Learn about the various luxury cruise lines and ships that offer luxury ocean cruising itineraries. Discover the differences between cabins, entertainment options, enrichment programmes and dining experiences. Find out where each cruise ship sails and what their staff to passenger ratio is.
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Launched in 2007, Azamara Club Cruises are renowned for being a premium-luxury cruise line that feature longer and overnight stays in ports that larger ships are unable to reach.
Celebrity Cruises takes passengers to some of the most outstanding and diverse destinations in the world. Travelling between Europe and the Caribbean, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, they offer more than 100 different itineraries.
Compagnie du Ponant are an integral part of France’s great shipping tradition. All four of their luxury cruise ships have their own unique personality and symbolise the true essence of cruising.
The ultra-luxurious ships of Crystal Cruises – Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony – offer a stimulating and indulgent environment combined with a choice of restaurants, plenty of sports, fitness facilities and itineraries.
Cunard was the first company to make regular scheduled transatlantic crossings and can, therefore, claim to provide the first cruise service. Certainly its the name that evokes a sense of that golden age of ocean travel.
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises set out on its first voyage over a century ago, and today it provides everything from classic cruises and polar expeditions. The line operates a fleet of four small ships, each of which have their own individual charm and sail to different destinations around the world.
Hebridean Island Cruises have one ship - Hebridean Princess - and operate cruises around the coast of Scotland.
Oceania Cruises, a sister company to Regent Seven Seas Cruises, was formed in 2002 as the world’s largest upper premium cruise line.
Orion Expedition Cruises provide travellers with the unique and exclusive opportunity to experience the less travelled terrains of the South Pacific region in 5-star luxury. In their own words, Orion cruises are "designed to access the inaccessible", boasting the best in design, maritime and environmental technology, comfort and casual elegance.
Following in the wake of impressionist Paul Gauguin, who travelled through the paradise of French Polynesia, the MS Paul Gauguin cruises the exotic South Pacific islands.
Peter Deilmann Cruises specialise in taking the opulent style and grandeur of Europe to the sea in order to provide passengers with the utmost comfort and luxury as they explore the exotic destinations of the Caribbean and South America.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises sail on voyages of exploration and discovery to all of the seven continents, calling at more than 300 ports. The fleet of luxury ships are designed to carry guests numbering in their hundreds, rather than thousands, providing a personal and accommodating ambience onboard – as Regent Cruises say, it’s ‘upscale, but not uptight’.
Step onboard a cruise liner from Seabourn Cruises and you’ll be seduced by its intimate atmosphere and ultimate luxury. The highly trained staff – numbering more than one per suite – will remember your name and your preferences.
SeaDream Yacht Club is a family-owned business that aims to provide a casual yachting experience. With only 56 couples onboard at any one time – and a crew of 95 – the company is at pains to point out that this is not cruising as most people know it.
Silversea was established by the Lefebvre family of Rome who wanted to create a cruise line whose ships would be as elegant and spacious as the world’s finest hotels. Sailing to remote ports of call on luxurious voyages, all guests stay in lavish suites and are treated to the best fine dining as part of the relaxing philosophy.
Star Clippers tall ship cruises sail with all the modern comforts and amenities in an atmosphere that evokes the splendours of past elegance. Cruising through the Mediterranean, Far East and Caribbean you can even enjoy getting involved in the running of the ship, hoisting sails and climbing masts, or just lie back and watch the crew.
Swan Hellenic has been taking guests on discovery cruises for more than 50 years. Each unique voyage takes in world famous sites as well as venturing off the beaten track, and the tailor-made shore excursions, accompanied by experienced Swan Hellenic staff, are included in the fare.
Voyages to Antiquity aims to open a window into the origins and genius of Western civilisation. as well as history and the chance to visit some breathtaking archaeological treasures, you'll also be able to enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.
Windstar Cruises sail the Mediterranean and Caribbean with ships with towering sails and teak-lined decks, providing the ultimate atmosphere for romantic cruising.