Small ship cruising: Exploring the world’s best off-ship excursions

Fans of cruising on mega ships love the convenience of onboard features like dancing, dining, and spectacular shows.

But small ship, expedition cruising offers vacationers a unique way to see the local sites. By focusing on what lies off the vessel, small ship—12 to 150 passenger boats—provide tours through nature’s wonders and the opportunity to explore new cultures.

From an  ice cold plunge in the Arctic Ocean, a snorkeling adventure with Manta Rays in Hawaii to a morning skiff ride through the Peruvian Amazon, these unique journeys are designed to get you back in touch with nature’s finest.

Check out the world's best small ship cruising expeditions.