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Taking a cruise has long represented the classic single-person escape. Joining in the fun on a big ship with everything from organised deck activities to movies and live musicals is ideal for extroverts or young singles.

But what if you want the relaxation and romance of life aboard ship, but slightly less social volume? The good news is cruising now comes on a smaller scale. Various companies now offer the choice of  ‘adventure cruising’ in smaller ships that accommodate up to 60 people.

Peregrine Adventures general manager Robyn Nixon says these cruises especially suit people who have concerns about doing more demanding trips.

As people get older, they tend to prefer this easier way of travelling, but still want to get into the local spirit of the experience, she says.

The beauty of these boats is they can dock in smaller ports where the large hotel-sized cruise ships can’t fit. This means the chance to see out-of-the-way places, plus the option of swimming and snorkelling off the back while the boat is at anchor. The age range is very diverse, but, because we can break up land activities into smaller groups, the tours can cater to an equally diverse range of interests. Basically, the boat becomes your transport. It’s very relaxed and private, and you don’t have to keep packing and unpacking every day.