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Small Ship Cruises

Head off the beaten track aboard a small ship and discover hidden anchorages and the lesser visited gems seldom visited by larger ships.

Small ships cruises are all about intimate experiences and personalised service, a calm and un-hurried atmosphere, and itineraries that focus on discovering new destinations.

Whilst you may not find the breadth of facilities and entertainment on board your small ship that you would expect to find on others, rest assured that will enjoy superb dining, usually with a local twist, along with excellent educational and shore excursion programmes tailored to the destinations you will be exploring.

Small ship experiences range from true sailing adventures aboard fully rigged tall ships to opulent outings on some of the world’s most exclusive and luxurious yachts. If this sounds like your dream holiday take a look at our tailormade itineraries and discover the sea less sailed.


Tall Ship Sailing in the Grenadine Islands
  • Unique sailing experience
  • Discover hidden coves and bays
  • Set foot on untouched powdery white sand beaches
  • Encounter colourful coral and magnificent marine life

  • Beaches, Elephants & Tall Ship Sailing
  • Iconic tall ship sailing experience
  • Visit Thailand’s lesser visited island gems
  • Discover ancient rainforests and imposing limestone cliffs
  • Get up close to the majestic Asian elephant

  • Greek Island Hopping by Tall Ship
  • Stray off the beaten track and dock in less visited ports
  • Unique tall ship sailing experience
  • Explore secluded bays, discover ancient ruins and spend lazy days by the beach

  • Alaska Small Ship Discovery & Denali Highlights
  • Immersive small group exploration of Alaska
  • Get up close to glaciers, inlets and wildlife
  • Opportunities to kayak the rugged coves and hike in the forests
  • Experience stunning Denali National Park with its towering mountains

  • Freighter to Paradise
  • Experience the beauty of the Marquesas Islands with Aranui 5 – a dual-purpose cargo and touring vessel
  • Fascinating insight into local Polynesian life
  • Travel to off the beaten track locations
  • Creature comforts of a modern ship

  • Voyage to Alaska
  • In-depth yet relaxing Alaska experience
  • Stroll through national parks & picturesque coastal towns
  • Meet and greet the many species of the nutrient-rich waters
  • Ice cliffs and calving glaciers provide a glorious backdrop

  • The Spectacular Kimberley Coast
  • Dramatic landscapes and magnificent beauty of an ancient land
  • Discover rock art, unique natural phenomenon and Aboriginal culture
  • Off the beaten track exploration by Zodiac
  • Intimate small ship cruising with everything included

  • Corsica, Sardinia & French Riviera
  • Unique tall ship sailing experience
  • Stunning scenery and ancient history
  • Dock in little visited ports of the Western Mediterranean
  • Visit the beautiful islands of Corsica and Sardinia

  • Western Africa Discovery
  • Discover this diverse continental coastline in boutique luxury aboard Azamara Journey®
  • Explore the stunning city of Cape Town
  • Parade the meandering oceanfront promenades and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Luanda
  • Explore Africa’s Smiling Coast

  • Voyage from Africa to Asia
  • Iconic cross-continent cruise across the Indian Ocean
  • Contrast of cosmopolitan cities and remote island life
  • Spectacular beaches and colourful marine life
  • Extended stay in fascinating Cape Town

  • South America In-depth
  • Intimate, small ship exploration of South America
  • Verdant rainforests of Brazil
  • Historic cities of Uruguay & Argentina
  • Ice-blue glaciers of Patagonia

  • Reef, Rock and New Zealand in depth
  • Mystical Uluru & mighty Kata Tjuta
  • Great Barrier Reef and Queensland rainforest experience
  • Extended and overnight stays in some of New Zealand’s most iconic destinations

  • Enchanting Islands of Indonesia
  • Unique tall ship sailing experience
  • Indonesia’s picturesque islands, towering volcanoes and unique wildlife
  • Discover Bali’s cultural heart and palm-fringed beaches

  • The Best of South Africa
  • Charming thatched safari lodge nestled in the heart of Little Karoo
  • Discover the coastline of this stunning country aboard boutique Azamara Journey
  • Enjoy time in cultural Cape Town
  • Range of optional immersive shore excursions

  • Picture Perfect Pacific Islands
  • Unique opportunity to visit the island paradise of both Hawaii and French Polynesia
  • Experience five islands in French Polynesia and four in Hawaii
  • Luxury hotel stays in Moorea and San Francisco

  • Islands Paradise in the Seychelles
  • Kick back on picture perfect beaches
  • Great value and hassle-free way to explore the idyllic Seychelles
  • Amazing marine wildlife experiences
  • Easy going and relaxed pace

  • Black Sea Adventure
  • Explore the diverse and lesser visited ports of the Black Sea
  • Sail through the beautiful Bosphorous Strait
  • Visit the impressive Greco-Roman city of Ephesus
  • Stroll the atmospheric streets of two beautiful Greek islands

  • Boutique Barbados & Hidden Gems
  • Boutique luxury resort stay in Barbados
  • Discover hidden idyllic islands,
  • including late night stays
  • Experience ultra-luxury, all inclusive cruising

  • Rhythms of South America
  • From vibrant Rio to beautiful beaches – discover the best of Brazil
  • Stand in awe at the base of Iguazu Falls
  • Experience Buenos Aires European grandeur combined with Latin spirit

  • Escape to the East
  • Discover illuminated skylines, mystical temples and vast deserts of Arabia
  • Once-in-a-lifetime Eastern & Oriental Express rail journey
  • Boutique cruising with a focus on destination
  • Sri Lanka’s diverse culture and landscapes

  • Japan in Bloom
  • Revel in Japan’s exquisite fleeting cherry blossom
  • Discover cultural, historic and scenic treasures with ease
  • Visit forested shrines, impressive temples and WWII sites
  • Stay at an authentic Ryokan

  • Galapagos - West, Central & East Islands aboard the Estrella
    10 days / 9 nights
    from £2,639
  • See giant tortoises in their natural environment
  • Hike to the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Meet some of the largest colonies of marine iguanas in the Galápagos
  • See fantastic bird life including flightless cormorants, flamingos and pelicans
  • Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Tour the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Explore lava flows and lava tunnels
  • Search for the elusive Galápagos hawk

  • Northern Ecuador & the Galapagos in Style
    15 days / 14 nights
    from £7,495
  • A Land of Contrasts
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Santa Cruz II
  • Luxury Accommodation

  • Classic Galapagos - Southern Islands
    10 days / 9 nights
    from £4,847
  • Watch the playful sea lions whilst snorkelling off Santa Fe Island
  • See Giant Tortoise in their natural environment
  • Visit the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Enjoy the incredible birdlife, including the iconic blue-footed boobies
  • Lookout for marine iguanas and sea lions on spectacular Floreana Island
  • See pink flamingos wading the shallow lagoons
  • Relax on the white sands of Gardner Bay
  • Snorkel in the pristine waters of Punta Carrion

  • Ecuadorian Adventure
    13 days / 12 nights
    from £4,721
  • Historic Quito
  • Amazon
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Coral I & II

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