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Learn and explore aboard small ships that can close-cruise scenic coast lines and access off-the-beaten-path ports that larger ships can’t reach.  Make both the journey and the destination an adventure as you discover the world’s most fascinating places on luxury yachts, rugged expedition ships and more.

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Small Ship Cruises for Older Adults Over 60

Explore our small ship cruises at Road Scholar, where you can embark on an exciting journey that brings you along some of the world’s most beautiful coastlines. You can discover new cultures, wildlife, and landscapes as you explore off-the-beaten bath ports that larger vessels can’t reach. Aboard our small ship luxury cruises, you will join a like-minded cohort of curious travelers, where you can enjoy spirited conversations and forge lasting relationships. Browse our small ship cruises for seniors on luxury yachts, rugged expedition ships, and more.


Featured Destinations on Small Ship Cruises

At Road Scholar, we have an exciting collection of small ship travel programs. As you explore our floating campuses, you will find exhilarating destinations with rich histories and cultures that are sure to create lifelong memories. Some of our most popular destinations on small ship cruises include:

  • Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: The Galápagos Islands are known for their unique and diverse wildlife, where you can discover species like giant tortoises, marine iguanas, and blue-footed boobies found nowhere else on Earth. Also known for their natural beauty, the Galápagos Islands feature volcanic craters, lava fields, and pristine beaches, making this one of our most highly anticipated small ship cruises for solo travelers, seniors, and more.
  • Alaska: Another thrilling small ship cruise takes you along the coastal waters of Alaska, where you can view mighty glaciers and dramatic fjords that shape Alaska’s Inside Passage. Aboard this expedition ship, you will learn about local wildlife and marine life, indigenous cultures, and more.
  • Italy: Italy is known for its awe-inspiring coastline, and our small ship educational cruises take you throughout the Italian Riviera, where you can make stops in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, and more. Along the way, you can visit ancient heritage sites like the Necropolis, Parthenon, and Renaissance cities like Florence, where you can learn about this country’s influential art and architecture.
  • Greece: Another Mediterranean gem you can explore on our small ship luxury cruises is the Southern European country of Greece. Through this program, you will explore UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Temple of Artemis, as well as a variety of Greek islands like Naxos, Milos, and Syros.

With a thrilling collection of small ship cruises to choose from, you can explore the world by sea from a unique vantage point. With a delicate balance of exploration and relaxation, our small ship cruises for seniors are a great option for those looking for an educational yet restful trip. Review our small ship cruise travel guide to know what to expect on your next adventure.


Embark on a Small Ship Educational Cruise With Road Scholar

Ready to explore the world? Set sail on one of our small ship cruises at Road Scholar, where you can learn more about the cultures and landscapes around you from local experts. Browse our travel collections to find areas you’re interested in most, whether it’s the tropical waters of the Caribbean or the exciting seas off the coast of Alaska.