When it comes to cruises, all are not created equal. Any cruise is going to get you on the water with food and activities galore, but sometimes a smaller, more intimate cruise line will be more your speed. Small cruise lines are cozier and less crowded (think more like 300 people as opposed to 3,000 plus), which can mean more attentive service and luxurious features. Smaller vessels are able to dock in less-trafficked ports and visit less touristy areas. Less people often means more satisfying social experiences, more adventurous activities and better learning opportunities. Here are some of the best small ship cruise lines ready to take you on a memorable voyage.
1. Paul Gaugin
This luxurious small ship focuses on the dreamy ports of the South Pacific. The majority of their spacious suites and staterooms have balconies, and the service is five-star all the way. Local Tahitians are onboard as staff, entertainers and storytellers, making these voyages an intimate cultural experience. Catering to about 300 guests, here’s a 1.5 to 1 ratio of passengers to staff, so you’re well taken care of. Enjoy the onboard marina where you can partake in water sports right off the ship.