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Best Non-Traditional Cruises


on-traditional cruise ships tend to be on the small side, and they are often—though not necessarily—more luxurious than traditional cruise ships. Because they vary so much in size and function, you're likely to find your non-traditional ship more interesting than the typical big mainstream cruise ships.

Size usually dictates how extensive onboard amenities are. A mid-size expedition ship may have as many amenities as a mid-size traditional cruise ship, but a small barge or yacht may have little more than a restaurant and salon for gatherings. Cabins on these ships tend to be snug but comfortable.

What makes a ship "non-traditional" also varies. It may be a sailing vessel or a converted trawler; it could be a double-hulled expedition ship suitable for Arctic waters or a small barge suitable for the canals of southern France.

These are our favorite non-traditional cruise ships.

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