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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 0808 274 9579 today, and secure your ideal small ship cruise escape.

121 Roundrip Tower Bridge
13 May 2020 - 12 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | Falmouth, England | Fishguard | Dublin | Belfast | Oban, UK | Stornoway, UK | Aberdeen | Edinburgh (Rosyth) | Edinburgh (Rosyth) | London (Tower Bridge), UK more

Cruise OnlyCall
122 Venice to Athens
14 May 2020 - 9 nights

Venice | Rovinj | Hvar, Croatia | Split | Kotor | Kotor | Corfu | Katakolon | Monemvasia | Athens/Piraeus, Greece more

Fly Cruise£3639pp
Cruise Only£3639pp
123 Dublin to Amsterdam
15 May 2020 - 10 nights

Dublin | Belfast | Portree | Kirkwall | Bergen, Norway | Flaam, Norway | Edinburgh (Leith) United Kingdom | Amsterdam | Amsterdam more

Fly Cruise£5829pp
Cruise Only£5829pp
124 Aegean & Turkish Treasures
16 May 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3799pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
125 Greece & Dalmatian Delights
23 May 2020 - 7 nights

Athens/Piraeus, Greece | Monemvasia | Katakolon | Nydri, Nisos Lefkda, Greece | Brindisi | Dubrovnik | Zadar | Venice more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3389pp
126 Gems Of The Venetian Empire
23 May 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6489pp
Cruise Only£5999pp
127 Amsterdam to London
25 May 2020 - 12 nights

Amsterdam | Edinburgh | Invergordon | Belfast | Dublin | Dublin | Waterford | Cardiff | Falmouth, England | Greenwich (London), United Kingdom more

Fly Cruise£4429pp
Cruise Only£4429pp
128 London(Tower Bridge) to Stockholm
25 May 2020 - 14 nights

London (Tower Bridge), UK | London (Tower Bridge), UK | Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Kiel Canal | Lubeck | Copenhagen | Helsinki | St Petersburg | St Petersburg | St Petersburg | Tallinn | Stockholm | Stockholm more

Fly Cruise£5489pp
Cruise Only£5489pp
129 Apra to Kobe
27 May 2020 - 11 nights

Apra | Saipan, Marianas Islands | Pagan, Northern Mariana Islands | Maug Islands, Northern Marianas | Chichijima, Japan | Torishima, Japan | Hiroshima | Miyako-jima, Japan | Okayama | Kobe, Japan more

Fly Cruise£5759pp
Cruise Only£5759pp
130 Great Seafaring Nations
29 May 2020 - 12 nights

Barcelona | Barcelona | Malaga | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Porto | Brest, France | Cherbourg, France | Bruges | Amsterdam more

Fly Cruise£5459pp
131 Ultimate Seafarers & Baltics
29 May 2020 - 22 nights

Barcelona | Barcelona | Malaga | Seville | Seville | Lisbon | Porto | Brest, France | Normandy | Bruges | Amsterdam | Kiel Canal | Copenhagen | Bornholm | Gdansk | Klaipeda | Tallinn | St Petersburg | St Petersburg | Helsinki | Stockholm more

Fly Cruise£14399pp
132 Across the Arctic Circle
01 June 2020 - 16 nights

Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Bergen, Norway | Flaam, Norway | Alesund, Norway | Torghatten | Gravdal (Lofoten Islands) | Tromso | North Cape | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Oslo, Norway more

Fly Cruise£10769pp
133 Greek Isles & Ephesus
06 June 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3799pp
Cruise Only£3799pp
134 Aegean Odyssey
06 June 2020 - 14 nights

Athens/Piraeus, Greece | Aghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece | Patmos, Greece | Kusadasi, Turkey | Cesme | Mykonos | Skiathos, Greece | Athens/Piraeus, Greece | Ermoupoli | Rhodes | Fethiye, Turkey | Bodrum, Turkey | Thira (Santorini), Greece | Spetsai, Nisos Spetsai (Spetses), Greece | Athens/Piraeus, Greece more

Fly Cruise£7079pp
Cruise Only£6589pp
135 Baltic Tradewinds Route
09 June 2020 - 11 nights

Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Kiel Canal | Bornholm | Gdansk | Klaipeda | Tallinn | St Petersburg | St Petersburg | Helsinki | Copenhagen more

Fly Cruise£8099pp
136 Reykjavik to Longyearbyen
Silversea -Silver Cloud
10 June 2020 - 11 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Latrabjarg Cliffs | Dyjandi | Dyjandi | Vigur Island | Vigur Island | Akureyri | Jan Mayen | Jan Mayen | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen more

Fly Cruise£9319pp
Cruise Only£9319pp
137 Aegean & Turkish Treasures
13 June 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£4369pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
138 Stockholm to Reykjavik
13 June 2020 - 16 nights

Stockholm | St Petersburg | St Petersburg | Tallinn | Copenhagen | Oslo, Norway | Oslo, Norway | Kristiansund | Bergen, Norway | Eidfjord, Norway | Lerwick (Shetland Islands) | Klaksvik (Faroe Islands) | Reykjavik | Reykjavik more

Fly Cruise£6179pp
Cruise Only£6179pp
139 Otaru to Otaru
18 June 2020 - 18 nights

Otaru | Korsakov | Korsakov | Tyuleniy Island, Russia | Piltun Lagoon, Russia | Iona | Okhotsk, Russia | Yegrineyskaya Bay | Ushki | Talan Island & Zavyalov Island, Russia | Zavyavialova Island Russia | Opala River | Utashud Island, Russian Federation | Kekurnyy Point | Shumshu Island, Russia | Atlasova Island, Russia | Onekotan Island, Russia | Krenitsyan Point | Yankicha Island, Russia | Chirpoy Island, Russia | Otaru more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£18999pp
140 Venice to Bracelona
18 June 2020 - 10 nights

Venice | Zadar | Split | Dubrovnik | La Valletta | Siracusa | Sorrento, Italy | Olbia | Porto Mahon | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4529pp
Cruise Only£4529pp
141 Reykjavik to London
18 June 2020 - 15 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Isafjordur | Akureyri | Honningsvag (North Cape) | Hammerfest | Tromso | Narvik, Norway | Flaam, Norway | Gudvangen | Bergen, Norway | Kristiansund | Greenwich (London), United Kingdom | Greenwich (London), United Kingdom more

Fly Cruise£6449pp
Cruise Only£6449pp
142 Across the Arctic Circle
19 June 2020 - 15 nights

Copenhagen | Copenhagen | Bergen, Norway | Sognefjord | Alesund, Norway | Torghatten | Lofoten Islands | Tromso | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Oslo, Norway | Oslo, Norway more

Fly Cruise£14819pp
143 Gems Of The Venetian Empire
20 June 2020 - 14 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6799pp
Cruise Only£6299pp
144 San Cristobal to Baltra
20 June 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 Cruise£6279pp
Cruise Only£7659pp
145 Baltra to San Cristobal
27 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 CruiseCall
Cruise Only£8359pp
146 Reykjavik to Copenhagen
30 June 2020 - 28 nights

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

Fly Cruise£12319pp
Cruise Only£11939pp
147 London (Greenwich) to London (Greenwich)
03 July 2020 - 15 nights

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

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£5489pp
148 Reykjavik to London
08 July 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5489pp
Cruise Only£5489pp
149 Arctic Islands: Svalbard, Greenland & Iceland
12 July 2020 - 14 nights

Oslo, Norway | Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Svalbard Archipelago | Reykjavik

Fly Cruise£11689pp
150 Dubrovnik To Venice
12 July 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£6299pp
Cruise Only£5489pp
151 Adariatic Idyll
14 July 2020 - 11 nights

Venice | Corfu | Brindisi | Kotor | Dubrovnik | Vodice | Piran, Slovenia | Venice more

Fly Cruise£5599pp
Cruise Only£5139pp
152 London (Greenwich) to Lisbon
18 July 2020 - 9 nights

Greenwich (London), United Kingdom | Saint-Malo | Bordeaux | Bordeaux | Bilbao | La Coruna | Leixoes, Portugal | Lisbon more

Fly Cruise£3219pp
Cruise Only£3219pp
153 Gems of the Irish Sea & Hebrides
23 July 2020 - 15 nights

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

Cruise Only£7559pp
154 Pireaus to Venice
02 August 2020 - 12 nights

Athens/Piraeus, Greece | Istanbul | Istanbul | Kusadasi, Turkey | Mykonos | Corfu | Kotor | Dubrovnik | Split | Venice | Venice more

Fly Cruise£5129pp
Cruise Only£5129pp
155 Mediterranean - Roundtrip Barcelona
03 August 2020 - 36 nights

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

Fly Cruise£17859pp
Cruise Only£17859pp
156 Iceland & Greenland Explorer
04 August 2020 - 12 nights

Reykjavik | Reykjavik | Nuuk | Nuuk | Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), Greenland | Disko Bay | Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), Greenland | Disko Bay | Ilulissat (Jakobshavn), Greenland | Disko Bay | Copenhagen | Copenhagen more

Fly Cruise£9189pp
157 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
158 Nome to Nome
10 August 2020 - 12 nights

Nome, Alaska | Provideniya, Russia | Meynypilgyno, Russia | Tymlat, Russia | Yuzhnaya Glubokaya | Bogoslaf Island, Russian Federation | Yttygran Island, Russia | Proliv Senyavina Hot Springs, Russian Federation | Nome, Alaska more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£9399pp
159 Roundtrip Venice
14 August 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3119pp
Cruise Only£3119pp
160 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£7879pp
Cruise Only£6539pp
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