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6 Unique Small-Ship Cruises (PHOTOS)

Posted: 03/21/2012 7:00 am

Cruises are extremely popular with vacationers for many reasons -- not least being the all-inclusive aspect. It's easier to stick to your budget, after all, if you're paying for just about everything up front. Cruises have come a long way in recent years, too, in terms of the places you can go and how tailored the cruise experience can get.

One way in which cruises have expanded their offerings is to appeal to indie travelers who don't relish the idea of boarding a floating city. Smaller ships are increasingly plentiful, and in addition to giving passengers more of a personal experience, smaller sized ships are able to get into smaller harbors - which means a whole new slate of destinations you can access via a cruise.

Small ship cruises aren't always cheap, but their prices are often comparable with big ship cruises and can offer more bang for your buck. Here are six unique small ship cruises that may float your boat.

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The Dahabia Nile Cruise
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You'll feel like a pharaoh as you cruise down the Nile on this traditional Egyptian style boat, the Royal Cleopatra. Some of the sights you'll see will include the markets of Esna, the Temple of Khnom, a horse drawn carriage ride to the Temple of Horus in Edfu, the ancient sandstone quarries at Gabal Elsisilah, Kom Ombo, Aswan and more.

Explore ancient ruins and tombs. Your private Egyptologist will be available to guide you and answer questions. During the day, as you are sailing to another port down this exalted river, you can relax in your swim suit and enjoy the warm, sunny, blue sky as you watch the scenery and all of the history roll past. Your boat accommodates up to 8 people in triple or double cabins with private baths. This is a casual cruise with a small crew to meet all of your needs - a tour guide, captain, sailor, cook and housekeeper. Many of your meals will be eaten on board, but you'll also have the opportunity to dine in local restaurants, luxury hotels and have a barbeque on an island in the Nile. What a way to experience this magical country.

It's always hard to lock down a price on a Nile cruise, but these are competitive and tend to be fairly cheap.

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Photo credits: Boats in Paris, Vietnam Cruise, Maine Cruise, Caribbean Cruise, Nile Cruise, Galapagos Islands Cruise

 

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