11 Luxury Cruise Lines That Offer Stunning Suites, Fine Dining, and Exceptional Itineraries

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If you’re going to vacation on a cruise ship, this might as well be the one that wraps you in luxury. After all, who wants a vacation to fend for themselves when a butler could serve breakfast in bed? Luckily, there’s no shortage of luxury cruise lines to cater to your every whim while transporting you to and from some of the world’s most intriguing destinations in sumptuous comfort.

These are 11 of the best luxury cruise lines.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The best cruises in the Mediterranean

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When this luxury cruise line says it’s all-inclusive, that’s the meaning. Literally everything from shore excursions, wifi and laundry to gratuities, premium liquor and business class intercontinental flights are included in Regent Seven Seas cruise fares. On board, each luxurious suite offers an ocean view. But nothing beats the view from the expansive 4,000 square foot Regent Suite. This epic two-bedroom suite features two wraparound balconies, three walk-in closets, two Picasso lithographs, and a grand piano.

Cruises in Oceania

Oceania Riviera Cruises - 7 Day Tropical Retreat from Miami to Miami

Oceania Riviera Cruises – 7 Day Tropical Retreat from Miami to Miami

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Oceania Cruises has only seven small ships, but it calls on some of the most exciting destinations in the world. Each Oceania ship carries up to 1,250 guests, calling at more than 450 ports around the world. On board, you’ll find art workshops, cooking classes, and wine tastings, as well as dreamy spas, gorgeous libraries, and sleek gyms. The butlers are officially trained members of the Guild of English Professional Butlers and the kitchen staff come from some of the best restaurants in the world.

Silversea

Silver Whisper in Sydney Harbor

Silver Whisper in Sydney Harbor

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If you’ve always dreamed of having your own butler, Silversea is the cruise line for you. Silversea is the only luxury cruise line to offer butler service for every suite on the ship, and Silversea Butlers take premium service to a whole new level. They’ll take care of your laundry with more care than you, scour port towns for your favorite tastes, and even help you pack and unpack. If you’re a foodie, a new culinary program dubbed SALT for Sea and Land Taste brings the taste of the destinations on board through cooking lessons. Of course, it is not necessary to cook yourself on board a Silversea ship. Each ship has multiple restaurants with multi-course menus that will make your mouth water every night.

viking

Viking Ocean Ship in Iceland

Viking Ocean Ship in Iceland

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Viking is a river and ocean cruise line that added expedition cruises to its lineup in 2022. Viking already has more than 70 ships cruising the lovely European rivers and oceans of the world. In 2022, it adds the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes to its itineraries. Viking ships are known for their thoughtful design that blends seamlessly inside and out with expansive windows and verandas. Viking’s river ship menus are heavily influenced by cruise itineraries, while Viking’s ocean-going cruise ships are large enough to look like a cruise ship, but small enough to access difficult ports.

Ponant

PONANT Cruises

PONANT Cruises

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This French cruise line aims to give passengers the feeling of traveling on their own private yachts. On board, guests are welcomed with Ladurée macaroons, Veuve Clicquot champagne and luxurious Hermès bath products. Each of the company’s ships has an onboard spa with massage cabins and a Turkish bath or sauna. Ponant’s luxurious little ships sail to distant destinations like Antarctica, incorporating unique experiences like viewing eclipses from the ends of the earth. The company partners with Smithsonian and Disney on select crossings.

Seabourn

The pool deck aboard the Seabourn Encore

The pool deck aboard the Seabourn Encore

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Seabourn cruises to seven continents and at the right time. It aims to evoke the feeling of a private club for passengers aboard its small ships. Each Seabourn Suite offers an ocean view, walk-in closet and proper dining room. The ships can accommodate a maximum of 600 passengers, ensuring passengers have plenty of space to spread out while taking in some of the world’s most interesting scenery. Seabourn’s prices include everything, even premium liquors. And while there’s no formally trained butler, each suite comes with an attendant to attend to your every need, even providing you with a relaxing bath if you need a soak after an adventurous day in port.

The Seabourn Still at sea Departing from Venice

The Seabourn Still at sea Departing from Venice

Michel Verdure / Courtesy of Seabourn

Wind Star

A Windstar cruise ship and a sailboat at sea

A Windstar cruise ship and a sailboat at sea

Courtesy of Windstar Cruises

If you prefer your cruises without thousands of other guests, Windstar is the cruise line for you. Windstar operates a fleet of small vessels that each carry a maximum of 342 passengers. Its small luxury ships call at 150 ports in Europe, Central America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, and there’s no way you’ll go hungry during the trip. Exquisite onboard menus have been designed by James Beard Award-winning and Michelin-starred chefs. You’ll have to pay extra for booze, but all meals and a signature Windstar onboard barbecue – a whole suckling pig feast, shrimp skewer, etc. – are included.

Scenic

Scenic Gem sailing on a river in Les Andelys, France

Scenic Gem sailing on a river in Les Andelys, France

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Whether it’s a river or an ocean you want to navigate, Scenic can take you there in style. Scenic operates river cruises in Europe and Asia. Ocean cruises take guests to faraway destinations on what Scenic calls the world’s first discovery yachts. Each ship has only 114 suites, which means there will never be more than 230 passengers on board – less for the Arctic and Antarctic itineraries. On board, you’ll find fine dining, extensive spas and fitness facilities, and a butler to attend to your every need.

Cunard line

Queen Mary2 arrives in New York to celebrate the Cunard Line's 175th anniversary

Queen Mary2 arrives in New York to celebrate the Cunard Line’s 175th anniversary

Jonathan Atkin/Courtesy of Cunard Line

This British cruise line is known for its transatlantic service, which transports both pets and people between its headquarters in Southampton, England, and New York. It operates three ships and a fourth is in preparation, but only one is sailing its transatlantic route. Cunard is a cruise line that takes formality seriously. It is home to the largest ballroom at sea and gala evenings where passengers best show off their black ties. White-gloved waiters serve afternoon tea daily at 3:30 p.m. Staterooms include 24-hour room service and evening turndown service with chocolates. Don’t forget your tuxedo.

Paul Gauguin

A Paul Gauguin Moorea cruise ship

A Paul Gauguin Moorea cruise ship

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This luxury cruise line operates just one ship, but it’s exquisite. The ship can only accommodate 330 passengers and only sails in the South Pacific, stopping at remote places like Tahiti, Fiji, Tonga and the Cook Islands. The ship is small enough to access private ports on remote beaches and take travelers off the beaten path. Several classes of service include butler service, whether you need help with unpacking, marking a special occasion with a private in-suite cocktail, or anything else.

Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Edge naming ceremonies.  Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.  November 2018

Celebrity Edge naming ceremonies. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. November 2018

Steve Dunlop / Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity is a premium cruise line with lots of luxurious extras, like welcome champagne, free wifi, and drinks included. But its new Edge Series ships take things up a notch. Celebrity’s signature suites aboard Celebrity Edge and Apex offer panoramic views from the ship’s deck. Each suite has over 2,500 square feet of space, including expansive 690 square foot terraces. Each suite has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. If you’ve ever wanted to soak in a gorgeous tub while watching the ocean waves from your bathroom window, this is the suite for you.

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