TOP 5 SMALL/MID-SIZE SHIPS
1. Windstar Cruises
2. Oceania Cruises
3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
4. Crystal Cruises
5. Seabourn Cruise Line
Small. Intimate. Unique. That’s what has set Windstar apart from its competition. New to the line are Signature Sailings, themed trips that deliver guests from Monte Carlo’s Grand Prix (think premier grandstand seat) to a mesmerizing collection of fairways (Edinburgh to Dublin) and even a tour of the holiest places on Earth, including the archaeological site of the Neolithic settlement of Choirokoitia on Cyprus and the gorgeous Baha’i Hanging Gardens and Shrine in Haifa, Israel.
A leader in the luxury cruise experience, Crystal has upped its game with Boutique Adventures — antidotes to over-packed excursions. With a limited number of participants, guests can do everything from a private visit and luncheon at a family-run winery in Funchal, Portugal, to a private viewing of the Contini Bonacossi Collection at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
Take It from the Experts
Seabourn Cruise Line
One of the world’s most luxurious cruise lines has now gathered an A-list team of experts including naturalists and photographers to lead their inaugural expeditions on Seabourn Quest to Antarctica and
Patagonia starting November 20. They will head up four 21- to 24-day voyages between Valparaíso (Santiago), Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Also on the menu: a radically expanded (more than 150 destinations) 2014 European cruise schedule including the fjords of Norway and the sun-drenched Greek and Dalmatian isles.