Small Ship Cruises

If you have time to spare and want to visit a treasure trove of destinations from the comfort of a ship, these global sailings are well worth the splurge.
Windjammers are century-old multi-masted sailboats that have been reborn as cruise ships run by young captains keeping history intact.
Including islands, Alaska has 33,904 miles of shoreline. The best way to see it all? By boat.
The cruise company is partnering with research organization SINTEF to craft new, zero emissions ferries to travel along Norway’s coast.
From intimate polar expedition cruises to sailing the Caribbean on a clipper ship, these independent brands are changing the way we think about cruising.
AFAR and AmaWaterways took to the Dutch and Belgian waterways in celebration of a different kind of cruising, with an award-winning ship, exclusive—and active!—experiences, locally sourced cuisine, and more.
For those who have been dreaming about sailing on a yacht, maybe it’s time to finally go for it.
With cooler temperatures and fewer crowds, Greece cruises are both more comfortable and more enriching during the fall. Here are some of our favorites.
With the ability to reach small ports and harbors like Greece’s Amorgos and Italy’s Portoferraio, a program packed with immersive experiences, and just 100 guests, Emerald Cruises’ new superyacht promises enriching voyages for body, mind, and soul.
Large ocean cruise ships are banned from the city’s historic center but smaller, more environmentally friendly ships can still sail in the Venetian Lagoon.
When AFAR’s special cruise correspondent got back out on the open water for the first time since the start of the pandemic, things didn’t go quite as planned.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises just launched its all-suite, all-inclusive “Splendor” ship. AFAR was among the first onboard.
If you would rather pay more upfront and not worry about racking up charges while onboard, these are the cruises for you.
Visiting reindeer herders and eagle hunters in Mongolia. Getting exclusive access to the Louvre after hours. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Yes, you can do this all by cruise ship.
Transatlantic sailings on the classic “Queen Mary 2” cruise liner recall the golden age of travel. One crossing next year will be particularly fabulous, featuring meals served by chef Michel Roux of the acclaimed Michelin-starred restaurant Le Gavroche.
A partnership with the United Nations organization means that sailings feature behind-the-scenes insights and shore excursions to more than 170 World Heritage locations worldwide.
Passengers can use a new private jet service to get to and from ports of call as well as for midcruise sightseeing.
From tips on when to go to exactly how much sunscreen you’ll need to pack—here’s what you need to know before taking an expedition cruise to the Galápagos Islands.
If you don’t think cruising is for you, you may soften your stance when you see the groundbreaking ship that Celebrity Cruises debuted in the wildlife-filled archipelago.
The new cruise line from Richard Branson will be piloted by a Canadian woman, host an LGBTQ voyage, and have midnight sail-aways. Why are we not surprised?
Aqua Expeditions is known for its modern, glass-encased vessels that sail along the Amazon and Mekong rivers. Now the operator is turning its sights towards the lesser explored Komodo and Spice Islands.
When it comes to cruise bragging rights, there are a lot of impressive itineraries passengers can book. But sailing from Antarctica to the Arctic in one journey is hard to top.