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

Leeward Island Gems
  28 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
£3769pp
Cruise Only
£3229pp
Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
  29 November 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  21 nights
  South America

Cruise & Fly
£10369pp
Cruise Only
£9499pp
Bridgetown to Fort Lauderdale
  29 November 2020
  Silver Whisper
  10 nights
  Caribbean

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Cruise & Fly
£2999pp
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Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  01 December 2020
  Silver Cloud
  10 nights
  Antarctica

Cruise & Fly
£8769pp
Cruise Only
£8769pp
Galapagos Outer Loop
  06 December 2020
  Celebrity Flora
  7 nights
  South America

Expedition Cruise! Includes all suite accommodation, FREE drinks, FREE pre-paid gratuities, FREE unlimited Wi-Fi and more! Call us for more details

Cruise & Fly
£6769pp
Cruise Only
£5729pp
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
  07 December 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. Solar Eclipse Sailing

Cruise & Fly
£19429pp
Fort Lauderdale (Florida) to Bridgetown
  09 December 2020
  Silver Whisper
  9 nights
  Caribbean

Popular itinerary - Suites selling fast!

Cruise & Fly
£2699pp
Cruise Only
£2899pp
Miami To Miami
  10 December 2020
  Seven Seas Navigator
  12 nights
  Caribbean

Receive up to 49 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
£3799pp
Cruise Only
£3099pp
Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  11 December 2020
  Silver Cloud
  10 nights
  Antarctica

Cruise & Fly
£16079pp
Cruise Only
£16079pp
Caribbean Spice Islands
  12 December 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
£2369pp
Cruise Only
£2369pp
Galapagos Inner Loop
  13 December 2020
  Celebrity Flora
  7 nights
  South America

Expedition Cruise! Includes all suite accommodation, FREE drinks, FREE pre-paid gratuities, FREE unlimited Wi-Fi and more! Call us for more details

Cruise & Fly
£6019pp
Cruise Only
£4979pp
Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale
  18 December 2020
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Caribbean

SAIL EVENT | Prices too good to miss!

Cruise & Fly
£4079pp
Cruise Only
£4269pp
Bridgetown to Bridgetown
  18 December 2020
  Silver Whisper
  10 nights
  Caribbean

Prices too good to miss!

Cruise & Fly
£4189pp
Cruise Only
£4189pp
Holiday Caribbean Islands
  19 December 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

Cruise & Fly
£6299pp
Cruise Only
£5699pp
Holiday Antarctica, Patagonia & South Georgia
  20 December 2020
  Seabourn Quest
  24 nights
  South America

Cruise & Fly
£15199pp
Cruise Only
£11869pp
Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  21 December 2020
  Silver Cloud
  15 nights
  Antarctica

Cruise & Fly
£13329pp
Cruise Only
£13329pp
Miami To Honolulu
  22 December 2020
  Seven Seas Navigator
  24 nights
  Caribbean

Top ten | Book now for your 2020 Christmas getaway!

Cruise & Fly
£8539pp
Cruise Only
£7649pp
Holiday Expedition to New Zealand & Australia
  22 December 2020
  Crystal Endeavor
  15 nights
  Pacific

Secure your Christmas and New Year Expedition getaway!

Cruise & Fly
£20079pp
Cruise Only
£15259pp
Great white wonder
  25 December 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
£12979pp
Bridgetown to Fort Lauderdale
  28 December 2020
  Silver Whisper
  9 nights
  Caribbean

EXCLUSIVE $200 ON BOARD SPEND

Cruise & Fly
£4649pp
Cruise Only
£3799pp
Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
  02 January 2021
  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
£4749pp
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£4749pp
Caribbean Yacht Harbors
  02 January 2021
  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
£2849pp
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£2849pp
World Cruise - Our Extraordinary Oceans
  03 January 2021
  Seabourn Sojourn
  140 nights
  Worldwide

WORLD CRUISE | Includes, private door-to-door transfers, Business Class flights, overseas transfers, one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Miami, Gala Bon Voyage dinner, all-inclusive cruise Personal Valet® luggage shipping service between home and ship in Miami and Barcelona Unlimited laundry, dry cleaning and pressing on board, three exclusive World Cruise events, special World Cruise pillow gifts, open seating dining, no reservations required, $4,000 shipboard credit per suite and 50% reduced deposit more

Cruise & Fly
£49399pp
Cruise Only
£49399pp
Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  05 January 2021
  Silver Cloud
  15 nights
  South America

Bonus savings | Includes bonus savings of up to £500 per couple.

Cruise & Fly
£14959pp
Cruise Only
£13769pp
The Finest World Tour - Florida to New York
  07 January 2021
  Silver Whisper
  150 nights
  Worldwide

FREE Business Class flights, overseas transfers, bon voyage reception, dinner and pre-cruise overnight hotel stay, $4,000 FREE to spend on-board per couple, exclusive world Cruise events, bespoke Silversea experiences, special commemorative gifts, Silver Shore baggage Valet, butler service in every suite, unlimited Wi-Fi, laundry service, visa package** more

Cruise & Fly
£48449pp
Cruise Only
£48449pp
Fort Lauderdale to Auckland
  07 January 2021
  Silver Whisper
  36 nights
  Worldwide

Book now for 2021

Cruise & Fly
£9879pp
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San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
  08 January 2021
  Silver Shadow
  10 nights
  Caribbean

Prices too good to miss!

Cruise & Fly
£3899pp
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£3179pp
Yachtsman's Spice Islands
  09 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  14 nights
  Caribbean

Sale now on | Receive $500 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 600-minute internet package. Book a Penthouse Suite and receive an additional $1,500 FREE to spend on-board per couple and an unlimited internet package more

Cruise & Fly
£4749pp
Cruise Only
£4749pp
Yachtsman's Caribbean
  09 January 2021
  Seabourn Odyssey
  7 nights
  Caribbean

Sale now on | Receive $500 FREE to spend on-board per couple and a 300-minute internet package.

Cruise & Fly
£2849pp
Cruise Only
£2849pp
Galapagos Inner Loop
  10 January 2021
  Celebrity Flora
  7 nights
  South America

Expedition Cruise! Includes all suite accommodation, FREE drinks, FREE pre-paid gratuities, FREE unlimited Wi-Fi and more! Call us for more details

Cruise & Fly
£7079pp
Cruise Only
£5949pp
Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
  13 January 2021
  Seabourn Quest
  21 nights
  South America

Ultimate Antarctica | FREE upgrade from an Oceanview to a Veranda Suite

Cruise & Fly
£12319pp
Cruise Only
£10919pp
Honolulu to Papeete
  15 January 2021
  Seven Seas Navigator
  15 nights
  Pacific

Save up to £900 per couple. Receive up to 43 FREE shore excursions

Cruise & Fly
£7499pp
Cruise Only
£5889pp
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
  16 January 2021
  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
£18759pp
Caribbean Spice Islands
  16 January 2021
  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
£2849pp
Cruise Only
£2849pp
Caribbean Island Harbors
  16 January 2021
  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
£4749pp
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£4749pp
Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale
  18 January 2021
  Silver Shadow
  11 nights
  Caribbean

EXCLUSIVE OFFER |

Cruise & Fly
£3999pp
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Ushuaia to Ushuaia
  20 January 2021
  Silver Cloud
  10 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
£10849pp
Cruise Only
£10849pp
Caribbean Yacht Harbors
  23 January 2021
  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

Cruise & Fly
£2849pp
Cruise Only
£2849pp
Exotic Caribbean In-Depth
  23 January 2021
  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
£5399pp
Cruise Only
£4749pp
Mahé/victoria Harbor Roundtrip
  24 January 2021
  Crystal Esprit
  7 nights
  Asia & Indian Ocean

BRAND NEW | Stunning Seychelles | Includes flights, overseas transfers and a three-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay in Hilton Seychelles Northolme resort more

Cruise & Fly
£5999pp
Cruise Only
£5999pp
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