ABOUT SMALL SHIP
Meet the Team
at Small Ship Cruises
Testimonials and Comments
Look Who Is Talking About
Us in the Press
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.
WHO MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN AT SMALL SHIP CRUISES
Linde – Bob is the founder of Small Ship Cruises. He is an an avid sailor
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).
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]
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.
grew up in
practiced medicine there as well as in England, Spain, and Uruguay. He
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.
to the resurgence of civil war in Colombia and death threats against him
and his family, he and his family left Colombia. He was
St. Petersburg, Florida. We loved him and will miss him.
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
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 SITE … THE BIGGEST WEBSITE IN THE WORLD ON SMALL SHIPS
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
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
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
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
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.
Small Ship Cruises Inc
100 Beach Dr NE
St Petersburg FL 33701
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LOOK WHO IS TALKING ABOUT
US IN THE PRESS
Small Ship Cruises has been featured in
The Today Show
Travel & Leisure Magazine
Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Online
New York Times
St Petersburg Times
San Diego Union-Tribune
Best Fares Magazine
New York Daily News
Travel World International Magazine
East West News Bureau
The Mature Traveler
Detroit Metro Connections
Atlanta Journal & Constitution
Marco Polo Magazine
The Business Journal
The Group Travel Leader
Cruise Travel Magazine
Mining Co Guide to Budget Travel
Cruise & Vacation Views
Peter Greenberg Newsletter
Travel Writers International Newsletter
Arthur Frommer’s Online Newsletter
Web Surfer Travel Journal
Excite Travel News
Travel Writers International Newsletter
Travel Savvy Magazine
Various radio programs, including Francis Harris and KVAD’s pack Your Bags
TESTIMONIALS and COMMENTS
One-stop shopping for small ships.
-- The Today Show
beautiful website … well-organized … a huge amount of information … bravo!
-- Annie Jennings PR
The best way to get acquainted with the marketplace is by
-- Baltimore Sun
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
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
-- L Family
Thanks so much for your website. It's bookmarked!
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.
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.
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
-- Kim P., The Working Vacation
It's great and full of such good
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.
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
-- 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.
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
-- 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
-- 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
-- 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!
-- 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.
-- 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
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