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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.

81 Wild Alaska & British Columbia
03 September 2020 - 16 nights

Anchorage (Seward), Alaska | Anchorage (Seward), Alaska | Nome, Alaska | St. Paul Island | Dutch Harbor, Alaska | Kodiak, United States | Homer | Valdez, United States | Yakutat | Juneau | Petersburg, Alaska | Wrangell | Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise £11699pp
82 Galapagos Inner Loop
06 September 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 £7219pp
Cruise Only £6169pp
83 New England & Canadian Maritimes
11 September 2020 - 11 nights

Boston, Massachusetts | Cape Cod / Provincetown, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Halifax | Charlottetown | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec | Saguenay, Quebec | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise £5219pp
Cruise Only £4749pp
84 Galapagos Outer Loop
13 September 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 £6719pp
Cruise Only £5689pp
85 Lisbon to Barcelona
13 September 2020 - 11 nights

Lisbon | Lisbon | Portimao | Seville (Cadiz) | Seville (Cadiz) | Tangier (Morocco) | Malaga (Spain) | Cartagena, Spain | Valencia | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £4199pp
Cruise Only £4199pp
86 West Coast USA Adventure
17 September 2020 - 11 nights

Vancouver | Vancouver | Seattle, Washington | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Astoria | Eureka | San Francisco, California | Santa Barbara | San Diego | UK more

Fly Cruise £8269pp
87 Alaska Glaciers, Fjords & Inside Passage
18 September 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 | Cesme | Kusadasi | Scenic Cruising Whale Channel | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise £5179pp
Cruise Only £5029pp
88 Barcelona to Civitevichia
24 September 2020 - 7 nights

Barcelona | Barcelona | Sete (for Carcassonne), France | Marseille, France | Saint-Tropez, France | Portovenere | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Rome (Civitavecchia) more

Fly Cruise £2959pp
Cruise Only £2989pp
89 New York to Montreal
24 September 2020 - 11 nights

New York | Newport, Rhode Island | Boston, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Halifax | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Saguenay Rive | Saguenay, Quebec | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise £7289pp
Cruise Only Call
90 Baja to Costa Rica : Whales & Wilderness
26 September 2020 - 15 nights

San Diego | San Diego | La Paz | Isla Cerralvo | Puerto Vallarta | Acapulco | Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala | Acajutla | Corinto | Bahia Culebra | Puerto Caldera | UK more

Fly Cruise £10089pp
91 Greek Isles & Ephesus
26 September 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise £3599pp
Cruise Only £3129pp
92 Aegean Odyssey
26 September 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 £5699pp
Cruise Only £5219pp
93 Montreal to New York City
26 September 2020 - 12 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Quebec City | Saguenay, Quebec | Charlottetown | Sydney, Canada | Halifax | Saint John | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | Newport, Rhode Island | New York more

Fly Cruise £7729pp
Cruise Only £7019pp
94 Seward to Vancouver
26 September 2020 - 12 nights

Seward | Cape St Elias | Ice Bay | Elfin Cove | Sitka | Wrangell | Behm Canal | Rudyerd Bay, Misty Fjords | Metlakatla, USA | Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada | Klemtu, Canada | Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada | Nanaimo, Canada | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise Call
Cruise Only £9499pp
95 Civitevichia to Athens
01 October 2020 - 11 nights

Rome (Civitavecchia) | Naples | Giardini Naxos, Sicily | Valletta | Valletta | Chania, Crete | Rhodes | Santorini, Greece | Kusadasi | Mykonos | Athens (Piraeus) more

Fly Cruise £5119pp
Cruise Only £5119pp
96 Fjords & America's Gold Coast
02 October 2020 - 12 nights

Vancouver | Ketchikan | Juneau | Cruising Stephens Passage | Sitka | San Francisco, California | Monterey, California | Santa Barbara | Los Angeles more

Fly Cruise £4499pp
Cruise Only £3799pp
97 Aegean & Italian Isles
03 October 2020 - 14 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Ermoupolis, Nisos Syros, Greece | Rhodes | Fethiye, Turkey | Bodrum, Turkey | Thira (Santorini) | Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece | Athens (Piraeus) | Nafplion, Greece | Katakolon (Olympia) | Kerkira, Corfu, Greece | Crotone, Italy | Syracuse (Sicily), Italy | Amalfi | Rome (Civitavecchia) more

Fly Cruise Call
Cruise Only £5499pp
98 Galapagos Inner Loop
04 October 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 £7219pp
Cruise Only £6169pp
99 Canadian Maritimes & New England
04 October 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 £5039pp
Cruise Only £4559pp
100 Montreal to New York
05 October 2020 - 10 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Saguenay, Quebec | Iles De La Madeleine | Charlottetown | Halifax | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York | New York more

Fly Cruise £5719pp
Cruise Only Call
101 Vancouver to San Diego, California
08 October 2020 - 9 nights

Vancouver | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada | Seattle, Washington | Portland, Maine | Longview, Washington | San Francisco, California | San Diego more

Fly Cruise £4239pp
Cruise Only £4869pp
102 New England & Canadian Maritimes
15 October 2020 - 11 nights

Boston, Massachusetts | Cape Cod / Provincetown, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Halifax | Charlottetown | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec | Saguenay, Quebec | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise £5029pp
Cruise Only £4559pp
103 Bali to Cairns
15 October 2020 - 16 nights

Bali | Sumbawa | Komodo, Indonesia | Larantuka | Kalabahi (Takpala), Indonesia | Lucipara | Banda Neira | Raja Ampat | Raja Ampat | Raja Ampat | Raja Ampat | Raja Ampat | Thursday Island | Cape York | Great Barrier Reef | Lizard Island, Australia | The Ribbon Reef Region | Cairns more

Fly Cruise £16299pp
Cruise Only Call
104 New York to Montreal
16 October 2020 - 11 nights

New York | Newport, Rhode Island | Boston, Massachusetts | Bar Harbor | Halifax | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Saguenay, Quebec | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise £5189pp
Cruise Only £5329pp
105 Riviera & Spanish Autumn
17 October 2020 - 7 nights

Rome (Civitavecchia) | Florence/Pisa (Livorno) | Marseille, France | Sete (for Carcassonne), France | Palamos, Spain | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £2599pp
Cruise Only £2369pp
106 Pireaus to Venice
19 October 2020 - 10 nights

Athens (Piraeus) | Kusadasi | Rhodes | Corfu | Tirana (Durrës) | Kotor | Split | Koper, Slovenia | Venice | Venice more

Fly Cruise £3959pp
Cruise Only £3959pp
107 Atlantic Coast Harbors
26 October 2020 - 12 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Halifax | Shelburne, Nova Scotia | Portland, Maine | Newport, Rhode Island | New York | New York | Miami more

Fly Cruise £4529pp
Cruise Only £4079pp
108 Voyage Of The Americas
26 October 2020 - 34 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Halifax | Shelburne, Nova Scotia | Portland (Dorset) | Newport, Rhode Island | New York | New York | Miami | Puerto Limon | Manta | Manta | Machala, Ecuador | Callao | Callao | Islas Ballestas | Pisco (San Martin) | Punta Islay, Peru | Matarani, Peru | Arica | Iquique | Antofagasta, Chile | Isla Pan De Azucar | San Antinio, Chile more

Fly Cruise £10329pp
Cruise Only £9779pp
109 Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn
27 October 2020 - 14 nights

Santiago | Santiago | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Laguna San Rafael | Tortel, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Punta Arenas, Chile | Seno Agostini | Seno Garibaldi | Seno Agostini | Seno Garibaldi | Cape Horn | Puerto Williams | Ushuaia, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | UK more

Fly Cruise £7899pp
110 Valparaíso to Buenos Aires
27 October 2020 - 27 nights

Valparaiso, Chile | Valparaiso, Chile | Valparaiso, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Chilean Fjords | Chilean Fjords | Cape Horn | Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Ushuaia, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | UK more

Fly Cruise £15459pp
111 Montreal to Fort Lauderdale
27 October 2020 - 14 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Saguenay Rive | Saguenay, Quebec | Charlottetown | Halifax | Bar Harbor | Boston, Massachusetts | New York | New York | Charleston, SC | Ft. Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise £5189pp
Cruise Only £5189pp
112 LIma (Callao) to Punta Arenas
28 October 2020 - 17 nights

Lima | Paracas | Arica | Antofagasta, Chile | Valparaiso, Chile | Niebla | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Tortel, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile more

Fly Cruise £6749pp
Cruise Only £6749pp
113 Venice to Barcelona
29 October 2020 - 12 nights

Venice | Split | Dubrovnik | Kotor | Corfu | Gallipoli, Italy | Siracusa | Palermo (Sicily) | Cagliari | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise £4629pp
Cruise Only £4629pp
114 New York City to Miami
30 October 2020 - 16 nights

New York | Saint George | Saint George | Gustavia | St. John's | Castries | Saint George | Kralendijk | Willemstad | Aruba | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Miami more

Fly Cruise £7439pp
Cruise Only £5199pp
115 Caribbean Gems
04 November 2020 - 12 nights

Miami | San Juan | Gustavia | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Fort De France | St. John's | St. Kitts | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Miami more

Fly Cruise £3829pp
Cruise Only £3419pp
116 Atlantic Odyssey
07 November 2020 - 14 nights

Lisbon | Funchal, Madeira | St. John's | St. Kitts | Fort De France | Barbados

Fly Cruise Call
Cruise Only £3319pp
117 Panama & The Inca Coast
07 November 2020 - 13 nights

Miami | Puerto Limon | Manta | Manta | Machala, Ecuador | Callao | Callao more

Fly Cruise £6849pp
Cruise Only £5699pp
118 The Americas & Antarcrtica
07 November 2020 - 43 nights

Miami | Puerto Limon | Manta | Manta | Machala, Ecuador | Callao | Callao | Islas Ballestas | Pisco (San Martin) | Punta Islay, Peru | Matarani, Peru | Arica | Iquique | Antofagasta, Chile | Isla Pan De Azucar | San Antinio, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Port Stanley, Falkland Islands | Montevideo, Uruguay | Buenos Aires, Argentina more

Fly Cruise £17199pp
Cruise Only £14719pp
119 Panama Canal & South America
07 November 2020 - 22 nights

Miami | Puerto Limon | Manta | Manta | Machala, Ecuador | Callao | Callao | Islas Ballestas | Pisco (San Martin) | Punta Islay, Peru | Matarani, Peru | Arica | Iquique | Antofagasta, Chile | Isla Pan De Azucar | San Antinio, Chile more

Fly Cruise £6929pp
Cruise Only £6649pp
120 Great white wonder
08 November 2020 - 14 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina | Ushuaia, Argentina | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica | Ushuaia, Argentina | Buenos Aires, Argentina more

Fly Cruise £12079pp
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