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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.

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.

41 Emirates New Year's Eve
23 December 2019 - 11 nights

Dubai | Khasab | Muscat, Oman | Muscat, Oman | Doha | Sir Bani Yas Is | Dubai | Dubai | Dubai | Abu Dhabi | Abu Dhabi | Dubai more

Fly Cruise£9729pp
Cruise Only£6099pp
42 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
27 December 2019 - 22 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | Antarctic Peninsula | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Fly To UK | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£19199pp
43 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to San Juan
27 December 2019 - 9 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Grand Turk | Samana, Dominican Republic | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Castries | Charleston, South Carolina | Roadtown | San Juan more

Fly Cruise£4999pp
Cruise OnlyCall
44 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
28 December 2019 - 10 nights

San Juan | Roadtown | Gustavia | St John S, Antigua | Willemstad, Curacao | Oranjestad, Aruba | Saint George | Castries | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£5229pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
45 Papeete to Syndey
03 January 2020 - 20 nights

Papeete | Bora Bora | Pago Pago | Apia | Suva | Lautoka | Champagne Bay (Espirito Santo) | Port Vila | Isle Of Pines | Noumea | Brisbane | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£11749pp
Cruise Only£7129pp
46 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
04 January 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£3389pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
47 Atlantic & African Landfalls
04 January 2020 - 39 nights

Miami | Key West (Florida), United States | Cartagena, Colombia | Oranjestad, Aruba | Kralendijk, Bonaire | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Bridgetown | Mindelo | Dakar | Dakar | Banjul | Abidjan | Sekondi-Takoradi | Luanda | Walvis Bay | Walvis Bay | Luderitz, Namibia | Cape Town, South Africa | Cape Town, South Africa more

Fly Cruise£12349pp
Cruise Only£12349pp
48 Caribbean Gems In-Depth
11 January 2020 - 14 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£5719pp
Cruise Only£4839pp
49 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
11 January 2020 - 7 nights

Philipsburg, 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£2599pp
50 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
12 January 2020 - 21 nights

San Antonio, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Strait Of Magellan | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Port Stanley | Montevideo | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£8859pp
Cruise Only£8299pp
51 Fort Lauderdale,Florida to Fort Lauderdale,Florida
16 January 2020 - 7 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Key West (Florida), United States | Santo Tomas | Belize City (Belize) | Cozumel Quintana Roo Mexico | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States

Fly Cruise£2249pp
Cruise Only£1939pp
52 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
18 January 2020 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, 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£5329pp
Cruise Only£5329pp
53 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
18 January 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£3339pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
54 Galapagos Outer Loop
19 January 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£7629pp
Cruise Only£6539pp
55 Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to Fort Lauderdale
23 January 2020 - 11 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Clarence Town, Long Island Bahamas | San Juan | Gustavia | Little Bay, Montserrat | Philipsburg, St Maarten | St John US Virgin Islands | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£4499pp
Cruise OnlyCall
56 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
25 January 2020 - 7 nights

Philipsburg, 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£2599pp
57 Caribbean Gems In-Depth
25 January 2020 - 14 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£5999pp
Cruise Only£5129pp
58 Baltra to San Cristobal
25 January 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£6019pp
Cruise Only£6019pp
59 Galapagos Inner Loop
26 January 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£7599pp
Cruise Only£6529pp
60 Bridgetown round-trip
27 January 2020 - 12 nights

Bridgetown | Castries | Bequia | Willemstad, Curacao | Oranjestad, Aruba | Cartagena, Colombia | Cartagena, Colombia | Kralendijk, Bonaire | Saint George | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£4069pp
Cruise OnlyCall
61 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
01 February 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£3339pp
Cruise Only£2319pp
62 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
01 February 2020 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, 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£5799pp
Cruise Only£5799pp
63 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
02 February 2020 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires | Montevideo | Port Stanley | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Punta Arenas, Chile | Strait Of Magellan | Chilean Fjords | Castro, Chile | Puerto Montt | San Antonio, Chile more

Fly Cruise£10769pp
Cruise Only£10399pp
64 Antarctica in Depth
03 February 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£13149pp
65 Callao to Buenos Aires
06 February 2020 - 20 nights

Callao, Peru | Callao, Peru | Pisco/Nazca Lines | Arica | Valparaiso,Chile | Castro, Chile | Puerto Chacabuco | Laguna San Rafael | Punta Arenas, Chile | Stanley Island, Australia | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£11299pp
Cruise OnlyCall
66 Caribbean Gems In-Depth
08 February 2020 - 14 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£6329pp
Cruise Only£5329pp
67 World Cruise: Africa & India Adventure
12 February 2020 - 39 nights

Cape Town, South Africa | Durban | Richards Bay, South Africa | Ilha De Mocambique | Andoany (Hell-Ville), Nosy-Be, Madagascar | Zanzibar, Tanzania | Mombasa, Kenya | Mombasa, Kenya | Mombasa, Kenya | Victoria (Seychelles) | Praslin, Seychelles | Male (Maldives) | Colombo | Hambantota, Sri Lanka | Chennai (Madras), India | Chennai (Madras), India | Sabang, Pulau We | Phuket | Langkawi | Penang | Port Klang | Singapore | Singapore more

Fly Cruise£15659pp
Cruise Only£14249pp
68 Antarctica in Depth
14 February 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£18089pp
69 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
15 February 2020 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, 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£4849pp
Cruise Only£4849pp
70 Ushuaia to Ushuaia
21 February 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£15479pp
Cruise Only£15479pp
71 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
22 February 2020 - 7 nights

Philipsburg, 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£3259pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
72 Caribbean Gems In-Depth
22 February 2020 - 14 nights

Philipsburg, St Maarten | Sopers Hole (Frenchmans Cay) | Gustavia | Basseterre | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Castries | Saline Bay, Mayreau, St. Vincent And The Grenadine | Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£5089pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
73 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£6099pp
Cruise Only£6099pp
74 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
23 February 2020 - 21 nights

San Antonio, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Strait Of Magellan | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Port Stanley | Montevideo | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£9399pp
Cruise Only£8979pp
75 Antarctica & Amazon Isles
23 February 2020 - 57 nights

San Antonio, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Strait Of Magellan | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Port Stanley | Montevideo | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Brazil | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Armacao Dos Buzios | Recife | Natal | Santarem | Manaus | Manaus | Manaus | Boca Dos Botos | Parintins | Santarem | Guajara, Barzil | Devils Island | Bridgetown | Fort De France | Basseterre | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | San Juan | Miami more

Fly Cruise£17449pp
Cruise Only£17019pp
76 Antarctica & Amazon Isles
23 February 2020 - 42 nights

San Antonio, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Strait Of Magellan | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Port Stanley | Montevideo | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Punta Del Este | Montevideo | Ilhabela (Sao Sebastiao), Brazil | Rio De Janeiro | Rio De Janeiro | Armacao Dos Buzios | Recife | Natal | Santarem | Manaus | Manaus more

Fly Cruise£14279pp
Cruise Only£13589pp
77 Sydney To Auckland
28 February 2020 - 14 nights

Sydney, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | Melbourne, Australia | Burnie, Tasmania, Australia | Dunedin, New Zealand | Akaroa, New Zealand | Wellington, New Zealand | Napier, New Zealand | Tauranga, New Zealand | Bay Of Islands, New Zealand | Auckland, New Zealand more

Fly Cruise£6999pp
Cruise Only£5629pp
78 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
29 February 2020 - 14 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, 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£4029pp
Cruise Only£4029pp
79 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
29 February 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basseterre | Charlestown, Nevis | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£3149pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
80 Seychelles Yachting Serenede
29 February 2020 - 7 nights

Mahe | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | St. Anne Island, Seychelles | Cousin Island, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | Praslin, Seychelles | 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£5699pp
Cruise Only£4329pp
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