Are you thinking about making the leap from a mainstream mega-ship to a more intimate luxury vessel? With numerous new ships of every kind sailing the world’s waters, competition is fierce. Each cruise line is trying to lure new passengers and sometimes with competitive prices. And whereas a luxury cruise is definitely no small investment, the per-person cruise fare will represent a very sensible value after you take into account everything which will be included. It’s not all about the money, though. If you’re planning a special getaway, you might want to spend a few extra dollars to splurge on an experience you won’t soon forget. Luxury ships are generally smaller than their mainstream counterparts, and great pride is taken in the level of personalized service provided. We’ve put together a list of the best Luxury Cruise lines with videos of their ships and offerings. We hope you enjoy…
An AmaWaterways river cruise is about more than the destination – it’s the journey. They offer European river cruises, Asia river cruises, or Africa river cruises which you can see the world in luxury and comfort. River cruising through Europe with AmaWaterways is an excellent way to explore a destination. Discover native culture and sights on included tours, then hop back on your luxurious river cruise ship and sail to the next stunning city or charming town. Included within the fares of river cruises are shore excursions in each port of call; all dining on board (including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant); fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; internet access and WiFi; and bicycles that you can use to explore on your own or be part of our guided bike tours. See Europe and Asia AmaWaterways River Cruises.
Avalon Waterways presents a river cruise experience with your unique style in mind-offering expansive views and wider perspectives. With river cruising’s only Open-Air BalconySM, these wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows open wider than any other in the industry, blurring the line between outside and in, forming a spacious seating area for six, and creating an open invitation to discover and dream. Even if you’re a seasoned traveler, you’ve never seen Europe like this.
Whether you’d like a romantic mini-break, an extended exploration, or something in between, with Avalon Waterways, you get to choose the river cruise that reveals the very best of Europe, Asia or South America.
Azamara Club Cruises
Experience the world’s wonders from your boutique hotel at sea. After a day or night spent immersed in your destinations, you’ll have a club-like ship to come back to. So much more than just a way to get from port to port, Azamara Club Cruises have crafted an on-board experience akin to a stay in the world’s most exclusive hotels. Their ships—Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest, and soon Azamara Pursuit—have been completely redesigned to exude modern elegance and bring inspiration from the world on-board. Comfortable and never crowded, you’ll love the feeling of community emphasized by our attentive and genuinely friendly staff. With a host of unmatched inclusive amenities, the only finger you’ll have to lift will be to make a menu selection.
In a single phrase, ‘All Exclusive’ takes the common industry term of ‘all inclusive’ and reshapes it into something bigger, bolder and unprecedented, where all-inclusive is all exclusive. Since the beginning, Crystal has set the bar of excellence for luxury travel. Today, they are redefining it altogether, presenting the savviest world travelers with choices, experiences and luxuries unmatched in the industry. By Ocean, River, Yacht and Air, each Crystal Experience is designed to showcase the world and its wonders in the most remarkable ways. See Cruises on Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity, and Crystal Esprit.
Crystal River Cruises
Crystal River Cruises has an unrivaled new fleet of luxurious, all-suite river ships exploring the grand waterways of Europe on journeys distinguished by abundant overnight stays in port and cultured experiences ashore.
Their new 2018 Crystal Collection of curated destination experiences presents unrivaled choices for discovery ashore, both inclusive and optional. Of the more than 225 excursions offered along Europe’s grandest rivers, more than 80% are complimentary, with dozens of additional options also available.
Carefully crafted to showcase the cultural authenticity and natural wonder of each destination, the collection offers experiences ranging from Cultural Discoveries and Tantalizing Gastronomy to Personal Connections and Exhilarating Adventures, allowing guests to arrange their time ashore to suit individual interests. Our Design Your Time concierge service affords even greater opportunity for customized experiences.
See itineraries on Crystal River Cruises.
Experience the iconic Transatlantic voyage, discover the world on a Grand Voyage or stay a little closer to home with Cunard‘s exciting European itineraries. Whatever you decide, a voyage with Cunard is an escape into an unrivaled world of freedom and possibility, with as much or little to do as you please. From glamorous occasions to intimate moments of delight, discover how the pioneers of luxury ocean travel continue to offer more than you imagine.
Step into a spacious, uncrowded world where the pace is set by you. Time is yours to do as much or as little as you wish. Enjoy a lazy film afternoon in the theater, stargaze from the promenade deck, join a pub quiz, delve into your interests, perhaps join a fencing lesson or bridge class, curl up in a cozy lounge with a good book, or simply recline on a sun lounger by the pool – the choice is yours. See itineraries on Cunard‘s Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2, and Queen Victoria.
Your World. Your Way. Filled with a spectacular array of diverse and exotic destinations, your world awaits your discovery. There is simply no better way to explore it than aboard the elegant ships of Oceania Cruises. Our unique itineraries are wide-ranging, featuring the most fascinating destinations throughout the world. Regatta, Insignia, Nautica, Sirena, Marina and Riviera are all intimate and luxurious, with each calling on the world’s most desirable ports, from historic cities and modern meccas to seaside villages and faraway islands. On a voyage with Oceania Cruises, each day offers the rewarding opportunity to experience the history, culture and cuisine of a wondrous new destination.
- Le Ponant, a three-masted yacht with 32 staterooms for a cruise that has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere
- L’Austral, Le Boréal and Le Soléal, three luxurious ships with 132staterooms and elegant, understated exterior and interior lines
- And our latest jewel, Le Lyrial, a fourth sistership with 122staterooms, delivered in spring 2015.
Accommodating a maximum of 264 passengers, Ponant‘s ships let you maintain your privacy; you feel as if you are sailing on your own private yacht. A yacht serving the legendary ports of call and secret harbors that are only accessible to small ships.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Enjoy every day, exactly as you wish while exploring the world’s most beautiful places— with everything included, from flights to excursions and from fine wines and premium spirits to gourmet restaurants. Allow Regent Seven Seas Cruises to take care of every detail as they take you to over 450 destinations worldwide aboard their luxuriously appointed and perfectly sized ships with no more than 375 suites. You really can have it all aboard Regent Seven Seas Cruises.
Chosen as the world’s top-rated cruise line six times by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines, Regent Seven Seas Cruises has earned a leadership role in the 6-star cruise industry. Their fleet of luxury ships provides a limited number of guests the highest standard of cruising excellence combined with exciting opportunities for discovery around the world.
With their unmatched sense of style, elegance, and grace, Seabourn ships beckon you to travel beyond the bounds of imagination. Step aboard any one of our ships and you’ll enjoy a sophisticated and luxurious journey like no other.
With their unmatched sense of style, elegance and grace, Seabourn ships beckon you to travel beyond the bounds of the imagination. Aboard On board Seabourn, every desire is met promptly and with a welcoming smile. Whether it’s a warm blanket and a cup of gourmet hot chocolate as you drift along the Norwegian Fjords or a relaxing neck massage poolside, you’ll feel that you’re a member of a very exclusive club.
Step aboard any one of their ships – Seabourn Ovation, Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Quest, Seabourn Sojourn, or Seabourn Odyssey – and you’ll enjoy a sophisticated and luxurious journey like no other. You will feel as though you’ve been invited to sail on a private yacht.
With Silversea cruises you enjoy free-flowing premium wines and spirits, delicious gourmet cuisine, in-suite dining, full butler service for every suite and of course all gratuities. Savour the peace of mind of knowing that there is no salient price-tag at the end of a wonderful night of entertainment. Which is also complimentary, by the way. Whether you long to mingle in the Med, swim with the turtles of the Galapagos or embrace the glaciers of Alaska, there is something special about knowing that this cruising is all inclusive.
INTIMATE LUXURY SHIPS
A luxurious cruise means many things to many people but Silversea’s small ship cruises personify the true meaning of comfort. With just over 300 suites on our largest ships, their beautiful new flagship Silver Muse and some of the most expansive suites at sea and ample public spaces on board, there is simply no better place between sea and sky. Silversea‘s ships are small enough to visit exceptional destinations and berth right in the beating heart of the destination; yet large enough to make sure that everything you could dream of from exquisite fine dining to a personal butler and superlative service is catered for? That’s real luxury.
Viking Ocean Cruises
Ocean Ships and Itineraries
In 2015, Viking introduced its first ocean ship with the christening of the 930-guest all-veranda Viking Star. One year later, Viking launched its second ocean ship, Viking Sea, which was joined in 2017 by sister ships Viking Sky and Viking Sun. The fleet welcomes Viking Orion in 2018 and Viking Jupiter in 2019, making Viking the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Four more yet-to-be-named ships are scheduled to launch by 2023.
The company’s award-winning ships are engineered at a size that allows direct access into most ports, so guests have easy and efficient embarkation and disembarkation. Each ship boasts a private veranda in every stateroom, a choice of restaurants offering a variety of fine dining options, the most al fresco dining at sea, an infinity pool, a Nordic-inspired spa, panoramic Explorers’ Lounge and thoughtfully curated book collections throughout the ship, and more—all designed in understated elegance.
Base ocean cruises range from 8 to 15 days, with itineraries designed to maximize the amount of time travelers spend in their destination. Destinations include Northern Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic, the Mediterranean, the Adriatic, the Americas and the Caribbean, as well as combination cruises of those itineraries available ranging from 22 to 50 days.
Viking Sun will spend her maiden season sailing the company’s first-ever world cruise, spanning 141 days and visiting five continents. And in 2019, she will embark on her second global crossing on the 128-day Viking World Cruise. Starting in 2018, Viking Orion will embark on journeys in the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Alaska.
Viking River Cruises
SAIL WITH THE #1 RIVER CRUISE LINE
You’re about to discover the most convenient way to see the world. This is cruising on an intimate scale, with a personal touch. Meander along the world’s great waterways at the easy pace of the river gliding past magnificent vistas and pausing to explore riverside ports, all while unpacking your bags just once. To see what life is like on board one of our state-of-the-art Viking Longships, watch this short video.
SMALL SHIP EXPERTS
On a Viking ship, you will sail into the heart of your destination, so you can explore up close and in depth. Our innovative, award-winning Viking Longships have set the standard in river cruising: our intimate vessels have all the amenities of a fine hotel, providing the ideal opportunity to comfortably be transported each day to and from your next destination—where enriching discoveries are usually just a short walk from your ship.
MORE STATEROOM VARIETY THAN OTHER SHIPS
Your private sanctuary on the river. Viking’s innovative thinking and patented design provides you with more choices and a more enriching overall experience than other ships. Each of our spacious staterooms offers deluxe comfort during your river cruise. Whichever stateroom you choose, your hotel-style bed topped with European linens and duvets provides the perfect place to turn in after a full day of exploring Europe’s great towns and cities. And you’ll feel pampered by bathrooms equipped with heated floors and premium Freyja™ bath products.
NO ONE ELSE GOES SO FAR TO GET TRAVELERS SO CLOSE …
You’re closer to secluded coves, tiny villages, misty fjords. To ancient ruins, medieval alleyways, quaint marinas. To unspoiled beaches, unfamiliar cultures, undiscovered atolls. To enlivening your curiosity and awakening your sense of wonder. You’re closer than ever to the kind of authentic and unforgettable experiences that you travel to find in the first place. You’re about to board Windstar. And you’re closer to all the places that larger ships can’t reach.
SEE A WORLD FEW WILL EVER SEE …
Welcome to a world of understated luxury and uncommon beauty. A world that leaves crowds and commonplace behind to find unique ports of call, and local, exotic cultures that are at once fascinating and wondrous. A world that’s equal parts intimate, indulgent and inspiring. Where the allure and beauty and magic of the places you sail to is equaled only by the ship that takes you there.