While large cruises in destinations such as the Mediterranean and the Caribbean remain popular, small ship cruises offer a unique and intimate experience. With typically fewer than 800 passengers on board, these cruises provide a sense of privacy and tranquility, creating a more relaxing atmosphere.
The compact size of small boat ships allows them to access ports and docks that are inaccessible to larger vessels. This opens up the opportunity to explore off-the-beaten-path islands, towns, and natural landscapes. Small luxury cruises often venture into remote and challenging environments, providing opportunities to explore untouched ecosystems and observe wildlife. This appeals to travelers seeking unique getaways away from the crowds. Club Med 2, for example, offers such exclusive itineraries including a mini cruise to Portofino, Ile Rousse and Bonifacio, allowing you to uncover the hidden wonders of alternative locations.
In contrast, standard cruises tend to focus on popular ports and tourist hubs that can accommodate larger numbers of passengers. Their itineraries are designed around destinations that can provide more traditional tourist experiences.