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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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World Explorer
$11,195
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World Explorer

The World Explorer is a polar expedition cruise ship designed to accommodate 176 passengers. The ship offers an extraordinary level of service, including abundant space for guests and multiple public areas to relax based on passengers’ individual travel styles.
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MS Seaventure
$5,770
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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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MS AmaBella
$3,199
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MS Amabella

The MS Amabella offers the ultimate in custom-designed luxury. This 162-passenger vessel features a combination of amenities and design details never before seen on the great waterways of Europe.
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$3,677
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National Geographic Sea Bird

The Sea Bird, sister ship of the Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size, yet it comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins with windows, private facilities, and climate controls.
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Aqua Blu exterior
$9,415
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Aqua Blu

Board the Aqua Blu as it sails along the pristine East Indonesian Archipelago. This luxurious long-range explorer yacht can accommodate 30 guests. The vessel is additionally equipped with Quantum Zero Speed stabilizers for optimal comfort while sailing.
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Exterior
$11,830
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Sea Cloud

The Sea Cloud is a glorious and gracious luxury sailing yacht, a four-masted bark, custom built in 1931 by the business magnate E.F. Hutton for his wife the heiress, Marjorie Merriweather Post.
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National Geographic Quest
$4,190
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National Geographic Quest

The National Geographic Quest is a state-of-the-art expedition ship accommodating 100 guests in 5 different categories of fully equipped cabins. It is fully stabilized for cruising unique polar passages and wonderful tropical landscapes while providing comfort and adventure in every journey.
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$3,099
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MS Amasonata

The MS Amasonata is among the most luxurious and advanced river vessels in Europe, with occupancy for up to 164 passengers in comfortable cabins, gourmet dining, a pool, and even an exercise room.
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The Ocean Adventurer
$7,295
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Ocean Adventurer

Designed to carry travelers in comfort to the most remote corners of the world, the Ocean Adventurer (Sea Adventurer) is the perfect expedition ship for adventurous people who enjoy the creature comforts offered on board.
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Isabela II
$4,256
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Isabela II

This 40-guest vessel, with 20 outside cabins plus an owner's suite, offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the Galapagos Islands. The yacht is fully air-conditioned; all cabins are spacious and have private bathrooms.
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Katharina ship
$5,200
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Katharina

Built in 1995 using only the very best grades of ironwood, Katharina is a legendary vessel that mixes together traditional materials, shaped by highly skilled Indonesian craftsmen, with the most up-to-date technology. She accommodates up to 14 guests in six fully equipped cabins with double or twin beds.
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Safari Quest in Alaska
$6,100
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Safari Quest

The Safari Quest provides guests with intimate adventure experiences, comfortable staterooms and public spaces with ample room to get away from it all. Carrying 22 passengers, enjoy small ship luxury cruising at its finest.
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$8,950
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Coral Geographer

Arriving in December 2020, the 120-passenger Coral Geographer will feature state-of-the-art specifications and expedition features as her sister ship, Coral Adventurer.
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$2,500
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Panorama

Renovated in 2014 the the Panorama offers its guests a refitted Upper Deck cabins as well as the Main Deck cabin en suite bathrooms and Lounge. It accommodates up to 49 passengers in 25 cabins. This state-of-the-art sail cruiser offers the highest standard of accommodation.
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$3,192
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Tip Top IV

The Tip Top IV is a steel-hulled motor yacht, built to accommodate 16 guests in comfortable cabins. The Tip Top Iv is the flagship of the Tip Top Fleet
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Cachalote Explorer
$3,000
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Cachalote Explorer

The Cachalote Explorer is one of the Galapagos' premier motor yachts. 16 guests sail the islands in 8 stylish cabins, hiking on the Islands and snorkeling in the pristine waters of Galapagos on 6, 8 and 15-day tours of the Galapagos Islands.
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$10,350
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Silver Origin

Silver Origin is the height of experiential travel in the Galapagos. This 100-passenger destination-specific ship offers an extraordinary voyage for extraordinary people sailing to Galapagos.
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La Belle de L'Adriatique
$3,296
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MV La Belle de L'Adriatique

The MV La Belle de L'Adriatique is a beautiful ship which cruises along the Croatian Islands, Montenegro, Cyprus, and Greek Islands. Built in 2007 and accommodating 198 passengers in just 99 cabins, she is a comfortable vessel upon which to enjoy your vacation.
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