Ships

Tauck's small ships are all personally selected, hand-picked for their comfort, style and reliability; they are the best in their regions. All are spacious, graciously appointed and well-equipped for cruising to remote destinations. Small ships go where larger vessels can't – and your vantage point is at all times close up, never far away or high up. The attentive staff on board each ship is well-trained in the art of hospitality, providing personalized attention throughout your cruise. Ensuring an extraordinary travel experience both on and off the ship is a hallmark of Tauck's small ship cruising.

Smaller ships hold fewer passengers, which means more personal attention from the captain and the crew. Enjoy an exclusive, club-like atmosphere on board; it's relaxed travel, with no crowds and no lines. Dress is comfortable, unassuming and casual. The pace is unhurried. Your surroundings are gracious, the service has style, and the atmosphere is both easygoing and congenial – all the right ingredients to make it easy to foster new friendships throughout your cruise. You know instantly that you are a welcomed guest.

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Small Ship Cruising

  • Isabela II

    Isabela II

    Sleek in style, Isabela II is an expeditionary-style motor yacht in the Galápagos Islands with only 40 guests aboard. She boasts a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere and is known for superior service; naturalist guides lead natural history excursions on the islands.

  • Island Princess

    Island Princess

    Island Princess features comfortable staterooms, three swimming pools, a Lotus Spa®, hot tubs, fitness center, 24-hour dining, Broadway-style theatre, night clubs, casino, atrium with boutiques, Library, themed lounges and bars, a retro martini bar, cigar and spirits lounge, three show lounges, dance floors, Internet Café and a putting course.

  • L'Austral

    L'Austral

    L'Austral, a sleek new yacht launching in 2011, is small enough to provide a truly intimate cruise experience; her size makes her ideally suited for visiting ports that bigger ships can’t reach.

  • Le Boreal

    Le Boreal

    Le Boreal, a sleek new yacht launched in May 2010, is small enough to provide a truly intimate cruise experience; her size makes her ideally suited for visiting ports in the Adriatic, the Baltics along the coast of Iceland and in Antarctica that bigger ships can't reach. Named "Best Newcomer of the Year in 2010."

  • Le Lyrial

    Le Lyrial

    Le Lyrial, a sleek new yacht launching in 2015, is small enough to provide a truly intimate cruise experience; her size makes her ideally suited for visiting ports that bigger ships can’t reach.

  • Le Ponant

    Le Ponant

    Le Ponant, a three-masted schooner, cruises to small islands, hidden harbors and exclusive ports of call in the Mediterranean with only 60 guests aboard. She was specially designed for cruising to remote destinations  that are accessible only by small ship.

  • Le Soléal

    Le Soléal

    Le Soléal, a sleek new yacht launching in 2013, is small enough to provide a truly intimate cruise experience; her size makes her ideally suited for visiting ports that bigger ships can’t reach.

  • M / V Santa Cruz

    M/V Santa Cruz

    The 43-cabin M/V Santa Cruz was built exclusively for Galápagos Islands cruising and has gained recognition for excellent standards, including superb service, an expert crew, knowledgeable, multi-lingual naturalist guides and menus that feature international cuisine and celebrated Ecuadorian dishes.

  • Tere Moana

    M / V Tere Moana

    Sleek and yacht-like with an elegant yet casual ambiance, luxurious accommodations, gourmet dining, Polynesian hospitality and all-inclusive value, the newly renovated m/v Tere Moana  is ideally suited for cruising the Panama Canal. With just 90 passengers and a dedicated crew of 60, she offers personalized cruising that is reminiscent of sailing with friends... where you'll feel like you're coming home to family.

  • Sapphire Princess

    Sapphire Princess

    Sapphire Princess features comfortable staterooms, three swimming pools, a Lotus Spa®, hot tubs, fitness center, 24-hour dining, Broadway-style theatre, casino, atrium with boutiques, Library, themed lounges and bars, Princess’ trademark Skywalkers Nightclub, Internet Café and a jogging track.

  • Wind Spirit

    Wind Spirit

    Windstar Cruises’ slogan, “180° From Ordinary,” aptly describes the delights of a voyage aboard the intimate Wind Star and Wind Spirit. These totally modern, four-masted schooners are twin sisters designed to show guests the world from the perspective of a luxury motor-sail-yacht.

  • Windstar

    Wind Star

    Windstar Cruises’ slogan, “180° From Ordinary,” aptly describes the delights of a voyage aboard the intimate Wind Star and Wind Spirit. These totally modern, four-masted schooners are twin sisters designed to show guests the world from the perspective of a luxury motor-sail-yacht.

River Cruising

  • ms Esprit

    ms Esprit

    When you cruise aboard the elegantly designed ms Esprit exploring storybook villages, old-world towns and some of the world's favorite cities are just a few of the many pleasures along Rhine, Main and Danube rivers...

  • Swiss Emerald

    ms Swiss Emerald

    Cruising the Rhône and Saône rivers in France, ms Swiss Emerald was designed to be open and airy, making full use of natural light – the perfect riverboat to cruise impressionist French landscapes.

  • ms Inspire

    ms Inspire

    Innovatively designed to accommodate 130 passengers in grand style with 22 300-sq.-ft. suites, ms Inspire lives up to her name – and a new riverboat class – gliding along the lush riverscapes of the Rhine.

  • Swiss Jewel

    ms Swiss Jewel

    Defining the word luxury with Italian marble and dark rich woods, ms Swiss Jewel sails Europe's magnificent rivers, the Rhine, Main and Danube, with 3 Tauck Directors and a Tauck Cruise Director.

  • Swiss Sapphire

    ms Swiss Sapphire

    ms Swiss Sapphire defines l'amour Parisienne... cruising the magnificent Seine and le plaisir of the French countryside, her sweetly elegant decor accommodates 118 Tauck guests in gracious style.

  • ms Savor

    ms Savor

    Perfect for cruising to the cathedral towns, medieval castles and winelands along the Danube, the 130-passenger Inspiration-class ms Savor sets new standards for spacious elegance on the “river of kings.”

  • ms Treasures

    ms Treasures

    The airy, elegant design of the 118-passenger ms Treasures makes her perfect for cruising the Danube, Rhine and Main, where you might sip wine in a palace... and perhaps meet a prince.

  • American Queen

    American Queen

    Discover a side of America that few ever see as you cruise Mark Twain's beloved Mississippi River aboard the grand paddle steamer American Queen. The largest steamboat ever built, the American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity, sporting 21st-century engineering and amenities while reflecting the Victorian opulence of the 19th-century Age of Steam.

  • Nile Adventurer

    Nile Adventurer

    Nile Adventurer’s state-of-the-art design provides a relaxed and intimate atmosphere ideal for exploring the legendary River Nile.

  • Yangzi Explorer

    Yangzi Explorer

    Our 4-night Westbound cruise (upstream) aboard Yangzi Explorer takes you through the scenic heart of the Yangtze River, the Three Gorges, with included shore excursions – note that the 16-day Eastbound itinerary (downstream) features a 3-night cruise. The 5-star Yangzi Explorer carries no more than 124 guests with a crew of 130, and boasts the highest ship staff-to-guest ratio on the river.

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