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

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

Luxury cruises with $499 roundtrip economy air add-on from more than 50 gateways

The most inclusive cruise line in the world now offers business-class air for everyone

The Viking Sea was just delivered at the Fincantieri shipyards near Venice

Both Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria will receive extensive makeovers

Uniworld announces new Seine super ship for 2017

Master Pastry Chef Christophe Menard creates mouthwatering new desserts for Oceania Cruises

Line plans to put the worlds-fastest passenger ship back into service

Exploration and rejuvenation of the body mind and spirit on expedition cruise series

80 sailings for the 112-guest luxury SeaDream I and SeaDream II in Caribbean and Med

Two newly scheduled Silversea cruises will circle South America in 2017

The beautiful luxury ship will now journey to more exotic and challenging destinations

Cruise hosted by legendary chef Jacques P├ępin and annual Reunion Cruise

All suite guests on all European riverboats will be spoiled by butlers in 2016

Norwegian Escape to feature branded dining and beverages, Broadway Musicals and new Supper Club

Crystal offers significant savings with incentives to book now through March 2

Exclusive New Wine Voyages for 2015

For delivery in spring, 2018, and bringing the fleet up to five ships

Oceania will acquire another one of the eight R-ships once built by Renaissance to be named Sirena

The world-famous chef Nobu Matsuhisa will sail with Edie Rodriguez on the Crystal President's Cruise

For the people who want a more leisurely morning, new tours will start at about 11:00 a.m.

In this article we look at Cunard Cruise Lines, Oceania Cruises, and Windstar Cruises

In this article we look at Seabourn Cruises and Silversea Cruises

One of the biggest surprises many first time cruisers face is the outstanding quality of cruise ship cuisine. How truly accomplished are the celebrity chefs the cruise lines brag about?

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