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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.

161 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
162 Roundtrip Venice
14 August 2020 - 7 nights

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

Fly Cruise£3119pp
Cruise Only£3119pp
163 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
164 Venice to Civitevichia
21 August 2020 - 10 nights

Venice | Rijeka | Hvar | Kotor | Valletta, Malta | Siracusa | Sorrento, Italy | Sorrento, Italy | Olbia | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£4079pp
Cruise Only£4079pp
165 Athens to Barcelona
28 August 2020 - 11 nights

Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Mykonos, Greece | Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey | Patmos, Greece | Giardini Naxos, Sicily | Valletta, Malta | Valletta, Malta | Gozo | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£5139pp
Cruise Only£5139pp
166 Wild Alaska & British Columbia
03 September 2020 - 16 nights

Anchorage (Seward), Alaska | Anchorage (Seward), Alaska | Nome, Alaska | St Paul Island, Alaska, USA | Dutch Harbor (Aleutian Islands) | Kodiak | Homer | Valdez, United States | Yakutat | Juneau | Petersburg, Alaska | Wrangell | Prince Rupert | Vancouver | Vancouver more

Fly Cruise£10029pp
167 Galapagos Inner Loop
06 September 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
168 Isles of the Atlantic - Barcelona to Montreal
11 September 2020 - 15 nights

Barcelona | Alicante | Malaga | Ponta Delgada | St George | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£4089pp
Cruise Only£3529pp
169 Galapagos Outer Loop
13 September 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£7639pp
Cruise Only£6549pp
170 Lisbon to Barcelona
13 September 2020 - 11 nights

Lisbon | Lisbon | Portimao | Seville | Seville | Tangier | Malaga | Cartegena, Spain | Valencia | Palma De Mallorca | Barcelona | Barcelona more

Fly Cruise£4079pp
Cruise Only£4079pp
171 West Coast USA Adventure
17 September 2020 - 11 nights

Vancouver | Vancouver | Seattle, Washington | Victoria, British Columbia | Astoria, Oregon | Eureka | San Francisco | Santa Barbara | San Diego | UK more

Fly Cruise£7159pp
172 Barcelona to Civitevichia
24 September 2020 - 7 nights

Barcelona | Barcelona | Sete, France | Marseille | Saint-Tropez, France | Portovenere | Livorno | Civitavecchia more

Fly Cruise£2679pp
Cruise Only£2679pp
173 New York to Montreal
24 September 2020 - 11 nights

New York | Newport | Boston | Bar Harbor | Halifax, Nova Scotia | Sydney, Canada | Charlottetown | Saguenay River | Saguenay | Quebec City | Quebec City | Montreal more

Fly Cruise£5999pp
Cruise OnlyCall
174 Baja to Costa Rica : Whales & Wilderness
26 September 2020 - 15 nights

San Diego | San Diego | La Paz | Isla Cerralvo | Puerto Vallarta | Acapulco | Puerto Quetzal | Acajutla, El Salvador | Corinto | Bahia Culebra | Caldera, Costa Rica | UK more

Fly Cruise£9539pp
175 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 | Louisbourg (Cape Breton Island) | Halifax, Nova Scotia more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise Only£8929pp
176 Civitevichia to Athens
01 October 2020 - 11 nights

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

Fly Cruise£5219pp
Cruise Only£5219pp
177 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
178 Canadian Maritimes & New England
04 October 2020 - 11 nights

Montreal | Quebec City | Quebec City | Saguenay | Cap-aux-Meules, Quebec, CA | Sydney, Canada | Portland, Maine | Provincetown, Massachusetts | Boston more

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

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

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

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

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

Piraeus (Athens), Greece | Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey | Rhodes | Corfu | Durrës, Albania | Kotor | Split | Koper, Slovenia | Venice | Venice more

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

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

Fly Cruise£4989pp
183 Chilean Fjords & Cape Horn
27 October 2020 - 14 nights

Santiago | Santiago | Valparaiso | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Laguna San Rafael | Tortel, Chile | Angustura Inglese | Chilean Fjords | Punta Arenas, Chile | Seno Agostini | Seno Garibaldi | Seno Agostini | Seno Garibaldi | Cape Horn | Puerto Williams | Ushuaia | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | UK more

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

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

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

Callao, Peru | Paracas, Peru | Arica | Antofagasta | Valparaiso | 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
186 Venice to Barcelona
29 October 2020 - 12 nights

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

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

Lisbon | Funchal | St John S, Antigua | Basseterre | Fort De France | Bridgetown

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

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

Fly Cruise£6999pp
Cruise Only£5819pp
189 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
190 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
191 Bridgetown to Bridgetown
20 November 2020 - 9 nights

Bridgetown | Castries | Falmouth (English Harbour) | Roadtown | Gustavia | Basseterre | Trois Ilets, Martinique | Saint George | Bequia | Bridgetown more

Fly Cruise£3199pp
Cruise Only£2319pp
192 Roundrip Bridgetown
21 November 2020 - 7 nights

Bridgetown | Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia | Falmouth, Antigua | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Basseterre | Fort De France | Saint George | Bridgetown more

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

San Juan | Marigot, Saint Martin | St John S, Antigua | Terre-de-Haut, Guadeloupe | Fort De France | Roseau | Basseterre | Gustavia | Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, B.V.I | Miami more

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

San Antonio, Chile | Puerto Montt | Castro, Chile | Gulf Of Corcovado | Chilean Fjords | Strait Of Magellan | Punta Arenas, Chile | Ushuaia | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Antarctic Peninsula | Port Stanley | Montevideo | Buenos Aires more

Fly Cruise£13199pp
Cruise Only£11099pp
195 San Juan to Fort Lauderdale
04 December 2020 - 24 nights

San Juan | Spanish Town / Prickly Pear | Charleston | Fort De France | Bequia | Scarborough, Tobago | Saint George | Mayreau Island, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines | Gustavia | St John S, Antigua | Road Town, Tortola, BVI | Grand Turk | Fort Lauderdale, Florida | Key West | Progreso/Yucatan | Progreso/Yucatan | Cozumel Quintana Roo Mexico | Belize City (Belize) | Georgetown (Grand Cayman) | Fort Lauderdale, Florida more

Fly CruiseCall
Cruise OnlyCall
196 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
197 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
198 Miami To Miami
10 December 2020 - 12 nights

Miami | San Juan | St John S, Antigua | Fort De France | Bridgetown | Castries | Philipsburg, St Maarten | Gustavia | Miami more

Fly Cruise£3879pp
Cruise Only£3179pp
199 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
200 Ushuaia - Ushuaia
Silversea -Silver Cloud
21 December 2020 - 15 nights

Ushuaia | New Island | Westpoint Island | Stanley | 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
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