2024…Worlds Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Luxury cruise lines are plentiful, and all offer varying degrees of pampering, experiences and exotic voyages to the most unique and glorious destinations.  Here are our picks for the brands, one new ( RITZ CARLTON) small and big, but mostly for being consistent across all areas including price, value, food, on board / off board activities and delivering on an unforgettable LUXURY experience. 

RITZ CARLTON YACHT –  The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection offers an unprecedented opportunity to be untethered. Here, freedom and flexibility allow immersion in life’s exceptional experiences; exploration of earth’s exquisite and unexpected hideaways; and stirring of passions and curiosities that create new and deepened connections. All of this delivered in an intimate setting with a heightened level of care and attention


Viking Ocean Cruises, With 250 awards to its name, “Luxury” should be its middle name. Currently operating a fleet of state-of-the-art ships that have received numerous accolades, including the second year in a row, Viking was voted the #1 River Line and  Ocean Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2023 Readers’ Choice .

Azamara, It’s been said that guests sail with Azamara for the destinations, but come back for the staff and crew. Luxury comes in small packages, And we couldn’t agree more. Whether you’re greeted with a cool towel, a warm smile, or a glass of sparkling wine after a rewarding day spent onshore, their staff and crew are always ready and waiting to welcome you home.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises® consistently delivers unmatched luxury cruises with the very best value for over thirty years. Unrivaled onboard space. Unforgettable shoreside excursions. Incomparable culinary experiences. Exceptional personalized service. Every lavish amenity is included when cruising aboard The World’s Most Luxurious Fleet™

Silversea Cruises, small luxury ships, There is something uniquely satisfying about a smaller ship. The intimacy. The friendly camaraderie. The excitement of exploring secluded harbours where others cannot go. The intimate, ultra-luxury ships can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city, or tie up right at the pier while others must anchor off shore. And for those who yearn to explore the new and unknown, Silversea’s 4 expedition ships can transport you to the furthermost boundaries of the planet. Travel is the elixir of life at Silversea and every cruise is a voyage of discovery. 

Oceania Cruises, their unique itineraries are specifically designed to showcase the most fascinating destinations across the globe. As RegattaInsigniaNauticaSirenaMarinaRiviera and Vista are all small and luxurious, each ship can call on the world’s most desirable ports, from historic cities to modern meccas to charming seaside villages nestled along sparkling coastlines.

Seabourn, Cruising on a Seabourn ship is unlike any other form of travel. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed — elegant, yet casual — sumptuous, yet understated. Our intimate ships visit the most desirable destinations worldwide, sailing to the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow.

Cruise Lines Rally to Help The Bahamas

Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, was mighty and left many areas with severe destruction. The Bahamas were one of the hardest-hit areas. Weeks after the storm began, officials are still assessing the damage and destruction. What we do know is it will take a long time to rebuild and recover. Many travel brands are taking steps to offer their help in the Bahamas relief efforts. Keep reading to see what’s being done to assist with Hurricane Dorian damage and to learn more about how you can make an impact.

Cruise lines have been offering assistance by transporting those who were trapped or in harm’s way and bringing them to safety. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, and Bahamas Paradise. Now in the aftermath of the storm, cruise lines are continuing to use their ships to deliver goods and provide aid.

The Celebrity Equinox cruise ship, which was in the Bahamas, rerouted to provide help. Kitchen staff prepped meals and passengers volunteered to sort and pack them up to deliver to survivors of the storm. Around 10,000 meals were donated.

Atlantis Paradise Island and Brookfield Asset Management have pledged $3 million toward relief efforts. They also started providing help before the storm hit. Atlantis partners with Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen — and worked hard to prep meals to be delivered to Abaco Islands and the Grand Bahamas.

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Disney Cruise Line and Norweigan Cruise Line each donated $1 million to support relief efforts. Delta Airlines flew relief supplies to Marsh Harbour Airport and then brought back evacuees. American Airlines is collecting donations along with the American Red Cross. AAdvantage members will earn 10 miles for every dollar that they donate to the Red Cross. United Airlines is collecting donations and will match up to $100,000. Atlantis Paradise Island also started a fundraiser to collect donations.

You may be wondering how you can assist with the Bahamas relief efforts. You can donate to the above donations and organizations that are making a difference or can choose other charities to support. Charity Navigator has a suggested list of organizations to support relief efforts.

Another thing that we can all do is continue to give our tourism dollars to the Bahamas. Parts of the islands are still visitable at this time, and tourism revenue will go back to rebuilding the islands. Travelers can access many popular attractions in the northern, central, and southern islands.

These are the suggested (non-affected) islands to visit: Acklins and Crooked Island, Andros, The Berry Islands, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera and Harbour Island, The Exumas, Inagua, Mayaguana, Nassau and Paradise Island, Long Island, Rum Cay, and San Salvador.

No Passport. No Problem: Cruise to These Destinations Without a Passport

If you’re thinking taking a cruise but don’t have a passport, don’t worry. You can still take an exciting vacation to many dream worthy destinations without one. Referred to as a closed loop cruise, Caribbean itineraries that begin and end in U.S. ports typically do not require a passport; however you will still need to have proof of citizenship and if you are over the age 16, a government-issued photo ID. Be sure to check before signing up for a cruise as there are a few Caribbean locations that do require a passport, such as Barbados, Guadeloupe, St. Bart’s and Martinique. But here are a few great options to consider in the meantime.

Puerto Rico

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As a U.S. territory, you are not required to have a passport to visit Puerto Rico, but you do need a valid government ID such as a driver’s license. Nestled in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico’s vast landscape offers mountains, waterfalls and the El Yunque rainforest. Stroll down the historic streets of Old San Juan, relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Esperanza Beach, and explore the vibrant nightlife of La Placita de Santurce.

U.S Virgin Islands (USVI)

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Since the USVI is also U.S. Territory, you do not need a passport to travel to St. Thomas, St. John, and St. Croix.  Each of the three islands in the Eastern Caribbean has a flavor all their own. St. Thomas boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world and a vibrant nightlife scene.  A nature lover’s paradise, two-thirds of St. John is a made up of a natural park. And, with St. Croix’s Danish influence, expect charming towns, rich history, and world-class golf.

The Bahamas

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The archipelago of more than 700 islands and islets brimming with idyllic beaches make an all-around excellent cruise destination. No passport required. Pink sand beaches and turquoise waters make for some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world, and if you want to lounge on the beach to the sound of steel drum bands, the Bahamas is the place!

Alaska & Western Canada

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Trade in a beach escape for exploring the Last Great Frontier with a cruise to Alaska and western Canada. The cozy atmosphere of a wilderness lodge, salmon fishing and panning for gold are just a few of thrilling adventures awaiting in the beautiful frontier.

New England & Eastern Canada

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Take in the rugged New England Coast, the beauty of Prince Charles Island, and history of Boston on a New England and Canadian cruise. Plan your trip for the fall when mother nature puts on a spectacular show with her vibrant fall foliage and crisp autumn air.

We hope this sparks your interest in planning a cruise until you can obtain a passport. But remember you can also apply for a U.S. Passport card. Airlines will not accept passport cards for travel, but you can use them for land and sea entry into the U.S. from Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean and they cost less than a passport.

The 5 Best Activities in the Bahamas

You already know that Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas offers a host of fun activities. But what about some lesser know options worth exploring? Here are our top five favorite ways to spend sun-drenched days in the archipelago.

Explore Underwater Caves: Lucayan National Park

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The 40-acre park nestled amid swaying palms and mangroves on Grand Bahama Island is home to the iconic Gold Rock Beach. If its sugary sands and scenery look familiar, that’s because the beach has made appearances in quite a few movies including “Pirates of the Caribbean.”  Natural trails, boardwalks, and picnic areas make Lucayan National Park a great place to spend the day, but the real show stopper is the underwater cave systems. One of the largest in the world. two of the caves are open to the public, however, you will need a special permit for diving.

Stunning Views: Glass Window Bridge

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This is one of the only places on earth where you can observe the stunning contrast of the deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean on one side to the turquoise waters of the Blight of Eleuthera on the other. Separated merely by a strip of rock only 30 feet wide, the “Bridge” offers phenomenal views. This is an excellent place for hiking, relaxing at the beach or grabbing local island libations at the El Karkara Glass Window Bar & Grill.

Swim with Pigs: Exuma Cays

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Exumas, the chain of over 365 small islands, is home to more than sparkling sand beaches. It is also home to the infamous swimming pigs. While there are a few theories on how the pigs got to the island; either left by a group of sailors or they swam over from a shipwreck, one thing is for sure, these pigs are enjoying island life to the full extent.

Encounter Sea Lions & Dolphins: Blue Lagoon Island (Salt Cay)

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This stunning private island boasts a crystalline lagoon and a plethora of water activities for the entire family. There’s something for everyone: snorkeling, fishing, water sports, even sailing, but the real showstoppers are the dolphins and sea lions. The Dolphin Encounter is a great way to observe these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.

Relish Natural Island Beauty: Pink Sand Beach

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Brimming with beautiful pink sand, Pink Sand Beach offers a world of natural beauty. Three perfectly pink miles of sand make for the perfect place to swim, as the waters are warm and calm all year. From sunrise to sunset, a host options are yours from horseback riding on the beach to dining at the many elegant resorts.

The Best Restaurants in the Bahamas

When you’re ready to soak up some sun in the Bahamas, don’t miss the chance to enjoy some of the beautiful ocean views and gorgeous sunsets while you dine. You’ll find a number of upscale restaurants near the ferry terminal and the port city is ripe for exploring. Several restaurants along the coast of Nassau are the perfect destination for trying some Caribbean food, enjoying live music, and relaxing with a good cocktail. Here’s where you’ll find some of the best restaurant destinations around the Bahamas.

Seafire Steakhouse

Located inside the Atlantis Paradise Island resort, this upscale steakhouse and seafood destination is the perfect place to indulge in Bahamian lobster tail, lemon-pepper tuna and the finest cuts of prime beef. Enjoy fine wines and martinis at the bar before an amazing meal at one of the island’s most sophisticated destinations.

Graycliff Restaurant

Make your way to downtown Nassau to dine at this certified five-star restaurant. The venue boasts five dining rooms and overlooks the gardens. You can take a tour of the wine cellar or settle in for a unique experience at the chef’s table in the kitchen. The menu includes foie gras, conch chowder, and a mix of Caribbean specialties. The secret recipes of this restaurant keep bringing visitors back and you can attend special events and wine tastings throughout the season. Wine Luncheons are a popular activity here, where you’ll get a chance to enjoy a five-course gourmet meal and seasonal dishes.

Katsuya by Starck Baha Mar

Located on Cable Beach, this Japanese restaurant serves a mix of sushi and Bahamian favorites. It’s the perfect place to sample new takes on sushi and creative cocktails, such as the Burning Mandarin with hand-crushed Serrano chili. You’ll also want to spend some time at the Skybar at the SLS Baha Mar, the only rooftop lounge in New Providence. This is the place to enjoy fresh cocktails and some of the most amazing views in The Bahamas.

The Hottest Ships in the Bahamas

If you’re planning a trip to the Bahamas this year, choose a ship that offers some unique experiences and fun shore adventures. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or a family vacation, you can look forward to gourmet dining, indulgent spa experiences, and poolside relaxation. Here are our top three picks for cruises to the Bahamas.

Norwegian Sky


The Norwegian Sky makes regular trips to the Bahamas and offers an all-inclusive sailing experience from Miami to the Bahamas throughout the year. The ship was completely refurbished in 2019 and boasts 11 dining options, 8 bars and lounges, an onboard spa and a casino. You can get a head start on working on your tan at one of the outdoor swimming pools and enjoy pampering spa treatments at the Mandara Spa & Salon before you arrive at the islands.

Disney Dream


Make your Bahamas vacation a dream come true with live entertainment, 3D Disney films, and themed restaurants that offer plenty of surprises. The staterooms are designed to offer sweeping views and Inside rooms have a Magical Porthole for real-time views of the sea and animated Disney character sightings. Three pools, an adults-only hotspot, and fun settings make this the perfect ship for experiencing the fun and excitement of Disney while you’re at sea.

Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas

Inspired by Cuban culture, the Majesty of the Seas is the perfect boat for enjoying a tropical getaway to the Bahamas. You’ll find plenty of Key West and Floribbean decor and themes throughout this ship and can set your sights on a few days in Nassau for your getaway. Highlights of this ship include piano sing-alongs, live orchestra performances and family-friendly pool parties. You can also enjoy upscale dining experiences at the Chef’s Table and relax with cocktails at Boleros.

The Top 5 Adventures in the Bahamas

Gone are the days of swashbuckling pirates and legends of the wild seas. Today the Bahamas are brimming with excitement of a different sort. From swimming among sharks to horseback riding on the beach, you’ll want to check out these top five Bahamian adventures.

Atlantis Paradise Island

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Sure, the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort is a vacation destination in and of itself, but that doesn’t mean you should miss the opportunity to visit the sought-after resort simply because you only have one day in port. Most cruise lines offer day excursions to Atlantis, and with activities for all ages, it’s sure to be a hit among the entire family. Spend the day with the kids at the Atlantis Aquaventure; featuring a host of different swimming areas, a lazy river, and waterslides (plunge down a tube through a shark habitat) or visit the marine habitat. The vast property also features a highly rated golf course, casino, and many exceptional restaurants.

Diving & Snorkeling

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Brimming with abundant marine life (and even swimming pigs!), the Bahamas is the ideal location for both offshore snorkeling and deep water diving. From sharks to sea turtles, the reefs that lie under the crystal Caribbean waters are some of the best in the world.  There are plenty of boat tours such as Bay West Adventures and Exuma Water Sports that will take you out for the day.

Horseback Riding & Eco Tour

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If you’re stopping at Grand Bahama, saddle up and take a trail ride through nature. Pass through a pine forest, over dunes, and along the beach. Most tours tell the history of Freeport from the early days of the Lucayan people, pirates and Junkanoo. Enjoy the beautiful sights of nature and panoramic views of the coastline before a refreshing gallop through the sea.

Tank Certified Shark Dive

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Adrenaline enthusiasts, this is your opportunity to get up close to the Caribbean Reef Sharks. From the dive shop, guests are taken to one of four dive locations for a two-tank certified dive. Swimming with sharks in a non-feeding environment will be the first dive, while the second dive puts you on a large sand patch in a semi-circle as feed sharks off a long pole. Most of the 5-6-foot sharks are within touching distance of the divers.

Bahama Beaches

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Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Bahamas is the perfect place for immersion in islandology, and most beaches are conveniently located close to the cruise port in Nassau. One of our favorite beaches is Blue Lagoon. The private island is brimming with an aqua park, slides and even dolphin encounters. Cable Beach is an ideal spot for sunbathing and swimming, not only is it less crowded than most other beaches, but the surf is generally calm. Finally, Coral Harbour Beach, lined with palms, is the perfect place to dig your toes in the sand and unwind. Horseback riding is also available from Coral Harbour Beach.

The Ultimate Way to Explore the Bahamas: Sailing a Private Yacht

On a lazy day, you can lounge on a deck, warm sun blanketing you as you’re gently rocked into an afternoon slumber. But this isn’t just any relaxation vortex, it’s your own private tour of the 590-mile-long archipelago: the Bahamas. As for your mode of exploration? Your own private luxury sailboat.

Sailing the jeweled islands is many a sailor’s dream. But you don’t need to be James Cook to live out the fantasy. Plenty of charter companies offer crewed options. If you are looking for an island paradise, set out for the untouched beauty found in the 700 islands and 2400 cays that make up the Bahamas. While the pirates that once charted these waters are merely tales from the past; the incredible reefs, calm trade winds, lush vegetation, and uninhabited beaches remain. There’s no better way to explore the turquoise Bahamian waters than chartering your own private yacht, and these companies offer some of the most luxurious vessels on the sea.

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The Moorings: Sailing the Exumas

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Celebrating 50 years, the Moorings offers a range of high-end yachting choices all over the world. It’s a great opportunity for sailors who want to take the helm and there is no formal certification required for most areas. However, skill levels are matched to an appropriate yacht. as an experienced team assures you are completely comfortable prior to sail off. If you would rather leave the sailing to a crew, just sit back and relax while your captain takes you to the unspoiled strip of 365 islands and cays, known as the “Out Islands.” With first-hand knowledge of the best snorkel and dive spots, where to swim with sharks and noteworthy anchorages, the crew ensures that your idea of paradise is met. A crewed charter grants an all-inclusive experience complete with your private chef, captain, all meals snacks and beverages (including a fully stocked bar), as well as housekeeping and water sports equipment.

Our Pick: The Mornings 5000, the newest sail catamaran.



There is no shortage of excitement from the moment you board your yacht at Paradise Island. From casinos to a waterpark at Atlantis is worthy of at least one day before sailing off. Sail from Paradise Island to HIghbourne Cay, the Gateway to the Exumas. After spending the day walking along uninhabited beaches where you stop to hand feed iguanas; your private chef will prepare epicurean fare for you to savor while watching the sunset. Other stops include Normans Cay Shroud Cay and Over Yonder Cay; the private island boasting some of the best facilities in the Bahamas. You can indulge in a spa treatment, set out to snorkel with marine life or hop on jet skis and head to the secret sand bar, where you can eat strawberries and sip champagne. IYC belongs to a global network of industry leaders, which means access to the best yachts in the world. Think state of the art entertainment systems and modern designs offering 360-degree panoramic views from the upper deck salon. Browse the fleet options and with a knowledgeable team determine the best fit for your needs.

Our Pick: The 125’ Twilight, designed by Dubois and built by Oyster



Akin to a 5-star floating hotel Boatbookings charters leave no stone unturned when it comes to sailing in sophistication. Catamaran charters boast spacious layouts while the dual hulls offer more privacy between staterooms. Notorious for their stability and smooth rides, cats make a great choice for first-timers. Enjoy gourmet meals of freshly caught fish prepared by your private chef, cast a line and catch a fish of your own or check out the nightlife at one of the islands. Whatever you desire, your crew can point you in the right direction.

Our Pick: Tellstar 77’

The Best Family-Friendly Cruises to the Bahamas


If finding the perfect family vacation seems like an insurmountable task, we’ve got the perfect solution: a cruise to the Bahamas. Everyone from tots to teens, and even moms and dads, will enjoy the journey as much as the destination. From kids’ clubs to adult only dining, a cruise has a mystical way of appealing to every age. So, get on board with our top three family friendly cruises.

Norwegian Cruise: Norwegian Bliss

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Featuring the largest race track at sea, an Aqua Park with a tandem water slide, and the Bliss Theater showcasing the Tony Award®- winning musical Jersey Boys, Norwegian Bliss is one of the largest ships at sea, and one of the most incredible. With 180-degree panoramic views, the Observation Lounge lets you absorb the natural beauty of the sea and land while enjoying cocktails. In addition, foodies will delight in the variety of dining options from Cagney’s Steakhouse to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville at Sea. If you are looking to travel in sophistication, book The Haven. The posh accommodations on the top of the ship features a 24-hour butler service with private dining and a sundeck.

Best for: Blend of luxury and fun

Disney Cruise: Fantasy

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The most magical place on earth, Disney’s Fantasy does what the brand does best: bring out the kid in all of us. With over the top on-board entertainment, guests enjoy Broadway style shows and deck parties filled with fireworks. Beginning in 2020, two popular experiences, Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea, return for limited engagements. In addition to character appearances, these epic adventures will include themed activities, live shows, and special merchandise. Off the ship, swim with stingrays, shoot down water slides on the 2400 floating platform or sneak away for a relaxing cabana massage on Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. Aside from the plethora of activities, there is plenty of space for families. Book one of the Concierge rooms and enjoy a large private veranda, separate bedrooms, and premium amenities.

Best for: Kids at Heart

Celebrity Cruises: Infinity

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If you’re looking to embark on a luxury cruise, look no further. Celebrity Infinity is the only premium cruise line to offer the Retreat Suite. Upon arrival guests are welcomed with a bottle of champagne, personal butler, and chocolates, but it doesn’t end there. Retreat guests also enjoy a private lounge with complimentary beverages and bites, as well as their own restaurant the Luminae. Besides exclusive dishes, Luminae’s Michelin Star Chef creates a dining experience like no other with Skull Mapping™, 3D table animation art which comes alive in a brilliantly choreographed menu. As luxurious is it may be, there is still plenty of on-board activities and excursions for the littles.

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