Small Ship, BIG Experience

When we think of cruise ship holidays, it’s often of massive vessels carrying thousands of passengers and an experience that is far from personal. But it doesn’t have to be that way and here at Backwaters, our definition of cruising is completely different. On our small ship cruises, you’ll experience the difference between just a "good vacation" and a perfect one.

  1. Onboard Experience - Firstly, it’s about the onboard experience. Our small ships can be treated like your personal yacht, with greater privacy and a more intimate experience. Effortlessly get to know your cruise companions and before you know it, you’ll be recounting the day’s adventures and sharing jokes like old friends.
  2. Service Quality - Enjoy greater levels of service and attention to detail, with the staff getting to know your tastes and preferences while being able to second-guess your needs. Interact with the captain and senior crew and get to know the band members who’ll entertain you on a nightly basis.
  3. Off-the-Beaten Itineraries - Compared to large cruise vessels, these smaller ships can also access tiny ports and harbors, getting you much closer to the action and further from the tourist crowds. Explore off-the-beaten tourist trail as you moor in an atmosphere of authenticity that allows you to engulf yourself into a people and culture. Being closer to the waves also means that you’ll actually feel like you’re on the water, rather than an immense floating hotel.  Small ships explore close to the shorelines as well where seasickness is not a prevelant.

Small ships fall into a range of categories and at Backwaters, we’re here to help you select the one that’s right for you:

Expedition Ships: Join one our expedition vessels to explore remote polar areas, the Galapagos Islands or the idyllic Pacific Ocean, complete with naturalist guides and expert lecturers. Daily zodiac excursions will see you landing on remote beaches to witness incredible wildlife and venturing below the water’s surface to discover a whole other world. 

Yachts: For an indulgent getaway, you might prefer one of our yacht-like vessels such as the SeaDream or Crystal Esprit where your every whim will be catered for. Boasting outstanding service and unforgettable culinary experiences, these cruises include a range of water sports from the marina at the back and offer the ultimate in luxury.

Motor Sailers: Want the romance of a wind-powered journey? Opt for one of our sailing cruises onboard the Sea Cloud where you’ll have a front-row seat to watch the timeless skills and agility of your expert crew. Enjoy an authentic experience at sea with all the sights and sounds that make sailing so alluring.

River Cruises: Then there are river cruises that will take you on a journey of discovery to soak up the local cultures, food and wine on some of the world’s most iconic waterways. Explore the mesmerizing rivers of Europe or venture further afield to the Orient, Africa or the United States while taking advantage of fascinating onshore excursions and a unique travel perspective.

Whatever style of small ship cruising appeals to you, the Backwater team of experts will help you craft an unforgettable getaway accompanied by an onboard experience that is warm and intimate.