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Browse the top ships visiting France during 2023-2024 below. These small ships have been hand selected to provide an excellent experience onboard with world class service and extraordinary activities during the day exploring France. Some of the most popular destinations visited on these small ship itineraries are Strasbourg, Paris, Bonifacio, Honfleur, and Rouen. The most popular things to do while on a small ship cruise to France are cruises, small ship cruises, luxury, village visits, and river cruises. Not sure which ship is the best match for you to explore France? Just contact one of Adventure Life's France small ship cruise experts for advice on selecting the perfect ship and planning the perfect trip to France.
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National Geographic Resolution

New in 2021, The National Geographic Resolution is a next-generation 126-passager expedition ship purpose-built for polar exploration in comfort with an extremely smooth ride even on the world's roughest, most demanding seas. National Geographic is legendary for immersive trips focusing on the ecology of the polar regions.
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$3,600
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Le Commandant Charcot

The polar explorer ship Le Commandant Charcot travels to remote regions of the Arctic and Antarctic. This expedition ship is unique because of its revolutionary and environmentally friendly design.
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L'Austral
$10,670
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L'Austral

The L'Austral, sister ship to the Le Boreal, is the fruit of Italian expertise and French sophistication. A superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins, the L'Austral links tradition and innovation, cruising to worldwide destinations in luxury.
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Royal Clipper exterior
$890
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Royal Clipper

The Royal Clipper is the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, carrying just 227 privileged guests aboard. She offers the ultimate tall ship sailing experience, balancing the grandeur, adventure, and tradition of sailing with the superb service, amenities, and accommodations of the finest modern yacht. .
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$5,165
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Sea Cloud

With occupancy for just 64 guests, the Sea Cloud is a modern and elegant windjammer outfitted with modern amenities and uniquely decorated cabins. Multiple decks allow you to enjoy the ambiance of the Mediterranean & Caribbean Seas in tranquility as the wind guides the journey.
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Emerald Azzura
$4,275
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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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$5,755
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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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Le Jacques Cartier
$5,530
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Le Jacques Cartier

Indulge in an intimate cruise with the opportunity to visit an ever-expanding choice of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service. Authenticity and a love of travel are the focal points of this opulent setting.
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$5,030
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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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Star Flyer/Star Clipper Exterior
$1,890
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Star Clipper

Star Clipper is a 170-passenger vessel designed to provide a unique traveling experience unlike any other cruise vacation. Step aboard and discover a new age of sail, where the traditions of the past are happily married to the comforts and amenities of the present day.
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$3,800
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Le Lyrial

The sleek, intimate Le Lyrial sails under the French flag and entrances her passengers with her contemporary decor, comfortable suites, and refined ambiance. Her elegant design allows her to be an ideal sailing vessel.
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$3,995
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Scenic Jasper

Measuring 443 feet in length and carrying just 163 passengers, the luxury vessel, Scenic Jasper marries space and intimacy with a sense of exclusivity not regularly found on Europe’s waters. Couple this with a 1:3 crew to passenger ratio and guests can expect attentive service from the minute they step aboard these illustrious river cruise liners.
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$16,950
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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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$3,499
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MS Amaprima

With ample deck space, signature twin or French balconies in most staterooms, and occupancy for 164 passengers, the MS Amaprima offers a modern and comfortable way to experience the Rhine River of central Europe. Reflective of classic ocean yachts, you'll even find a fitness room, a massage & hair salon, and a unique glass elevator.
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S.S. Catherine
$3,399
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S.S. Catherine

Walk the lands that inspired famous artists like Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin with the 159-passenger S.S. Catherine cruising along the waterways of Saone and Rhone Rivers and enjoy a culinary-focused French cruise.
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$628
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MS Leonard De Vinci

The MS Leonard De Vinci is a comfortable and friendly ship that sails on the Rhine and its tributaries. It includes pleasant facilities such as a lounge bar and dance floor, restaurant, small library, gift shop, and spacious sun deck.
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$3,299
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MS Amadolce

Launched in 2009, the MS Amadolce is part of the newest, state-of-the-art fleet of river cruise vessels in Europe.
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River Cruise Vessel
$2,999
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MS Amalucia

Sister ship to the award-winning AmaLea and AmaKristina, the elegant 156-passenger AmaLucia will be a warm, inviting ship offering plenty of space for guests to unwind when she debuts in 2021.
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