Do you pine for the open ocean but can’t stand the thought of all-night parties, thousand-seat dining rooms or lining up for every event or onboard attraction, then perhaps small ship cruising is for you. Not all cruise ships are vast, floating resorts. A up and coming cruising niche revolves around small ships — a wide-ranging group that includes yachts, rugged expedition ships, riverboats and classic sailing schooners — where guest counts range to a maximum or 300, as opposed to 3000 of your fellow travelers.
Beyond offering a cozier atmosphere, the small size of these cruise ships creates a whole different experience, both onshore and onboard.
“180 degrees from ordinary!” Windstar’s small cruise ships and personalized approach bring you closer to each destination and every port. Their elegant, 148 – 310-guest cruise ships open up captivating new worlds and leave indelible, lifetime memories.
Lindblad Expeditions a partner of National Geographic has for more than 50 years transformed ordinary vacations into once-in-a-lifetime adventures. Explore remote, unspoiled destinations alongside expert guides, from Antarctica to the Galapagos and more.
Paul Gauguin Cruises offers small luxury cruises to idyllic destinations in Tahiti, French Polynesia, Fiji, and the South Pacific. Designed specifically to sail French Polynesia’s lagoons, the renowned m/s Paul Gauguin is the highest-rated luxury ship in the South Pacific.
Discover the world’s top destinations. Ponant small ships let you maintain your privacy and make you feel like you are on your very own private yacht. PONANT offers you the promise of unforgettable moments aboard their compact and intimately sized cruise yachts, all of which sail under the French flag.
Are you ready to break away from the masses? If so UnCruise Adventures may be for you. This unique ocean and river cruise line prides it’s self on going where other cruise lines can’t, with small ships but big adventures. Offering itineraries, on the Columbia & Snake Rivers and coastal cruises in the Pacific North West.
Has the urge to explore been a part of you since the day you were born? Hurtigruten explores some of the world’s most untouched and pristine environments accessible only by ship, including the coast of Norway, Antarctica, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Iceland, Canada, South America, Central America & Africa.