Top 10 World Smallest Cruise Ships

Celebrity Cruise Xploration Celebrity Cruises operates tiny ships, unlike most other cruise companies. The world's tiniest cruise ship, Celebrity Xploration, accommodates 16 people in eight staterooms.

UnCruise Safari Quest Safari Quest, our second pick, offers a small-ship Alaska adventure with intimate encounters with glaciers and secluded coves and ports along the Frontier State's stunning southeast coastline.

Variety Cruises' MS Panorama II This ship has three big sails and wood paneling for a genuine trip. Motor sailing means the ship uses the wind to sail, which is unusual for a cruise liner. Last repaired in 2015, the yacht travels 10 knots.

Alaska Dream Cruises Admiralty Dream Admiralty Dream, our fourth pick, sails the Inside Passage of Alaska and highlights the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples.

Aqua Mare—Aqua Expeditions The Aqua Mare, our fifth pick, is a superyacht for touring the Galapagos Islands. Personalized services and naturalist guides make this ship's Galapagos tour spectacular.

National Geographic Seabird and Lion Our next smallest cruise ship is the National Geographic Sea Lion and its identical sister ship, Sea Bird.

Le Ponant Our next stop is Le Ponant. This three-masted ship was renovated in 2022 and has water-view social spaces. The 16-stateroom ship serves gourmet food at Le Diamant, its only restaurant.

Noble Caledonia MS Monet MS Monet, No. 8, was designed to sail the Adriatic and Aegean oceans' blue waters. The ship aims to provide a private yacht/country house hotel experience with dedicated staff and luxury onboard spaces.