenas, Costa Rica more

Fly Cruise£8139pp
Cruise Only£8139pp
15 Panama Canal Sojourn
16 October 2019 - 19 nights

Los Angeles, California, USA | Cabo San Lucas | Huatuclo | Puerto Chiapas | Puerto Quetzal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Colón | Cartagena, Colombia | Port Antonio | Miami more

Fly Cruise£5819pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
16 Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands II
19 October 2019 - 14 nights

Barcelona | Malaga | Tangier | Casablanca | Arrecife | San Sebastian, La Gomera | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Funchal, Madeira | Portimao | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£4849pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
17 Baltra to San Cristobal
19 October 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£8399pp
Cruise Only£8399pp
18 Canada & New England - New York to Montreal
19 October 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Boston, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Saint John | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Saguenay | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£3469pp
Cruise OnlyCall
19 Boston to Montreal
20 October 2019 - 9 nights

Boston, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Saint John | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Saguenay | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£3959pp
Cruise Only£3489pp
20 Montreal to New York
22 October 2019 - 10 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Saguenay River | Saguenay | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | Newport | New York more

Fly Cruise£4259pp
Cruise Only£5229pp
21 Atlantic Coast Harbors
25 October 2019 - 12 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Shelburne, Nova Scotia | New York | New York | Charleston, South Carolina, USA | Miami more

Fly Cruise£4189pp
Cruise Only£3579pp
22 New York to New York
25 October 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Newport | Boston, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | New York more

Fly Cruise£4869pp
Cruise OnlyCall
23 Puntarenas to Guayaquil
29 October 2019 - 11 nights

Punta Arenas, Chile | Curu National Park | Isla Tortugas | Puerto Quepos | Corcovado National Park | Golfo Dulce | Isla Del Coco | Isla De La Plata | Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador | Guayaquil more

Fly Cruise£6689pp
Cruise Only£6689pp
24 Canada & New England - Montreal to Charleston
29 October 2019 - 12 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York | New York | Charleston, South Carolina, USA | Charleston, South Carolina, USA more

Fly Cruise£5249pp
Cruise Only£5719pp
25 Montreal to New York
29 October 2019 - 9 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | Cape Cod | New York | New York more

Fly Cruise£3569pp
Cruise Only£3289pp
26 New York to San Juan
01 November 2019 - 10 nights

New York | Hamilton | Hamilton | St. John's, Antigua | Roseau | Gustavia | Roadtown | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£4399pp
Cruise OnlyCall
27 Atlantic Idyll
02 November 2019 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal, Madeira | Bridgetown | Roseau | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£4199pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
28 Galapagos Inner Loop
03 November 2019 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Daphne Island (Galapagos) | Egas Port | Rabida (Galapagos) | Elizabeth Bay | Tagus Cove (Isabella) | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | Bartolome Island | Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Puerto Baquerizo (Cristobal) | Punta Pitt (San Cristobal) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly Cruise£8799pp
Cruise Only£7799pp
29 Gems Of The Leeward Islands
04 November 2019 - 12 nights

Miami | San Juan | Gustavia | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Fort De France | St. John's | Basseterre | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Miami more

Fly Cruise£3729pp
Cruise Only£3099pp
30 New York to Miami
04 November 2019 - 15 nights

New York | St Georges, Bermuda | St Georges, Bermuda | Gustavia | St. John's | Castries | St. Georges, Grenada | Bonaire | Oranjestad | Santa Marta | Miami more

Fly Cruise£5699pp
Cruise Only£5299pp
31 Guayaquil to Valparaiso
09 November 2019 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£7659pp
Cruise Only£7659pp
32 Charleston to Bridgetown
10 November 2019 - 11 nights

Charleston, South Carolina, USA | San Juan | San Juan | Gustavia | Falmouth, Jamaica | Roseau | Castries | St. Georges, Grenada | Port Of Spain | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£4699pp
Cruise OnlyCall
33 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
11 November 2019 - 11 nights

San Juan | St Thomas, UK | Gustavia | St. John's, Antigua | Fort De France | Roseau | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | Key West | Fort Lauderdale, Florida more

Fly Cruise£3419pp
Cruise Only£3419pp
34 Gems Of The Leeward Islands
16 November 2019 - 12 nights

Miami | San Juan | Gustavia | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Fort De France | St. John's | Basseterre | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Miami more

Fly Cruise£3299pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
35 Galapagos Inner Loop
17 November 2019 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Daphne Island (Galapagos) | Egas Port | Rabida (Galapagos) | Elizabeth Bay | Tagus Cove (Isabella) | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | Bartolome Island | Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Puerto Baquerizo (Cristobal) | Punta Pitt (San Cristobal) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly Cruise£8219pp
Cruise Only£7239pp
36 Treasures Of The Inca Coast
19 November 2019 - 9 nights

Callao, Peru | Islas Ballestas | Pisco (San Martin) | Punta Islay, Peru | Arequipa Matarani | Arica, Chile | Iquique | Antofagasta | Isla Pan De Azucar | Santiago (San Antonio) more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3199pp
37 Round - trip Dubai
19 November 2019 - 10 nights

Dubai | Khasab, Oman | Muscat | Muscat | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi | Doha | Doha | Sir Bani Yas, United Arab Emirates | Dubai more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£8839pp
38 Bridgetown to San Juan
21 November 2019 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Bridgetown | St. Georges, Grenada | Bequia | Fort De France | Roseau | Falmouth, Jamaica | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Gustavia | Roadtown | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£3419pp
Cruise OnlyCall
39 Fort Lauderdale round-trip
22 November 2019 - 14 nights

Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Santiago De Cuba | Santiago De Cuba | Cienfuegos, Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Havana (La Habana), Cuba | Cozumel | Belize City | Key West | Fort Lauderdale, Florida more

Fly Cruise£5149pp
Cruise Only£6499pp
40 Fort Lauderdale to Barbados
22 November 2019 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Grand Turk | San Juan | San Juan | Basseterre | Les Saintes, Guadeloupe | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£3149pp
Cruise Only£3289pp
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