Types of Cruises - Small Ship Cruises
CRUISING ON SMALL SHIPS
Small ship cruises offer the opportunity to explore the world from a uniquely personal perspective.
From Antarctica to the Arctic, the Caribbean to Canada, Mexico to the Mediterranean, small ships travel the great rivers of Europe and North America, sail along Norwegian fjords and other scenic coasts, cross oceans, explore the globe’s most remote destinations, and even embark on world cruises.
They go where the big ships go, but they can go further.
These types of cruises enable a small group of travelers to go where no other cruise ships go – to the inland capitals of Europe and Asia, tiny islands in the tropics, undiscovered ports in the Middle East, remote coves and bays in Alaska, America’s Intra-Coastal Waterway and more.
The combination of out-of-the-way destinations and relatively small amount of passengers means that the lucky few onboard experience the world as though it was theirs alone to discover.
Whether the shipboard experience emphasises sheer elegance and luxury while visiting some of the world’s most glamorous yachting destinations, or a more informal yet equally delightful and comfortable lifestyle for journeying through nature’s most extreme environments, all small ships have other qualities in common.
These types of cruises enable guests to socialise easily and share experiences with like-minded passengers who share their interests and tastes and they virtually eliminate the hassles of travel. Getting on and off the vessel is effortless, with docking in the very centre of the action of each destination or port, and sightseeing is crowdless, often in places where there are few other visitors.
Cruise lines that feature small ships and small ship type cruises include, American Cruise Lines, Hebridean Island Cruises, Hurtigruten, Pearl Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, Seadream Yacht Club, Silversea Cruises, Uniworld River Cruises and Windstar Cruises.
photo courtesy Hebridean Island Cruises