SixStarCruises ABTA & ATOL prodection  ABTA & ATOL PROTECTED

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.

Roundtrip Athens
  12 October 2020
  Silver Shadow
  7 nights
  Mediterranean

Sale now on | Includes flights and overseas transfers. Book and pay in full to receive these prices

Cruise & Fly
£4099pp
Cruise Only
£4099pp
Panama Canal Passage
  14 October 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  21 nights
  Mexico

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
£6999pp
Cruise Only
£6649pp
Panama Canal & Caribbean Gems
  14 October 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  33 nights
  Caribbean

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
£9349pp
Cruise Only
£9019pp
New England & Canadian Maritimes
  15 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
£4269pp
Cruise Only
£4269pp
New York to Montreal
  16 October 2020
  Silver Whisper
  11 nights
  North America

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

Cruise & Fly
£5189pp
Cruise Only
£5329pp
Riviera & Spanish Autumn
  17 October 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Europe

EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Cruise & Fly
£2349pp
Cruise Only
£2369pp
Iberian Sunsets & Canary Islands
  17 October 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  21 nights
  Canaries

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 $1,700 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
Call
Cruise Only
£7399pp
Pireaus to Venice
  19 October 2020
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Mediterranean

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

Cruise & Fly
£3959pp
Cruise Only
£3959pp
Moroccan Gems & Canary Islands II
  24 October 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Canaries

Prices too good to miss! | Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $1,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple.

Cruise & Fly
£5689pp
Cruise Only
£5219pp
Atlantic Coast Harbors
  26 October 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  12 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
£5649pp
Cruise Only
£4079pp
Voyage Of The Americas
  26 October 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  34 nights
  North America

Cruise & Fly
£10329pp
Cruise Only
£9779pp
Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn
  27 October 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  14 nights
  South America

Last chance to book!

Cruise & Fly
£7899pp
Valparaíso to Buenos Aires
  27 October 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  27 nights
  South America

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

Cruise & Fly
£15459pp
Montreal to Fort Lauderdale
  27 October 2020
  Silver Whisper
  14 nights
  North America

Cruise & Fly
£5189pp
Cruise Only
£5189pp
Montreal to New York
  27 October 2020
  Silver Whisper
  10 nights
  North America

Best time to visit! | Includes flights, overseas transfers and 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay.

Cruise & Fly
£4939pp
Cruise Only
£4939pp
Montreal to Bridgetown
  27 October 2020
  Silver Whisper
  24 nights
  Caribbean

Cruise & Fly
£8169pp
Cruise Only
£8169pp
Montreal to Charleston
  27 October 2020
  Silver Whisper
  12 nights
  North America

Prices too good to miss! | Includes flights, overseas transfers and one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Montreal.

Cruise & Fly
£4959pp
Cruise Only
£4959pp
Lima to Ushuaia
  28 October 2020
  Silver Cloud
  34 nights
  South America

Ultimate Expedition Sailing | Includes flights, oversea transfers, 1-night pre-cruise hotel stay and guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team more

Cruise & Fly
£15959pp
Cruise Only
£15959pp
LIma (Callao) to Punta Arenas
  28 October 2020
  Silver Cloud
  17 nights
  South America

Reduced single supplement available!

Cruise & Fly
£6749pp
Cruise Only
£6749pp
Venice to Barcelona
  29 October 2020
  Silver Shadow
  12 nights
  Mediterranean

SAIL EVENT | Exclusive prices available to SixStarCruises.co.uk

Cruise & Fly
£3999pp
Cruise Only
£5039pp
Venice to Fort Lauderdale (Florida)
  29 October 2020
  Silver Shadow
  27 nights
  Europe

Transatlantic Voyage | Includes flights and overseas transfers

Cruise & Fly
£8069pp
Cruise Only
£8069pp
New York City to Miami
  30 October 2020
  Seven Seas Navigator
  16 nights
  Caribbean

Prices too good to miss! Receive up to 66 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
£7439pp
Cruise Only
£5199pp
Caribbean Gems
  04 November 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  12 nights
  Caribbean

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
£3799pp
Cruise Only
£3419pp
Atlantic Odyssey
  07 November 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

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
£3879pp
Cruise Only
£3319pp
Atlantic & Caribbean Odyssey
  07 November 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  21 nights
  Caribbean

Sale now on | Book a Penthouse Suite and receive $2,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple. Limited Suites available

Cruise & Fly
£5399pp
Cruise Only
£5399pp
Panama & The Inca Coast
  07 November 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  13 nights
  Central America

Cruise & Fly
£6849pp
Cruise Only
£5699pp
The Americas & Antarcrtica
  07 November 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  43 nights
  South America

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

Cruise & Fly
£6929pp
Cruise Only
£6649pp
Great white wonder
  08 November 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  14 nights
  Polar Regions

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

Cruise & Fly
£12079pp
Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale
  10 November 2020
  Silver Shadow
  15 nights
  Caribbean

SAIL EVENT | Prices too good to miss!

Cruise & Fly
£3999pp
Cruise Only
Call
Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Bridgetown
  10 November 2020
  Silver Whisper
  10 nights
  Caribbean

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

Cruise & Fly
£2999pp
Cruise Only
£2559pp
Roundtrip Ushuaia
  11 November 2020
  Silver Wind
  10 nights
  Antarctica

EXCLUSIVE OFFER

Cruise & Fly
£6499pp
Cruise Only
£5759pp
Leeward Island Gems
  16 November 2020
  Seabourn Sojourn
  12 nights
  Caribbean

Sale now on | $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
£3819pp
Cruise Only
£3229pp
Ushuaia - Ushuaia
  16 November 2020
  Silver Cloud
  15 nights
  South America

Economy Class Roundtrip| 1 night pre-cruise| Transfers (between airport/hotel and ship)| In-country flights when required by itinerary|

Cruise & Fly
£12989pp
Cruise Only
£12989pp
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
  19 November 2020
  Scenic Eclipse
  21 nights
  Polar Regions

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

Cruise & Fly
£17839pp
Bridgetown to Bridgetown
  20 November 2020
  Silver Whisper
  9 nights
  Caribbean

EXCLUSIVE OFFER |

Cruise & Fly
£3749pp
Cruise Only
£2699pp
Roundrip Bridgetown
  21 November 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

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 unlimited internet package. more

Cruise & Fly
£2369pp
Cruise Only
£2369pp
Fort Lauderdale To San Jaun
  25 November 2020
  Silver Shadow
  9 nights
  Caribbean

Top 25 | Suites selling fast!

Cruise & Fly
£3249pp
Cruise Only
£3249pp
Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
  28 November 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Sale now on | Receive a 600-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
£4189pp
Cruise Only
£4079pp
Caribbean Yacht Harbors
  28 November 2020
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

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
£2489pp
Cruise Only
£2369pp
Prices are subject to change and availability. Prices may vary depending on airport selected.

Cruise Lines

By providing your email address and clicking the Submit button, you consent to us sending you cruise holiday deals by email. For further details, please see our Privacy Policy here.

SixStarCruises acts as a retail agent to you and also as a disclosed agent of the holiday provider. Many of the flight inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking terms and conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate click here
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. Visit the foreign travel advice site for the latest travel updates.
Need help with your next SixStar cruise? Call one of our Concierge, FREE today on 08082026105.
chaticon