Passenger amount = up to 500
If you're thinking of going small, here are some of the pros and cons of these ships:
Advantages to Cruising on Small/Boutique Ships
- They're cozy, more like "small inns" than giant resorts.
- It's easy to find your way around.
- They often have an open bridge policy, which means you can head up to the navigational bridge most times of the day to see what's going on.
- They usually provide open seating in the dining room, so you're not assigned to certain tables.
- Small ships can go to smaller and more off-beat ports, which larger ships are too big to visit (this means less crowded and touristy ports).
- When the ship anchors, you don't have to deal with huge lines of people waiting to be tendered ashore.
- These ships often offer better, fresher foods that are cooked to individual standards.
- You'll find no or almost no ship-wide announcements disturbing your peace.
- Since they have less bulk, they don't sail as well in open seas in poor weather conditions.
- They have fewer public rooms and open spaces than large resort ships, so there are fewer options for entertainment.
Source: Complete Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships
Head back to "What Cruise Ship Is Best for You" for information on other size ships.