Big ships are great. But sometimes, only a small ship can deliver a relaxing "vacation".
Unique activities like kayaking are offered on many small ships, like Un-Cruise Adventures
Here are 10 things I love about Small Ship Cruising
These are some of my favorite things about Small Ship Cruising. What are some of yours? Add your comments below...
No crowds - I take a vacation to get away from crowds of people, not to be in a crowd.
No long lines - On a small ship, there's not waiting in a long line to get into the restaurant, and getting on and off the ship is a breeze.
- Faster Tendering - On occasions where tendering is required to reach a port, the whole operation goes much faster on a small ship.
Easier to make friends - On a large ship, even if you meet someone interesting, odds are you will never find them again. On a small ship, it is common to see the same people each day.
- Interesting Clientele - You will tend to meet more interesting, well-traveled people on smaller ships. Big ships appeal to the masses, but small ships appeal to those who have already "been there, done that". You will also find fewer families with kids on small ships since there are no facilities or staff to keep the kids entertained.
Happier staff - Small ship crews seem to have a tight-knit, almost family-like feel. They are happier and a happy staff makes for happy guests.
- Unique services - Small ships can offer some unique features that would be impossible on a large ship. Water toys (kayaks, Jet Ski, paddleboard, etc.), a marina, beach BBQ's, etc.
Easy to navigate - Small ships are much easier to get around. You can typically get from your cabin to anyplace on the ship in just a couple of minutes.
Interesting ports-of-call - Small ships can dock or anchor in smaller ports that cannot accommodate the huge crowds sailing on the mega-ships. Smaller ports means less crowded ports. Have you tried walking around St. Thomas when there are 3 or 4 big ships docked?
Personal Service - In general, small ships can cater to your needs better. After all, there are fewer guests to tend to. Crew members commonly know your name after the first day and your favorite beverage.
Chris Dikmen is President of CruiseReport.com