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Seven small-ship cruises to recommend

With small-ship cruising tipped to be a popular choice once cruising resumes, Abigail Healy rounds up options from ultra-luxury adventures to eco-conscious voyages

While cruising might be off the cards currently, agents can use the start of 2021 to prepare for future trends. Tipped for popularity when cruising resumes are small ships, defined as those carrying from 50 to 1,300 guests.

Scenic Group’s director of trade sales, Joseph Grimley, says: “Feedback from our network of agents shows a growing trend towards small-ship cruising, with a preference for fewer guests and more space onboard.”

Beyond the obvious appeal in a post-Covid-19 landscape, smaller ships are also more environmentally friendly, can access smaller ports that larger ships cannot and, as Anthony Daniels, general manager for Hurtigruten UK & EMEA, says, they “offer guests the opportunity to get up close to some of the most remote parts of the world”.


Here are some of the latest ships and itineraries for 2021 and beyond.

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