03/21/2012 07:09 am ET Updated May 21, 2012

6 Unique Small-Ship Cruises (PHOTOS)

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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