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Unlike their larger counterparts, these nimble small ship cruise and expedition cruise vessels afford a closer communion with the wild, docking at secluded harbors and navigating narrower waterways where colossal cruise ships dare not tread. Onboard, the atmosphere is one of camaraderie and bespoke service, with experts providing insights that deepen the appreciation of each unique ecosystem encountered. The smaller scale not only ensures a minimal environmental footprint but also enables a more personal and immersive exploration, where every turn might reveal the silent flutter of a rare bird or the majestic leap of marine life—a truly privileged glimpse into the natural world's serene and chaotic dance. These small cruise ships have been hand picked by our Trip Planners, who have helped thousands of elated travelers plan the perfect small ship cruise and can give you unbiased advice on the best cruise for you.
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$8,445
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MS Seaventure

Seaventure features a 1-A Super ice class rating ? the highest ice class awarded to passenger vessels. This means that she will be able to explore Antarctic coves, bays, and channels that would previously have been forbidden.
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$2,450
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MV Plancius

Built in 1976 and reconstructed in 2008, the MV Plancius is fully equipped for polar expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica, and accommodates 112 passengers in 54 comfortable cabins.
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Le Dumont-d'Urville Ship
$4,840
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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Discover a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel aboard this glamorous limited-capacity yacht with environmentally-friendly equipment. Le Dumont-d'Urville features elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with windows, and lounge areas opening to the outside, offering a unique cruising experience.
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$5,395
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Ocean Endeavour

Updated as recently as 2014, the 200-passenger ice class Ocean Endeavor explores the most remote areas in comfort and style. With several decks and lounges, 20 zodiacs, and even a swimming pool, sauna, and hot tub, this is the perfect ship for Arctic exploration.
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$4,760
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Le Bougainville

Experience a luxurious setting where the main focus is of authenticity and passion for travel. Le Bougainville is an environmentally-friendly 184-passenger ship that sails across the stunning blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, offering her guests a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy, and comfort.
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The National Geographic Orion at sunset
$6,060
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National Geographic Orion

The creation of the National Geographic Orion in 2003 heralds a new breed of expedition ship: a state-of-the-art vessel which combines the latest advances in ship design and communication technology with all the style and comfort of a luxury cruise ship.
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Paul Gauguin Cruises
$2,990
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Paul Gauguin

The Paul Gauguin was designed specifically to sail the shallow seas of Tahiti and French Polynesia, visiting small ports that larger ships can’t reach and effortlessly blending into the stunning natural beauty of the South Seas.

She offers an extension of the informal, relaxing environment of the islands, coupled with five-star service, …
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SH Diana
$4,280
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SH Diana

Arriving in early 2023, SH Diana will be the largest ship in our fleet, providing elegant and spacious 5-star accommodation for 192 guests in 96 spacious staterooms and suites, the vast majority with large balconies. Operated by an onboard team of 140 she will provide the highest levels of personal service and take Swan Hellenic back to its roots when she launches, exploring the Mediterranean and its famous sites of antiquity. Now sit back, relax and take a moment to get to know this amazing new ship, purpose-designed for our unique cultural expedition cruises.
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Magellan Explorer
$5,995
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Magellan Explorer

The Magellan Explorer is one of the world's newest expedition ships, specifically intended for Antarctica. The ship provides a stylish base for its guests, combining exciting expeditions and boutique hospitality.
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The Ortelius
$4,300
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Ortelius

The ice-strengthened vessel Ortelius is an excellent ship for Polar expedition cruises in the Arctic and Antarctica, providing us with possibilities to adventure remote locations such as the Ross Sea in the Antarctic and Franz Josef Land in the Arctic.
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Le Soleal
$6,330
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Le Soleal

Cruise the polar regions in luxury aboard the Le Soleal. This small ship carries 224 passengers in luxurious accommodations with first class amenities.
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$3,455
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Sea Cloud II

The Sea Cloud II is a legendary windjammer comparable to her sister ship, the Sea Cloud. Featuring her own unique character, the Sea Cloud II combines the high standards expected of a 5-star cruise ship with the unique atmosphere of a romantic tall ship.
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Heritage Adventurer
$3,750
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Heritage Adventurer

Heritage Adventurer is a true pioneering expedition vessel of exceptional pedigree. Often referred to as the 'Grande Dame of Polar Exploration' due to her celebrated history and refined design, she was purpose-built for adventure in 1991 at Finland's Rauma shipyard and specifically designed for Polar exploration.
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Sea Cloud Spirit
$4,850
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Sea Cloud Spirit

Sea Cloud Spirit is a modern and elegant windjammer with occupancy for 136 guests and a crew of 85. It gives you an amazing opportunity of traveling with a high comfort level and enjoying the best panorama views.
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Chichagof Dream
$2,995
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Chichagof Dream

The sleek Chichagof Dream was recently renovated and makes its inaugural voyage in 2016. Accommodating up to 74 passengers in 37 cabins, the ship features expansive viewing areas, new carpets and furnishings, and a commanding hull design.
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Aqua Mekong
$4,560
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Aqua Mekong

The luxurious Aqua Mekong was designed to embody the aesthetic of a sophisticated five star hotel. Spacious and indulgent, yet intimate enough to feel entirely exclusive, the Aqua Mekong incorporates relaxed yet refined lounging and sailing.
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Safari Endeavour
$4,900
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Safari Endeavour

The newly refurbished expedition vessel Safari Endeavour's three decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new found friends. A full-beam swim step makes launching a kayak and boarding the skiff easy.
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Emerald Azzura
$11,190
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Emerald Azzurra

As Emerald's first-ever ocean superyacht, the luxurious Emerald Azzurra is designed to take up to 100 passengers sailing along the Adriatic Coast, Red Sea, and the Eastern and Western Mediterranean.
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