12 Amazing Small-Ship Cruise Itineraries for 2022 & 2023

by Donna Heiderstadt

12 Amazing Small-Ship Cruise Itineraries for 2022 & 2023

by Donna Heiderstadt

Small-ship cruising offers a luxurious and, at times, an adventurous alternative to the lively ambiance of most megaships — not to mention the familiar ports they visit. Curious about the cruise options aboard ships carrying 750 guests or less? Here are 12 amazing small ship itineraries for 2022 and 2023.

Small-ship cruising offers a luxurious and, at times, an adventurous alternative to the lively ambiance of most megaships — not to mention the familiar ports they visit. Curious about the cruise options aboard ships carrying 750 guests or less? Here are 12 amazing small ship itineraries for 2022 and 2023.

12
Scenic Eclipse / Courtesy of Scenic
Dubrovnik, Croatia
1 of 12
Sacred Lands & Picturesque Canals: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

This bucket-list-worthy sailing will take place on June 5, 2022 aboard the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer. The itinerary checks off a half-dozen bucket-list-worthy places for anyone interested in ancient cultures, archaeology, and religion. You'll cruise Jerusalem, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Rhodes, Greece (along with Mykonos and Santorini); Istanbul and Ephesus in Turkey; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Venice, Italy. 

This bucket-list-worthy sailing will take place on June 5, 2022 aboard the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer. The itinerary checks off a half-dozen bucket-list-worthy places for anyone interested in ancient cultures, archaeology, and religion. You'll cruise Jerusalem, Israel; Limassol, Cyprus; Rhodes, Greece (along with Mykonos and Santorini); Istanbul and Ephesus in Turkey; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Venice, Italy. 

Kyoto, Japan
2 of 12
Hong Kong to Tokyo: Windstar Cruises

Island-hop your way through Japan aboard Windstar Cruises’ newly renovated Star Breeze, which accommodates 312 passengers. The April 4, 2023 itinerary, which embarks in Hong Kong and disembarks in Tokyo, ventures to the less-visited islands of Amari, Okinawa, Miyakojima, and Ishigaki. Other ports of call include Taipei (in Taiwan), Nagasaki, and Kobe (for Kyoto). 

Island-hop your way through Japan aboard Windstar Cruises’ newly renovated Star Breeze, which accommodates 312 passengers. The April 4, 2023 itinerary, which embarks in Hong Kong and disembarks in Tokyo, ventures to the less-visited islands of Amari, Okinawa, Miyakojima, and Ishigaki. Other ports of call include Taipei (in Taiwan), Nagasaki, and Kobe (for Kyoto). 

Silversea S.A.L.T. programming
3 of 12
Barcelona to Southampton: Silversea Cruises

In celebration of the new 596-passenger Silver Moon, Silversea has added a tantalizing array of food-centric itineraries via the new S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) program. Don't miss the May 30, 2023, Barcelona to Southampton sailing. The 22-night itinerary includes stops in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Gibraltar, France, and the United Kingdom.

In celebration of the new 596-passenger Silver Moon, Silversea has added a tantalizing array of food-centric itineraries via the new S.A.L.T. (Sea and Land Taste) program. Don't miss the May 30, 2023, Barcelona to Southampton sailing. The 22-night itinerary includes stops in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Gibraltar, France, and the United Kingdom.

Cape Verde Islands
4 of 12
West Africa & Cape Verde: Hurtigruten

Norway-based Hurtigruten recently announced its first-ever Africa itinerary, which calls on Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, the rugged Cape Verde islands, and the wildlife-rich Bissagos Islands. The 12-night journey will take place onboard the 335-passenger MS Spitsbergen. The bucket-list-worthy cruise will set sail five times between November 2022 and January 2023.

Norway-based Hurtigruten recently announced its first-ever Africa itinerary, which calls on Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, the rugged Cape Verde islands, and the wildlife-rich Bissagos Islands. The 12-night journey will take place onboard the 335-passenger MS Spitsbergen. The bucket-list-worthy cruise will set sail five times between November 2022 and January 2023.

 

5 of 12
Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji: Paul Gauguin Cruises

While Paul Gauguin Cruises — along with its 330-passenger namesake ship — is best known for its French Polynesia itineraries, the cruise line also (occasionally) navigates further afield in the South Pacific. Its 13-night Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji itinerary (embarking Sept. 24, 2022), affords travelers the opportunity to experience four distinct island cultures.

While Paul Gauguin Cruises — along with its 330-passenger namesake ship — is best known for its French Polynesia itineraries, the cruise line also (occasionally) navigates further afield in the South Pacific. Its 13-night Society Islands, Cook Islands, Tonga & Fiji itinerary (embarking Sept. 24, 2022), affords travelers the opportunity to experience four distinct island cultures.

6 of 12
Route of the Vikings, Seabourn Cruise Line

Seabourn’s 23-night Route of the Vikings itinerary departs from Dover, England on August 5, 2022. The action-packed itinerary calls on 18 ports throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, and Canada — with no more than two sea days in a row. Cruisers will sail onboard the 458-passenger Seabourn Quest.

Seabourn’s 23-night Route of the Vikings itinerary departs from Dover, England on August 5, 2022. The action-packed itinerary calls on 18 ports throughout England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, and Canada — with no more than two sea days in a row. Cruisers will sail onboard the 458-passenger Seabourn Quest.

Puerto Natales, Chile
7 of 12
Valparaiso to Ushuaia: Atlas Ocean Voyages

With the August 2021 debut of its first ship, the 196-passenger World Navigator, Atlas Ocean Voyages has seamlessly merged luxury and expedition cruising. Those who book the 12-night  Valparaiso to Ushuaia sailing — which embarks on November 21, 2022 — will experience the beauty of the Chilean fjords and Patagonia with an overnight in Puerto Natales, offering access to Torres del Paine National Park.

With the August 2021 debut of its first ship, the 196-passenger World Navigator, Atlas Ocean Voyages has seamlessly merged luxury and expedition cruising. Those who book the 12-night  Valparaiso to Ushuaia sailing — which embarks on November 21, 2022 — will experience the beauty of the Chilean fjords and Patagonia with an overnight in Puerto Natales, offering access to Torres del Paine National Park.

Scenic Eclipse
8 of 12
Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands: Scenic

In 2019, river cruise line Scenic added the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse to its portfolio. The ocean expedition ship offers an array of itineraries, including an 18-night Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands sailing departing from Buenos Aires on March 10, 2022. Passengers will cruise the Antarctic Peninsula and visit remote destinations like the Falklands and South Georgia, where whales, seals, penguins, and marine birds are abundant. 

In 2019, river cruise line Scenic added the 228-passenger Scenic Eclipse to its portfolio. The ocean expedition ship offers an array of itineraries, including an 18-night Antarctica, South Georgia & Falkland Islands sailing departing from Buenos Aires on March 10, 2022. Passengers will cruise the Antarctic Peninsula and visit remote destinations like the Falklands and South Georgia, where whales, seals, penguins, and marine birds are abundant. 

Amalfi, Italy
9 of 12
Rome to Venice: SeaDream Yacht Club

Accommodating just 112 passengers each, SeaDream Yacht Club’s twin vessels SeaDream I and SeaDream II offer an intimate, yacht-like cruise experience designed for couples. The 10-night Rome to Venice itinerary aboard SeaDream 1 — which cruises the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Sicily, as well as cities like Dubrovnik and Hvar along Croatia’s Adriatic Coast — is slated to set sail on June 28, 2022.

Accommodating just 112 passengers each, SeaDream Yacht Club’s twin vessels SeaDream I and SeaDream II offer an intimate, yacht-like cruise experience designed for couples. The 10-night Rome to Venice itinerary aboard SeaDream 1 — which cruises the Amalfi Coast, Capri, and Sicily, as well as cities like Dubrovnik and Hvar along Croatia’s Adriatic Coast — is slated to set sail on June 28, 2022.

10 of 12
Glacier Bay National Park 7-Night Adventure: UnCruise Adventures

UnCruise Adventures' 2022 Alaska itineraries are ideal for travelers who crave active and in-depth exploration over five-star comforts. The Glacier Bay National Park 7-Night Adventure is especially noteworthy thanks to the ample wildlife spotting and whale-watching opportunities that await. You'll also enjoy plenty of up-close encounters with glaciers, fjords, and old-growth forests.

UnCruise Adventures' 2022 Alaska itineraries are ideal for travelers who crave active and in-depth exploration over five-star comforts. The Glacier Bay National Park 7-Night Adventure is especially noteworthy thanks to the ample wildlife spotting and whale-watching opportunities that await. You'll also enjoy plenty of up-close encounters with glaciers, fjords, and old-growth forests.

Aruba
11 of 12
Bridgetown to Panama City: Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection

Start 2023 off with a Caribbean sojourn on board the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s soon-to-debut 298-passenger Evrima. The 10-night Bridgetown to Panama City itinerary, which sets sail on January 4, 2023, includes overnights in Oranjestad (Aruba) and Cartagena (Colombia), as well as stops in Bonaire and the San Blas Islands — plus a Panama Canal transit.

Start 2023 off with a Caribbean sojourn on board the Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection’s soon-to-debut 298-passenger Evrima. The 10-night Bridgetown to Panama City itinerary, which sets sail on January 4, 2023, includes overnights in Oranjestad (Aruba) and Cartagena (Colombia), as well as stops in Bonaire and the San Blas Islands — plus a Panama Canal transit.

phuket-thailand-1920-x-1080.jpg
12 of 12
Thailand & Malaysia: Star Clippers

Star Clippers’ namesake tall sailing ship, which holds up to 166 cruisers, is offering a series of seven-night Thailand itineraries between January and March 2022. The vessel will cruise round-trip from Phuket — affording passengers the opportunity to experience the beaches and dramatic bays of Ko Hong, Phang Nga Bay, and Ko Rok Nok, as well as Penang and Langkawi in Malaysia. 

Star Clippers’ namesake tall sailing ship, which holds up to 166 cruisers, is offering a series of seven-night Thailand itineraries between January and March 2022. The vessel will cruise round-trip from Phuket — affording passengers the opportunity to experience the beaches and dramatic bays of Ko Hong, Phang Nga Bay, and Ko Rok Nok, as well as Penang and Langkawi in Malaysia. 

Up next...

15 Year-Round New York City Hotel Rooftop Bars

View from Somewhere Nowhere
Go Back
Find The Best Cruises
Find a cruise

Find the best deals!

Click on multiple sites to get the lowest prices

Click on multiple sites to get the lowest prices