Top Luxury Cruises

From the moment you step onboard a luxury cruise ship you will receive first-class and personalised service thanks to their intimate capacities. You’ll also enjoy some of the best cuisine at sea alongside immersive excursions and enriching activities, proving just why luxury cruises are one of the best ways to see the world.

As with all cruise ships, you need to choose the right one to suit your particular needs and preferences. Whether you want a spacious ship or an intimate experience, we’ve narrowed down our favourite luxury cruises, so you can decide which one resonates with you best.

 

1. Regent Sevenseas Explorer


Launch date: July 2016
Guest-to-crew ratio: 750 to 542
Cruise line: Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Sevenseas Explorer luxury cruise shipRegent Seven Seas Explorer epitomises elegance and luxury. With designer décor in every suite, including marble-detailed bathrooms and private balconies, this ship is the perfect place for a truly special cruise holiday. Dine in some of the most renowned restaurants at sea serving French cuisine at Chartreuse and pan-Asian dishes in Pacific-Rim.

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The Constellation Theatre Designed for unobstructed views for all, this intimate entertainment venue hosts live music, cabaret, musical theatre and more.
Canyon Ranch SpaClub® Choose from a huge range of indulgent treatments including massages, aromatherapy, facials and more, featuring products from the renowned Canyon Ranch.
Culinary Arts Kitchen More than just a cooking class venue, the Culinary Arts Kitchen will sharpen your cooking skills and allow you to explore the cuisines of the regions you visit.

 

2. Silver Muse


Launch date: April 2017
Guest-to-crew ratio: 596 to 411
Cruise line: Silversea Cruises

Silver Muse luxury cruise ship

Joining the all-suite Silversea Cruises fleet as the flagship, Silver Muse boasts signature Silversea class with ultra-luxe accommodation for all passengers. The intimate capacity is cared for by 400 exceptionally attentive crew members including dedicated butlers available to all guests. For the food-enthusiasts, Silver Muse offers irresistible dining options such as the rustic Italian restaurant La Terrazza, Japanese-inspired Kabuki and the classic Atlantide bar and grill.
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Connoisseur’s Corner Discover your new favourite vintage or enjoy an old favourite whiskey with a premium cigar in this luxurious, spacious lounge.
Venetian Lounge Here, you’ll find full-scale theatre productions as well as feature films, cabaret and music from the golden age of glamour.
Zagara Beauty Spa After a busy day onshore, wind down at the spa through a range of luxurious treatments and features including an outdoor whirlpool and an acupuncture suite.

 

3. Oceania Sirena


Launch date: April 2016
Guest-to-crew ratio: 684 to 373
Cruise line: Oceania Cruises

Oceania Sirena luxury cruise ship

After undergoing a staggering $40 million refurbishment, Oceania Sirena offers fresh new culinary delights, immaculately re-designed suites and a wide range of entertainment. Guests will find spacious suites boasting rich fabrics, fine furnishings and original art as well as exclusive Prestige Tranquillity beds. Oceania Sirena also provides The Finest Cuisine at Sea™, including Asian-inspired cuisine and Tuscan-style dining as well as the exquisite Grand Dining Room.
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Sirena Lounge Enjoy the troupe of singers and dancers who will treat you to Broadway-style performances, as well as local entertainers from the region.
Martinis Perhaps one of the most stunning lounges at sea, here you will enjoy your favourite drink to the tune of a pianist, and can even partake in trivia.
Horizons Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a country club feel, by day Horizons hosts teatimes during the day and lively dances by night.

 

4. Seabourn Encore


Launch date: March 2016
Guest-to-crew ratio: 604 to 330
Cruise line: Yachts of Seabourn Cruises

Seabourn Encore luxury cruise ship

Incorporating the acclaimed highlights from the rest of the Seabourn fleet, Seabourn Encore also hosts elegant new concepts to surprise her guests. Created by master designer Adamy Tihany, the interior features curvaceous décor, rich blues and plenty of light inspired by the world of luxury cruises. During sea days, guests will be able to take part in exclusive experiences such as shopping with the Chef at local markets, Caviar in the Surf® at idyllic beaches, and the memorable water-sports on Marina Days.
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The Observation Bar If you’re looking for a mean cocktail, a lively crowd and delicious light bites, the Observation Bar is the place to be. Here you can enjoy afternoon tea as well as evening drinks.
The Grill by Thomas Keller Reservations are essential for this well-loved restaurant. Although it’s a grill, you’ll be treated to delicious crab-cakes, lobster thermidor, seven-layer coconut cakes and much more.
The Grill Bar Where you’ll find the renowned pianist and singer Katy Shotter, this retro bar serves refreshing cocktails to the tune of jazz.

 

5. Crystal Esprit


Launch date: December 2015
Guest-to-crew ratio: 62 to 91
Cruise line: Crystal Cruises

Crystal Esprit luxury cruise ship

Bringing a new standard of luxury small-ship cruising, Crystal Esprit boasts exclusive, intimate and sleek features which cater for just 62 passengers. This nimble ship can reach secluded harbours and islands bringing you experiences that are truly off the beaten track. Her innovative itineraries have been carefully crafted with her smaller size in mind, allowing maximum engagement with every destination, while the elegant spaces onboard will be your new favourite places to relax.
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The Cove A favourite spot for enjoying drinks as the sun goes down, The Cove hosts a pianist to provide the perfect background music to a relaxed evening.
Sunset Grill For light bites on a sunny afternoon, the Sunset Grill is where to be. Enjoy beef and salmon burgers, French fries and salads before heading to the Sunset Bar for a refreshing drink.
Yacht Club Restaurant This formal dining area is large enough to seat all passengers at once and offers a delectable four-course set menu each night, as well as a regular menu featuring five courses.

 

6. Seabourn Ovation


Launch date: May 2018
Guest-to-crew ratio: 600 to 420
Cruise line: Yachts of Seabourn Cruises

Seabourn Ovation luxury cruise ship

Another gem from the Seabourn Cruises fleet, Seabourn Ovation boasts ‘big yacht cruising’ experiences. Sister ship to Seabourn Encore, you’ll find many of the same elegant features including The Retreat where you can relax in the outdoors, yet shielded from sun and wind. Guests will also be able to enjoy dining at their own freedom, selecting from a range of delectable options including the Sushi restaurant and The Grill by Thomas Keller.
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The Club Whether you’re here for Afternoon Tea or to dance the night away, The Club will become one of your favourite venues. Enjoy the music, the social buzz and the comfort of this elegant setting.
The Grill by Thomas Keller As featured on Seabourn Encore, The Grill by Thomas Keller serves American classics that have their own spin, given by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller.
Sushi Serving beautifully presented and delicious cuisine at lunch and dinner, Sushi is a must for all foodies.

 

7. Silver Moon


Launch date: August 2020
Guest-to-crew ratio: 596 to 411
Cruise line: Silversea Cruises

Silver Moon luxury cruise ship

Sister ship to Silver Muse, Silver Moon marks the beginning of a new era for Silversea Cruises. This ship maintains the intimate capacity to incorporate the ‘private yacht’ experience, yet features spacious all-balcony suites with butler service. Most excitingly, Silver Moon also features the innovative S.A.L.T, a culinary arts enrichment programme which will bring guests closer to the heart of the destination through gastronomy. Food fanatics will be well and truly delighted by the delicacies onboard Silver Moon luxury cruises.
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S.A.L.T Lab This interactive space is where guests are immersed in the culinary arts of the destination. Take part in demonstrations, workshops and lectures, and you’ll bring home a souvenir like no other.
S.A.L.T Kitchen For dishes that are true to the local region, the S.A.L.T Kitchen is the place to be. This exclusive restaurant provides culture and culinary heritage as well as delectable food and wines.
Zagara Beauty Salon Offering a wide range of services to help you feel and look your best, you’ll find hairstyling, manicures and more for men and women at this luxury salon.

 

8. Silver Origin


Launch date: Summer 2020
Guest-to-crew ratio: 100 to 90
Cruise line: Silversea Cruises

Silver Origin luxury cruise ship

With a team of Ecuadorian expert guides, 8 Zodiacs and stunning spaces perfect for relaxing after adventurous excursions, Silver Origin has set a new standard for Galapagos voyaging. Relax and recharge in all-suite accommodation with butler service, indulge in authentic Ecuadorian-inspired cuisine and experience moments that you’ll remember for a lifetime. This environmentally-conscious ship is truly a must for avid world-travellers.
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Basecamp This interactive space is where guests are immersed in the culinary arts of the destination. Take part in demonstrations, workshops and lectures, and you’ll bring home a souvenir like no other.
The Grill With relaxed al fresco dining during the day and innovative Hot Rocks dishes by night, The Grill will be sure to tantalise your tastebuds.
Observation Lounge After an exciting day of exploring the islands, relax at the Observation Lounge and watch the sun go down through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

9. Scenic Eclipse


Launch date: August 2018
Guest-to-crew ratio: 228 to 176
Cruise line: Scenic Cruises

Scenic Eclipse luxury cruise ship

For those looking to combine luxury with the ultimate adventure, Scenic Eclipse boasts elegance in every corner as well as unforgettable onshore experiences. The world’s first Discovery Yacht offers helicopter and submarine activities, world-class spa facilities and ten tantalising dining venues including casual and multicultural restaurants. Embarking to destinations that are rarely accessible, Scenic Eclipse is guaranteed to bring you experiences like no other.
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Scenic Epicure Offering hands-on culinary classes with expert chefs at the helm, Scenic Epicure allows you to take away your favourite recipes to recreate at home.
Scenic Neptune Capable of diving up to 300 metres deep, Scenic Neptune is not only innovative, but also luxurious. With seating for up to 6 passengers, marvel at the marine life in the depths of the Arctic from inside these spacious submarines.
Senses Spa Open for all guests, the Senses Spa boasts ultra-luxury spaces for absolute tranquillity. Whether you’re looking to wind down at the Vitality Lounge or want to stretch out at the yoga studio, you’re bound to love this spa.

 

10. Spirit of Discovery


Launch date: July 2019
Guest-to-crew ratio: 999 to 505
Cruise line: Saga Ocean Cruises

Spirit of Discovery luxury cruise ship

For a classically elegant cruise holiday with no fuss, Spirit of Discovery offers spacious venues, balconies for every cabin and a wide range of restaurants to choose from each night. Guests will also find over 1,000 pieces of art by renowned artists from the UK, creating a unique, quintessentially British feel onboard. If you’re looking for luxury in a laid-back setting, Saga’s Spirit of Discovery will bring you to iconic destinations in the upmost comfort.
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The Playhouse This grand auditorium can seat over 400 guests each night, and is home to fantastic shows, live music, entertainers and films.
The Britannia Lounge One of the best social hubs onboard, the Britannia Lounge is the perfect place to read and relax with panoramic views all around, as well as dance and mingle as the sun goes down.
The Club by Jools In association with the iconic musician Jools Holland, this 1950’s-style restaurant and club is home to lively jazz acts as well as delicious steakhouse dishes.

 

11. Le Laperouse


Launch date: 2018
Guest-to-crew ratio: 184 to 110
Cruise line: Ponant Cruises

Le Laperouse luxury cruise ship

Combining comfort, elegancy and innovation, Le Laperouse focuses on visiting unforgettable destinations in luxury and style. With just 92 staterooms, guests experience personalised service and no crowding, active exploration via a fleet of Zodiacs and authentic French cuisine. For an intimate yacht cruise holiday to some of the most sought-after destinations, Le Laperouse is a perfect choice.
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Blue Eye Lounge This underwater bar and lounge immerses guests below the surface of the water, capturing the sounds of sea life outside through microphones to create a submersive atmosphere while you enjoy your favourite drink and gaze out of the underwater blue eye window at the passing creatures.
Marina Where you’ll embark on a Zodiac to explore new destinations, you can also enjoy thrilling water sports here such as kayaking and paddle-boarding.
Theatre With an LED wall to showcase presentations and lectures, the theatre will provide insight into the places you explore.

 

12. Oceania Riviera


Launch date: May 2012
Guest-to-crew ratio: 1,250 to 800
Cruise line: Oceania Cruises

Oceania Riviera luxury cruise ship

Renovated in 2019, Oceania Riviera provides an upscale, busy cruise holiday while being able to venture into smaller, intimate ports. Oceania Cruises have particularly paid attention to the cuisine onboard, creating vast, varied menus that will appeal to all guests. With visits into port almost every day you’ll be able to enjoy countless destinations before relaxing in the stylish lounges or in the hot tubs.

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Jacques Influenced by culinary director Jacques Pepin, this restaurant offers a wide range of quintessentially French choices throughout the menu.
La Reserve A must visit for wine lovers, La Reserve provides a unique and insightful dining experience. Enjoy six carefully-chosen courses as well as their expertly paired wines.
Culinary Centre Tune your culinary skills and learn new recipes to take home with you at this enriching venue. With state-of-the-art facilities and expert instruction, you’ll have everything you need to create delectable dishes.

Whichever luxury cruise you decide to choose, you’re guaranteed to have the cruise holiday of a lifetime. With onboard service that is second to none, whether you’re relaxing onboard or exploring a new destination, the experience will be truly unforgettable. If you’re still unsure, check out our guide on 10 reasons why you should upgrade to a luxury cruise.

And a special mention goes to... River Cruising!

If you’re looking for a cruise experience with luxury as standard, intimate settings and the chance to go to the heart of each continent’s best destinations, take a look at our river cruises for a fantastic alternative to ocean cruise holidays.

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