What's the smallest cruise ship you've ever sailed?

The smallest ship I have cruised on was the old RCI Song Of America, 37,584 tons and max 1,575 passengers. Built in 19982 I cruised on her 12-15 1996 and 04-12-1998. She was the second ship I had been on.

I have great memories of cruising on her both times. On my bucket list is to go on her now as the Celestial Olympia for a Greek Island cruise.

25 Answers

Carnival Legend.

Carnival Holiday

Built 1985

46053 tonnage

1452 passengers

Our first cruise in 1998Love

That would have to be my first cruise on the NCL Spirit. Love that ship.

Viking Sky, just under 48,000 gross tons and 930 passenger capacity.

Seabourn Encore - just 600 pax and sailed her last month for 16 nights Auckland to Sydney! Amazing Cruise!

Premier Cruise Lines SS Atlantic 35,143 gt, 1062 passengers in the early 1990s.

I prefer small ships and the smallest I have sailed was Paul Gauguin in January 2013 for 10 nights from Tahiti, French Polynesia to the Society Islands and the Cook Islands. What a marvelous trip it was. Likely once in a lifetime on this ship but worth every penny. The crew were so attentive. The cruise line has a Polynesian dance troup that adds cultural enhancements. I sat on the floor one night while they danced and made leis. The ship brought in hundreds and hundreds of flowers to make them. What a cool experience. They also taught us about their music, played their music each might in the bar, and taught folks how to dance/hula and tie Pareo. It added so much to an already magical cruise.

m/s Paul Gauguin Fact Sheet

Gross Tonnage: 19,170

Length: 504.03 feet (153.63 meters)

Beam: 72.18 feet (22 meters)

Draft: 17.11 feet (5.214 meters)

Cruising Speed: 18 knots

Ship’s Registry: Bahamas

Guest Capacity: 332

Crew: 217

Fair Princess---16,627 gross tons---Built for Cunard, sold to Sitmar then became the Fair Princess after Sitmar acquired by Princess in 1988. Next smallest was the original or close to the original "Love Boat", the Pacific Princess at 20,636 gross tons.

Wow! So little!

Empress of the Seas

Maiden Voyage(as Nordic Empress) June 25, 1990

Christened by Gloria Estefan

48,563 GWT

691ft long

101ft Beam

23.5ft Draft

2,270 Guests Maximum

1,602 Guests at Double Occ

668 Crew

Sailed on her on January 6-11, 2018. Between this cruise, and our 2019 cruise on Majesty of the Seas, we found that the guests and crew on smaller ships seemed to be much more friendly than the Mega ships!

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