Best Luxury Cruise Lines

Luxury cruises are an entirely different experience from mass-market lines like Carnival, Norwegian, and Royal Caribbean. The first (and most obvious) difference is the price tag: luxury cruises often cost three to four times more than a regular cruise, but it is worth noting the higher fares almost always include drinks, butler service, tips, and other amenities that cost extra on non-luxury lines. Luxury ships also tend to be much smaller, generally carrying 500 or fewer travelers compared to the 5,000 passenger megaships from Royal Caribbean. You won’t find huge water slides, IMAX theaters or extensive childcare options—these lines are very adult-focused, and many don’t even allow children—but a luxury cruise will treat you to far superior dining and more personalized service on board, as well as finely curated cultural excursions like wine tastings and art tours in port.

Crystal Cruises

Ranked #1 Luxury Cruise Line by Cruiseline.com Users
4.4
151 Reviews

Experience grand luxury and exotic ports with Crystal Cruises, named "best large-ship cruise line" t...

Best for:
Travelers who want luxury without stuffiness or formality.

Not for:
Families with children who require extensive entertainment.

Sails to:
Europe Europe - Mediterranean Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) Caribbean Europe - Western Mediterranean South Pacific Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Alaska Europe - Northern Europe South Pacific - Australia South America Hawaii Europe - Western Europe Panama Canal, Central America World Cruise Transatlantic Mexico Coastal - West Coast Caribbean - Eastern U.S. - Pacific, Northwest

Top ship:
Crystal Symphony

Viking Ocean Cruises

Ranked #2 Luxury Cruise Line by Cruiseline.com Users
4.3
127 Reviews

Ushering in a new era of ocean cruising, Viking brings their signature award-winning river cruise ex...

Sails to:
Europe - Northern Europe Europe - Mediterranean Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) Europe - Western Mediterranean Transatlantic Europe - Western Europe South Pacific Caribbean South Pacific - Australia Alaska - Inside Passage Transpacific

Top ship:
Viking Sky

Seabourn

Ranked #3 Luxury Cruise Line by Cruiseline.com Users
4.2
122 Reviews

Charmingly intimate and lavishly appointed, each of Seabourn's all-suite yachts is a private pleasur...

Best for:
Couples or friends traveling in pairs who like customized service.

Not for:
Families or those who prefer formal luxury.

Sails to:
Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) Caribbean South Pacific South America South Pacific - Australia Transatlantic Transpacific

Top ship:
Seabourn Odyssey

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Ranked #4 Luxury Cruise Line by Cruiseline.com Users
4.1
252 Reviews

Sail in supreme comfort on a line that consistently garners six-star ratings. Experience yacht-like...

Best for:
Couples and singles who like comfort, but not pretention.

Not for:
Families with children or those who love the intimacy of small ships.

Sails to:
Europe - Mediterranean Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) Caribbean South Pacific South America Transatlantic South Pacific - Australia Cuba Panama Canal, Central America World Cruise Transpacific

Top ship:
Seven Seas Explorer

Silversea Cruises

Ranked #5 Luxury Cruise Line by Cruiseline.com Users
3.9
86 Reviews

Take a journey above and beyond all expectations on Silversea. Sumptuous accommodations consist of s...

Best for:
Couples in their 40s and older who like a formal approach to luxury.

Not for:
Casual types who like to let their hair down and party, or families traveling with children.

Sails to:
Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) Caribbean South Pacific South America South Pacific - Australia Panama Canal, Central America Cuba Caribbean - Eastern

Top ship:
Silver Discoverer

Compagnie Du Ponant Yacht Cruises

Ranked #6 Luxury Cruise Line by Cruiseline.com Users
4.3
6 Reviews
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Sails to:
Europe - Mediterranean South America Other (Asia/Africa/Middle East) South Pacific Europe - Western Europe Caribbean South Pacific - Australia Europe - Eastern Mediterranean Transatlantic Canada, New England, New York Coastal - West Coast Panama Canal, Central America

Top ship:
L'Austral 835

SeaDream Yacht Club

Ranked #7 Luxury Cruise Line by Cruiseline.com Users
5
4 Reviews

Discover what it means to see the world on an intimate mega-yacht. Visit the yachting playgrounds in...

Best for:
SeaDream is a match for young-at-heart couples who want service without stuffiness.

Not for:
People who like formal nights and musical productions.

Sails to:
Caribbean Caribbean - Eastern

Top ship:
SeaDream II