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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.

81 Antarctica in Depth
07 March 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£11979pp
82 Caribbean Gems In-Depth
07 March 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£6339pp
Cruise Only£5329pp
83 Classic Caribbean Yacht Harbors
07 March 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£3169pp
Cruise Only£2419pp
84 Baltra to San Cristobal
07 March 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
85 Rio De Janeiro to Fort Lauderdale
07 March 2020 - 20 nights

Rio De Janeiro | Salvador | Recife | Fortaleza | Ile Royale | Bridgetown | Saint George | Fort De France | St John S, Antigua | Gustavia | San Juan | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£5599pp
Cruise OnlyCall
86 Auckland to Papeete
13 March 2020 - 15 nights

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

Fly Cruise£8469pp
Cruise Only£6849pp
87 Classic Yachtsman's Caribbean
14 March 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3199pp
Cruise Only£2899pp
88 Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
14 March 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£4999pp
Cruise Only£4839pp
89 San Cristobal to Baltra
14 March 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 | Islote Campéon, Floreana, Ecuador | Punta Cormorant | Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) | Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£10349pp
90 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 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£10159pp
Cruise Only£9629pp
91 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 Buzios | Recife | Natal | Santarem | Manaus | Manaus more

Fly Cruise£6529pp
Cruise Only£5669pp
92 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
16 March 2020 - 22 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Arrive UK more

Fly Cruise£16689pp
93 World Cruise: Asian Arc & Australia
22 March 2020 - 38 nights

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

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

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

Fly Cruise£5129pp
Cruise Only£5129pp
95 Fort Lauderdale to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 13 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Funchal | Funchal | Lisbon | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£3299pp
Cruise Only£3299pp
96 Bridgetown to Lisbon
27 March 2020 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Ponta Delgada, Azores | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£2859pp
Cruise OnlyCall
97 Bridgetown to Fort Lauderdale
27 March 2020 - 10 nights

Bridgetown | Castries | Saint George | Scarborough, Tobago | Bequia | Fort De France | Gustavia | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States more

Fly Cruise£3899pp
Cruise Only£2789pp
98 Atlantic Memories
28 March 2020 - 11 nights

Bridgetown | Funchal | Porto Santo (Madeira) | Lisbon

Fly Cruise£2729pp
Cruise Only£2599pp
99 Beyond the Blue Lagoon
28 March 2020 - 10 nights

Papeete | Papeete | Moorea | Fakarava | Nuku Hiva | Rangiroa | Bora Bora | Bora Bora | Raiatea | Papeete more

Fly Cruise£5899pp
Cruise Only£5149pp
100 Orchid Isles & The Queensland Coast
03 April 2020 - 26 nights

Hong Kong, China | Hundred Islands, Philippines | Manila | Puerto Princesa, Philippines | Benoa | Benoa | Benoa | Komodo Island | Darwin | Cairns | Cairns | Townsville, Australia | Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia | Brisbane | Sydney, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£9489pp
Cruise Only£9489pp
101 Transatlantic Explorer
05 April 2020 - 20 nights

Buenos Aires | Montevideo | IIhabela | Rio De Janeiro | Salvador De Bahia | Cape Verde Islands | Cape Verde Islands | Funchal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£9969pp
102 Amazon Caribbean Sunsets
05 April 2020 - 15 nights

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£5049pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
103 Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona
06 April 2020 - 16 nights

Fort Lauderdale (Florida), United States | Funchal | Seville | Seville | Gibraltar, UK | Malaga | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4249pp
Cruise Only£4249pp
104 Papeete to Lima (Callao)
07 April 2020 - 18 nights

Papeete | Papeete | Moorea | Raiatea | Bora Bora | Rangiroa | Fakarava | Easter Island | Easter Island | Lima Peru (Callao) | Lima Peru (Callao) more

Fly Cruise£6849pp
Cruise Only£5099pp
105 Singapore to Mumbai
07 April 2020 - 11 nights

Singapore | Phuket | Phuket | Colombo | Colombo | Cochin, India | Mumbai | Mumbai more

Fly Cruise£4199pp
Cruise Only£4199pp
106 Lisbon to Barcelona
09 April 2020 - 7 nights

Lisbon | Portimao | Cadiz | Malaga | Cartegena, Spain | Valencia | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£3649pp
Cruise Only£3649pp
107 Atlantic Sunsets
20 April 2020 - 15 nights

Miami | Funchal | Tangier | Malaga | Barcelona

Fly Cruise£3699pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
108 Rivieras & Rome
22 April 2020 - 7 nights

Barcelona | Palamos, Spain | Sete, France | Monte Carlo, Monaco | Provence (Toulon) | Ajaccio | Florence/Livorno, Italy | Civitavecchia, Italy more

Fly Cruise£3579pp
Cruise Only£3579pp
109 Civitevichia to Barcelona
23 April 2020 - 10 nights

Civitavecchia, Italy | Sorrento, Italy | Giardini Naxos, Sicily | La Valletta | La Valletta | Gozo | Trapani | Cagliari | Olbia | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4599pp
Cruise Only£4599pp
110 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 | Islote Campéon, Floreana, Ecuador | Punta Cormorant | Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) | Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz, Ecuador | Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) | Baltra (Galapagos) more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
111 World Cruise: Polynesian Pathways
29 April 2020 - 30 nights

Sydney, Australia | Noumea | Kuto, Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia | Suva | Suva | Savusavu, Vanua Levi, Fiji | Apia | Pago Pago | Tauranga, New Zealand | Kona | Oahu/Honolulu, Hawaii, USA | Oahu/Honolulu, Hawaii, USA | Manele Bay, Lanai, Hawaii, US | San Francisco | San Francisco more

Fly Cruise£10439pp
Cruise Only£10439pp
112 South Pacific Escape
29 April 2020 - 9 nights

Sydney, Australia | Noumea | Kuto, Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia | Suva | Suva

Fly Cruise£4799pp
Cruise Only£4359pp
113 Barcelona to London(Tower Bridge)
30 April 2020 - 13 nights

Barcelona | Malaga | Cadiz | Lisbon | Lisbon | Leixoes, Portugal | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Saint-Malo | London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Fly Cruise£4079pp
Cruise Only£4079pp
114 Baltra to San Cristobal
02 May 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 CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
115 Barcelona to Venice
03 May 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5299pp
Cruise Only£5299pp
116 Rome to Dublin
06 May 2020 - 9 nights

Civitavecchia, Italy | Barcelona | Lisbon | Leixoes, Portugal | Dublin | Dublin

Fly Cruise£2779pp
Cruise Only£2779pp
117 Greek Isles & Ephesus
09 May 2020 - 7 nights

Athens/Piraeus, Greece | Aghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece | Patmos, Greece | Kusadasi, Turkey | Cesme | Mykonos | Skiathos, Greece | Athens/Piraeus, Greece more

Fly Cruise£3869pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
118 London round-trip
10 May 2020 - 12 nights

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

Cruise Only£4449pp
119 Miami To Miami
11 May 2020 - 11 nights

Miami | Nassau | St George | St George | Norfolk | Charleston, South Carolina | Charleston, South Carolina | Orlando & Beaches (Port Canaveral) | Miami more

Fly Cruise£3939pp
Cruise Only£3299pp
120 Cairns to Apra
11 May 2020 - 16 nights

Cairns | Alotau | Tufi, Papua New Guinea | Dei Dei Hot Springs, Fergusson Island | Dobu Island | Kuiawa Island, Papua New Guinea | Jacqinot Bay | Rabaul, Papua New Guinea | Tuam Island, Papua New Guinea | Madang, Papua New Guinea | Satawal, Yap, FSM | Lamotrek, Yap | Gaferut, Yap, Micronesia, Federated States | Apra more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£20599pp
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