Top 10 Cruiselines

Cruises have been in the news recently for all of the wrong reasons. Whether you're senior citizen gourmands or a Cinderella-loving family, we've found the best cruiselines in the world to pamper you. Set sail on's list of the Top 10 Cruiselines.

Oceania Cruises

Ships: Regatta, Nautica and Insignia (684 passengers each), Marina and Riviera (1,250 passengers each)
Destinations: Worldwide, including Scandinavia, the Panama Canal, the Greek Isles and Grand Voyages with multi-week itineraries that span the globe
Cuisine: Afternoon tea, open-seating restaurants and fine dining menus created by the cruise line's Executive Culinary Director, Jacques Pépin
Highlights: The Bon Appétit Culinary Center, hands-on programs in the Artists Loft and Canyon Ranch SpaClubs

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Butterfield & Robinson

Ships: Isabella II (37 passengers), Kaya Guneri V (12 passengers) and Nostra Vita (10 passengers)
Destinations: Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa/Middle East, North America and Latin America
Cuisine: Leisurely lunches in secluded coves and impromptu stops for dinner on deck beneath the stars
Highlights: Exclusivity, flexibility and local contacts to set up unique onshore events

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Crystal Cruises

Ships: Crystal Symphony (922 passengers) and Crystal Serenity (1,070 passengers)
Destinations: Worldwide, including the Panama Canal, New England, Africa, Alaska, the South Pacific and World Cruises
Cuisine: Wine & Food Festival sailings, Perfect Choice dining with late seating and dining by reservation options, all-inclusive fine wines and premium spirits, and specialty restaurants including Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road
Highlights: Upscale urban décor, teak pool decks and an onboard Creative Learning Institute with classes by Berlitz, the Cleveland Clinic and the Society of Wine Educators

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Hebridean Island Cruises

Ships: Hebridean Princess (50 passengers) and the Royal Crown (79 passengers)
Destinations: Scotland, Ireland, European rivers and Footloose Cruises featuring customized walking expeditions
Cuisine: All-inclusive gourmet meals including on-shore picnics and a formal farewell gala on the last night of each cruise
Highlights: Lectures tailored to destinations, bicycles for independent exploration and the possibility of a private charter for a once-in-a-lifetime journey with family and friends

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Lindblad Expeditions

Ships: Six National Geographic vessels plus the Delfin II (28 passengers), Jahan and Lord of the Glens (48 passengers each) and the 30-sail Sea Cloud dating back to the 1930s (58 passengers)
Destinations: Nature-oriented destinations, including Antarctica, the Galapagos, West Africa, Costa Rica, Baja California and the Mekong River
Cuisine: Flexible meal times and a social atmosphere in the casual dining room, bistro bar, al fresco or ashore
Highlights: A partnership with National Geographic, remote destinations, conservation ethics, onboard naturalists and historians, and unique opportunities focused on active engagement with the surrounding environment

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SeaDream Yacht Club

Ships: SeaDream I and SeaDream II (112 passengers each)
Destinations: Worldwide including the Caribbean, Croatia, Costa Rica, the Amazon River and Transatlantic voyages
Cuisine: All-inclusive gourmet dining including a Captain's Reception and spa menus, a round-the-clock in-suite small bites menu and the complimentary "Champagne and Caviar Splash"
Highlights: Movies on deck, a 30-course golf simulator, a luxury Thai spa and a fully stocked retractable onboard water sports marina with glass-bottom kayaks and floating islands

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Silversea Cruises

Ships: Silver Explorer (132 passengers), Silver Cloud and Silver Wind (296 passengers each), Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow (382 passengers each), Silver Spirit (540 passengers)
Destinations: Worldwide, including the Amazon River, French Riviera and expedition cruises to the Arctic and Antarctica
Cuisine: Casual elegance, up to six signature restaurants per ship and Le Champagne, the only Relais & Châteaux restaurant at sea
Highlights: All ocean-view suites (many with private teak verandas) and themed enrichment cruises with wine aficionados, prominent authors and experts in a variety of fields

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Viking River Cruises

Ships: A fleet of 35 river barges and ships (no more than 200 passengers each)
Destinations: Legendary rivers such as the Nile, the Yangtze, the Mekong, the Danube, the Seine and the Volga
Cuisine: Open seating dining, signature "Taste of ..." events that showcase the flavors of a region and an emphasis on local dishes, from Provençal lemon sorbet to Hungarian goulash made with paprika from a farmer's market in Budapest
Highlights: All outside-facing staterooms, two-room suites with French balconies on Viking Longships and the Viking Culture Curriculum, with experiences that range from having tea with a Tibetan family to learning how to make Germany's brandy-laced Rüdesheimer coffee

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Disney Cruise Line

Ships: Disney Magic and Disney Wonder (2,700 passengers each), Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy (4,000 passengers each)
Destinations: Alaska, the California Coast, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Europe, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and Transatlantic
Cuisine: Round-the-clock options including themed restaurants and exclusive dining rooms for adults
Highlights: Broadway-style Disney musicals, character-themed pools and deck parties, the Oceaneer Club for kids, and nightclubs and lounges (complete with cocktails) for mom and dad

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Ships: Seven Seas Navigator (490 passengers), Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Voyager (700 passengers each)
Destinations: Worldwide destinations from Alaska to the Mediterranean, and Grand Crossings that span oceans to include a variety of regions in a single cruise
Cuisine: Artisan cuisine, casual al fresco dining and a wide selection of gourmet restaurants: Prime 7 (steakhouse), Signatures (classic French), Compass Rose (Continental) and Setti Mari (Italian)
Highlights: All-inclusive unlimited shore excursions and fine wines, Canyon Ranch spas and enrichment programs that include lectures by experts in food, politics, art and more

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