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World Voyager: Explore the Hidden Gems of Europe by Small Ship

Ocean cruising has long been a popular choice for exploring the world, sailing while you sleep to new destinations and unpacking just once. But new for 2022, discover ocean cruising with a Riviera twist –  luxurious small ships with fewer than 200 fellow guests and immersive itineraries visiting smaller ports and lesser known gems, as well as classic destination highlights.  

On our new, luxury ship World Voyager you get the best of both worlds: a ship spacious enough to feature an array of modern facilities, including elegant restaurants, bars, spa and pool terrace, whilst offering an exclusive atmosphere onboard and top tier service from the friendly and attentive crew. Plus, with a hand-picked excursion included at every port, all meals on board, free Wi-Fi and flights and transfers – we’ve thought of all the details, so all you need to worry about is your packing. 

We’re delighted to offer a limited collection of three small ship cruises for 2022; all 11 days on the newly-built World Voyager in your choice of cabin or suite, all with sea views.  

But which itinerary to choose? With the Best of the British Isles, Coastal Gems of France, Spain and Portugal or Morocco, Madeira and the Canary Islands to choose from, all three thoughtfully planned cruises bring together the history, culture, food and architecture of each destination – so there’s always something new around every corner.  

St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

Perfect for… discovering hidden gems closer to home 

For those looking to explore the rugged beauty and rich history that lies on our very own doorstep, Cruising the Best of the British Isles is for you. Historic cities of Scotland and Ireland meet ancient castles and striking coastlines on this unmissable cruise, which brings together lesser-visited parts of our shores, charming port towns, iconic architecture and fascinating fables of years gone by. 

Your small ship experience begins and ends in Portsmouth, cruising north to Edinburgh with a sea day en route. It’s the perfect time to make the most of the great facilities on board, so why not unwind in the spa or relax in the lounge with a good book, or your favourite drink? We soon make our way to the Orkney archipelago, with views of Scotland’s spectacular coastline from the ship’s panoramic windows, stopping at historic Aberdeen and Inverness along the way before sailing down to the Isle of Lewis & Harris. It’s then onward to Ireland, with guided tours of two capital cities, Belfast and Dublin, before rounding off your experience on stunning St Mary’s, the largest of the Scilly Isles, enjoying a scenic walk to discover historical fortifications dating back to the 16th century. 

Santa Marta Lighthouse

Perfect for… exploring the iconic cities and hidden harbours of Europe’s lesser-known coastlines 

Coastal Gems of France, Spain and Portugal brings together the best of Europe’s Atlantic coastline, each port with its own distinct character. From the golden coast of Guernsey to the beautifully verdant winelands of Bordeaux and the allure of Spain’s Basque Country to the colourful harbourside cities of Portugal; foodies, history fans and culture seekers will all find something to fall in love with on this diverse cruise. 

Setting sail from British soil, it isn’t long before Guernsey’s splendid coastline comes into view, with its bustling marinas and charming cobbled streets, where we’ll visit the historic Suasmarez manor house. Next, we cruise south to France, visiting Saint-Malo, Belle Île and Bordeaux, where we’ll discover gems like Dinard and Kervilahouen, where the picturesque landscapes inspired 39 paintings by Claude Monet. Heading south to three stops in Spain, discover white sand beaches and pretty Belle-époque architecture in San Sebastián, and imposing Cathedral of St. James in A Coruña, the reputed burial place of Saint James the Great, an apostle of Jesus Christ. The Coastal Gems of France, Spain & Portugal is rounded off with stops in some of Portugal’s most picturesque ports, Porto and Cascais before sailing up the river Tagus to Lisbon, where we’ll stay overnight so you can explore Portugal’s magnificent capital. 

Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria

Perfect for… discovering an astonishing array of landscapes, natural phenomena and the hidden gems of the Canary Islands 

Looking for something a little different? Prepare to be wowed by the unmissable Cruising Morocco, Madeira & the Canary Islands, which takes you to lesser-known destinations and uncovers parts of the Canary Islands you may not have known existed. Bursting with naturally beautiful landscapes, inspiring architecture and intriguing pasts, soak up the diverse cultures of each country, as you cruise the coast under the golden sun and a cobalt blue sky. 

On this cruise we visit Casablanca and Marrakesh, to experience first-hand these fascinating cities with a local guide. Casablanca, founded by the Berbers in the 7th century, has since seen a mix of Arab, Portuguese, Spanish and French influences. Moorish white houses, which give their name to the city, are scattered along the coastline, contrasting with the elegant 1930s architecture of the French epoch. Safi has seen a mix of influences too, from Roman to Gothic. One thing is for sure, Safi’s history is bound to the sea, and this is seen in its large sardine port, as well as colourful markets brimming with handicrafts, just like the trading posts of centuries gone by. 

Madeira may be tiny, but this subtropical paradise offers world-renowned gardens and photogenic coastlines, while picturesque Funchal boasts an architectural charm and rich maritime heritage. Lastly, we visit the Canary Islands. Explore the almost lunar landscape of Timanfaya National Park with its streams of lava and geothermal energy, discover the ‘Venice of Gran Canaria’ and be awestruck by the wild beauty of the volcanic island scenery. 

Saint Malo

Want to set sail with us? Explore the full small ship cruising collection.