Luxury Cruising Guide


When it comes to travel, there is nothing to compare to the levels of service one receives aboard any cruise ship in the world - even the ones we refer to as mass-market. So, to take the concept of luxury even a step further, what could possibly be more luxurious than the level of food and service you get on the world's top luxury cruise lines?


Which Are the Luxury Cruise Lines?  In alphabetical order: the lines that CruiseMates puts into the luxury category are CrystalRegentSeabournSeaDream Yacht Club and Silversea Cruises. Meanwhile, four other lines also deserve honorable mention, because they appeal to many of the same people. These lines are AzamaraCunardOceania Cruises and Windstar. They all have distinguishing characteristics that set them apart from the mainstream cruise market.

CruiseMates Guide to Luxury Cruise Lines Read these four articles for a complete education in the ways in which luxury cruise lines vary from the rest of the cruise lines, and even more importantly, how they vary from each other. You will be surprised at the variety of luxury options available to you, from one of the biggest ships in the world, Queen Mary 2, to some of the most elite, the 200 passenger Yachts of Seabourn.


Looking for Luxury What constitutes a top-end cruise line? Gourmet cuisine, tips & drinks included, exotic ports and more. The latest in a series.


The Luxury Lineup - Part 1

An in-depth comparison of two luxury cruise lines with the largest luxury ships at sea, Crystal Cruises and Regent Seven Seas. Both great cruise lines, with enough differences to take note.



The Luxury Lineup - Part 2

Seabourn and Silversea. Our in-depth luxury cruise lines comparison continues, including our number one pick!


The Luxury Lineup - Part 3

Cunard, Oceania Cruises and Windstar: honorable mentions for different reasons, some of them personal favorites.

Two Important Luxury Cruise Spotlight Articles

What is the Luxury Cruise Appeal?
Why do some people happily pay higher cruise fares for inclusive options they may never use?


Comparing Cruise Cost: Luxury to Mainstream

You can actually choose either cruising experience for the exact same price.

Additional Luxury Cruising Articles

European itineraries for the maiden season are now open for booking

Ultra-luxury Silverseas Whisper gets an extensive makeover

First North American Luxury Cruise Line to Offer Voyages to Cuba

Crystal Symphony’s 2017 President’s Cruise will sail through Holy Land and Arabian Peninsula

AKA - the Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built, Seven Seas Explorer arrives in North America

Seabourn Cruises take delivery on newest all-suite ship Encore

The unique Aranui-5 offers savings for sailing to the most pristine French Polynesian Islands

New four and five-day cruise schedule from Alabama starts this week for Fantasy

Cunard Announces up to 2-for-1† savings off Launch Fares for Veterans Day

New Culinary Classes on Seven Seas Explorer Inaugural Caribbean Season

Second Ship in Regent Seven Seas Cruises $125M Fleet-Wide Refurbishment Program

Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is the only ship with kennels - now remastered

Spanning all 7 continents, 1000 destinations, of which nearly 300 are new to Silversea

Luxury cruise line Crystal now has its own private jet for guests

Travel Weekly awards the Ultra-lux line nine Magellan awards, six gold.

A week of fashion on an iconic ocean liner crossing

Windstar Cruises reveals new Yachting Adventure cruises in Europe for 2017 Sailings

Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel to offer more, larger suites and amenities

Historic cruise has dream team of guest lecturers and guides

Seabourn offers special shore excursions to the actual South Pole

The worlds most luxurious cruise ship just launched on Monte Carlo, Monaco

The small luxury yachts offer overnights in Bonifacio, St. Tropez and Monte Carlo

The luxury line will now alternate between two 7-night Galapagos itineraries

Six river boats, a Polar-class explorer and the first of three 117,000-ton luxury cruisers

Details emerge on the first riverboat from Crystal Cruises

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