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- #1Seabourn Cruise Line#1 in Best Cruises from Boston
Seabourn Quest, which launched in June 2011, is one of the smallest ships in Seabourn's fleet. It can fit up to 458 passengers and about one crew member for every cruiser. It is virtually identical to the Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Odyssey.
Seabourn Quest differs from the line's newer ships in terms of accommodations, as it offers some Ocean View Suites with porthole windows instead of verandas. However, all cabins still come equipped with amenities like flat-screen TVs, designer toiletries, personalized stationery, Egyptian cotton linens and in-suite bars stocked with your preferred refreshments.
Outside your suite, you can enjoy a range of pursuits, such as spa and salon treatments, free fitness classes, a nine-hole putting green and two swimming pools. Additionally, Seabourn Quest offers complimentary water sports equipment rentals at its Watersports Marina in select destinations.
Once you've worked up an appetite, sit for a meal at one of the ship's four restaurants, including the main dining room and The Grill, a steakhouse helmed by Michelin-starred chef Thomas Keller. And for evening entertainment, you'll have access to a variety of bars, plus a casino, a dance club and the Grand Salon, where cabaret performances, comedy shows and more are hosted nightly.
- #2Holland America Line#2 in Best Cruises from Boston (tie)
Launched in 2002 and last refurbished in 2017, ms Zuiderdam features an extensive collection of paintings and sculptures by famed artists like Andy Warhol and Frank Lloyd Wright. Additional highlights include America's Test Kitchen, BBC Earth Experiences and the Digital Workshop, powered by Windows. If you're looking to relax on your voyage, head to the line's signature Greenhouse Spa & Salon or The Retreat, a secluded deck with sun beds, private cabanas and a separate bar.
With room for 1,964 passengers and 817 crew members, the ship maintains a 1-to-2 staff-to-guest ratio. Recent passengers said everyone was friendly and attentive, from the bartenders to the room stewards.
Inside and Ocean View staterooms aboard ms Zuiderdam measure between 151 and 233 square feet. All cabins include sofas, coffee tables, chairs and vanities, in addition to a queen-sized bed (or two twin beds). Other amenities include Euro-Top mattresses and flat-screen TVs. Dining venues include the upscale Pinnacle Grill, traditional dining rooms and more.
- #2Royal Caribbean International#2 in Best Cruises from Boston (tie)
Serenade of the Seas first debuted in 2003, but don't underestimate what a facelift can add. After some extensive upgrades in 2012 and again in 2017, the ship now features more dining options, upgraded cabin amenities, new lounges and bars and a poolside movie screen.
Guests can dine at three complimentary eateries, including the two-level main dining room. The six specialty venues include Izumi Asian Cuisine, Rita's Cantina and more.
Recent passengers were complimentary of the service across the ship. With up to 2,476 guests and 848 crew members, the ship maintains a crew-to-passenger ratio of 1-to-3. Similar to other Royal Caribbean ships, Serenade of the Seas features four stateroom categories: Interior, Ocean View, Balcony and Suite. Studio Interior rooms cater to solo travelers at 108 square feet, while groups can opt for Suites that span 282 to 1,156 square feet. All cabins include flat-screen TVs and updated showers.
During the day, travelers can enjoy a rock climbing wall, a mini-golf course and six pools and whirlpools. Evening entertainment is a just as varied, ranging from Broadway-style performances to acrobatic shows. You'll also have your pick of many bars and lounges.
- #4Holland America Line#4 in Best Cruises from Boston (tie)
Launched in 2000, ms Zaandam attracts older, more sophisticated travelers, with onboard activities catering more to those in need of R&R than those seeking an adrenaline rush. The 1,432-passenger ship carries up to 604 crew members and was most recently updated in 2017.
While active pursuits include sports courts and a fitness center, the majority of onboard activities are geared toward enrichment, such as America's Test Kitchen, BBC Earth Experiences and Digital Workshops powered by Windows. The ship also offers kids clubs for passengers ages 3 to 17.
Most recent guests described the cabins as comfortable. Inside and Ocean View cabins measure between 151 and 267 square feet – large enough to fit a queen bed (or two twin beds), a sitting area and a vanity space. Travelers were also pleased with the multiple onboard restaurants, ranging from the casual Lido Market buffet to Canaletto, which serves Italian fare.
- #4Norwegian Cruise Line#4 in Best Cruises from Boston (tie)
Originally built in 2007, Norwegian Gem was last updated in 2015. As one of the smaller ships in the fleet, it carries 2,394 passengers and 1,070 crew members.
When it comes to lodging, Inside staterooms start at 138 square feet, and other cabin categories include Oceanview and Balcony staterooms. While all cabins offer room service, those staying in The Haven rooms gain exclusive access to the ship's courtyard, concierge service and a private restaurant.
The ship boasts 15 dining venues, ranging from the 24-hour O'Sheehan's pub to seven specialty restaurants that require an extra fee. Daytime activities include various sports courts, a spa and multiple pools, as well as programs for kids ages 3 to 17. Come evening, the whole family can enjoy nightly entertainment like country music concerts and other musical performances.
- #4Silversea Cruises#4 in Best Cruises from Boston (tie)
Debuted in 1995, the 296-passenger Silver Wind was most recently refurbished in 2017. The ship boasts a nearly 1-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio, offering a higher level of customization than larger ocean liners. Previous cruisers say the attentive staff kept the ship well-maintained throughout the entire journey.
Passengers are also quick to praise the all-suite accommodations. All offer ocean views and more than 80 percent are equipped with a private veranda. Suites measure between 240 and 827 square feet and come with butler service, walk-in closets, minifridges and marble bathrooms.
When it comes to dining, Silver Wind offers four restaurants, including specialty restaurant La Dame, affiliated with Relais & Châteaux. Silver Wind offers a variety of daytime activities, ranging from enrichment courses to fitness classes. There are also plenty of facilities to pass days at sea, like a pool, a casino and a spa. When it's time to wind down, grab a nightcap at one of several bars or catch a performance in the Show Lounge.
- #7Holland America Line#7 in Best Cruises from Boston
Last renovated in late 2017 (and first launched in 1997), ms Rotterdam can carry up to 1,404 guests and 600 crew members. The ship was the first to feature the fleet's Lanai staterooms, which offer sliding glass doors and direct access to the ship's Lower Promenade Deck.
The ship is also equipped with the Crow's Nest, a panoramic lounge at the top of the ship. If you're traveling with tots or teens, you'll be happy to find several Club HAL youth areas, as well as The Loft, an area designed for teens. The ship also houses a unique multimillion-dollar art and antique collection.
The ms Rotterdam's collection of distinct eateries range from the Lido Market buffet to the casual New York Pizza to the more formal Pinnacle Grill steakhouse.
In 2018-19, ms Rotterdam departs from ports in Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Amsterdam, Rome and – its namesake – Rotterdam in the Netherlands. It sails to destinations in the Caribbean, Europe and the Panama Canal.
- #8Holland America Line#8 in Best Cruises from Boston
Launched in 1996 and last updated in 2016, the 1,350-passenger ms Veendam's smaller size caters to more mature R&R-seekers, with features like Lanai and Spa staterooms. Lanai cabins feature direct access to the Lower Promenade Deck, while Spa cabins grant more space (including private balconies) and exclusive spa treatments in the Greenhouse Spa & Salon. Travelers on a budget should look to Inside cabins, which offer 141 to 226 square feet and standard amenities like Euro-Top mattresses and premium massage showerheads.
The ship also boasts onboard amenities like the new America's Test Kitchen and the BBC-sponsored Earth Experiences. More active pursuits include a fitness center and sports courts. When it's time to dine, passengers can choose from dining venues ranging from the casual New York Pizza venue to the more formal Italian restaurant, Canaletto.
- #9Holland America Line#9 in Best Cruises from Boston
Last updated in 2016, ms Maasdam can carry up to 1,258 passengers and 569 crew members. Traveling with fewer guests means there are more spots in onboard learning programs like BBC Earth Experiences and the popular Digital Workshop, powered by Windows. Plus, you'll likely find fewer crowds at the pool deck and in the Greenhouse Spa. While the ship does offer youth clubs for kids, most activities are geared toward adults. For 2018 and 2019, Holland America Line introduced the new EXC In-Depth Voyages aboard the ms Maasdam, which explore fascinating corners of the world over 12 to 32 days.
Dining options on ms Maasdam range from steaks and seafood at the Pinnacle Grill to pasta dishes at the Canaletto Restaurant to vegetarian and low-carb plates at the Rotterdam Dining Room. Interior cabins are appointed with sofas and flat-screen TVs, while travelers who upgrade to Lanai staterooms receive private balconies. For more luxury, splurge on one of three suite categories, which include whirlpool baths and access to a private lounge area (in Neptune suites).
- #10Norwegian Cruise Line#10 in Best Cruises from Boston
Extensively renovated in 2016, the 2,340-passenger Norwegian Dawn includes guest favorites like the Los Lobos authentic Mexican cantina and The Cellars wine bar.
While younger cruisers can take advantage of kids and teens clubs, play in the dinosaur-themed kids pool or hang out in the video arcade, adults can relax in six hot tubs, test their luck at the casino or get treatments at the Mandara Spa.
Passengers were impressed with the variety of the 14 dining options, including eight specialty venues that range from a sushi bar to a Brazilian steakhouse. More casual spots include the newly refurbished O’Sheehan’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, which is open 24 hours a day.
The ship's accommodations also received a makeover; notably, the expanded Garden Villa Suites can comfortably sleep up to seven passengers. Other lodging options include Mini-Suites and Balcony, Oceanview and Interior category cabins. All staterooms come equipped with flat-screen TVs and minibars.
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