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Small Ship Cruises

If you are searching for an intimate cruise holiday experience then we would recommend you explore our collection of small-ship cruises. Each voyage is expertly crafted to ensure that every guest has the very best small-ship experience. This means that a range of diverse itineraries to hidden ports of call and unspoilt lands throughout the world are on offer aboard some of the finest cruise ships on earth.

Perceptions on what constitutes a ‘small-ship’ generally vary and are often debated, with some believing that anything over 200 passengers is too big and others stating that anything with a passenger capacity of less than 1000 is classed as a small-ship. At The Cruise Line our Cruise Experts recommend small ship cruises on vessels that carry no more than 600 passengers.

Benefits of Small-Ship Cruising

A small-ship cruise has many advantages, including a greater level of intimacy that simply cannot be recreated on larger vessels. This projects a much greater sense of camaraderie between passengers and also between passengers and the ship’s crew. In all, it makes the vessel a much more relaxed place and gives it a great atmosphere.

A wider variety of port options is also a benefit of embarking on a small-ship cruise. You will often find the itineraries offer a diverse range of port options – from those visited regularly by ships of all sizes and those that can only be accessed by smaller vessels. It is for this very reason that many people tend to prefer small-ship options when exploring destinations such as Alaska or the Galapagos Islands.

Small-Ship Cruises 2016

We offer a wide range of small-ship cruise options across a large variety of cruise lines. Some of these lines visit ports of call throughout popular cruising regions, such as the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and others offer a more specialised experience to places such as South Africa and the Amazon.

Choose from a variety of cruise itineraries on small ships with capacities varying between 600 passengers and 12 passengers; from boutique-style luxury small ships to custom-built ice-standard vessels perfect for navigating arctic waters in maximum comfort. Our small-ship cruise lines include: Silversea, Seabourn, Lindblad Expeditions, Star Clippers, Windstar Cruises, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, Hurtigruten, Ponant, Paul Gauguin Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, Voyages to Antiquity and Voyages of Discovery.

Small-Ship Cruises from the UK

There are a number of cruise lines that offer small-ship cruises from the UK. For example, Hebridean Island Cruises are renowned for their itineraries that take in the best of Scotland’s Inner and Outer Hebrides onboard the Royally endorsed Hebridean Princess. For those looking to travel a little further afield, Swan Hellenic offers small-ship cruises from the UK to destinations throughout Europe and the Mediterranean.

May of the ultra-luxury cruise lines are also offering small-ship voyages from our shores with Seabourn and Silversea both offering UK departures.

Small-Ship Cruises Mediterranean 2016

Some of our most popular small-ship itineraries sail the warm waters of the Mediterranean and in 2016 we have an unrivalled selection of EXCLUSIVE offers available aboard many of the world’s best small-ships. Itinerary durations range from 6-nights right through to 20-nights and above, and ports of call include: Santorini, Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Palma de Mallorca, Rome (Civitavecchia), Sardinia, Naples, Capri, Sorrento, Corfu, Valletta, Dubrovnik and more.

Many ports in the Mediterranean offer prime berthing locations to smaller vessels, so you will often find yourself much closer to the city than a vessel that can accommodate say 2000+ passengers. You will also find in places such as Monte Carlo that your ship can actually berth alongside in the marina, instead of having to run a tender operation like many of the larger vessels – small-ship cruising really does have many advantages.

Book Your Small-Ship Cruise with The Cruise Line

If you are looking for a luxury small-ship cruise then we highly recommend you contact us today for details of our best 2016/2017 offers. Founded in 1993, The Cruise Line has established a reputation for offering clients outstanding customer service alongside highly competitive pricing and special offers.

For further details, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please select your preferred voyage from the selection below and make an online enquiry


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