Small Intimate Voyages – Expedition, Explorer & Yacht Ships, 8 to 265 Cabins!

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 very small vessels and luxury yachts whose passengers number in mere dozens. Knowing the differences is key to planning your best cruise vacation.

A beautiful example is Silversea’s 100-guest all-suite, all balcony Silver Origin, the luxury line’s first destination-specific ship.


Cover photo: Quark Expeditions Ultramarine’s Water-level Zodiac Hangar — An internal Zodiac hangar quickly and safely deploys Ultramarine’s twenty Zodiacs, allowing for more spontaneous off-ship adventures and more intimate wildlife engagement. This unique design allows guests to get off the ship in half the time of other vessels. Courtesy, Quark Expeditions


Here are small ships in the Expedition, New Generation Explorer and Expedition Yacht categories, with guest capacity from 16 to 265:

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 La Pinta 48 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Wilderness Adventurer 60 Expedition
UnCruise Adventures Cruises Safari Voyager 66 expedition
Windstar Wind Star 74 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
Viking Santa Cruz II 90 Expedition
Celebrity Celebrity Flora 100 Expedition
Silversea Cruises Silver Galapagos 100 Expedition
Silversea Cruises  Silver Origin 100 Expedition
Windstar Star Breeze 106 Expedition
Windstar Star Legend 106 Expedition
Windstar Star Pride 106 Expedition
Quark Expeditions Ocean Adventurer 128 Expedition
Silversea Cruises  Silver Explorer 144 Expedition
Windstar Wind Surf 154 Expedition
Quark Expeditions 50 Years of Victory 160 Expedition
Quark Expeditions World Explorer 172 Expedition
Quark Expeditions World Explorer 172 Expedition
Ponant Le Jacques Cartier 184 Expedition
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 Dumont-D’Urville 184 New Generation Explorer
PONANT Cruises Le Laperouse 184 New Generation Explorer
Viking Viking Octantis 189 Expedition
Viking Viking Polaris 189 Expedition
Atlas Ocean Voyages Cruises World Navigator 198 Expedition
Quark Expeditions Ultramarine 199 Expedition
Crystal  Crystal Endeavor 200 Expedition
Scenic  Scenic Eclipse 228 Expedition
Silversea Cruises  Silver Cloud 254 Expedition
PONANT Cruises  Le Boreal 264 Expedition Yacht
PONANT Cruises  Le Lyrial 264 Expedition Yacht
PONANT Cruises  Le Soleal 264 Expedition Yacht
Seabourn Seabourn Venture 264 Expedition

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