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Best Luxury Cruises

U.S. News ranks 17 Best Luxury Cruises based on an analysis of reviews and health ratings. Silver Whisper is the top-ranked ship overall. But you can filter your search based on price, region, traveler type and brand to find the best ship and itinerary for you.

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

Among Silversea's largest ships, Silver Whisper has a passenger capacity of 382. Built in 2001 and refurbished in 2010, Silver Whisper is within Silversea's "Millennium Class," sharing that moniker with its sister ship, Silver Shadow. Silver Whisper, like ... Reviews & Pictures»

#1 Crystal Symphony (Crystal)
  • Overall Rating: 5.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Thanks to a $15 million facelift in September 2014, Crystal Symphony (first launched in 1995) now boasts a handful of innovative amenities and renovated areas, including updated spa and casino venues and an outdoor Fitness Garden with cardio training machines ... Reviews & Pictures»

#3 Riviera (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    5.0
    5.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 2012, Riviera is Oceania's newest ship. Similar to sister ship Marina, Riviera can accommodate 800 crew members and 1,250 passengers, maintaining a lower crew-to-guest ratio than Oceania's older ships. Past cruisers said there were always ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Built in 2009, Silver Spirit is the newest addition to the Silversea Cruises fleet. While Silver Spirit can carry up to 540 guests (more than any other Silversea vessel) it doesn't compromise on service: the crew-to-passenger ratio is just ... Reviews & Pictures»

#4 Crystal Serenity (Crystal)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Crystal Serenity first set sail in 2003, but thanks to a $17 million renovation in 2013, the ship now features new Crystal Penthouses and a series of restaurants, including Tastes, which specializes in international cuisine. A main highlight is the ... Reviews & Pictures»

#6 Silver Shadow (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Along with its sister ship, Silver Whisper, Silver Shadow is defined by its "Millennium Class" designation. These two ships are slightly larger than Silver Cloud and Silver Wind (though not as big as Silver Spirit). They're also among the ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Oceania's Marina accommodates 800 crew members and up to 1,250 passengers (slightly more than Oceania's older ships, Regatta, Nautica and Insignia); however the crew-to-guest ratio aboard this vessel is lower, allowing for equally attentive service. Built in ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Azamara Journey (Azamara)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 686-passenger Azamara Journey attracts those who like large-ship amenities and enriching onboard programs (think expert-led lecture series and sommelier-led wine tastings) without the crowds. With 408 crew members, Journey offers a higher level of personalization than today's floating ... Reviews & Pictures»

#8 Seven Seas Navigator (Regent)
  • Overall Rating: 4.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Carrying only 490 passengers, Seven Seas Navigator offers guests intimate surroundings, with all-suite accommodations outfitted with marble bathrooms, L'Occitane bath products and (in most guestrooms) a private balcony. While the ship first launched in 1999, it boats modern facilities ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Silver Cloud (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Launched in 1994, Silver Cloud is Silversea's oldest ship. But if you think the 296-passenger Silver Cloud is beginning to show its age, think again: The boat underwent a refurbishment in 2012, and previous cruisers say it is just ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Seven Seas Mariner (Regent)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

The 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner, along with its sister ships, Seven Seas Navigator and Seven Seas Voyager, appeals to travelers seeking tailored onboard experiences. The ship maintains a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio with 445 crew members catering to guests, offering ... Reviews & Pictures»

#10 Seven Seas Voyager (Regent)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Built in 2003, and renovated in 2008, Seven Seas Voyager is Regent Seven Seas' newest ship. Carrying up to 700 guests and 447 crew members, Seven Seas Voyager offers a nearly 1-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio, offering a higher standard of service ... Reviews & Pictures»

#13 Nautica (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

After undergoing a multimillion dollar refurbishment in May 2014, Nautica (built in 2000) has emerged with a new stateroom decor, a cook-to-order steak and lobster grill at the Terrace Café and the addition of a coffee bar and putting green ... Reviews & Pictures»

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

Like its sister ship, Azamara Journey, Quest appeals to travelers seeking an intimate atmosphere. While the ship can carry nearly 700 guests, thanks to a low crew-to-passenger ratio (there are 408 crew members on board) the ship maintains a higher ... Reviews & Pictures»

#15 Insignia (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Along with sister ships, Regatta and Nautica, Oceania's Insignia underwent a $50 million makeover in 2014. The revamp introduced new stateroom furnishings, an overhauled Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a nine-hole mini-golf course and more. Built in 1998, the 684-passenger Insignia ... Reviews & Pictures»

#16 Silver Wind (Silversea)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    4.0
    4.0
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Sister ship to Silver Cloud, Silver Wind first debuted in 1995. Carrying up to 298 passengers, Silver Wind boasts a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio, offering a higher level of customization than larger 2,000-plus passenger ocean liners. Previous cruisers say ... Reviews & Pictures»

#17 Regatta (Oceania)
  • Overall Rating: 3.5-stars
  • Health Rating:
    3.5
    3.5
  • Ship Price: $$$$

Built in 1998, Oceania's Regatta underwent a $50 million renovation in June 2014. New fabrics, furnishings and larger bathrooms with oversized showers were one particular area of focus for the overhaul. Inside and Ocean View staterooms on Regatta are ... 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 22 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.