Small Ship Cruises
Discover the cruises designed to help you explore your world.
The beaten path is where mega-liners dock and most tourists gather. The beaten path offers a window on new worlds, when what you really want is an open door. Small ship cruising helps you take the routes less travelled, so you discover more.
The small ship cruising experience
Small ship cruising means excitement, insight and exploration. Take discovery cruises through thousands of years of history. Or choose expedition cruises that uncover the hidden sights and experiences of Asia or South America. These are the journeys you simply can't make by mega-liner – the waterways just aren't big enough. But choose small ship cruising and you'll find more of the world is open for exploration.
The true small ship experience is as much about the journey as your destinations. It's about life on deck. About sharing experiences with fellow travellers. And it's about enjoying a more personal, more attentive standard of service that, once you've sampled it, you'll return to again and again.
Small ship destinations
By 'small ship' we mean hundreds, not thousands of passengers, and a smaller ship means the list of potential routes and destinations is practically endless.
Explore the length of the Panama Canal. Patrol the icy waters of the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights. Discover the history and culture of Bangkok or Ho Chi Minh City, or meander from port to port in search of the Mediterranean's less celebrated delights.
Along the way you'll meet the experts who'll help you get more from your travels. From historical insight and cultural perspectives, to local customs and the best places to visit, eat and shop, you'll discover more on a small ship cruise.
On-board your small ship
A small ship features all the comforts of home, if your home includes a resident artist, a butler and a sea view. Our small ships feature a wide variety of services and facilities, but staterooms typically include:
- En-suite bathrooms
- Luxury linen and bathrobes
- TV and DVD
- Turndown service
- Fresh-cut flowers
- Wake-up tea or coffee, afternoon tea and customized fruit bowl
- Packing and unpacking service
- Laundry service
Suites and premium rooms may also feature verandas, butler service, welcome wine, priority scheduling of spa treatments, priority excursion booking and even portrait sittings. On-board entertainment may include some or all of the following: swimming pools, spas, saunas, fitness centres, cinemas restaurants, bars and casinos.
Small ship cruising with the Small Ship Cruise Experts
Small Ship Cruise Experts know the cruise lines, the routes, the ships and the packages. With thousands of shall ships criss-crossing the world's oceans, we'll help you find your perfect ship, your dream itinerary and manage every flight and transfer - so you can relax and enjoy.
Call us on 0800 810 8482 or use our mobile-friendly number: 01253 340 912 and discover why, time and again, people recommend Small Ship Cruise Experts.
You can also view details of our small ship cruise line partners by selecting a cruise line below.
Azamara Club Cruises is a deluxe cruise experience for discerning travellers who long to reach out-of-the-ordinary destinations and indulge in amenities and service unparalleled on the high seas. The unique offerings of Azamara Club Cruises are beyond compare: complimentary 24 hour room service is provided in every stateroom; shore excursions are designed to let guests become part of the fabric of life in each destination, instead of merely being an observer...
At Crystal Cruises, we are motivated by a single goal: to provide you with the finest experience not only in cruising, but in all of luxury travel. Aboard the two highest-rated ships in the world, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, you will discover the hallmarks of Crystal... extraordinary service, abundant space, exceptional quality and incredible choices. This is the very essence of our company; this is the Crystal Difference...
The company originated in Hvitsten, a small town on Oslofjord in Norway, in 1848 when three Olsen brothers – Fredrik Christian, Petter and Andreas – bought their first ships and began an international shipping company. Now into the fifth generation of the family, they operate companies skilled in various aspects of the cruise and passenger shipping trade as well as aviation, ships' crewing, shipbuilding and offshore industries...
From the magnificent fjords of Norway to the awesome ice-filled bays of Antarctica, Hurtigruten is renowned for its comprehensive collection of voyages to remote, beautiful and dramatic coastlines from the far north to the distant south. With over 120 years of maritime experience and our fleet of sixteen intimate and comfortable ships, we offer voyages that go beyond the traditional cruise, allowing closer encounters with environments, wildlife and people along shorelines near and far...
Formed in 2002 by luxury cruise industry veterans Joe Watters and Frank Del Rio, Oceania Cruises is the world's only upper premium cruise line. Cuisine, Comfort, Service and outstanding value are the pillars that define Oceania Cruises' five-star product and have positioned the line as the cruise company of choice for travelers seeking a truly refined and casually elegant travel experience...
In contrast to the massive vessels cruising to and from the major ports of the Mediterranean, we have a mid-sized ship adapted for island and coastal cruising. This means that Aegean Odyssey can visit smaller, less crowded harbours and sail closer the coast enabling you to really appreciate the magical views. As we carry only an average of 350 passengers, our ship is ideal for those who dislike travelling around with hordes of people...
The key to a Voyages of Discovery cruise is simplicity itself – see more, do more. So you'll discover some of the great cities and monuments from the ancient and modern worlds. And along the way, you'll also share the stories and insights not everyone gets to see. Renowned guest speakers unlock the secrets, the MV Voyager is the perfect way to get to any destination. Small enough to reach out-of-the-way ports, yet large enough to make light work of crossing the great oceans, the MV Voyager avoids the excesses of today's mega-liners...