Small ship cruising caters to travelers who want specialty cruise experiences. This small subset of the cruise industry is growing rapidly as demand for longer stays in port and more overnights are attracting travelers who want to enjoy the benefits of a cruise vacation without having to miss out with more time exploring on land. Small ship cruising features global itineraries to cruise hotspots as well as off-the-beaten-path locales that focus on cultural activities. These vessels generally carry fewer than 650 passengers and there are many types of ships to choose from: luxurious ocean liners, barges, wind powered sailing yachts, or expedition vessels with strengthened-hulls to break the ice in the Arctic and Antarctica polar zones.
Carrie Finley-Bajak, Small Ship Cruises Curator
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