Small Ship Cruises
If you want a great deal on a small ship cruise holiday, we highly recommend you get in touch with us today to hear about our exclusive special offers and the latest discounted fares.
Established as the UK’s original luxury cruise specialist, we partner with world-famous cruise lines such as Silversea, Seabourn, Windstar and Ritz-Carlton in offering small ship cruises in 2022, 2023 and 2024 to a range of captivating destinations throughout the world.
Regardless of which operator you choose, a voyage on a small ship promises a truly unforgettable cruise experience with the highest standards in onboard service, dining and facilities. Furthermore, choosing small cruises means you will have the opportunity to visit more off-the-beaten-path ports and islands, many of which are inaccessible to larger cruise ships.
The Definition of a ‘small ship’
The Definition of what constitutes a ‘small’ cruise ship is the subject of some debate. Some believe that anything over 200 guests is too big. Others would argue that any ship offering a capacity for fewer than 1,000 guests is small. At The Cruise Line, we generally recommend that a ‘small ship’ is a vessel with a total of no more than 600 guests.
Advantages of Small Ship Cruising
Enjoying a small ship cruise has two main advantages; the first is that many cruise enthusiasts believe that cruising on a small ship cruise line offers a greater level of intimacy that larger vessels cannot replicate. Secondly, the public spaces on small ships are generally more relaxed, and there’s often a greater sense of camaraderie between passengers and the ship’s crew.
The second advantage of choosing a small ship cruise is that they offer a wider variety of ports on their itineraries. In addition, due to their size, small ships can easily navigate their way into remote ports of call that are generally inaccessible to larger vessels. For this reason, many cruisers tend to prefer small ship cruises when wanting to explore destinations such as Alaska or the Galapagos Islands.
Best Small Ship Cruise Lines
The cruise line you choose for your small-ship cruise holiday will depend on personal preference and, perhaps most importantly, where you want to go. But, from sleek yachts and luxurious river ships to expedition-ready vessels, we guarantee you’ll find a cruise line offering the kind of small-ship experience that meets your requirements.
As a guide, here is a selection of the best small-ship cruise lines:
- Crystal Cruises – Crystal Endeavor (200 guests)
- Emerald Yacht Cruises – Emerald Azzurra, Emerald Sakara (100 guests)
- Hapag-Lloyd Cruises – Europa 2 (500 guests), Hanseatic Inspiration (230 guests)
- Hebridean Island Cruises – 50 guests
- Ponant Cruises – 32 (Le Ponant) -264 guests
- Seabourn – 458-604 guests
- SeaDream Yacht Club – 112 guests
- Silversea Cruises – 296-609 guests
- Windstar Cruises – 148-312 guests
Book Small Ship Cruises with The Cruise Line
To find out more about small ship cruises, please call our team of Voyage Consultants on 0800 008 6677. Alternatively, please take a look at the collection of voyages below and make an online enquiry for your preferred sailing.