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Cruising on a Small Luxury Ship

With a lot fewer guests on board, Luxury cruise ships, many of which are also small-ships, offer many more intimate, "up close and personal" experiences, and more personalized service.

These small ships are usually the ones with offbeat, unique itineraries - sailing to exotic and far-flung places. Their smaller size allows them to access narrow channels and shallow bays to visit ports that are inaccessible to larger ships.

The Small Ship / Luxury Ship Experience

The relaxed, friendly, ambience of a luxury cruise lends itself to casual conversation, and making friends with those who, like you, prefer the finer things of life.

On luxury cruises, you are essentially trading the casino and broadway shows of the larger ships, for evenings of culture and education generally related to the areas you are visiting. Enrichment programs range from history and archaeology to photography and wellness lectures, reflecting the varied interests of these affluent travelers. Onboard services include spa services, shopping, art appreciation and auctions, food and wine tastings, and much more.

The Dining Experience

Guests sailing on a luxury ocean cruise can expect excellent, refined, unobtrusive service. Many ships offer 24-hour room service and a stocked in-suite mini bar. There are typically no formal nights and no table assignments for dinner. Instead, you'll find open seating restaurants so you can usually dine when and with whomever you want. Complimentary cocktails and wine are often included at dinner. Dress is typically country club-casual, and tuxedos and gowns are never required.

Popular Itineraries

Small ship/Luxury cruise itineraries are available worldwide. From the Caribbean to Europe, Africa, Asia, South America, and everywhere in between. A small ship, luxury cruise is perfect for the affluent leisure traveler and for celebrating special occasions.

World Cruises

The ultimate escape - 100+ days visiting more than 40 of the world's most exciting destinations. From Sydney's famous landmark Opera House in Australia, to the ruins of Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. A feast of cultures, food, and music await you on a world cruise.

Special Interest "Theme" Cruises

  • The Galapagos Islands
  • Religious Travel & Pilgrimages
  • Wine-themed sailings
  • Cruises with Onboard Celebrity Hosts
  • Music-themed Cruises
  • Culinary-themed sailings
  • Expedition Cruises
  • Distinctive Voyages - featuring a concierge host, an exclusive shore event, and a private cocktail reception

Booking a Small Ship / Luxury Cruise

Choose a luxury small ship cruise if you prefer a more intimate environment with refined service, a little adventure, and evenings filled with culture and education generally related to the area you are visiting.

For the small ship, luxury cruise itinerary that best matches your interests and personal style, the destinations you wish to visit, the best ship and stateroom type for you, tips about the cruise experience and other things worth considering when booking your cruise vacation, ask a TWG Vacation Travel Advisor to help you.