A GUIDE TO SMALL SHIP AND RIVER CRUISING
Smaller ships can squeeze into the nooks and crannies of the world that larger, mass market vessels cannot reach, bringing a more intimate and individual feel to your cruise. This means you can experience lesser known and explored destinations in sociable surroundings more reminiscent of a relaxed private club.
River journeys, exploratory voyages and small ship adventures to destinations off-the-beaten-track present extraordinary alternatives to mainstream and larger resort style ships.
River: By their very nature, riverboats need to be smaller and more compact, generally accommodating only 200 or so guests maximum. They offer a different pace and feel to ocean cruises, with a more relaxed atmosphere complemented by fixed dining and shared tables at mealtimes. Think of it as a floating city break as riverboats generally dock in city centres while passing through beautiful scenery in-between.
Adventure: Sailings on stately tall ships, smaller boats and expeditionary vessels are an ideal way to delve into the world’s most offbeat destinations and spot spectacular wildlife. Discover the best sites to view polar bears, to meet indigenous tribe people or follow in the footsteps of legendary explorers. Adventure cruising can take you to places other ships cannot reach – and sometimes with just a small group of passengers per voyage.
Over the last fifteen years, along with our guests, we have discovered that there is so much that is extraordinary about the places we travel, from the landscape, wildlife and culture to the history, art and archeology that is unique to every destination. It is our belief that there is so much to see “beyond the binoculars” that drives us to delve deeper into our favourite places with every expedition and continually seek out new destinations.
Award-winning river cruise line AmaWaterways continues to build upon our industry lead with a fleet of 15 custom-designed vessels in Europe, Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia and Africa. We continue to lead the way in river cruising by providing innovative luxurious ship designs featuring step-out and French balconies, premium stateroom amenities and warm, personalized service.
Discover the delights along the world's great waterways aboard one of APT's luxury river ships. Unpack only once & enjoy your floating boutique hotel, where the next great destination appears at your doorstep. Travel the waterways that were the lifelines for early explorers, settlers, farmers and traders. Today travel in comfort and style - waking up each morning in a new place, ready to discover new sights! Leave your cares and concerns behind as our dedicated Cruise Directors ensure your holiday is hassle-free.
A voyage to the Polar Regions is a true wilderness and wildlife journey of a lifetime. Aqua-Firma's Polar Voyages to Arctic Spitsbergen, Greenland, Antarctica and the Sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and the Falklands are operated on some of the smallest expedition ships, sailing yachts and tall ships afloat. These vessels carry between 12 and 114 people, ensuring that your experience is intimate and memorable, with as much time as possible spent exploring on shore. Rigid inflatable boats are our landing craft and from motor ships we can use them to carry small groups to impressive glacier fronts, explore majestic icebergs and provide for close up observations of the incredible wildlife of the polar seas.
Avalon Waterways offers a first class river cruising experience with the highest level of comfort and personalised service aboard its contemporary, award winning fleet of ships. Choose from one of the exciting 5 to 24 day Avalon Waterways cruises on the Danube, Main, Rhine, Moselle, Rhône, Seine, Dutch Waterways, Nile, Mississippi, Galápagos, Amazon, Mekong and Yangtze rivers between March and December. Avalon cruises offer a luxurious on board experience with elegant dining, spacious suites and large outside staterooms with full-sized en suite bathrooms. In addition, most staterooms on board our European Avalon cruises feature floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows (unique to Avalon Waterways), providing the best views of beautiful landscapes, famous landmarks and spectacular sights as you cruise.
Sailing to the legendary Galapagos Islands, the intimate Celebrity Xpedition® offers an experience that is halfway between a cosmopolitan cruise and an intrepid explorer’s voyage. Enjoy the inviting atmosphere, luxurious interior a thrilling sense of adventure.
CroisiEurope River Cruises, Europe’s largest river cruise company is a family run business, building, owning and operating 29 elegant ships, with average capacity of 50 to 80 cabins. These prestigious river cruise ships are designed for intimacy. Each ship has excellent on-board facilities, combining a sophisticated “Francophile” lifestyle with enjoyable and informative itineraries and – of course – panoramic views from cabins, lounges and sundecks, delivers just that.
Croisieurope seeks out creative itineraries, from continental cruises to weekend breaks, from untouched country panoramas and cultural sites to lazy days in the Med, Croisieurope will have the perfect cruise for you.
Cruise North Expeditions is owned and operated by the Inuit of Canada’s Arctic. Inuit have survived for centuries in the Arctic wilderness passing down knowledge and skills from one generation to the next. Today’s Inuit carry many lifetimes of knowledge, and life in the small Arctic villages is a fine balance of ancient traditions and modern sensibilities. There is no better way to experience the Arctic than through Inuit eyes.
To fully discover the ancient wonders of Egypt, a cruise on the River Nile is truly an unforgettable experience. The Nile River has been Egypt's lifeline since ancient times and there is no better way to trace the passage of Egypt's history than to follow the course of the Nile. Nile cruises operate between Luxor and Aswan and are enjoyable and comfortable way to enjoy the ancient sites of Upper Egypt. Each day gives you every opportunity to explore new sights or simply enjoy a different view.
For those interested in being immersed in natural wonder, the Galápagos is an extraordinary holiday destination. Nowhere else can you experience such close encounters with remarkable animals like giant tortoises, marine iguanas, waved albatross, blue-footed and red-footed boobies, Galápagos penguins, and sea lions galore. The sheer amount of wildlife is astounding and even more exceptional is the behaviour of the wildlife, which actually seems oblivious to your presence. From first-hand experience we have selected the better accommodations and services and we've chosen the National Geographic Islander to sail the Galápagos Islands. The Islander is widely accepted as the best in its class and we charter it privately for our voyages.
Although it may appear as if the entire world has been explored, genuine discoveries are still possible. With small, manoeuvrable expedition ships such as the HANSEATIC and the BREMEN, you will experience pristine regions that are to be found off the beaten track, but also supposedly familiar climes such as the Baltic Sea or the Mediterranean. Cruises with the HANSEATIC and the BREMEN always retain the character of an expedition. Welcome to genuine discoveries.
Luxury, small ship cruising as individual as you... Hebridean Island Cruises has been setting the benchmark for luxury cruising since 1989. Our small, five star luxury cruise ship, Hebridean Princess, affords guests the highest standards of accommodation, together with a level of service from an almost forgotten era.
Each all-inclusive cruise is carefully planned by our own highly experienced researchers, whose brief is to capture the cultural essence and historical significance of each port of call.
The selection of river cruises includes journeys along the major rivers of Europe, Russia and China aboard vessels accommodating from 100-200 passengers. Expedition cruises offer visits to out of the way destinations and will appeal to the more adventurous and those who enjoy the natural world. Small ship cruises offer comprehensive itineraries, normally concentrating on a particular area or theme. The itinerary is paramount and the small size of the vessels means that you will be able to visit places that larger vessels cannot go.
Portuscale Cruises is a new cruise company, which started operating in 2013 with the acquisition and rebuilding of four classic and charming vessels. M/V Funchal has just undergone an extensive reconstruction that brings her the highest standard of modern comfort whilst retaining her sleek traditional lines and friendly service. They have carefully selected four cruises which start and finish in Falmouth.
“It’s yachting, not cruising” Enjoy the difference. SeaDream Yacht Club is different from big ship cruising. Our philosophy of casual perfection runs through everything we do. With only 112 guests being pampered by an award-winning crew of 95, the level of attention and service we pay to each of our guests makes yachting aboard either one of our mega-yachts SeaDream I or SeaDream II feel as if you are on your own private yacht. Be as active or as relaxed as you like and take in the ultimate in luxury, privacy and pampering.
Adventure-seeking travellers, with discerning tastes, are thrilled to discover Silversea Expeditions offers journeys that are just as exhilarating as they are luxurious. With a fleet of three purpose-built expedition ships that sail from pole to pole, you can explore much of the unknown world with Silversea — and all while enjoying the signature distinctions that have made Silversea the icon in luxury travel.
Star Clippers operate three of the world's largest and tallest sailing vessels. Visiting ports often untouched by larger cruise ships and offering passengers the activities, amenities and atmosphere of a private yacht. The ships currently sail throughout the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Costa Rica.
Uniworld River Cruises
Experience the best on a Uniworld River Cruise in partnership with Titan Travel. A Uniworld River Cruise has everything you would expect from travelling by boat, beautiful views, fantastic service and an interesting and varied itinerary, but with five-star luxury that takes the experience to the next level.
Variety Cruises offers life-enriching cruise journeys for the inquisitive mind. We combine a private yacht/small ship type of on board experience with a complete immersion in the destinations where we cruise and mesmerising ports of call to offer our guests an authentic and memorable travel experience and become part of the Variety Cruises family.
Viking River Cruises
Glide along the majestic Danube. Sail the Main or Moselle, and discover the heart of Europe by cruising the Rhine. There is no more relaxing or rewarding way to see the world than from its great rivers. And there is no better river cruise line than Viking.
If you’d like to travel further afield, let Viking show you the real Russia. From St. Petersburg to Moscow, sail the Waterways of the Tsars and see all the highlights of this remarkable land. Or explore China and its many treasures: the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, Terracotta Warriors and Three Gorges. Combining hotel stays and deluxe cruising along the Yangtze, our China cruises offer the best of both worlds. Likewise, Vietnam and Cambodia are best explored on Viking’s cruise and stay holiday, the Magnificent Mekong.
CRUISE THE ANCIENT WORLD. Combining the comfort of boutique-style cruising with the best of cultural travel, Voyages to Antiquity offers an opportunity to explore the natural wonders and historic treasures of the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia. The meticulously planned itineraries, celebrated guest speakers, and included shore excursions will bring to life the fascinating natural & historic sites along the stunning coastlines of Europe, Africa and Southeast Asia.