Small Cruise Ships Offer Adventure, Luxury, Intimacy or Access to More Places, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Small cruise ships hosting anywhere between 20 and 500 passengers are a booming alternative to mega-ships such as the Queen Mary 2 and the Symphony of the Seas.  Although they typically have fewer restaurant/onboard activity/entertainment venue choices, they do offer higher staff-to-passenger ratios (often one staff member for every two passengers onboard small ships, compared to about one crew member to two-and-one-half or three passengers on large ships).  Also, small ships can cruise into shallower waters and far smaller inlets, so that abundant wildlife might be seen or smaller ports might be enjoyed.  Seattle-based Un-Cruise Adventures, for example, owns and…

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