We get it. There is a group out there who have dubbed themselves “non-cruisers.” Maybe images of island hopping and cold Baked Alaska dance in their heads at the mere mention of a cruise. But hear us out. The “one size fits all’ cruises are a thing of the past. From cultural offerings such as “Opera Voyages” to culinary delights; these 5 cruises will convert even the most staunch “non cruisers.”

For the Distinguished Traveler: Regent Seven Seas Splendor

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Perhaps the most luxurious ship at sea, Regent Seven Seas Splendor sets sail in February 2020. This opulent gem boasts all-balcony suites in addition to the largest and most elegant suite ever built on a ship: the Regent Suite. The 4,000 sqft Regent Suite forgoes any notion of cramped cruise quarters. Attention to detail abounds throughout, with rare works of art down to the first-ever in-suite spa retreat.

For the Yacht Lovers: Paul Gauguin Cruises

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“Non-cruisers” might find large ships carrying up to 4,000 passengers and overcrowded public spaces unappealing. But, small and midsize ships feel more like private yachts than cruise ships. Travel & Leisure’s 2019 World’s Best Midsize Cruise ship winner, Paul Gauguin, delivers an intimate experience for guests with warm, friendly staff. Made explicitly to sail the shallow seas of the South Pacific, the smaller ship allows access to hard to reach ports. Guests will relish the spacious staterooms, many featuring private balconies, the use of an onboard watersports marina, three dining venues and an extensive spa.

For Art & Culture: Silversea

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Silversea Cruises does a great job of facilitating enrichment programs designed to invigorate the senses, both on and off the ship. The travel guides, renowned artists, and expert speakers are some of the best in the industry and create a truly immersive experience. Themed cruises such as The Explorers Collection, a collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society in London and Opera Sailings a partnership with Accademia Teatro all Scala set the stage for sophisticated vacations.

For Foodies: Seabourn

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Seabourn’s partnership with world-renowned American chef and restaurateur, Thomas Keller, can mean only one thing: exceptional dining. Foodies can take part in hands-on programs such as ‘Shopping with the Chef’ and  “Cook Your Catch,” an unforgettable experience where guests can enjoy their fresh catch prepared by the ships culinary team.

For Adventure Seekers: PONANT

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For the “non-cruisers’” who think itineraries consist mainly of lounging on beaches all day, they have yet to discover expedition cruising. PONANT’s luxury expedition cruises take thrill-seekers to the majestic glaciers of Antarctica and the rugged Alaska frontier. Admire exotic wildlife from polar bears to humpback whales in their native environment. You can also explore the area between Alaska and Eastern Siberia, from the Wrangel Nature Reserve to the Pribilof volcanic islands.

We hope these 5 cruises will convert the “non-cruisers” out there and inspire them to jump on board!