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Meet the Team at Small Ship Cruises
Testimonials and Comments
Look Who Is Talking About Us in the Press
A Little about the Site

SMALLSHIPCRUISES.COM is a unique website created in 1998 by experienced writers who have a wide knowledge of the small ship niche of the cruise industry. The owners and writers have traveled on ships all over the world so that the information on the website comes from personal in-depth research and hands-on experience. The website has been written about in many newspapers, magazines, and other media, including the New York Times, USA Today, Newsday,  The Today Show, Travel & Leisure, Porthole Magazine, Marco Polo Magazine, Cruise Travel Magazine, Forbes Traveler, Savvy Travel, Seattle Times, St Petersburg Times, Tampa Tribune, San Diego Union-Tribune, Toronto Star, Cincinnati Enquirer, Atlanta Journal and Constitution, SmarterTravel.com, and many others. Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel calls us “a great site”, and Best Fares Magazine says “a great collection of news, deals & discounts”. The Today Show and Travel & Leisure Magazine featured the site as " one stop shopping for small ships". It has been named one of the Web’s Most Useful Travel Sites by Boardroom.com and has been featured in reviews on Excite, Lycos, about.com, and Netscape.

The company and the website offers information on cruising in small ships to out-of-the-way places all over the world, and works with various expert agencies, wholesalers, tour operators and cruiselines to get people booked to the destinations they want. The company is incorporated in Florida, with offices in St. Petersburg.


Bob Linde – Bob is the founder of Small Ship Cruises. He is an an avid sailor and while running the recreation department for the University of South Florida, he developed courses in navigation, advanced sailing, and canoeing. As a travel writer he has visited unique destinations such as the Peruvian Amazon, Northern European waterways, Alaska, the Yukon, and the Galapagos Islands, to name a few. Bob spent 5 years in the US Army, including 3 years in Europe and 6 months on the front lines of Desert Storm. He has also worked as a counselor for troubled youths, a commercial fisherman and Greenpeace activist. Small ship cruising opened his eyes to the unique unspoiled cultures that only small ships allow you to experience. When he realized the lack of information available to the growing numbers of travelers interested in adventure travel and interacting with different cultures and environments, Small Ship Cruises was born. "This is a site for everyone – travel agent, veteran cruiser, new cruiser or arm-chair cruiser," he says. "Pull up a chair and approach the website as the start of your adventure. We are only an e-mail away."  Bob also is president of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies in St. Petersburg (www.acuherbals.com).

Shirley Linde is current president of the company and editor of SmallShipCruises.com. She has written books on both science and travel, many of which are best-sellers and are translated into languages around the world. Among the books she has authored or contributed to are No More Sleepless Nights, No More Snoring, Dr. Atkins' Superenergy Diet, The Whole Health Catalogue, The Charleston Weight-loss Program, The World’s Most Intimate Cruises, Great Voyages of the World, and The Insiders' Guide to the World's Most Exciting Cruises. Shirley has received several outstanding service awards in communications, and is listed in Who's Who in America, the World Who's Who of Women, Who's Who of Contemporary Authors, and Foremost Women of the 20th Century. She lived on an outisland of the Bahamas for five years, and now when not traveling, she lives a few feet from the water in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. See also: www.shirleylinde.com.

Scott Linde is responsible for  the corporate charter division of Small Ship Cruises Inc., arranging for long term charter of vessels or for short term charter for use of ships as floating hotels for special events, for meetings at sea for corporate or other groups, and for corporate incentive award cruises.  Scott has years of experience in the corporate world and is known for his product design and development in many areas, especially working for more than 20 years in the leather goods industry. Scott has been a world traveler throughout his corporate life and helped pioneer the U.S. leather goods industry in Asia, the Caribbean, Central America and Mexico.  In addition to charters, he also specializes in  Small Ship Cruises' requests for dive boats and fishing expeditions to unique places.  Scott is an avid scuba diver and fisherman and has dived in the U.S., Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexico and Thailand.

Alvaro Marin MD  [Oct. 6, 1951-Nov. 17, 2010] 
Alvaro was responsible for assistance with bookings in Spanish, with medical groups arranging meetings at sea, and for charters for groups speaking Spanish and helped start CruiseRecipes.net. Dr. Marin 
grew up in Colombia and practiced medicine there as well as in England, Spain, and Uruguay. He also for many years went with the Pacific Air Patrol, an airborne medical unit, on missions into some of the most inaccessible places in the world – to little towns of the Pacific and Caribbean coast, to Indian villages in the Colombian mountains, and to remote areas of the Amazon from the heart of the jungle to its furthest borders. Due to the resurgence of civil war in Colombia and death threats against him and his family, he and his family left Colombia. He was living in St. Petersburg, Florida. We loved him and will miss him.

Dale Sanders,,
associate editor for SmallShipCruises.com, is an award-winning photojournalist whose work has been featured in dozens of travel, outdoor and specialty publications. Dale holds a degree in Oceanography & Marine Geology, and many of his stories involve marine science, eco-tourism and maritime history. He is a Past President of Florida Outdoor Writers and is currently Chairman of its Past-Presidents’ Council. He has cruised extensively throughout the world on luxury and adventure vessels and is an avid boater, fisherman, and diver. Dale is coordinating several SmallShipCruises.com projects such as new marketing services being offered to cruise companies. Dale’s website: www.phototext.biz

Various experts handle many of the booking requests that come in to the Small Ship Cruises website.  We mostly work directly with cruiselines but also work with Expedition Trips, Adventure Smith Explorations, and other cruise experts on specialized requests and destinations, as well as working with experts in yacht charters, river barges, and buying and selling vessels.


The SMALLSHIPCRUISES.COM website features small ships and off-the-beaten-path cruising and has the most complete and up-to-date information found anywhere on small ships. The site features in-depth reports on small ships throughout the world, with information on cabins, activities, itineraries, shore excursions, and discount policies. Hundreds of ships and cruises are listed that can be searched by cruiseline or destination, or by special interest such as barges, river cruises, sailing ships, dive boats, wheelchair-accessible vessels, and other niche themes. The website is supported by viewers requesting cruise reservations through the site which are forwarded to associates in specialist companies who are experts in various areas and who make the reservations. The site is also supported by a bookstore where you can buy any book or video, and a section where you can make hotel and air reservations, get a passport, order a map, and even book shore excursions before you take a cruise.

The site has unique information on small ships found on no other site and the expert associates can book people on cruises to remote places where they can relate to the environment and to the cultures of the people. Today’s travelers want something different, they want to travel in small groups, they want to know about the history, and music and ecology of the places they visit and to get to know the people. They want travel to broaden their knowledge and connect them to the rest of world as well as fulfill their dreams, and www.smallshipcruises.com offers them the way. Where else but by ship can you kayak up to a glacier, go by dugout canoe to a jungle village, play with a two-toed sloth pet of a family on the Amazon River, feed bananas to lemurs jumping on your shoulder and then come back to your ship for a hot shower, a dance on the aft deck, a good meal and a comfortable bed?

The SmallShipCruises.com site can be licensed for redistribution in non-English languages, as can CruiseRecipes.net, another website under construction by Small Ship Cruises Inc. that has favorite recipes of cruise chefs and news of culinary and wine cruises. A Directory of Small Ships is available for purchase which has contact information of small ship companies, with phone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and links to cruise company websites. The hands-on Cruise Reports are available for purchase to editors for travel pages and book inclusion.

The site has special help for corporations and other large groups who wish to charter a whole ship and has programs for Meetings At Sea and for Floating Hotels at major events in port cities.

The website is reaching an audience of sophisticated experienced travelers from all over the world as well as members of the cruise industry. People are coming to the site from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and countries of Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia. The website has more than a million page visits per year and outstanding placement on search engines, creating an opportunity for cruise companies to place ads on their offerings.

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Small Ship Cruises has been featured in the following:

The Today Show
Travel & Leisure Magazine
Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Online
New York Times
Chicago Tribune
USA Today
Seattle Times
St Petersburg Times
Tampa Tribune
Toronto Star
San Diego Union-Tribune
Best Fares Magazine
Cincinnati Enquirer
New York Daily News
Travel World International Magazine
East West News Bureau
The Mature Traveler
Detroit Metro Connections
Baltimore Sun
Atlanta Journal & Constitution
Marco Polo Magazine
Porthole Magazine
The Business Journal Business-Journal.com
Salon Travel Salon.com
Money Magazine
Destinations Magazine
Travelers Newsletter
The Group Travel Leader
Meeting News
Cruise News
Cruise Voyager
Cruise Travel Magazine
Hartford Courant
Mining Co Guide to Budget Travel
Cruise & Vacation Views
BottomLine Secrets
Peter Greenberg Newsletter
The Wheelhouse
Travel Weekly
AOL News
Prow’s Edge
Travel Writers International Newsletter
Arthur Frommer’s Online Newsletter
Baltimore Sun
CLIA Newsletter
Cruise Voyager
Bottom Line/Personal
Web Surfer Travel Journal
AOL News
Excite Travel News
ASTA Magazine
Travel Writers International Newsletter
Travel Savvy Magazine
Elegant Living
Orlando Sentinel
Various radio programs, including Francis Harris and KVAD’s pack Your Bags


One-stop shopping for small ships.
-- The Today Show

 A beautiful website … well-organized … a huge amount of information … bravo!
-- Annie Jennings PR

The best way to get acquainted with the marketplace is by visiting SmallShipCruises.
-- Baltimore Sun

Check out SmallShipCruises.com for a huge inventory of these special types of trips. This site helps find your ideal cruising experience by letting you browse small ship cruises by interest. Want a cruise with exquisite culinary experiences? It has it. Cruises for singles? It has those, too. Look into some of these companies and resources and you should be able to find a small ship sailing that’s right for you.
-- Peter Greenberg

Your website is of extreme value to the cruise industry.
-- SS, Canadian Sailing Expeditions

Amazing, thanks for the quick response!
-- RK, Antarctic Dream

Great Website. You are such a tremendous find! Our family of 6 would love to start traveling in the next couple of years, and your small ship cruises sound perfect for us. I'm so excited to learn about an alternative to large commercial cruises.
-- L Family

Thanks so much for your website. It's bookmarked!
Jennifer T
Hilton Head Island


I am so impressed. you are doing a fabulous job with smallshipcruises.com. We are determined to do everything we can to support your efforts and success. You have chosen the most exciting growth niche possible and are doing it very well. Congratulations.
 -- JK

Your website looks terrific! We greatly appreciate being included in the site and all the hard work you put into creating and maintaining our pages.
-- AG

A really useful web site … covers the world of small ship cruising, some at bargain prices.
-- A. Frommer’s Budget Travel Online Newsletter

This information is absolutely perfect ... your company offers so much more! I enjoy learning about new ways to approach adventure. I so appreciate your help! Thank you again,
-- Linda C., Destinations Magazine

Your rankings in the search engines are awesome.
-- Kim P., The Working Vacation

It's great and full of such good information.
-- Uniworld

I want to thank you for the excellent article … You are really lucid, and snap up a lot of correct information!
-- Tom C., Sea Dream Yacht Club

Your website is wonderful ... great resource center ... quite impressive!
-- Mary K.H., Ohio River Boat Cruises

Excellent story on our Central  America trip.  Wow! very thorough coverage!
-- World Explorer Cruises

Your website is so very helpful!  Thank you for the excellence!!!
-- Denise B., Director of Tourism, Anchorage Convention &Visitors Bureau

You have found a genuine need and niche in the travel industry … a unique product.
-- Richard G., MD

An amazing website ... Much thanks for what you do.
-- David Peevers, contributing writer/photographer, Lonely Planet books

The ultimate resource for information on small ship cruises.
-- Marco Polo Magazine

It was a marvelous experience to visit your website.
LM, Dubai

Congratulations for seeing the need and providing this service.
-- Wade B

Thank you for your help during our marketing research study. Our group could not have completed the study without your assistance.
-- Stephanie S., University of Texas at Austin

As soon as the page comes up, there’s an immediate sense of the sea, of cruising and of wanting to book something right away ... Congratulations on a really neat site!
-- Kevin R, Prowsedge

Thank you, Small Ship Cruises, for your suggestions, and keep them coming.
-- Priscilla P., San Francisco

When we cruise in the future we would like to do all booking through you.
-- Tom and Lis R.

You have a fascinating website supported by many years of valuable cruise ship experience.
-- Tony Jones, Publisher, Adventure Guide

Thank you for your attention to our interests. It is reassuring to know that all is set.
-- Charles V. M.

Mahalo Akua ho’omaik’I, nui a me mau! (Thanks! God bless, much and always!)
-- Keoki G.

We are delighted with your quick service and ability to promptly book the trip we wanted.
-- Tom and Kay S., Lacanada CA

Love the look of your page. It’s very informative and professional. Keep up the good work …So much to see, so little time!
-- Roger W., Utah

Thank you for everything. We will book a cruise with you again.
—Clara T., Miami FL

I love your site.
-- Hytham S., Denmark

Thank you and best regards.
-- Was S., Japan

I really enjoy your website. It’s the most informative I’ve found. Thanks again.
-- Marge P.

Thank you for your really kindly way to help us to make the cruise decision. I feel all is clear and OK.
-- Julio A., Buenos Aires

Thanks for getting back so quickly! I’m impressed!
-- Kathy J., Westport CT

Thank you for your prompt response and excellent service. I will keep your e-mail address on file.
-- Richard K.

Your display of cruise options was very helpful. We will continue to explore and enjoy your small ship cruises.
-- R. F.

We very much like the arrangements for our 50th anniversary trip … Thanks again!
-- Mr. & Mrs. Charles M., Michigan

You have been very kind to spend so much time and energy on my dreams and I am sure that in the near future I will be seeing the places that call to me.
-- Shanti H., Beaverton OR

I thank you very much again for your help.
-- Santha K., Malaysia

Thank you for your help, maybe we will be able to do another cruise on our 1 year anniversary.
-- Kara S.

A very good, professional job! Congrats.
-- Ed T., St. Petersburg FL

Thanks for all your help … looking forward to a continuing relationship.
-- Dave M.

We will be contacting you again.
-- Bob P., Key Biscayne FL

Thanks for making all the arrangements. Good negotiating.
-- Kathy J.

We appreciate your professionalism.
-- Barbara R.

This website is incredible.
-- Lindsey W, Canada

Meet the Team at Small Ship Cruises
Testimonials and Comments
Look Who Is Talking About Us in the Press
A Little about the Site

To advertise in SmallShipCruises.com contact Linde@smallshipcruises.com

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