Selected Images from Small Boat Cruises
Two early cruises, one around New Zealand in 2003 and the other among the Virgin Islands in 2005, had me hooked on small-boat cruising. In my opinion, the only way to really see the Galapagos is by small boat, which I did in 2006. In 2009, I discovered American Cruise Lines, which offers river and coastal cruises in the US. So far I have taken eight of their cruises and have two more cruises scheduled for 2014.
I like small-boat cruises primarily because of the opportunity to meet and really get to know your fellow passengers. On a typical small-boat cruise you spend a lot of time with the same people. At each port there are only one or two excursions offered and with less than 150 passengers, there is only one seating for meals, tables are not assigned, and dress is always casual. Since on-board entertainment is also sparse, you have plenty of opportunities to talk to practically everyone on board.