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The Best Family-Friendly Micro Cruises In Asia

Boutique Small Ship Voyages

The Best Family Friendly Micro Cruises

Whilst we love the convenience and diversity available on large cruise ships across Asia, if you crave the open waters but can’t bear big crowds, opt to sail on a smaller scale. Boutique cruises are more intimate vessels and routes that offer shorter trips, a snug atmosphere, and personalized service. Little Steps has scoured the seas for the best of the best in micro-cruising around the world. Ship ahoy!

  • Laos With Mekong Kingdom

    Laos With Mekong Kingdom

    Roam The River Mekong

    For an easy, breezy way to explore the scenery, waters and sleepy banks of Laos, set sail aboard Gypsy. This exclusive 41-meter river vessel offers just two-cabins so it’s ideal for families with older children who don’t want to share with Mum and Dad. The cabins are plush, you get all your mod-cons, and an onboard chef serves up delicious local dishes. Lure your kids away from their iPads with sunrise yoga, cooking demonstrations, fishing, and jewelry-making in between stopping at fishing villages and exploring lush forests, gilded temples, and mist-shrouded mountains. Got your sea legs going?

    Mekong Kingdom, Head Office: Setthathirath Rd, Hua Xieng Village, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR 06000, PO Box 1142, +856 (0) 7125 5001,, 
  • Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Egypt river cruise for families.

    Egypt With The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

    Exploring Ancient Wonders Along The Nile In Luxury

    For a cruise with extra chic, the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV pulls out all the stops. The 38 elegant cabins come with a nod to art-deco styling, private bathrooms and epic views of the River Nile. Elsewhere, cabanas are dotted around the pool area, there’s a games room and gym, and gourmet cuisine prepared by award-winning chefs is served to you by white-gloved staff in the dining room. Enjoy a choice of 4 -7-night itineraries led by the best Egyptologists as they escort you down the Nile visiting the likes of the Luxor Temples, the Valley of the Kings (and Queens), the famed Colossi of Memnon and Edfu. Entertainment and parties take place in the evenings, giving you a chance to slip happily into the culture and holiday mode. Suitable only for children aged 10+.

    Sanctuary Retreats, Head Office: 101 St Martin's Ln, London, United Kingdom, +2 (02) 23947820, www.

  • North Kerala With The Lotus Houseboat

    North Kerala With The Lotus Houseboat

    The Beauty Of The Backwaters

    Glide your way around Kerala’s beautiful backwaters, complete with staff and a large dose of chill. Take in the pretty landscapes and wildlife, watch the locals going about their days on the river, hear ancient Indian stories, learn about the old spice trade, and discover the unique wonders of living on a houseboat. And what a houseboat. Stylishly decorated with traditional teak furniture, cheerful bright fabrics and Keralan art, Lotus Houseboat is the height of cozy and inviting. Try the cookery class with the fresh catch of the day. Also, due to its smaller size, you can weave through narrow canals motor-free, and even embark on some kayaking among the backwaters.

    ABChapri Retreats, Head Office:
    402, Tower 2, DLF Corporate Greens,
    Sect 74 A, Southern Peripheral Rd,
    Gurugram, Haryana,  (New Delhi, NCR) India, +91 124 518 0961,,

  • Rascal Voyages Indonesia cruising for families.

    Indonesia With Rascal Charters

    Discovering Paradise In Raja Ampat

    Indonesia is practically brimming with micro-cruise moments. Sail towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Komodo National Park or the diving sites of Raja Ampat. Guests who travel to Komodo will witness white and pink sand beaches, dramatic volcanic peaks and deserted coves immersed by lush rainforests. The Raja Ampat journey visits remote islands with extraordinary marine life such as hawksbill sea turtles and lionfish. Do this from the comfort of Rascal – a super-swish Phinisi cruiser. Laid back luxury comes in the shape of an infinity roof deck, rattan ceilings, and cabins, superb staff, and bespoke food and music menus.

    Rascal Voyages, Head Office: 101c Telok Ayer Street, Level 4, Singapore, +65 80852381,

  • Galapagos Islands With La Pinta

    Galapagos Islands With La Pinta

    An Expedition Of A Lifetime

    La Pinta is less of a cruise ship and more of a luxurious bijou escape. Housing just 48 guests at a time, and featuring interconnecting cabins, it boasts a more boutique-y feel making it ideal for couples and families looking for a more exclusive sailing trip. The 4-6 night cruises take you around the enchanting Galapagos Islands with a packed itinerary that includes island hopping, spotting wildlife, snorkeling and swimming, and kayaking and canoeing. Back on board, relax on the sundeck with a cocktail, unwind in the open-air Jacuzzi, or listen to natural history talks from the guides. Children are treated to special meals and there’s a Young Pirates programme for mini explorers aged seven to 12-years old.

    Yacht La Pinta, Metropolitan Touring, Head Office: Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquídeas, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador,  (+1) 855-943-0196,

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