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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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$7,440
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MS Fridtjof Nansen

The Fridtjof Nansen was built in 2020 and offers numerous lounges in which to relax, a well-equipped gym, and several infinity pool and hot tubs as a couple of the highlights
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Wilderness Legacy
$4,400
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Wilderness Legacy

Embark on this refurbished 88-small ship, the Legacy. Emulating an earlyl victorian steamer, this charming vessel carries guests on small ship cruises to Alaska, Columbia River cruises, and historic Northwest exploration. History comes alive with lecturer
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Emerald Sky
$7,390
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Emerald Sky

The Emerald Sky offers comfortable accommodations and an unforgettable sailing experience while navigating the Rhine, Main, Danube, and the Moselle Rivers. Sail through some of Europe?s most magical stretches of water and explore many of the continent?s most enchanting cities. The vessel's capacity is an intimate 180 guests and the ship offers a selection of wonderful amenities and features. 
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Viking River Cruises
$2,199
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Viking Cruises

Viking ships showcase innovative engineering, streamlined Scandinavian design, and understated elegance. Thoughtfully engineered to get you closer to your destination, they provide unprecedented levels of comfort, including spacious staterooms with full-size verandas, the largest suites, and al fresco dining.
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Avalon Envision
$1,749
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Avalon Envision

Marvel at the beauty of Danube River on an Avalon Envision cruise. An impressive addition to the Avalon Waterways Suite Ship fleet, this river cruise ship has 67 luxury accommodations for up to 164 passengers exploring Europe.
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Pegasus
$1,550
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Pegasos

The twin-hulled Pegasos accommodates up to 44 guests in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. On board enjoy magnificent sea views as you stroll the 2,550 square feet of open deck.
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Le Laperouse
$8,314
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Le Laperouse

Experience the luxurious settings that Le Laperouse offers while you enjoy the authenticity and passion for travel on each itinerary. Its contemporary decor and comfortable, fully equipped suites make it the ideal small cruise ship for exploring the Arctic, Mediterranean and even the Seychelles Islands.
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The MV Ushuaia
$4,860
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MV Ushuaia

The MV Ushuaia is a steel hulled, ice-strengthened vessel built originally for oceanographic research and recently converted for passenger voyages to Antarctica. Accommodating a maximum of 88 passengers in 46 comfortable cabins & suites, Ushuaia offers a dining room, bar, library, and observation lounge and inflatable watercraft to explore the ice.
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MV Vikingfjord aerial shot
$11,095
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MV Vikingfjord

Embark on a low-impact expedition to Svalbard aboard the MV Vikingfjord. This 12-passenger vessel is a unique addition to Secret Atlas, featuring modernized, spacious cabins and an open-concept living area with a cozy couch and windows for a nice view.
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Mompox, Colombia
$3,599
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AmaMagdalena

Step aboard AmaWaterways' newly designed AmaMagdalena, a 60-passenger river cruise ship offering luxury, including a heated pool, fitness room, a restaurant, and al fresco dining. Enjoy stunning views of Colombia's Magdalena River from your amenity-filled twin-balcony stateroom.
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La Perla
$1,857
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La Perla

Experience the world’s largest river — and biggest rainforest — on a voyage of discovery aboard the riverboat La Perla. The adventure includes an amazing array of flora and fauna, encounters with Peru’s indigenous peoples, and awesome outdoor activities.
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$3,999
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MS Amaviola

The AmaViola ? set to debut in 2016 ? is a sister ship to the AmaSerena and features the most advanced design of any river cruise vessel currently in operation.
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River Cruise Vessel
$2,899
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MS AmaSiena

The exquisite 156-passenger AmaSiena, sister ship to the award-winning AmaKristina, is a warm, friendly ship with plenty of space for guests to unwind. Take in panoramic views and lots of fresh air from our opulent twin-balcony bedrooms, which have both a French and an outside balcony.
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$4,435
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Gemaya

Introducing with pride the newest member of the Elixir family, "GEMAYA." The Gemaya is unique, expertly fusing her military background with exquisite design. The yacht configuration is perfect for socializing or retreating to privacy. Guests experience personal service, fine dining, and attention to detail while discovering the Greek islands in impeccable style and comfort.
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$2,465
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RV Indochine II

The RV Indochine II successfully combines colonial and modern styles. Built in 2016 with the finest material and start-of-the-art technology, this is an ideal ship for cruises along the waterways of Asia.
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Grace yacht
$9,950
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Grace

Explore the Galapagos in one of the most elegant yachts in the Islands. This boat lives up to its prestigious name with both comfort and service, featuring a sun deck with a Jacuzzi, delicious meals served either inside or in the al fresco dining area, comfortable staterooms, & even a kids' area. Plus, the itineraries highlight the best of nature.
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The Evolution
$8,950
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Evolution

Named for Darwin's famous theory, the Evolution is a comfortable motor yacht ideal for families or travelers hoping to get in some diving on their Galapagos vacation. The itineraries focus on the natural experience and give you engaging ways to experience what the Islands' first explorers did centuries ago.
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MS Nordlys
$1,720
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MS Nordlys

The art, décor and colors applied aboard this ship are all inspired by the northern lights. The delicate aesthetic creates a distinct and unique onboard ambience. MS Nordlys is a comfortable ship. Passengers are invited to kick back after a long day experiencing one of Hurtigruten´s excursions and activities in comfy recliners in the ship?s lounges
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