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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.

London (Tower Bridge) to Copenhagen
  20 July 2020
  Silver Wind
  12 nights
  Europe

Suites selling fast!

Cruise & Fly
£5889pp
Cruise Only
£5499pp
Gems of the Irish Sea & Hebrides
  23 July 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  15 nights
  United Kingdom

Cruise Only
£6169pp
Adriatic & Greek Glories
  25 July 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 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
£3039pp
Cruise Only
£2559pp
Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage
  31 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
£5639pp
Cruise Only
£5219pp
Greek Isles & Ephesus
  01 August 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
Copenhagen to London
  01 August 2020
  Silver Wind
  12 nights
  Europe

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Cruise & Fly
£5299pp
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Pireaus to Venice
  02 August 2020
  Silver Shadow
  12 nights
  Mediterranean

SAIL EVENT | Exclusive fly-cruise pricing too good to miss!

Cruise & Fly
£4799pp
Cruise Only
£5319pp
Barcelona to Monte Carlo
  03 August 2020
  Silver Whisper
  7 nights
  Europe

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

Cruise & Fly
£3649pp
Cruise Only
£3269pp
Mediterranean - Roundtrip Barcelona
  03 August 2020
  Silver Whisper
  36 nights
  Europe

Grand Voyage | Enjoy $2,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple

Cruise & Fly
£17859pp
Cruise Only
£17479pp
Churchill( Manitoba) to Kangerlussuaq
  05 August 2020
  Silver Cloud
  16 nights
  Polar Regions

Suites selling fast!

Cruise & Fly
£15959pp
Cruise Only
£15239pp
Monte Carlo to Venice
  10 August 2020
  Silver Whisper
  9 nights
  Europe

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Cruise & Fly
£4649pp
Cruise Only
£4269pp
Roundtrip Venice
  14 August 2020
  Silver Shadow
  7 nights
  Mediterranean

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

Cruise & Fly
£3559pp
Cruise Only
£3179pp
Galapagos Outer Loop
  16 August 2020
  Celebrity Flora
  7 nights
  South America

New Ship Expedition Cruise | Includes all suite accommodation, FREE drinks, FREE pre-paid gratuities, FREE unlimited Wi-Fi and more! Call us for more details more

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Venice to Athens
  19 August 2020
  Silver Whisper
  9 nights
  Mediterranean

Popular itinerary not too be missed!

Cruise & Fly
£4459pp
Cruise Only
£4079pp
Venice to Civitevichia
  21 August 2020
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Mediterranean

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

Cruise & Fly
£4399pp
Cruise Only
£4029pp
Athens to Barcelona
  28 August 2020
  Silver Whisper
  11 nights
  Europe

Cruise & Fly
£4869pp
Cruise Only
£4869pp
Canadian Maritimes & New England
  31 August 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  11 nights
  North America

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
£4269pp
Cruise Only
£4269pp
Wild Alaska & British Columbia
  03 September 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  16 nights
  Alaska

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

Cruise & Fly
£11699pp
Galapagos Inner Loop
  06 September 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

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New England & Canadian Maritimes
  11 September 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  11 nights
  North America

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
£5419pp
Cruise Only
£5399pp
Galapagos Outer Loop
  13 September 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

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Lisbon to Barcelona
  13 September 2020
  Silver Shadow
  11 nights
  Europe

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

Cruise & Fly
£4199pp
Cruise Only
£4199pp
West Coast USA Adventure
  17 September 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  11 nights
  North America

Includes flights, overseas transfers and a 1 night pre-cruise hotel stay in Vancouver. Receive FREE door-to-door private UK transfers.

Cruise & Fly
£8269pp
Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage
  18 September 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
£5379pp
Cruise Only
£5219pp
Barcelona to Civitevichia
  24 September 2020
  Silver Shadow
  7 nights
  Europe

Top ten | Fly-cruise special not to be missed!

Cruise & Fly
£2959pp
Cruise Only
£2989pp
New York to Montreal
  24 September 2020
  Silver Whisper
  11 nights
  North America

EXCLUSIVE OFFER |

Cruise & Fly
£7289pp
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Baja to Costa Rica : Whales & Wilderness
  26 September 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  15 nights
  Mexico

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

Cruise & Fly
£10089pp
Greek Isles & Ephesus
  26 September 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
Montreal to New York City
  26 September 2020
  Seven Seas Navigator
  12 nights
  North America

Receive up to 72 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
£7729pp
Cruise Only
£7019pp
Seward to Vancouver
  26 September 2020
  Silver Cloud
  12 nights
  Alaska

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

Cruise & Fly
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Cruise Only
£9499pp
Civitevichia to Athens
  01 October 2020
  Silver Shadow
  11 nights
  Mediterranean

Sale now on | Includes Business Class flights and overseas transfers PLUS prices include an ADDITIONAL £200 bonus saving per suite.

Cruise & Fly
£5119pp
Cruise Only
£5119pp
Fjords & America's Gold Coast
  02 October 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  12 nights
  North America

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
£3999pp
Cruise Only
£3799pp
Heritage Of The Americas
  02 October 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  33 nights
  Canaries

Sale now on | FREE upgrade from an Oceanview to a Veranda Suite. Receive $800 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive an additional $1,200 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£9749pp
Cruise Only
£9499pp
Aegean & Turkish Treasures
  03 October 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Cruise & Fly
£2999pp
Cruise Only
£3129pp
Aegean & Italian Isles
  03 October 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive $300 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 600-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive an additional $1,700 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£5499pp
Cruise Only
£5029pp
Canadian Maritimes & New England
  04 October 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  11 nights
  North America

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
£5029pp
Cruise Only
£5029pp
Montreal to New York
  05 October 2020
  Silver Whisper
  10 nights
  North America

prices too good to miss

Cruise & Fly
£5719pp
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Vancouver to San Diego, California
  08 October 2020
  Silver Cloud
  9 nights
  North America

SAIL EVENT | Hurry - Suites selling fast

Cruise & Fly
£4239pp
Cruise Only
£4869pp
Greek & Italian Isles Odyssey
  10 October 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | PLUS receive $300 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive an additional $1,400 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£3129pp
Cruise Only
£2649pp
Aegean & Italian Autumn
  10 October 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Europe

Sale now on | Receive $600 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 300-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive an additional $1,400 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£4739pp
Cruise Only
£4269pp
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