Is Small Ship Cruising Right For You?

The Joy of Traveling Small

It's a big world. But sometimes, it takes a small ship to see it clearly... to find its heart, tucked away in unexplored coves and inlets, distant islands and historic ports. Here are four key reasons why a Tauck small ship cruise may be the perfect way for you to discover the joy of traveling small.

1. Small Ships, Big Advantages

Topping the list of the many advantages of our small ship cruises is the feeling you get when you're welcomed aboard our hand-picked Tauck small ships for a cruise experience that is personally rewarding in every way. You'll go where the larger ships don't... remote islands, hidden harbors and exclusive ports of call that are perfect for our private yachts and expeditionary vessels. Our yachts – ideally suited for cruising in their respective regions – are yours while you are sailing with us on the best small ship cruises, offering you the freedom and excitement of charting a course for cruising adventures unlike any other!

2. A Wonderful Way to Travel

Aboard a Tauck small ship cruise, you'll make yourself at home in a stateroom designed for comfort, style and waterside views; outside-facing staterooms for every guest on every ship ensure panoramic views from the privacy of your own quarters. You'll dine on cuisine freshly prepared by your onboard chef; water-view dining aboard our ships includes indoor and outdoor open seating. You can sunbathe or stargaze atop decks perfectly positioned for outdoor delights. And relax in our ships’ intimate lounges, where evenings promise camaraderie, warm conversation and local entertainment.

You'll enjoy flexible sailing experiences and spontaneous opportunities on private, all-included shore excursions, and get to know your fellow cruisers – including the captain and crew – during daily cocktail hours, onboard dining and discovery briefings as well as on your explorations ashore. You'll indulge in personalized service from our Tauck Directors and ship staff for smooth sailing on land and at sea, and take advantage of insider, club-like privileges aboard ship with the freedom to visit the bridge for a tour.

You are a welcomed guest, from your first moment aboard until you disembark at the conclusion of your cruise. With just 40 – 264 guests aboard, our ships offer personalized cruising, thoughtful service and more space. (Note: Guests may all be part of the Tauck group, or the cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests aboard as well.) Dress is comfortable, unassuming and casual... the pace is unhurried, the ambiance relaxed and most welcoming. Your surroundings are gracious, the service has style, and life aboard ship is easygoing and congenial – all the right ingredients to make it easy to foster new friendships throughout your cruise.

3. Extraordinary Experiences Ashore

On our all-included shore excursions are featured on every Tauck small ship cruise. Often, you'll walk right off your yacht into the heart of the destination – or, if we’re anchored at sea, you'll ride one of our onboard Zodiacs to shore without waiting on crowded lines. And once you're ashore, our expert guides will broaden your horizons with insider access to must-see sites and hidden gems, sharing knowledgeable insights and local perspectives about daily life, past and present, with passion and pride to make each experience richer still. Hear stories, see treasures, find history, taste specialties, make connections and go local – close up, firsthand.

And when land stays are included on your Tauck small ship cruise, you can rest assured that just like your yacht or expeditionary ship – which has been hand-picked to fit your destination – our hotels are also carefully selected for their convenient location and proximity to must-see sights... their efficient and friendly service... their authentic ambiance and style. Simply put, you'll enjoy the best available accommodations in the destination.

4. Inclusive Value

An all-inclusive upfront price can save you a lot of money on a cruise vacation... especially when you do the math on items like exchange rates, getting to and from airports and embarkation points, tipping, meals and snacks, daily transportation and shore excursions. Our guests tell us again and again that the freedom from having to think about these details is priceless. Not to mention the included premier destination access on our included shore excursions, activities, tour guides, meals, and accommodations that also make our small ship cruises worth every penny and more. Besides sailing on first-rate yachts and expeditionary ships, for example, you stay in the best available lodgings in the best locations on land stays. And we don’t sell options on tour, so you’re not pressured to spend more money. There are no surprise expenses. Our upfront price is the price of your cruise. Period.

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