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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 08082026105 today, and secure your ideal small ship cruise escape.

41 Aegean & Turkish Treasures
13 June 2020 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Ermoupolis, Nisos Syros, Greece | Rhodes | Fethiye, Turkey | Bodrum, Turkey | Santorini, Greece | Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £3329pp
Cruise Only £3129pp
42 Baltra to San Cristobal
13 June 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 £6599pp
Cruise Only £6599pp
43 Galapagos Inner Loop
14 June 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 £8979pp
Cruise Only £7949pp
44 Venice to Bracelona
18 June 2020 - 10 nights

Venice | Zadar | Split | Dubrovnik | Valletta | Siracusa | Sorrento | Olbia (Italy) | Porto Mahon | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £5499pp
Cruise Only £5499pp
45 Reykjavik to London
18 June 2020 - 15 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Honningsvag, Norway | Hammerfest | Tromso | Narvik, Norway | Flam, Norway | Gudvangen | Bergen, Norway | Kristiansund | London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) more

Fly Cruise £6549pp
Cruise Only £6549pp
46 Greece & Dalmatian Delights
20 June 2020 - 7 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Monemvasia | Katakolon (Olympia) | Nydri, Nisos Lefkda, Greece | Brindisi | Dubrovnik | Zadar | Venice more

Fly Cruise £3599pp
Cruise Only £3129pp
47 Gems Of The Venetian Empire
20 June 2020 - 14 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Monemvasia | Katakolon (Olympia) | Nydri, Nisos Lefkda, Greece | Brindisi | Dubrovnik | Zadar | Venice | Vodice | Kotor | Kerkira, Corfu, Greece | Sami, Cephalonia, Greece | Pylos, Greece | Milos, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £5029pp
Cruise Only £4559pp
48 Longyearbyen to Tromsø
21 June 2020 - 9 nights

Longyearbyen (Norway) | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Tromso more

Fly Cruise £14529pp
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49 Icelandic Summer
23 June 2020 - 15 nights

Reykjavik | Patreksfjorour, Iceland | Akureyri, Iceland | Siglufjordur, Iceland | Tromso | Honningsvag, Norway | Storstappen Island, Norway | Alta | Sortland, Norway | Bodo | Skagafjorour, Iceland | Stykkishólmur, Iceland | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise Call
Cruise Only £5219pp
50 Reykjavik to Copenhagen
30 June 2020 - 28 nights

Reykjavik | Torshavn | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Invergordon, Scotland | Edinburgh (Rosyth) | Newcastle, UK | London (Tilbury), UK | Paris (Le Havre) | St Peter Port | Cork | Holyhead | Belfast | Dublin | Fishguard | Antwerp | Rotterdam | Kiel Canal | Berlin (Rostock) | Stockholm | Helsinki | St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg | Tallinn | Copenhagen, Denmark more

Fly Cruise £12319pp
Cruise Only £11939pp
51 Tromso to Longyeabyen
30 June 2020 - 9 nights

Tromso | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Oslo, Norway more

Fly Cruise £6649pp
Cruise Only £6649pp
52 London (Greenwich) to London (Greenwich)
03 July 2020 - 15 nights

London (Greenwich) | Fowey, U.K | St Mary's | Waterford | Dublin | Dublin | Belfast | Glasgow | Oban, UK | Holyhead | Fishguard, Wales, United Kingdom | Falmouth, England | Portland, Maine | London (Greenwich) | London (Greenwich) more

Fly Cruise £5189pp
Cruise Only £5189pp
53 Reykjavik to London
08 July 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri, Iceland | Eskifjordur, Iceland | Torshavn | Shetland Islands (Lerwick) | Kirkwall, Orkney Isles | Invergordon, Scotland | Edinburgh | Edinburgh | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise £4949pp
Cruise Only £4949pp
54 Longyearbyen to Reykjavik
09 July 2020 - 11 nights

Oslo, Norway | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Jan Mayen | Akureyri, Iceland | Vigur | Dyjandi | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise £6579pp
Cruise Only £6579pp
55 Arctic Islands: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
12 July 2020 - 14 nights

Oslo, Norway | Longyearbyen (Norway) | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Reykjavik

Fly Cruise £11099pp
56 Dubrovnik To Venice
12 July 2020 - 7 nights

Dubrovnik | Kotor | Split | Split | Zadar | Opatija | Piran, Slovenia | Venice | Venice more

Fly Cruise £6129pp
Cruise Only £5339pp
57 Adriatic Idyll
14 July 2020 - 11 nights

Venice | Rovinj | Vathi, Nisos Ithaki (Ithaca), Greece | Kerkira, Corfu, Greece | Brindisi | Kotor | Dubrovnik | Vodice | Koper, Slovenia | Venice more

Fly Cruise £3719pp
Cruise Only £4269pp
58 Dublin to Copenhagen
14 July 2020 - 14 nights

Dublin | Fishguard | Antwerp | Rotterdam | Kiel Canal | Berlin (Rostock) | Stockholm | Helsinki | St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg | Tallinn | Copenhagen, Denmark more

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

Vancouver | Ketchikan | Sitka | Cruising Yakutat Bay | Inian Islands, Alaska | Haines | Cruising Lynn Canal | Juneau | Cruising Stephens Passage | Wrangell | Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK, United States | Cruising Behm Canal | Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada | Scenic Cruising Whale Channel | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise £5559pp
Cruise Only £5219pp
60 London (Greenwich) to Lisbon
18 July 2020 - 9 nights

London (Greenwich) | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | La Coruna | Leixoes | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise £3079pp
Cruise Only £3079pp
61 Reykjavik to Churchill,Manitoba
20 July 2020 - 16 nights

Reykjavik | Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland | Aapilattoq, Greenland | Qaqortoq | Hvalsey | Qassiarsuk | Itilleq | Nuuk, Godthab, Greenland | Iqaluit | Lady Franklin Island | Monumental Island | Lower Savage Islands | Akpatok Island | Cape Dorset | Churchill | Churchill more

Fly Cruise £11199pp
Cruise Only £11199pp
62 London (Tower Bridge) to Copenhagen
20 July 2020 - 12 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK | Kiel Canal | Riga | St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg | St. Petersburg | Tallinn | Stockholm | Copenhagen, Denmark more

Fly Cruise £5239pp
Cruise Only £5239pp
63 Gems of the Irish Sea & Hebrides
23 July 2020 - 15 nights

Southampton | Portland (Dorset) | Bantry | Foynes, Ireland | Galway | Donegal (Killybegs), Ireland | Staffa, Scotland | Tobermory | Rothesay, Isle Of Bute | Belfast | Waterford | St. Mary's, Isles Of Scilly | Southampton more

Cruise Only £7399pp
64 Adriatic & Greek Glories
25 July 2020 - 7 nights

Venice | Sibenik | Kotor | Corfu | Sami, Cephalonia, Greece | Pylos, Greece | Milos, Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £3219pp
Cruise Only £2559pp
65 Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage
31 July 2020 - 14 nights

Vancouver | Ketchikan | Sitka | Cruising Yakutat Bay | Inian Islands, Alaska | Icy Strait Point | Haines | Cruising Lynn Canal | Juneau | Cruising Stephens Passage | Wrangell | Cruising Stikine Strait | Cruising Behm Canal | Rudyerd Bay (Misty Fjords), AK, United States | Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada | Scenic Cruising Whale Channel | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise £5629pp
Cruise Only £5219pp
66 Greek Isles & Ephesus
01 August 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise £2939pp
Cruise Only £2849pp
67 Aegean Odyssey
01 August 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) | Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £5219pp
Cruise Only £4749pp
68 Copenhagen to London
01 August 2020 - 12 nights

Copenhagen, Denmark | Oslo, Norway | Oslo, Norway | Alesund | Trondheim, Norway | Andalsnes | Olden | Eidfjord | Bergen, Norway | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise £5089pp
Cruise Only Call
69 Pireaus to Venice
02 August 2020 - 12 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kusadasi | Mykonos | Corfu | Kotor | Dubrovnik | Split | Venice | Venice more

Fly Cruise £4799pp
Cruise Only £5199pp
70 Barcelona to Monte Carlo
03 August 2020 - 7 nights

Barcelona | Sardinia (Alghero) | Marseille, France | Saint-Tropez, France | Calvi (Corsica), France | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Monte Carlo more

Fly Cruise £3329pp
Cruise Only £3329pp
71 Mediterranean - Roundtrip Barcelona
03 August 2020 - 36 nights

Barcelona | Sardinia (Alghero) | Marseille, France | Saint-Tropez, France | Calvi (Corsica), France | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Monte Carlo | Portofino | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Sorrento | Sorrento | Siracusa | Dubrovnik | Split | Venice | Venice | Rab | Sibenik | Kotor | Santorini, Greece | Rhodes | Rethymnon | Athens (Piraeus) | Mykonos | Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey | Patmos, Greece | Giardini Naxos, Sicily | Valletta | Valletta | Gozo | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £17859pp
Cruise Only £17859pp
72 Churchill( Manitoba) to Kangerlussuaq
05 August 2020 - 16 nights

Churchill | Churchill | Cape Dorset | Lower Savage Islands | Monumental Island | Lady Franklin Island | Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada | Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada | Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada | Qeqertarsuaq, Godhavn, Greenland | Illiulissat | Sissimiut | Nuuk, Godthab, Greenland | Evighedsfjord | Kangaamiut, Greenland | Kangerlussuaq more

Fly Cruise £12139pp
Cruise Only £12139pp
73 Baltra to San Cristobal
08 August 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 £8199pp
Cruise Only £8199pp
74 Monte Carlo to Venice
10 August 2020 - 9 nights

Monte Carlo | Portofino | Rome (Civitavecchia) | Sorrento | Sorrento | Siracusa | Dubrovnik | Split | Venice more

Fly Cruise £4869pp
Cruise Only £4869pp
75 Roundtrip Venice
14 August 2020 - 7 nights

Venice | Rab | Split | Kotor | Corfu | Dubrovnik | Hvar | Venice more

Fly Cruise £3499pp
Cruise Only £3499pp
76 Galapagos Outer Loop
16 August 2020 - 7 nights

Baltra (Galapagos) | Daphne Island (Galapagos) | Gardner Bay (Espanola) | Punta Suarez (Espanola) | Cormorant Point (Floreana) | Post Office | Moreno Point (Isabella) | Urvina Bay (Isabela) | Espinoza Point (Fernandina) | Vicente Roca Point | South Plaza (Santa Cruz) | Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly Cruise £7249pp
Cruise Only £5969pp
77 Venice to Athens
19 August 2020 - 9 nights

Venice | Venice | Rab | Sibenik | Kotor | Santorini, Greece | Rhodes | Rethymnon | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £3979pp
Cruise Only £3979pp
78 Venice to Civitevichia
21 August 2020 - 10 nights

Venice | Rijeka, Croatia | Hvar | Kotor | Valletta | Siracusa | Sorrento | Sorrento | Olbia (Italy) | Rome (Civitavecchia) more

Fly Cruise £3979pp
Cruise Only £3979pp
79 Athens to Barcelona
28 August 2020 - 11 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Mykonos | Kusadasi | Patmos, Greece | Giardini Naxos, Sicily | Valletta | Valletta | Gozo | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £4869pp
Cruise Only £4869pp
80 Canadian Maritimes & New England
31 August 2020 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Quebec City | Saguenay, Quebec | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec | Sydney, Canada | Portland, Maine | Cape Cod / Provincetown, Massachusetts | Boston, Massachusetts more

Fly Cruise £4799pp
Cruise Only £4369pp
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