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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.

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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.

161 Reykjavik to Halifax (Nova Scotia)
01 October 2020 - 13 nights

Reykjavik | Skjoldungen Fjord, Greenland | Prince Christian Sund, Greenland | Aapilattoq, Greenland | Nanortalik | Uunartoq Island, Greenland | Hvalsey | Qaqortoq | St Anthony | Woody Point, Newfoundland | Baddeck | Louisburg | Halifax more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£10069pp
162 Civitevichia to Athens
01 October 2020 - 11 nights

Civitavecchia, Italy | Naples | Giardini Naxos, Sicily | Valleta, Malta | Valleta, Malta | Chania, Crete | Rhodes, Greece | Santorini | Kusadasi, Turkey | Mykonos, Greece | Athens (Piraeus), Greece more

Fly Cruise£5219pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
163 Fjords & America's Gold Coast
02 October 2020 - 12 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5399pp
Cruise Only£4649pp
164 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£7849pp
Cruise Only£6769pp
165 Canadian Maritimes & New England
04 October 2020 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Quebec City | Saguenay, Quebec | Gulf Of St. Lawrence | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, CA | Sydney, Canada | Portland, Maine | Provincetown, MA, USA | Boston, Massachusetts more

Fly Cruise£6299pp
Cruise Only£5329pp
166 Venice To Dubrovnik
04 October 2020 - 7 nights

Venice | Rovinj | Sibenik, Croatia | Trogir | Vis, Croatia | Hvar | Korcula | Dubrovnik more

Fly Cruise£5299pp
Cruise Only£4469pp
167 Bali to Cairns
15 October 2020 - 16 nights

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

Fly Cruise£16299pp
Cruise OnlyCall
168 Pireaus to Venice
19 October 2020 - 10 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3639pp
Cruise Only£3639pp
169 Latin America Delights - Lima to Santiago
20 October 2020 - 10 nights

Lima, Peru | Lima, Peru | Callao (Lima), Peru | Callao (Lima), Peru | Paracas | Paracas | Matarani, Peru | Matarani, Peru | Arica, Chile | Iquique, Chile | Iquique, Chile | Isla Pan De Azucar | Isla Pan De Azucar | Valparaiso, Chile | Santiago | Santiago more

Fly Cruise£4989pp
170 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 Garibaldi | Seno Agostini | Seno Agostini | Seno Agostini | Seno Garibaldi | Seno Garibaldi | Cape Horn | Puerto Williams | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | UK more

Fly Cruise£7729pp
171 Valparaíso to Buenos Aires
27 October 2020 - 27 nights

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

Fly Cruise£16279pp
172 LIMA (Callao) to USHUAIA
Silversea -Silver Cloud
28 October 2020 - 34 nights

Callao (Lima), Peru | Paracas | Arica, Chile | Antofagasta, Chile | Valparaiso, Chile | Niebla | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Tortel, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Westpoint Island | Stanley Island, Australia | Bleaker Island | Sea Lion Island | Elephant Island | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£8549pp
Cruise Only£8549pp
173 Venice to Barcelona
29 October 2020 - 12 nights

Venice | Split | Dubrovnik | Kotor, Montenegro | Corfu | Gallipoli | Siracusa | Palermo | Cagliari | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4599pp
Cruise Only£4599pp
174 Atlantic Odyssey
07 November 2020 - 14 nights

Lisbon, Portugal | Funchal | St Johns, Antigua | Basseterre | Fort De France | Bridgetown

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£3389pp
175 Panama & The Inca Coast
07 November 2020 - 13 nights

Miami | Miami | Puerto Limon | Puerto Limon | Manta, Ecuador | Manta, Ecuador | Manta, Ecuador | Puerto Bolivar (Machala), Ecuador | Callao (Lima), Peru | Callao (Lima), Peru more

Fly Cruise£6999pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
176 Great white wonder
08 November 2020 - 14 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£9819pp
177 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
19 November 2020 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£18389pp
178 Bridgetown to Bridgetown
20 November 2020 - 9 nights

Bridgetown | Castries | Falmouth (English Harbour) | Road Town, Tortola, Bvi | Gustavia (St. Barts), France | Basseterre | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Saint George | Bequia, St. Vincent And The Grenadines | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£2749pp
Cruise OnlyCall
179 Roundrip Bridgetown
21 November 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia | Falmouth, Antigua | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Basseterre | Fort De France | Saint George | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£4649pp
Cruise Only£3199pp
180 Leeward Island Gems
28 November 2020 - 12 nights

San Juan | San Juan | Marigot, St Martin | St Johns, Antigua | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Fort De France | Fort De France | Roseau | Roseau | Basseterre | Basseterre | Gustavia (St. Barts), France | Gustavia (St. Barts), France | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Miami more

Fly Cruise£6599pp
Cruise Only£5329pp
181 Ultimate Antarctica & Patagonia
29 November 2020 - 21 nights

Santiago (San Antonio) | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Punta Arenas, Chile | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas | Stanley/Falkland Is/Islas Malvinas | Montevideo | Montevideo | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£13199pp
Cruise Only£10919pp
182 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
04 December 2020 - 24 nights

San Juan | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | Charleston | Fort De France | Bequia, St. Vincent And The Grenadines | Scarborough, Tobago | Saint George | Mayreau Island, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines | Gustavia (St. Barts), France | St Johns, Antigua | Road Town, Tortola, BVI | Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos | Fort Lauderdale | Key West | Progreso/Yucatan | Progreso/Yucatan | Cozumel Quintana Roo Mexico | Belize | George Town | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
183 Galapagos Outer Loop
06 December 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£7849pp
Cruise Only£6769pp
184 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
07 December 2020 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£17529pp
185 Miami To Miami
10 December 2020 - 12 nights

Miami | San Juan | St Johns, Antigua | Fort De France | Bridgetown | Castries | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Gustavia (St. Barts), France | Miami more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3179pp
186 Galapagos Inner Loop
13 December 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£7629pp
Cruise Only£6539pp
187 Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Silversea -Silver Cloud
21 December 2020 - 15 nights

Ushuaia | New Island | Westpoint Island | Stanley, Falkland Islands | Bleaker Island | Sea Lion Island | Elephant Island | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | South Shetland Islands | South Shetland Islands | Ushuaia | Ushuaia more

Fly Cruise£12299pp
Cruise Only£12299pp
188 Miami To Honolulu
22 December 2020 - 24 nights

Miami | George Town | Cartagena, Colombia | Panama Canal | Puntarenas, Costa Rica | Corinto | Puerto Quetzal | Acapulco | Cabo San Lucas | Nawiliwili | Kuhului | Lahaina, USA | Honolulu, Oahu more

Fly Cruise£8569pp
Cruise Only£7739pp
189 Great white wonder
25 December 2020 - 14 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£12259pp
190 Bridgetown to Fort Lauderdale
28 December 2020 - 9 nights

Bridgetown | Scarborough, Tobago | Mayreau Island, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines | Castries | Les Saintes, Guadeloupe | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Jost Van Dyke Bay | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£4749pp
Cruise Only£3879pp
191 Caribbean Yacht Harbors
02 January 2021 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Port Elizabeth (Grenadines) | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Basse-Terre, Guadaloupe | Charlestown, Nevis | St. Johns, Antigua And Barbuda | Basseterre | Philipsburg, St Maarten more

Fly Cruise£4529pp
Cruise Only£3199pp
192 Path To The Pacific
03 January 2021 - 32 nights

Miami | Key West | Belize | Belize | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Banana Coast (Trujillo) | Puerto Limon | Fuerte Amador, Panama City | Manta, Ecuador | Manta, Ecuador | Callao (Lima), Peru | Callao (Lima), Peru | Easter Island, Chile | Pitcairn Island | Tahiti (Papeete) | Tahiti (Papeete) more

Fly Cruise£14979pp
Cruise Only£11969pp
193 Dunedin to Dunedin
04 January 2021 - 14 nights

Dunedin, New Zealand | Stewart Isand, New Zealand | Macquarie Island, AAD, Australia | Macquarie Island, AAD, Australia | Campbell Island, New Zealand | Enderby & Auckland Islands, New Zealand | Enderby & Auckland Islands, New Zealand | The Snares, New Zealand | Ulva Island, Stewart Island, New Zealand | Dunedin, New Zealand more

Fly Cruise£9569pp
Cruise Only£9569pp
194 Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands
16 January 2021 - 21 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | Falkland Islands (Stanley) | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | South Georgia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£18059pp
195 Fort Lauderdale to Fort Lauderdale
18 January 2021 - 11 nights

Fort Lauderdale | Key West | Cozumel | Belize | Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala | Roatan | Progreso/Yucatan | Progreso/Yucatan | Fort Lauderdale more

Fly Cruise£3949pp
Cruise OnlyCall
196 Great white wonder
03 February 2021 - 14 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£10759pp
197 Gems Of Oceania
04 February 2021 - 27 nights

Tahiti (Papeete) | Bora Bora | Arutanga, Aitutaki, Cook Island | Rarotanga, Cook Islands | Rarotanga, Cook Islands | Vava U, Tonga | Nuku Hiva | Suva | Dravuni | Port Vila | Luganville | Tavanipupu, Solomon Islands | Honiara | Alotau, Milne Bay | Kitava | Conflict Islands | Cairns, Australia | Sydney, Australia more

Fly Cruise£13029pp
Cruise Only£10459pp
198 Great white wonder
14 February 2021 - 14 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£10559pp
199 Great white wonder
25 February 2021 - 14 nights

Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£10559pp
200 Papeete to Los Angeles
01 March 2021 - 16 nights

Tahiti (Papeete) | Raiatea | Bora Bora | Hilo | Honolulu, Oahu | Nawiliwili | Los Angeles more

Fly Cruise£6919pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
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