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Dreamstime

If you are not a fan of mega-ships, there are plenty of smaller boat cruises. It’s often easy to meet like-minded people on smaller ships and to enjoy active excursions with them. Island Windjammers, for instance, offers small-ship cruises that are focused more on the thrill of sailing than on ship amenities. Passengers can take a turn at the helm of one of the cruise line’s three lovely ships and also help raise the sails. Windjammers’ ports of call include the French West Indies and British Virgin Islands.