Take a look at Cruise Critic’s list of best luxury cruise ships to see which one resonates with you. (We’ve arranged them in order of size, with small ships accommodating fewer than 200 passengers, midsize vessels welcoming 300 to 600 cruisers and large ships designed for 700 or more people.)
Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Mariner
Passenger-to-Crew Ratio: 700 to 445
Ship Features: Seven Seas Mariner was a rulebreaker when it first launched in 2001. It was the industry’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship. While many ships are now outfitted in that way, Mariner led the charge.
Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity
Passenger-to-Crew Ratio: 1,070 to 655
Ship Features: Crystal Cruises is one of the grand dames in the luxury cruise industry and is known for both its discerning service and interesting itineraries.
Oceania Cruises’ Riviera
Passenger-to-Crew Ratio: 1,250 to 800
Ship Features: Technically, Oceania Cruises is a “luxe lite” cruise line. Its pricing structure is more a la carte than all-inclusive, but its offerings in terms of accommodations, itineraries and dining venues means that it must be mentioned alongside the luxury lines mentioned above. Read more at cruisecritic.com