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.

Spectacular Solar Eclipse Cruises

If you are looking for a very special vacation, you may want to consider an expedition cruise to Antarctica in December 2023. Only on polar class ships will you have the opportunity to experience the total solar eclipse set amid the backdrop of Antarctica. This celestial event won’t make an appearance again for another 75 years. Your journey takes you to the remote corners of the Southern Ocean in a path of total darkness created by the eclipse. This once in a lifetime occurrence will be in full view in the early morning hours of December 4, 2021, and these epic polar expedition cruises will bring you up close to this magnificent wonder.

Solar Eclipse in Antartica Cruise

The Solar Eclipse in Antartica cruise with Swoop Antarctica positions you near the South Orkney Islands in the Scotia Sea for a spectacular view of the eclipse. Aside from the eclipse, you’ll have the chance to see the seventh continent and explore the splendid wildlife of South Georgia and the Falklands on the 20-day cruise. Onboard lectures from NASA Astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller and NASA Engineer Dr. Andrew Booth enhance the realm of your cruise, as does kayaking adventures and wildlife experiences.

Experience Antartica Solar Eclipse Cruise

Choose between two 116 or 176 passenger expedition ships which depart from the “End of the World” Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city on the earth. On the Experience Antarctic Solar Eclipse cruise with Swoop Antarctica, you’ll explore the Falklands and South Georgia before the ship places you as close to the center of the shadow of the moon as possible. This amazing adventure presents opportunities to expand your knowledge of this great event and Antartica’s spectacular geography through onboard lectures from expert polar guides.

Poseidon Expeditions

From November 20 to December 12, sail from Ushuaia, Argentina aboard the 114 passenger M/V Sea Spirit with Poseidon Expeditions. Here you will discover the polar region in style and comfort. Whether you’re dining on international cuisine at the open seating restaurant or eating light meals outdoors in the Bistro, you’ll have plenty of options to enjoy gourmet meals after invigorating excursions through the polar regions. The open bridge policy provides plenty of opportunities to learn about your ship and the breathtaking waters and wildlife. Continue learning about the solar eclipse from astrophysicist, author, and speaker Paul Sutter, who shares in-depth knowledge and engages in discussions to enhance your journey.

A cruise to one of the most remote places on earth is an adventure of a lifetime. Couple the exploration with the viewing of the rare solar eclipse and you get one magnificent journey.

Silversea Announces Lineup of Culinary and Wine Enriched Voyages

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With the importance of food in Italian culture you would expect dining to be a high priority at Silversea. And it most assuredly is. Moreover, gastronomic excellence is a given, thanks to our recipes that reflect heritage and revamp tradition. No matter where you dine, destination influence is readily apparent in the great diversity and freshness of your selections. And every ship also features an array of dining venues. The main dining room, The Restaurant, is an open-seating venue where you can dine whenever you please, and where impromptu dinners with new-found friends is a matter of course. After all, with our worldly crowd of international travellers, socialising is one of the things people love most about our luxury cruise ships. Per guest reservation fee for specialty restaurants. Please visit MySilversea to make your reservations.

Instantly recalling images of the sea in all her watery majesty, the Atlantides are the seven nymph daughters of Atlas. Creative muses, known for their wisdom and beauty, the sisters were granted immortality in the form of stars and can be seen today in the constellation of Taurus. Pivotal to Silver Muse dining experience, this elegant bar and grill incorporates the best that the sea has to offer. Created to temper your taste buds, designer dishes such as royal crab, blue lobster and Verbena infused red snapper in a sea salt crust are showcased alongside the best steaks offshore.

Evoking a sense of exotic mystery, the Asian-accented Indochine embarks you on an exquisite journey of culinary discovery. Unlock the hidden treasures of the spice markets of Mumbai, whet your appetite with the exoticism of Thailand and temper your taste buds with the cuisine of Vietnam. Elegant and exquisite dishes bursting with Asian essence awaken your gastronomic senses and immerse you in an expansive tapestry of the palate. Savour the fusion of flavours of a vast continent that defies definition — in a stylish restaurant that pays homage to its delectable cuisine.


Antarctica Cruises, 2023

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Trade in your sunscreen and sandals for icebergs and adventures when you head for the untouched beauty of the White Continent. With less crowded ports, unprecedented expeditions, and the natural beauty of icy waters and wildlife, Antarctica is quickly becoming a top cruise destination. Check out the top three luxury liners that will sail you to the South Pole.

Silversea Cruises: Silver Cloud

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With the highest space-to-guest and crew-to-guest ratios in expedition cruising, Silver Cloud offers unprecedented comfort to travelers looking to explore Antarctica and beyond. Upon arrival, guests are met by Silversea’s attentive staff and a flute of champagne as they are escorted to their suite by their butler. Onboard, guests enjoy four world-class restaurants. At The Grill, guests dine under the moonlit sky and have the opportunity to cook their food on sourced volcanic rock right at the table. Aside from adventure and aperitifs, the ship boasts the serene Zagara Spa, industry-leading service (be met with a towel as you emerge from the pool), and – unique to Silver Cloud – a state-of-the-art photo studio where budding photographers can transform prints from their cameras.

Abercrombie & Kent’s Le Lyrial

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Abercrombie & Kent’s newest charter ship from Ponant is an expeditioner’s dream. Aside from the sleek style and sophistication of the ship itself, and of course the balcony staterooms and suites, the real distinction of traveling on an A&K charter of Le Lyrial is the award-winning team of experts. Akin to an education at sea, A&K’s expeditions are led by the most experienced marine biologists, ornithologists and geologists, along with a shipboard historian who shares tales from Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. When you’re done exploring, your private butler will tend to your every need, from cocktails on your balcony to arranging for your personal hairstylist.

Quark Expeditions

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Set for sail in 2023 Quark Expeditions unveiled its newest ship in polar explorations. Cutting edge technology, advanced safety measures and a vastly experienced expedition team are just a few reasons to set your sights on this ship. Think of it as a 5-star hotel on the sea. Leaving no stone unturned, guests will have access to dual helicopters, indoor / outdoor dining,  spa and fitness, and a rapid Zodiac.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an ice-strengthened ship and an icebreaker ship?

An ice-strengthened ship is a ship made of steel. These ships are made to get through the ice at Antarctica and the Arctic. Nowadays, most of the ships that cruise to Antarctica and the Arctic are ice-strengthened ships. Ortelius and Plancius Read more »

What kind of clothing should I take during my expedition cruise?

We require you to bring a waterproof jacket and pants (minimum 15,000mm rating) for Zodiac cruises to shore. You will also need high rubber boots for trips on Rembrandt van Rijn. Apart from that, our advice is to take warm, windproof, waterproof Read more »

You must be in good general health, and you should be able to walk several hours per day. The expedition is ship-based and physically not very demanding. Although we spend as much time as possible on shore, you are welcome to remain aboard the ship i

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About Oceanwide Expeditions


Taking you closer to the heart of the polar regions has been our driving passion at Oceanwide Expeditions for over twenty years. Our knowledgeable cruise leaders, committed staff, and thoroughly outfitted vessels are our way of expressing what we care about most: making your cruise to the Arctic and Antarctic truly unforgettable. When you sail with us, you experience a part of the world that is unlike any other. Mountainous glaciers, snow-swept shores, whales and polar bears and vast colonies of penguins make up this world, and they are all part of the surreal ecosystem you can watch unfold before you on your future Oceanwide expedition.


Providing you a travel experience that inspires (and is inspired by) you, that’s what taking you closer to the heart of the polar regions means to us. We get you away from the vessel and into the action as fast as possible: up to two landings per day in the morning and afternoon, with a fleet of inflatable Zodiacs ready to shuttle you past the ice floes and onto the shore. We keep our programs flexible so that you get the most out of whatever surprises nature has in mind. When you sail with us, the cruise is just the tip of the iceberg.


So what exactly is beneath the tip of that iceberg? The pioneering spirit, which all travelers to the polar regions (regardless of age and background) have in common. Guiding our expeditions with passion, tapping into the desire for inspiration and beauty, and always taking you closer to the heart of the Arctic and Antarctic – at Oceanwide Expeditions, that is our promise to you.

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Quark’s New Game-Changing Ship

We recently shared information on Quark Expeditions latest build, and now we are bringing you more exciting news on what is slated to be one of the world’s most technologically advanced vessels. Quark Expeditions recently unveiled the name of its newest ship and it only seems fitting that the moniker speaks to the very core of which it operates: bringing people to the most remote corners of the world.

The highly anticipated new ship will be named Ultramarine. Taking its name from the color of the same name: ultramarine, meaning “beyond the sea.” For more than three decades, the leader in polar expedition has been bringing travelers beyond the thrones of polar exploration, making dreams a reality.

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“We picked the name Ultramarine because it links us directly to the sea, which of course is integral to our identity,” said Andrew White, President of Quark Expeditions. “But the word ‘ultra,’ especially by its modern-day definition, ‘beyond what is ordinary,’ reflects our signature approach to polar exploration. We create expedition experiences that go beyond what others in the industry can offer – especially in terms of off-ship experiences. Ultramarine has been designed in a way that will continue to allow us to go beyond and take people to places no one else can.”

The Ultramarine will combine leading-edge technology and advanced safety systems that will allow passengers to get off the ship and deeper into the polar wilderness faster than ever before. The unique features of this advanced polar vessel will allow Quark Expeditions to continue to redefine what’s possible in the polar regions:

The new vessel boasts two twin-engine helicopters and two helidecks, the industry’s largest selection of adventure options, 20 quick-deploy Zodiacs, a best-in-class 70-day operational range, advanced sustainability features, and a high-end, modern contemporary décor.

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Ultramarine will be an unrivaled operational base for polar adventures,” said White. “This new vessel – in the hands of the most experienced team in the expedition industry – will allow our guests to go further into the polar regions than ever before while maintaining the same respect for nature that has always been paramount to us. Ultramarine will allow our guests to spend their days embracing the off-ship adventures that have made Quark Expeditions so popular. And once back on the ship after a day of polar exploration, they will be able to rest, relax and rejuvenate in a high-end, modern contemporary space.”

The inaugural season for Ultramarine is expected to go on sale this summer. The first voyages will set sail in the Antarctic 2020-21 season.

The Best Dining on Cruise Ships to Antarctica

With natural beauty of icy waters and wildlife, less crowded ports and amazing expeditions, Antarctica is quickly becoming a top cruise destination. This gives you plenty of opportunities to enjoy onboard activities and amazing dining experiences during your voyage. From Michelin inspired dining to lava stone cooking, these cruises to Antarctica are an epicurean wonderland.

Seabourn: Seabourn Quest

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Known for award-winning cuisine, Quest not only offers a variety of dining options but takes pride in exquisitely prepared dishes with regional flavors. To further edify the level of distinctive dining, Seabourn is a member of Chaine de Rotisseurs, the prestigious gastronomic society devoted to the art of fine dining. Fine wines, included at no additional charge, are perfectly paired with lunch and dinner. Chef Thomas Keller has teamed up with Seabourn to bring his culinary creations to the sea. The opulent restaurant offers a classic menu from local artisans. Tableside preparations of Caesar salad, ice cream sundaes and a range of favorites like Lobster Thermidor and creamed spinach add entertainment to dinner. A cocktail menu and wine list complement your menu selections.

Crystal:  Endeavor

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Six spectacular dining options give guests an array of gastronomical selections onboard Crystal Endeavor. Crystal’s award-winning chefs create Michelin inspired menus meant to awaken the senses. Open seating, all-inclusive dining, and expert sommeliers heighten further heighten the experience. A few stand out restaurants onboard Crystal Endeavor include:

Umi Uma & Sushi Bar: Japanese-Peruvian. Helmed by world acclaimed chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, Umi Uma & Sushi bar’s culinary offerings include celebrated sushi, sashimi, and Japanese-Peruvian dishes. Chef “Nobu” Matsuhisa’s only seagoing restaurant showcases popular Japanese favorites with innovative European influences.

Waterside: International. Crystal Endeavor’s effortlessly elegant main restaurant features Michelin inspired cuisine brimming with delicately balanced classics and inventive specialties.

Silversea: Silver Explorer

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With a focusing on fresh ingredients and recipes that reflect the heritage and regional cuisine, Silver Explorer’s dining options will impress even the most discerning foodie. Two of our favorites include:

The Restaurant: Contemporary International. Open seating meals allows guests to dine at their leisure at intimate tables for two or larger tables with friends, all while enjoying panoramic ocean views. Savor specialties unique to each destination such as Roasted Chilean Sea Bass while in Chile or Indian Chicken Korma in Mumbai.

The Grill: Lava Stone Cooking. If you’ve never experienced lava stone cooking, you are in for a culinary treat. Guests cook food directly at their table over lava stone, which is placed in an oven to reach an optimum temperature of 400°C. The results? Foods cooked to perfection. Stone cooking is only available in the evenings.


Quark Expeditions Announces New Antarctic Itineraries

If you are considering a polar adventure, now is the time to start planning for a voyage of a lifetime. Quark Expeditions just announced its epic Antarctic 20.21 season. The leading provider of polar expeditions is celebrating its milestone 30th year with seven distinct itineraries and 29 total departures. Get ready to explore the vast wonderland of the Antarctic Peninsula and remote sub-Antarctic Islands of the Falklands and South Georgia with unparalleled access to some of the most remote places on earth.

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Unlike traditional cruise ships, Quark operates small expedition ships carrying less than 200 passengers for a truly personalized experience. The first phase of the Quark Expeditions 20.21 Antarctic season debuts with the second sailing season of the World Explorer. The fastest ship in the fleet features all-suite, all balcony accommodations, which offers breathtaking ocean views and plenty of personal space. Phase 2 of the 20.21 Antarctic season introduces the inaugural season of Quark Expeditions’ highly anticipated new purpose-built expedition vessel, along with the public unveiling of the ship’s name.

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Whether you are looking sail to the far corners of the earth or an immersive journey to the 7th continent, Quark Expeditions Antarctic 20.21 season has been designed to deliver a variety of customized experiences. These trips will be led by the most knowledgeable expedition teams in the industry. Ed Bonner, VP Production of Quark Expeditions says, “For thirty years—longer than anyone in the industry—we have been focused exclusively on delivering the magic of the Polar Regions to passengers from across the globe. Our new Antarctic season highlights that ongoing commitment, while also marking new frontiers in polar exploration with the addition of two new vessels to our fleet.”

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The seven itineraries include:

Antarctic Explorer: Discovering the 7th Continent. This trip is ideal for first-time visitors to the region as you’ll sail across the famed Drake Passage.

Antarctic Express: Fly the Drake. This trip includes all the highlights of the region: a journey into the Antarctic Peninsula and a flight across the Drake Passage. The trip is spread comfortably across eight days.

Crossing the Circle: Southern Expedition. This is an exploration deep into the Antarctic Peninsula and a sailing journey across the Antarctic Circle.

Antarctic Express: Crossing the Circle. You’ll sail across the Drake Passage from Chile to Antarctica. It’s combined with an unforgettable sailing voyage down the Antarctic Peninsula and across the Antarctic Circle.

South Georgia and Antarctica Peninsula: Penguin Safari. This is the fastest and best way to see South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula together – including the hundreds of thousands of king penguins who call the region home.

Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica: Explorers and Kings. Enjoy a 20-day expedition covering the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands of South Georgia and the Falklands, combining extraordinary wildlife with fascinating polar history.

Epic Antarctica: Crossing the Circle via the Falklands and South Georgia. At 23 days, this itinerary is most in-depth exploration of the seventh continent, including the remote Falklands Islands and the rare wildlife of South Georgia.

Join Abercrombie & Kent Antarctica Webinar on March 7th

Glacial landscapes for miles and wildlife in epic proportion, Antarctica offers a jaw-dropping expanse beyond compare. Discover it with A&K’s award-winning Expedition Team on their inspiring Classic Antarctica voyage, which carries you across the Southern Ocean on luxurious ‘Le Lyrial’ to a wilderness teeming with towering icebergs, majestic whales and an array of penguins. For the ultimate Antarctic experience, explore the colorful Falkland Islands, unspoiled South Georgia with its rookeries of king penguins, as well as epic Antarctica on 18-day Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands. A&K is offering unprecedented savings opportunities on its 2019–20 cruise season, making this the perfect time to experience a once-in-a-lifetime Antarctic adventure.

Join Bob Simpson, Vice President, Expedition Cruising on Thursday March 7th at 12 noon (central time) for an informative webinar overview of A&K’s inspiring Antarctica voyages, where wildlife, history and stunning landscapes converge into the ultimate adventure. Click here for details.

Launch of Scenic Eclipse Delayed Until January 2019

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours have announced that the launch of Scenic Eclipse, the World’s First Discovery Yacht, has been delayed until late January 2019.

According to Scenic Founder and Chairman, Glen Moroney, construction issues within the shipyard have caused the delay. “Despite the best efforts of our Scenic Eclipse Build Supervision Team to make up construction time, we are not prepared to compromise the quality of the vessel and potentially impact guest experiences to meet the original late August launch date,” said Mr. Moroney.

“Scenic will provide guests with a full refund for the cost of their Scenic Eclipse cruise and consideration of any other reasonable associated costs incurred with travel plans.”

“We recognize the inconvenience this will cause agents and their clients and in addition to the full refund, the Scenic team are committed to working closely with agents and their clients to reschedule their trip to a suitable time for travel within the next two years. Scenic will also provide all guests who rebook a Scenic Eclipse voyage during this time a future cruise credit to the value of 25% of the cost of their rebooked cruise, and agent commission will be protected on all affected bookings,” said Mr. Moroney.

Scenic will contact all travel agents with clients affected by the delay as a matter of priority and will be managed in order of impacted sailing date.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, www.scenicusa.com

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