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These are the 10 best small cruise ships

These 10 cruise ships and yachts, each with a passenger capacity of under 1,000, can get to smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships and offer a more social atmosphere where it’s easier to get to know your fellow guests.

10. Seabourn Ovation - Seabourn Cruise Line

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This 600-passenger ship attracts guests with its inclusive cruise fares that even offer unlimited caviar. The ship also comes outfitted with high-speed internet – the only one in the fleet.

9. Seabourn Encore - Seabourn Cruise Line

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The ultra-luxury Encore features 300 suites with all the amenities of Seabourn’s Odyssey-class ships. New additions include a VIP area on the top deck, a wellness program and two new restaurants.

8. Viking Sea - Viking Ocean Cruises

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Itineraries are destination-focused, but onboard, passengers enjoy an inclusive experience with all-veranda staterooms, plenty of public spaces to spread out, excellent alternative dining options and top-notch service.

7. Viking Jupiter - Viking Ocean Cruises

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Like her popular Viking sister ships, Jupiter features a spacious spa, several dining venues, an intimate jazz lounge, two cinemas, a pool with retractable roof and a sports deck.

6. Wind Surf - Windstar Cruises

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Guests are greeted with fresh flowers and fruit in their staterooms, as well as amenities like welcome cocktails, a fitness center, nightly port talks and complimentary water sports equipment.

5. The Gauguin - Paul Gauguin Cruises

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The 332 guests aboard this ship sail to small South Pacific ports, all while enjoying luxury amenities like spacious suites and staterooms, an onboard water sports marina, three restaurants and a spa.

4. Viking Star - Viking Ocean Cruises

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Aboard the Viking Star, you'll find a Nordic spa with a “snow grotto," several dining options and onboard extras like free Wi-Fi and complimentary wine and beer at mealtime.

3. Celebrity Flora - Celebrity Cruises

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This 100-passenger, all-suite mega yacht offers some of the largest and best appointed accommodations in the Galapagos Islands. Food onboard is curated by a Michelin-starred chef.

2. Royal Clipper - Star Clippers

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The world’s largest full-rigged sailing ship carries just 227 guests with luxurious accommodations and modern amenities like three swimming pools, relaxed dining and a marina platform for water sports.

1. Viking Orion - Viking Ocean Cruises

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The 930-guest Orion offers all-veranda staterooms with amenities like free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TVs and heated bathroom floors. It’s the first ship in the fleet to feature a high-tech planetarium in a 26-seat dome theater.

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