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Luxury Cruise Lines

If you love ocean travel, but you'd like to try something a little more exclusive, a luxury cruise may well be the perfect holiday for you. When it comes to luxury cruise lines, you'll find that ships tend to be smaller, with a higher ratio of crew to guests meaning you'll be expertly looked after from the moment you step onboard. What's more, alongside delicious dining and glamorous evening entertainment, the smaller ship size means you'll have the privilege of sailing to unique luxury destinations and experience shore excursions that are just not possible with larger cruise liners. Keep reading to find out some of the best luxury cruise lines out there.

Cunard Cruise Line

Traditionally British, Cunard offers the 'White Star' service and exquisite decor to be expected of five star cruising. Cunard’s ships make every moment onboard feel like a special occasion, whether you’re simply enjoying breakfast on your private balcony or attending one of the sophisticated masquerade balls hosted during your cruise holiday.

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Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises are renowned for having some of the finest cuisine at sea, and combined with exceptional itineraries and premium service, it’s no wonder they are so popular amongst cruisers with a refined taste. Offering luxury cruising as you imagine it should be, at prices you wouldn't expect, their motto is to have ‘your world, your way’.

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Azamara Cruises

The Azamara experience combines special, off the beaten track itineraries and specialist events with an all-inclusive experience. From sitting down for exceptional meal times throughout the day, to soaking up the sun on deck or immersing yourself in dazzling evenings, you'll do so surrounded by sumptuous décor and world-class service.

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Ponant Cruises

Offering an authentic yet sophisticated travel experience, Ponant Cruises are a luxury cruise line designed to make you feel as though you are on your own private yacht. Mooring in hidden harbours and incredible ports of call, these ships sail to places many other cruise lines are unable to, all with the attentive French touch you can only truly experience from a French cruise line.

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Saga Ocean Cruises

Saga has been fine-tuning their hosting skills exclusively to over 50s for so long now that they confidently offer an enjoyment guarantee - if you don’t love your first cruise, they will personally refund your fare. With fine dining, opulent surroundings and first-class service, there’s luxury at every turn. What's more, your incredible experience even starts as soon as your complimentary chauffeur arrives at your door.

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Paul Gauguin Cruises

Operating cruises to French Polynesia, Tahiti and the South Pacific, no other luxury cruise line provides the same level of expertise in one particular destination year-round as Paul Gauguin Cruises. Owned by the leader of French Polynesia luxury resorts, you can be sure to expect authentic Polynesian hospitality and an experience that embodies local culture. Access to exclusive Paul Gauguin private beaches, complimentary watersports and an outstanding educational programme for families are just a few reasons why Paul Gauguin can offer the luxurious experience you deserve.

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Hebridean Cruise Line

Independent British cruise line Hebridean offers all-Inclusive cruises with a large emphasis on capturing cultural essence and the historical significance of each port of call. Solo passengers are well catered for and they continue to satisfy their discerning guests, most of which are repeat travellers, with complimentary shore excursions, specially selected guides and excellent service provided by their hand picked crew.

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As well as these luxury cruise lines, there is also the choice of six star cruises and luxury yacht cruises, both of which take exclusive cruise holidays to a new level. What's more, if you want to learn more about what makes smaller cruise ships so special, be sure to read our guide to the top luxury cruises.