Whether you’re looking for an awe-inspiring itinerary, unforgettable dining, or a sophisticated cruise the kids will love, too—there’s a luxury cruise that’s right for you.
The best luxury cruises come with all the perks. You dine on exquisite cuisine, rest your head on fancy linens in a spacious suite, snack on champagne and caviar, and are served by a crew that remembers your name and preferences. It’s why you pay the big bucks to be onboard, as you explore bucket list destinations around the world.
These cruises can run anywhere from a few thousand dollars per person, for a week-long sailing, all the way to hundreds of thousands of dollars for months-long around-the-world cruises in the top suites.
Best for foodies
Best for opulence
Regent Seven Seas Cruises goes for substance over subtlety in everything from inclusions (air and shore excursions are covered in your fare) to extravagant decor. At the apex is the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer, decked out with Carrara marble here, gold leaf there, and a couple of Picassos for good measure. Everyone stays in a roomy suite (307 square feet and up) with an oversized balcony and marble bathroom. Book the Regent Suite for a mansion-sized, 4,443-square-foot space with a personal sauna and steam room, plus a bed outfitted with a $90,000 mattress.
Best for butler service
Best for total escapism
Best for families
Best for oenophiles
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SeaDream Yacht Club’s Wine Voyages are the best up-close-and-personal experience for wine aficionados. Visits to vineyards, winemaker’s degustation dinners, and exclusive tastings are all part of the sailings. Upcoming in May on the 112-passenger SeaDream II, sailing from Barcelona to Nice, is the opportunity to mingle with pros and taste wines from Spain’s Bodegas Torres (full-bodied reds), the Olivier Leflaive Fréres wine estate in Burgundy (known for the Puligny-Montrachet appellation), and Provence’s Château de Minuty (where Provençal rosé reigns supreme).
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