Which Is the Smallest Cruise Ship?

By Robert Palmer

Cruise ships come in all shapes and sizes, and the smallest of them all can easily be overlooked. But, it’s worth noting that the smallest cruise ships offer a unique experience that you might not be able to find on larger vessels. So which is the smallest cruise ship?

The MS L’Austral is currently the world’s smallest cruise ship. It is operated by French-based Ponant Cruises and measures just 142 meters long and has a capacity of 132 passengers. The L’Austral offers all-inclusive luxury cruises in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including Antarctica, Alaska, Australia, and the South Pacific Islands.

For travelers who don’t want to sacrifice luxury while exploring these far-flung places, L’Austral provides a unique experience. The ship has been designed to optimally explore small bays, islands and natural wonders with its shallow draft. Passengers can enjoy relaxing on board as they take in spectacular views from the terrace or large picture windows in their staterooms.

On top of that, L’Austral offers a variety of amenities such as a spa with sauna and steam bath, a heated seawater pool on the sun deck and an exercise room. The restaurant serves gourmet cuisine by Michelin-starred chefs while drinks are served at two bars located at both ends of the ship. There’s also an observation lounge for enjoying lectures about destinations or films about nature or history as well as an onboard boutique for souvenirs.


The MS L’Austral is currently considered to be the world’s smallest cruise ship. At 142 meters long and with capacity for 132 passengers, it offers all-inclusive luxury cruises to some of the world’s most remote destinations with plenty of amenities onboard for guests to enjoy during their journey.