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If your mind is drifting toward the open ocean, but the cookie-cutter character of large cruise liners doesn’t set your soul alight, our seasoned seafaring experts have discovered some more intimate vessels that may float your boat.

As impressive as today’s gigantic cruise liners are, their sheer size and focus on on-board entertainment has its limitations. Cruising on a smaller ship opens up a wider range of possibilities, like accessing smaller, less commercialised ports as part of some of the more unique itineraries in the cruising world. There’s a much cosier, more relaxed atmosphere and highly personalised service, plus the opportunity to really get to know your fellow travellers. You’ll find a broad selection of luxurious small ships waiting to whisk you away on an unforgettable voyage, from yachts and expedition vessels to sailing ships and riverboats, each offering a very different experience and individual ambiance. In favouring a smaller ship over the bells and whistles of perhaps less personal, larger floating resorts, you’ll benefit from destination driven itineraries, with more overnights in ports, more enrichment programmes and more hosted excursions too.

The exclusivity of exploring the world on one of these personalised cruises normally comes with included gratuities, shore excursions and speciality dining normally included in your fare. Our collection of vessels grace the waters of every continent’s shores, meaning that the only thing limiting where you can go aboard a small cruise ship is your imagination. To help broaden your horizons and inspire you with some of the most intimate itineraries on the seven seas, we’ve asked our cruise specialists to handpick some of their favourites.

Bali, Singapore, Bangkok, Vietnam & Hong Kong – Azamura Journey

This exotic 20 day itinerary brings you the sensational sights and smells of Southeast Asia. Including return flights from the UK, this exclusive package begins with five nights in a Bali beach hotel. After plenty time spent discovering Indonesia’s finest island, you’ll fly to the city-state of Singapore for two nights in one of the Far East’s most exciting and rapidly evolving cities. Day 10 is where your small cruise ship experience really begins. Sailing into the Gulf of Thailand, you’ll arrive at the beautiful island of Koh Samui before cruising on to Bangkok. Taking back to the sea, your next destination is Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh with two days to explore this intriguing former French colony. Day 17 spells another two days at sea as the former British colony of Hong Kong will welcome you from the waters of the South China Sea.

This eclectic eastern experience is greater than the sum of its destinations. Everything about your small cruise vessel, from the facilities to the service, is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression with even the biggest of cruise sceptics. For more information on this package, click here.

Amalfi Coast, Sicily & Rome – Star Flyer

The Star Clipper fleet offer cruises with a difference. Put the wind in your sails by boarding the Star Flyer in August and you have the perfect opportunity to discover the Tyrrhenian Sea’s cultural and historical gems. Flying from the UK and arriving in Rome for a two-night stay, you’ll enjoy a complementary ‘best of Rome by night’ guided tour, acquainting yourself with the classical world’s old capital before heading to its historic Civitavecchia port. There you’ll embark on a voyage along Italy’s western coast, exploring Lipari, Messina, Amalfi, Sorrento and Ponza along the way before finally returning to Rome on your tenth and final day.

Along with the incredible experience of sailing aboard a traditional tall ship, you’ll enjoy free return UK flights and wonderfully luxurious nautical accommodation. To find out more about this deal, click here.

Southampton to Stockholm – Seven Seas Voyager

Northern Europe doesn’t automatically spring to most minds when the word cruise is mentioned, but after a trip to one of its many romantic and intriguing cities, it’s plain to see why its popularity has risen sharply in recent years. Setting sail on 24th August 2016, for us, this 12 night cruise incorporates everything that makes Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea the captivating corner of the Earth that it’s grown to become. Leaving the port of Southampton, during your first four days, you’ll visit the historic fairy-tale town of Bruges, the architecturally quirky Amsterdam and the pristine, progressive city of Copenhagen. Venturing into Baltic territory, it’s on to Riga, Tallinn and St. Petersburg, where you’ll enjoy three days exploring the iconic Russian city named after Peter the Great, where you’ll have the chance to explore the richly decorated and instantly recognisable Church of the Saviour on Blood. From there, the Nordic capitals of Helsinki and Stockholm await in the final chapter of your journey.

Regent Seven Seas are renowned for their all-suite, all-balcony accommodation along with the unrivalled luxury of their facilities and service. To discover more about a Regent Seven Seas cruise, get in touch with one of our cruise specialists today.