Small group vacations
Small ship cruises, by their very nature, are nearly always small group vacations. People make all sorts of different misjudged assumptions about small group vacations. Boating snobs might think they are for wimps who can’t navigate for themselves. Young travelers may fear they will be the only person under fifty, older travelers might worry that it might be too active, and shy souls might feel under pressure to socialise. Most of these are maritime myths, however, as there is something for everyone on a small ship cruise, although it is true to say that the truly anti-social traveler may suffer a little cabin fever. However, water lovers are, in general, people who like to look outwards, not inwards. They are also happy to go with the flow and, although conditions on board might be more cramped than in a floating hotel, seafarers know how to respect other people’s space. Whether they are taking time out on deck to savour the solace of the sea, or having some chill out time in their berth.
Colette Dubois at our supplier, St. Hilda Sea Adventures: “One thing that is really special about living on a small boat is that you become extremely close to your passengers. It is a very special week, for us as well. We learn from our passengers, we teach them things too and, because we live together, eat together, we discuss all sorts of things – politics, books and so on. And it is lovely to see young children on board too, who are so fresh, enthusiastic and wanting to learn and anticipate. The people who come are usually open minded and patient, and so, it feels very special”.