With so many new and refurbished luxury cruise ships, today's traveler has many choices and can afford to be picky. The newest cruise ships offer larger and more comfortable staterooms with the latest amenities, the best in onboard cuisine and alternative dining choices, onboard activities that provide personal enrichment, and longer stays at ports of call to better enjoy them.
Many luxury cruise lines also offer one-week itineraries, unheard of a decade ago, which permit time-starved younger travelers to sample the best cruise ships.
Luxury cruise travelers are also drawn to smaller, yacht-like ships, of which we've seen several slip into the water. However, while these may offer a more personal and exclusive experience, not all ships that are small are the most luxurious, or offer the range of amenities the most discerning traveler requires. It is important to choose wisely, and know the benefits and limitations of each ship.
Crystal Cruises, with the largest of the top rated luxury cruise ships, offers more space per passenger than many of the smaller luxury cruise ships. The line just spent $60 million refurbishing its two ships, keeping the line on top of the luxury game. Beginning this spring, the line's pricing is inclusive of onboard beverages and gratuities.
With the launch of its two newest ships, Seabourn Cruises has recaptured its position at the top of the luxury scale, and in a price competitive marketplace, offers some incredibly well-priced deals. Silversea Cruises, with its mid-size country-club like luxury vessels, has also been refurbishing its fleet, as has Regent Cruise Lines, the only fully all-inclusive luxury cruise line.
Under new ownership, Windstar Cruises is updating its fleet over the next year. And when it comes to cruising paradise, Paul Gauguin Cruises offer the perfect one-week cruises, or longer, from Tahiti.
When it comes to luxury cruises, there's never been a better time to enjoy the best cruise ships at the best possible deals. Better still, there are even more choices available to the discerning traveler than the cruise lines above, including river cruises, not to mention our exclusive amenities on many voyages! Of course, we're here to help you navigate these myriad choices. In the meantime, perhaps you'll share what your favorite luxury cruise ships are.