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Best Luxury Cruises

U.S. News ranks 17 Best Luxury Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Crystal Symphony is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can sort the rankings to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

#1 Crystal Symphony (Crystal)
  • Overall Rating:5.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Crystal Symphony's calling card isn't only its delectable cuisine or its stylish staterooms. Seafarers opt for this vessel year after year for its superior service and stimulating onboard entertainment. Instead of simply lingering by the pool, you ... Reviews & Pictures»

#2 Silver Spirit (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating:5.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The largest — and newest — ship within the Silversea fleet, Silver Spirit continues paving the way for luxury cruising with innovative features like an 8,300-square-foot spa and the Stars Supper Club, a trendy restaurant with art deco-inspired accents and imaginative ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Silver Shadow (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating:5.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With all-suite accommodations and 302 staff members attending 382 passengers, Silver Shadow wows travelers with its serene ambiance and genuine hospitality. Travelers say they felt like royalty from start to finish thanks to personalized service — crew members make a point ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Silver Whisper (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating:5.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

On this ship, guests have a difficult time deciding what's more impressive: the scenery from their well-appointed suites or the decadent meals at La Champagne, a French restaurant affiliated with Relais & Châteaux. According to recent cruisers, extravagance extends ... Reviews & Pictures»

#5 Crystal Serenity (Crystal)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity — with its personal butlers, language classes (taught at the Creative Learning Institute) and wine and food tastings — sets the standard for luxury cruising. This ship particularly impresses guests with its genuine and attentive staff and ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 Marina (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Marina's innovative culinary offerings earn a thumbs-up from cruising gourmands. On this ship, you can participate in cooking demonstrations at the Bon Appétit Culinary Center and delight in decadent French fare at a bistro with dishes crafted ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Azamara Journey (Azamara)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 694-passenger Azamara Journey impresses guests with its superb amenities, outstanding service and spacious cabins. Past cruisers rave about the comfortable accommodations, appointed with complimentary welcome fruit baskets, Egyptian cotton linens and flat-screen TVs. Seafarers looking to stay in the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#7 Silver Cloud (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

If you can't charter a private yacht to take you away to far-flung locales, Silver Cloud may be the next best thing. On this ship, you can unwind with a rejuvenating body wrap at the Spa at Silversea before ... Reviews & Pictures»

#9 Riviera (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Riviera is seemingly tailor-made for foodies with its hands-on cooking classes at the Bon Appétit Culinary Center, its bounty of gourmet restaurants and its decadent French bistro (with a menu crafted by renowned chef, Jacques Pépin). You ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Seven Seas Mariner (Regent)
  • Overall Rating:4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner puts a premium on luxury cruising. Cabins are outfitted with extravagant trappings like L'Occitane bath products, marble bathrooms and large private balconies. Also on board is a teak pool deck — complete with a heated ... Reviews & Pictures»

#11 Seven Seas Navigator (Regent)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Carrying only 490 passengers, the Seven Seas Navigator envelopes guests in elegant surroundings, with all-suite accommodations outfitted with spacious marble bathrooms, L'Occitane bath products and (in most guestrooms) a private balcony. After you've settled into your digs, take ... Reviews & Pictures»

#12 Seven Seas Voyager (Regent)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Epitomizing laid-back luxury, the 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager features all-suite, all-balcony cabins. Recent cruisers praise the ship's opulence, though some travelers do describe the dining scene as lackluster for its high price tags. Still, everything on board this small ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Nautica (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The luxurious Nautica combines casual elegance, personalized service and warm conviviality to create the relaxed atmosphere of a private country club at sea. All suites offer butler service, and 70 percent of suites and staterooms feature private teak verandas. Savor ... Reviews & Pictures»

#14 Azamara Quest (Azamara)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.0
    3.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The Azamara Quest puts an emphasis on luxury, with 347 staterooms and suites outfitted with amenities like flat-screen TVs, minibars and custom "About Rose" toiletries designed by perfumer Olivier Decoster. Suites grant even more privileges, like butler service, a complimentary ... Reviews & Pictures»

#14 Regatta (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

A mid-size ship, the Regatta captures the relaxing ambience of an elegant resort. Over 90 percent of the plush accommodations offer ocean views, and many feature private teak verandas; premium suites also include whirlpools and 24-hour butler service. With exceptional ... Reviews & Pictures»

#16 Insignia (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

With luxurious amenities, exceptional service and a country-club casual atmosphere, Oceania's intimate Insignia offers a unique cruising experience. All suites and 60 percent of the staterooms feature private teak verandas from which you can enjoy spectacular views; suites also ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 Silver Wind (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating:4.0-stars
  • Health Rating: N/A
  • Ship Price: $$$$

As part of the ultra-luxurious Silversea family, Silver Wind delivers great service and a refined ambiance. And unlike her Millenium Class fleetmates, the Silver Shadow and Silver Whisper, Silver Wind carries only 296 guests per voyage, allowing for a ... Reviews & Pictures»

Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 24 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.