Small Intimate Voyages – What is Your Preferred Type, Expedition, Explorer or Yacht?

These Small & Intimate Expedition or Yacht type vessels offer a private, exclusive ambiance, along with personalized service and the advantage of being able to port almost anywhere. Passengers get a feel for the water and experience destinations in a very up-close and personal way.

Ships sizes range from megaships (over 4,000 passengers) to very small vessels and luxury yachts whose passengers number in mere dozens. Knowing the differences is key to planning your best cruise vacation. CruiseCompete has divided today’s ships into six categories and provides information on the benefits each provides: XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL.

Silversea’s 100-guest all-suite, all balcony Silver Origin, the luxury line’s first destination-specific ship. Silver Origin’s schedule of 7-day Galapagos sailings begins August 22, 2020, with an 11-day Silver Origin sailing scheduled for December 18, 2021, and a 10-day sailing immediately following on December 29, 2021.

Cover photo: Scenic Eclipse Outer Hebrides Courtesy Scenic

Here are small ships in the Expedition and Explorer categories, with guest capacity from 16 to 530:

CRUISE LINE SHIP NAME (click ship names to see video, sailing information, dates, etc.) GUEST CAPACITY CATEGORY
Celebrity Celebrity Xploration 16 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Safari Quest 22 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Safari Explorer 36 Expedition
Celebrity Celebrity Xpedition 48 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Wilderness Adventurer 60 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Safari Voyager 66 expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Wilderness Discoverer 76 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Wilderness Explorer 76 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Safari Endeavour 84 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises S.S. Legacy 90 Expedition
Celebrity Celebrity Flora 100 Expedition
Silversea Cruises Silver Galapagos 100 Expedition
Silversea Cruises Silver Origin 100 Expedition
Silversea Cruises Silver Explorer 144 Expedition
Crystal Crystal Endeavor 200 Expedition
Scenic Scenic Eclipse 228 Expedition
Silversea Cruises Silver Cloud 254 Expedition
PONANT Cruises L’Austral 267 Expedition
Hurtigruten Cruises MS Fridtjof Nansen 530 Expedition
Hurtigruten Cruises MS Roald Amundsen 530 Expedition
PONANT Cruises Le Boreal 264 Expedition Yacht
PONANT Cruises Le Lyrial 264 Expedition Yacht
PONANT Cruises Le Soleal 264 Expedition Yacht
Hurtigruten Cruises MS Fram 318 Explorer
Hurtigruten Cruises MS Spitsbergen 335 Explorer
PONANT Cruises Le Bellot 184 New Generation Explorer
PONANT Cruises Le Bougainville 184 New Generation Explorer
PONANT Cruises Le Champlain 184 New Generation Explorer
PONANT Cruises Le Dumont-D’Urville 184 New Generation Explorer
PONANT Cruises Le Jacques Cartier 184 New Generation Explorer
PONANT Cruises Le Laperouse 184 New Generation Explorer

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