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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 and their small ships:

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.

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

Seychelles Yachting Serenade

Cruise & Fly
WAS £6219pp
£5549pp
Cruise Only
£3839pp
Miami To Miami
  02 April 2021
  Seven Seas Navigator
  25 nights
  Caribbean

Receive up to 70 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
WAS £10769pp
£10229pp
Cruise Only
£9469pp
Incredible Iberian Discovery
  12 April 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  7 nights
  Europe

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

Cruise & Fly
£5699pp
Mediterranean Discovery
  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
Lisbon to London (Tower Bridge )
  05 May 2021
  Silver Cloud
  25 nights
  Europe

EXCLSUIVE FLY-CRUISE OFFER | Prices too good to miss!

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£12459pp
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Nice to Barcelona
  15 May 2021
  Silver Shadow
  9 nights
  Europe

Itinerary not too be missed!

Cruise & Fly
WAS £4499pp
£4269pp
Cruise Only
£3889pp
Miami to New York
  16 May 2021
  Seven Seas Navigator
  15 nights
  Caribbean

Up to 71 FREE shore excursions.

Cruise & Fly
WAS £4739pp
£4499pp
Cruise Only
£3659pp
Wonders of Iberia & Western Europe`
  21 May 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  12 nights
  Europe

Includes flights, overseas transfers and 1-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Barcelona.

Cruise & Fly
WAS £7379pp
£7269pp
Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage
  21 May 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Alaska

Cruise & Fly
WAS £7999pp
£7599pp
Cruise Only
WAS £6999pp
£6649pp
Northern European Gems
  24 May 2021
  Seabourn Quest
  14 nights
  Europe

Cruise & Fly
£6169pp
Cruise Only
£5699pp
Spanish & Moroccan Spring
  24 May 2021
  Seabourn Sojourn
  12 nights
  Caribbean

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Cruise & Fly
WAS £6299pp
£5979pp
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£5499pp
Rome to Barcelona
  28 May 2021
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Europe

Discover some of the most beautiful spots in Italy!

Cruise & Fly
£4839pp
Cruise Only
£4459pp
Barcelona to Athens
  07 June 2021
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Europe

Enjoy the Med!

Cruise & Fly
WAS £5599pp
£5399pp
Cruise Only
£5029pp
Otaru To Anchorage (Seward)
  12 June 2021
  Crystal Endeavor
  19 nights
  Alaska

Unique itinerary!

Cruise & Fly
£18799pp
Cruise Only
£14069pp
London (Tower Bridge) To Tromso
  14 June 2021
  Silver Cloud
  12 nights
  United Kingdom

Cruise & Fly
£6549pp
Cruise Only
£6169pp
Athens to Venice
  17 June 2021
  Silver Shadow
  12 nights
  Europe

Overnight in port in Istanbul!

Cruise & Fly
£5889pp
Cruise Only
£5499pp
Scenic Norway & Fjords
  19 June 2021
  Seabourn Sojourn
  14 nights
  Scandinavia

Cruise & Fly
WAS £7299pp
£6929pp
Cruise Only
£6459pp
Galapagos Outer Loop
  20 June 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
WAS £9169pp
£7079pp
Cruise Only
WAS £7919pp
£5949pp
Southampton to Reykjavik
  20 June 2021
  Silver Whisper
  14 nights
  Polar Regions

Amazing itinerary

Cruise & Fly
WAS £7199pp
£6839pp
Cruise Only
£6459pp
Tromso to Longyearbyen
  26 June 2021
  Silver Cloud
  10 nights
  Scandinavia

Cruise & Fly
£8929pp
Cruise Only
£8549pp
Galapagos Inner Loop
  27 June 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
WAS £9179pp
£6399pp
Cruise Only
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£5279pp
Expedition Alaska
  30 June 2021
  Crystal Endeavor
  12 nights
  Alaska

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Cruise & Fly
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Cruise Only
£8919pp
Reykjavik to Reykjavik
  04 July 2021
  Silver Whisper
  10 nights
  Polar Regions

Amazing itinerary!

Cruise & Fly
£5399pp
Cruise Only
£5029pp
Longyearbyen to Tromso
  06 July 2021
  Silver Cloud
  10 nights
  Scandinavia

Cruise & Fly
£8929pp
Cruise Only
£8549pp
Venice to Athens
  06 July 2021
  Silver Shadow
  7 nights
  Mediterranean

Suites selling fast!

Cruise & Fly
£3799pp
Cruise Only
£3419pp
Alaska & The Inside Passage - Roundtrip Vancouver
  12 July 2021
  Crystal Endeavor
  11 nights
  Alaska

Destination top pick | Limited Suites remaining!

Cruise & Fly
£11899pp
Cruise Only
£9379pp
Tromso to Reykjavik
  16 July 2021
  Silver Cloud
  13 nights
  Scandinavia

Cruise & Fly
£10539pp
Cruise Only
£10159pp
Iceland Discovery
  19 July 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  8 nights
  Polar Regions

BRAND NEW ITINERARY | Includes, flights, overseas transfers and FREE private door to door chauffeur transfers

Cruise & Fly
£5969pp
Tromso to Longyearbyen
  20 July 2021
  Silver Wind
  10 nights
  Scandinavia

Enjoy guided Zodiac land and sea tours and shoreside activities led by the expedition team.

Cruise & Fly
WAS £9899pp
£9499pp
Cruise Only
£8779pp
Gems Of The Irish Sea
  22 July 2021
  Seabourn Quest
  14 nights
  United Kingdom

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WAS £7999pp
£7599pp
Jewels Of The Northern Seas
  22 July 2021
  Seabourn Quest
  38 nights
  United Kingdom

Cruise & Fly
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Expedition Alaska
  23 July 2021
  Crystal Endeavor
  12 nights
  Alaska

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Cruise & Fly
£14199pp
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Ultimate Arctic & Iceland
  26 July 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  23 nights
  Polar Regions

BRAND NEW ITINERARY | Save up to 10% per couple | Includes, flights, overseas transfers and FREE private door to door chauffeur transfers

Cruise & Fly
£14399pp
Iceland Discovery
  27 July 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  8 nights
  Polar Regions

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

Cruise & Fly
£6299pp
Iceland Explorer - Reykjavik to Reykjavik
  27 July 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  9 nights
  Scandinavia

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Rome (Civitavecchia) to Venice
  27 July 2021
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Europe

Popular itinerary not too be missed!

Cruise & Fly
WAS £4499pp
£4369pp
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£3989pp
Reykjavik to Kangerlussuaq
  29 July 2021
  Silver Cloud
  10 nights
  Polar Regions

Unique itinerary

Cruise & Fly
£9589pp
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£9199pp
Arctic Islands
  03 August 2021
  Scenic Eclipse
  15 nights
  Polar Regions

Enjoy £500 per person Suite upgrade on select Arctic itineraries. Call us to find out more about EXCLUSIVE savings

Cruise & Fly
WAS £12539pp
£11899pp
Beyond The Aleutian isles
  04 August 2021
  Crystal Endeavor
  15 nights
  Alaska

Call to add on flights, private overseas transfers and luxury hotel stays

Cruise & Fly
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£11139pp
Route Of The Vikings
  05 August 2021
  Seabourn Quest
  24 nights
  North America

EXCLUSIVE OFFER! Fly-cruise special too good to miss

Cruise & Fly
WAS £11769pp
£9479pp
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£10919pp
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