This small ship is big on amenities

Note from 10Best: Someday, we’ll all be ready to pack our suitcases again and head out on our next adventures. In the meantime, we’ll keep supporting the places that inspire us. Contact individual cruise lines for the latest updates. Orion (Viking Ocean Cruises)The new 930-guest Viking Orion offers all-veranda staterooms with amenities like free wifi, flatscreen TVs and heated bathroom floors. It’s also the first ship in the fleet to feature a high-tech planetarium in a 26-seat dome theater. Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean CruisesRoyal Clipper (Star Clippers)Designed after the tall ship Preussen, the Royal Clipper is the world’s largest full-rigged sailing ship, complete with 42 sails. The vessel carries just 227 guests with luxurious accommodations and modern amenities like three swimming pools, relaxed dining and a marina platform for water sports. Passengers can even don a harness and climb the mast to a crow nest. Photo courtesy of Star Clippers

While large ships come with certain advantages (bowling at sea, anyone?), some cruisers prefer the intimacy, personalized service and destination-focused itineraries of a smaller vessel. 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.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Small Cruise Ship are as follows:

  1. Viking Orion – Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Royal Clipper – Star Clippers
  3. Celebrity Flora – Celebrity Cruises
  4. Viking Star – Viking Ocean Cruises
  5. The Gauguin – Paul Gauguin Cruises
  6. Wind Surf – Windstar Cruises
  7. Viking Jupiter – Viking Ocean Cruises
  8. Viking Sea – Viking Ocean Cruises
  9. Seabourn Encore – Seabourn Cruise Line
  10. Seabourn Ovation – Seabourn Cruise Line

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise ships!