CruiseMates Guide to Luxury Cruise Lines

| Tuesday, 05 Mar. 2013
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 Crystal, Regent, Seabourn, SeaDream 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 Azamara, Cunard, Oceania 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, SeaDream, 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 mention for different reasons. Includes our personal favorite.


Additional Luxury Cruising Articles

On Seabourn with Newt Gingrich

The Gingriches enjoy a well-deserved cruise vacation despite some silly media rhetoric.
7-30-11

Silversea Silver Wind Makeover
by Janice Wald Henderson
Cruise ships are like Hollywood actors; they often get facelifts when they grow old. Personally, I like stars to mature naturally, and ships to undergo the knife.   Go>
Sept. 7, 2010

Silversea: More than a Cruise
The luxury cruise line's attention to detail made the difference on our cruise to Egypt and Petra.


The Yachts of Seabourn:
The Best Things in Small Packages. A contributed article by past president of Seabourn, Deborah Natansohn. Written Sept. 25, 2006


Cruising in Style on Crystal Serenity
It's hardly your typical luxury line -- not that there's anything wrong with that.   Go>
7-13-09
 
Seabourn Odyssey: New Luxury Standards
The first in a new wave in luxury ships debuts this week in Venice.   Go>
6-24-09
 
Trading Up to Regent Seven Seas
Regent Seven Seas Cruises makes All-Inclusive so affordable it's time for cruisers to consider trading Up.   Go>
8-10-09
 
Silversea's Prince Albert II
This small expedition vessel offers all the luxury and charm of Silversea, but in more exotic -- and challenging -- settings.   Go>
7-06-09
 
Silversea Presents Culinary Cruises
Silversea presents 11 culinary cruises featuring world-renowned chefs preparing regionally inspired dishes on special itineraries.   Go>
4-8-09
 
Silversea's New Prince Albert II
A new cruise ship review by CruiseMates staff features arguably the most luxurious expeditionary vessel afloat.   Go>
8-06-08
 
My Cruise on Silverseas' Silver Cloud -- Part II
In Part 2 of this two-part review, CruiseMates contributor E. Schlenk continues his detailed review of his recent cruise on the Silver Cloud.  Go>
5-01-08
 
My Cruise on Silverseas' Silver Cloud -- Part I
In Part 1 of this two-part review, CruiseMates contributor E. Schlenk gives us some insight into luxury cruising on the Silver Cloud.  Go>
4-29-08
 
On Cloud Nine Onboard the Silver Cloud
Cruisemates' community member Judi Cuervo discovers the joys of luxury cruising aboard Silverseas' Silver Cloud. 12-03-07
Regent Seven Seas: Delighting in the Details
Regent Seven Seas delights in those little details that make cruising extra special. Read more about what's in store for Regent's lucky passengers.
9-05-07
Hands-on Haute Cuisine from Regent
Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Le Cordon Bleu workshops reveal the secrets of world-renowned chefs.
4-03-07
The Seabourn Experience
Our correspondent discovers the difference in service and style on a 200-passenger luxury ship.


Seven Seas Mariner: The Long Cruise Challenge
Regent's all-suite vessel keeps demanding guests satisfied on a 20-night voyage.

It Pays to Wait
Our reporter learns the advantages of a late-season Med cruise on Oceania's Insignia.

The 2006 Luxury Lineup
The six high-end cruise lines have a wealth of new ports and itineraries next year.

The Silversea Difference
Our reporter finds out what makes this luxury line unique.

Crystal's Award-winning Entertainment
The luxury line targets nighttime fare to its upscale passengers.

Crystal's Entertainment: Part Two
Part Two. More on Crystal's award-winning entertainment.

How Suite It Is!
Lines are competing to offer suite guests more than just extra space.

Haute Cuisine on Crystal Serenity
Two new gourmet restaurants enhance the vessel's dining diversity.

Exploring the Globe Aboard Prinsendam
Explore new ports on the Prinsendam as it sails in Europe and around the world.

We Can't Wait for Queen Mary 2
The latest pictures from the shipyard plus a cutaway rendering of the entire ship interior.

Spotlight on the QM2
All of our Queen Mary 2 coverage: pictures, feature articles, ship cutaway and more.

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 -- Part 1
Our correspondent, a QE2 repeater, evaluates the new Cunard ship on its maiden voyage.

Aboard Queen Mary 2: Part 2
Our correspondent tries out some of the new ship's many restaurants and lounges.

Queen Mary 2's Maiden Voyage – Part 3
Our reporter continues his evaluation of facilities on the massive liner.

Queen Mary 2: Final Thoughts
Our reporter lends his final impressions to his evaluation of Cunard's historic new liner.

Cuisine on the QM2
Cunard taps Todd English to bring gourmet dining to its new ship.

The Luxury Difference
Kuki gets a taste of the high life on Radisson Seven Seas Voyager.

Silver Whisper's Cuisine
Our 'foodie' reporter offers reviews and a couple of recipes from Silversea's kitchen.

First Look: Crystal Serenity
Our reporter finds that Crystal's new vessel lives up to its luxury reputation.

Oceania Cruises' Regatta Pix
A pictorial of Oceania Cruises' new Regatta, now sailing in Europe.

First Look: Seven Seas Voyager
Radisson Seven Seas Cruises launches a luxurious all-suite sister ship to Mariner.

Cruising Russia's Rivers
Part 1: Viking River Cruises' Moscow to St. Petersburg.

Cruising Russia's Rivers
Part 2: Viking River Cruises' Moscow to St. Petersburg.

HAL's New Prinsendam
Holland America refits the former Royal Viking/Seabourn Sun for upscale global itineraries. NewPrinsendam.cfm


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