With their crowds, restaurants, shopping, nightclubs, and even skydiving, big cruises are like being on a floating city, and the ensuing lines and battles over poolside chairs can be a nightmare for people seeking a peaceful vacation. Small cruises carry fewer passengers and focus on destinations over shipboard activities -- but the intimacy can be costly (though also often includes all drinks, excursions, and sometimes even airfare). "They can offer fantastic value when you consider all the inclusions that come with the cost of the stateroom," says Geraldine Ree, a senior vice president at Expedia CruiseShipCenters. Here are 16 recommendations for cruises with 2,000 or fewer passengers, including some in the double digits, from insiders at Expedia, PriceLine, and CruCon.com. All prices are for a single traveler and were researched in early July.