Swan Hellenic Cruises: Small Ship Cruising

For well over 50 years, Swan Hellenic Cruises has been providing a classy small ship cruising experience to the discerning traveler and the crème de la crème of society. Other cruise lines have tried to match their ability to mix intimate and comfortable cruising with so much class, but experience does have its perks. With its sea-sailing M/V Minerva and A Rosa river cruising fleet of vessels, the cruise line remains a favorite of travelers. Their guest ratings are impressive.

Tailor-made cruises

Star Cruises: Cruising the Far East

Since 1996, Star Cruises has been garnering awards for its excellent cruises throughout Asia. It is the third largest cruising company in the world today, with its European partner, the Norwegian Cruise Lines. Star Cruises, which currently cruises through Malaysia, Singapore, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Taiwan, owns four mega cruisers that transport passengers from one port to the next. These vessels are floating resorts in their own right, catering to the cruising needs of both adults and children. Onboard, the mood is always kept casual and lively. 

Star Cruises Fleet and Facilities

Star Clippers: Sailboat Cruising

Aside from the traditional sailboat designs, the Star Clippers are also known for their informal but elegant cruises. They sail to the most attractive, sun soaked destinations. Guests are given the freedom to spend their time enjoying the yachts’ luxurious amenities, savoring the food, and connecting with the destination.

Three Magnificent Sailboats

The Star Clippers cruising line operates three of the fastest, most elegant sailboats in the world today. Their flagship is the Royal Clipper which can carry 227 guests. This vessel is constructed with three pools, hidden lookout nests, a spacious viewing deck, and elegant balconies. From afar, the Royal clipper may look like an apparition of a ghost ship, thanks to its traditional sailboat design. Once you get inside, though, you’ll realize that it’s one of the finest modern sailboats built today. Apparently, this ship also has a top-of-the-line navigational system.

SeaDream Yacht Club: Intimate Yachting

SeaDream Yacht Club offers intimate yachting at its finest, with quality service. They are proud of their vessels and prouder still of the amenities they’re able to afford passengers. Among them are the onboard casino (usually only available in mega cruises), open seated dining, the spa, and excellent suites. They cater to families and corporations who would like to take advantage of the yacht line’s free flowing itinerary. They are also popular with honeymooners because of their romantic destinations.

One-on-one service and excellent amenities

Seabourn Cruise Line: Intimacy with class

Small ship cruises usually market their tours as “intimate and casual”, with the mega-cruises catering to more glamorous travel needs. What Seabourn Cruise Line offers is a fusion of intimacy and class. When it began operating in the early 90s, its target market was the upper crust, offering upscale amenities in smaller cruise ships. Today, it continues that tradition, offering even more exciting itineraries to exotic destinations inaccessible to bigger vessels.

All-Suite Yachts

Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Elegant Cruising

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has been around since 1992. It was known as Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, until 2008 when the line was turned over to the Apollo Management. While it only retained three ships from its former fleet of seven, the focus on these three refurbished vessels did the company good. Their ratings, which have dropped in the old management’s hands, rose again. What were good itineraries and amenities in the past were raised to a new level of excellence today.

Relax – Regent Seven Seas Cruises Looks After You

Quark Expeditions: Polar Cruises

The Arctic and the Antarctic are two spectacular regions which serious adventure travelers shouldn’t miss out on exploring. The cruise lines which have the technical skills to make these expeditions could be counted with one hand. One of the best cruise lines for the job is Quark Expeditions. While they’ve only been around since 1991, they’ve also received high feedback from guests. The ships run by the line have excellent designs built to withstand ice and hard conditions. The crew’s skills are simply top-of-the-line.

Polar specialties

Paul Gauguin Cruises: Highly Rated in the South Pacific

Paul Gauguin Cruises has quite a lot of things going for it at the moment. It is one of the highest rated cruise lines in the South Pacific, receiving excellent  feedback from their guests. 

Fine Dining – French Cuisine

While the year-round destinations of the M/S Paul Gauguin are tempting enough, guests just can’t get over the food that’s served on this cruise ship. While you’re admiring Tahiti or the French Polynesia, you can also munch on the finest wines and French Cuisine served from any one of the cruise ship’s three restaurants. The L’Etoile serves ala carte dinners for all of its guests. You can just drop by any night during your cruise as there are no reservations necessary.

Oceania Cruises: Comfortable Elegant

Oceania Cruises definitely has some of the best looking cruise ships in the world.  Despite the upscale amenities and service mostly offered by luxury mega-cruises, sailing with Oceania is always cozy and intimate. All of its ships are equipped with standard four- and five-star facilities including pools, wellness centers, and excellent restaurants.

Four of the Finest

Lindblad Expeditions: Cruise line for Ecotourism

Other cruise lines offer luxury accommodations, trips to the most exotic places in the world, fine wine and fine dining, the glitz and the glamour. If you’re this type of traveler, then the Lindblad Expedition’s line of cruises might be too much for you. They cruise line has been operating for quite some time now, and they’re known for their edgy, adventurous and sustainable itineraries. In other words, you need to be curious and environmentally responsible if you want to travel with this crew.

National Geographic Partnership and Exciting Destinations