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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.

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 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.

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

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 Bali to Sydney
08 February 2020 - 20 nights

Bali | Timor Sea | Exmouth | Geraldton, Australia | Fremantle | Esperance, Australia | Adelaide, Australia | Kangaroo Island, Australia | Portland, Australia | Melbourne | Melbourne | Phillip Island | Burnie (Tasmania), Australia | Eden, NSW, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise £9499pp
Cruise Only £8449pp
2 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
08 February 2020 - 10 nights

Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia

Fly Cruise £15769pp
Cruise Only £15769pp
3 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
15 February 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John's, Antigua And Barbuda | St Kitts | St. Maarten more

Fly Cruise £3769pp
Cruise Only £2559pp
4 Baltra to San Cristobal
22 February 2020 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Isla Daphne Grande | Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Ecuador | El Barranco (Genovesa) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | Rabida (Galapagos) | El Eden, Santa Cruz | 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 £7129pp
Cruise Only £7129pp
5 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
23 February 2020 - 21 nights

San Antinio, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro (Chiloe Island) | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Port Stanley | Montevideo | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise £9299pp
Cruise Only £8219pp
6 Ushuaia - Cape Town
28 February 2020 - 21 nights

Ushuaia | New Island | Westpoint Island | Port Stanley | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Tristan Da Cunha | Nightingale Island | Gough Island, St Helena | Cape Town | Cape Town more

Fly Cruise £9399pp
Cruise Only £9399pp
7 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
29 February 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John's, Antigua And Barbuda | St Kitts | St. Maarten more

Fly Cruise £2999pp
Cruise Only £2559pp
8 Seychelles Yachting Serenede
29 February 2020 - 7 nights

Mahe | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | Praslin Island | Praslin Island | Praslin Island | Praslin Island | La Passe, La Digue, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Laraie Bay, Curieuse Island, Seychelles | Aride, Seychelles | Big Sister Island, Seychelles | Mahe | Mahe | Mahe more

Fly Cruise £5549pp
Cruise Only £4219pp
9 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
07 March 2020 - 7 nights

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 £3499pp
Cruise Only £2559pp
10 Auckland to Papeete
13 March 2020 - 15 nights

Auckland | Bay Of Islands | Norfolk Island, Australia | Noumea | Noumea | Lautoka | Suva | Apia | Pago Pago | Bora Bora | Moorea , French Polynesia | Papeete | Papeete more

Fly Cruise £8469pp
Cruise Only £6699pp
11 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
14 March 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John's, Antigua And Barbuda | St Kitts | St. Maarten more

Fly Cruise £3499pp
Cruise Only £2559pp
12 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
14 March 2020 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John's, Antigua And Barbuda | St Kitts | 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 £5039pp
Cruise Only £4749pp
13 Amazon & Caribbean Sunsets
15 March 2020 - 36 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Brazil | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Armacao Dos Búzios, Brazil | Recife | Natal | Santarem | Manaus | Manaus | Manaus | Boca Dos Botos | Parintins | Santarem | Guajara, Barzil | Devil's Island | Bridgetown | Fort De France | St Kitts | Jost Van Dyke Bay | San Juan | Miami more

Fly Cruise Call
Cruise Only £8829pp
14 Brazil & The Amazon
15 March 2020 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Brazil | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Armacao Dos Búzios, Brazil | Recife | Natal | Santarem | Manaus | Manaus more

Fly Cruise £6629pp
Cruise Only £5029pp
15 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
21 March 2020 - 7 nights

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 £3499pp
Cruise Only £2559pp
16 World Cruise: Asian Arc & Australia
22 March 2020 - 38 nights

Singapore | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | Ko Kood, Thailand | Sihanoukville | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Manila | Manila | Puerto Princesa, Philippines | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) | Komodo Island | Darwin | Cairns | Cairns | Townsville | Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise £13389pp
Cruise Only £13299pp
17 Jewels Of The South China Sea
22 March 2020 - 12 nights

Singapore | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | Ko Kood, Thailand | Sihanoukville | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Hong Kong | Hong Kong more

Fly Cruise £4739pp
Cruise Only £4739pp
18 Asian Arc
22 March 2020 - 15 nights

Singapore | Bangkok (Laem Chabang) | Ko Kood, Thailand | Sihanoukville | Ho Chi Minh City | Ho Chi Minh City | Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Manila | Manila more

Fly Cruise £6039pp
Cruise Only £4749pp
19 Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 13 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Funchal, Madeira | Funchal, Madeira | Lisbon | Lisbon

Fly Cruise £3459pp
Cruise Only £3459pp
20 Bridgetown to Fort Lauderdale
27 March 2020 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Castries | Saint George | Scarborough, Tobago | Bequia | Fort De France | Gustavia | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise £3849pp
Cruise Only Call
21 Atlantic Memories
28 March 2020 - 11 nights

Bridgetown | Funchal, Madeira | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon

Fly Cruise £2929pp
Cruise Only £2559pp
22 Beyond the Blue Lagoon
28 March 2020 - 10 nights

Papeete | Papeete | Moorea , French Polynesia | Fakarava | Nuku Hiva | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Papeete more

Fly Cruise £5779pp
Cruise Only £5039pp
23 Baltra to San Cristobal
04 April 2020 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Isla Daphne Grande | Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Ecuador | El Barranco (Genovesa) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | Rabida (Galapagos) | El Eden, Santa Cruz | 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 £7359pp
Cruise Only £7359pp
24 Transatlantic Explorer
05 April 2020 - 20 nights

Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Ilhabela | Rio De Janeiro | Salvador De Bahia | Cape Verde Islands | Cape Verde Islands | Funchal, Madeira | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise £9469pp
25 Queensland Coast
06 April 2020 - 23 nights

Manila | Puerto Princesa, Philippines | Bali (Benoa) | Bali (Benoa) | Komodo Island | Darwin | Cairns | Cairns | Townsville | Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise £8069pp
Cruise Only £7119pp
26 Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona
06 April 2020 - 16 nights

Ft. Lauderdale | Funchal, Madeira | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Gibraltar | Malaga | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £4699pp
Cruise Only £4699pp
27 Papeete to Lima (Callao)
07 April 2020 - 18 nights

Papeete | Papeete | Moorea , French Polynesia | Raiatea | Bora Bora | Rangiroa | Fakarava | Easter Island | Easter Island | Lima | Lima more

Fly Cruise £6699pp
Cruise Only £4999pp
28 Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands I
08 April 2020 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal, Madeira | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Santa Cruz De Tenerife | Puerto De La Estaca, El Hierro, Canarias, Spain | Las Palmas De Gran Canaria | Arrecife | Puerto Del Rosario, Fuerteventura, Spain | Casablanca | Tangier | Malaga | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £3619pp
Cruise Only £4269pp
29 Baltra to San Cristobal
18 April 2020 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Isla Daphne Grande | Bahia Darwin, Genovesa, Ecuador | El Barranco (Genovesa) | North Seymour (Galapagos) | Sullivan Bay (Santiago) | Rabida (Galapagos) | El Eden, Santa Cruz | 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 £8119pp
Cruise Only £8119pp
30 Rivieras & Rome
22 April 2020 - 7 nights

Barcelona | Palamos, Spain | Sete | Monte Carlo | Provence (Toulon) | Ajaccio, Corsica | Livorno | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise £2849pp
Cruise Only £2369pp
31 San Cristobal to Baltra
25 April 2020 - 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 | Floreana Island | 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 £7499pp
Cruise Only £7499pp
32 Mediterranean Odyssey
29 April 2020 - 10 nights

Civitavecchia | Bastia, Corsica, France | Ponza, Italy | Amalfi | Trapani | Mgarr (Victoria) | Valletta | Valletta | Thira (Santorini), Greece | Naousa, Nisos Paros, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £3229pp
Cruise Only £3699pp
33 Galapagos Inner Loop
03 May 2020 - 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 £8879pp
Cruise Only £7779pp
34 Barcelona to Venice
03 May 2020 - 11 nights

Barcelona | Marseille | Saint-Tropez, France | Livorno | Civitavecchia | Sorrento | Giardini Naxos, Sicily | Brindisi | Split, Croatia | Venice | Venice more

Fly Cruise £5219pp
Cruise Only £5219pp
35 Mediterranean Spring
05 May 2020 - 14 nights

Barcelona | Ibiza | Mahon | Provence (Toulon) | Monte Carlo | Ajaccio, Corsica | Portoferraraio | Civitavecchia | Livorno | Portofino | Bandol | Sete | Palamos, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £5219pp
Cruise Only £4749pp
36 Pearls Of The South Pacific
08 May 2020 - 21 nights

Suva | Savusavu, Vanua Levi, Fiji | Apia | Pago Pago | Fanning Island, Republic Of Kiribati | Kona | Honolulu | Honolulu | Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii, US | San Francisco, California | San Francisco, California more

Fly Cruise £12389pp
Cruise Only £7599pp
37 Greek Isles & Ephesus
09 May 2020 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Crete (Aghios Nikolaos) | Patmos, Greece | Kusadasi | Cesme | Mykonos | Skiathos, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £3789pp
Cruise Only £3319pp
38 Aegean Odyssey
09 May 2020 - 14 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Crete (Aghios Nikolaos) | Patmos, Greece | Kusadasi | Cesme | Mykonos | Skiathos, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) | Ermoupolis, Nisos Syros, Greece | Rhodes | Fethiye, Turkey | Bodrum, Turkey | Thira (Santorini), Greece | Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £6269pp
Cruise Only £5789pp
39 London round-trip
10 May 2020 - 12 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK | Falmouth, UK | Cobh | Foynes, Ireland | Galway | Killybegs | Belfast | Dublin | Dublin | Fishguard, United Kingdom | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Cruise Only £5889pp
40 Miami To Miami
11 May 2020 - 11 nights

Miami | Nassau | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | Royal Naval Dockyard, Bermuda | St George, Bermuda | Norfolk | Charleston | Charleston | Port Canaveral, Florida | Miami more

Fly Cruise £4629pp
Cruise Only £3839pp
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