5 most popular luxury cruise ships

With a range of luxury cruise ships available, choosing the right one can seem like a daunting task. That’s why we’ve listed the most popular ships as enjoyed by our customers in 2016.

1. Riviera

Oceania Riviera - Evening on-board

Riviera is a mid-sized ship, the newest to Oceania Cruises fleet. Along with her sister ship, Marina, (which is almost identical), she promises cruisers ‘the epitome of refined elegance’.

Featuring some of cruising’s most palatial suites, this ship also showcases a beautifully grand lobby, 10 dining venues, a full-service spa, and numerous sleek and spacious bars and lounges. With a casual dress code every evening you can leave the formal wear at home. Entertainment options include guest lectures and live musical performances. Riviera also offers the only hands-on cooking school at sea.

Sailing around the Mediterranean in the summer and the Caribbean in the winter season, travellers tend to be aged 50 and over and mostly from the USA and Canada, with a fair number of Brits and Australians onboard too.

2. Seven Seas Navigator

Seven Seas Navigator exterior ship

Owned by luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seven Seas Navigator is a small ship with less than 500 guests and an impressive crew to guest ratio of 1:1.42. Beautifully modern in design, the public areas feature fine furnishings and almost every suite offers a private balcony.

The ship has a relaxed dress code, with formal nights reserved for voyages of 16 nights or more. There are three distinctive restaurants onboard, which serve fresh produce sourced from local markets. You’re allowed you to dine wherever, whenever and with whomever you choose, at no additional charge.

The excellent onboard entertainment includes cabaret-style acts, full-scale musical productions, karaoke and game shows. All drinks are included in the fare too. This ship travels across the globe, meaning that a variety of destinations are available, with cruises of various durations on offer.

Owned by luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seven Seas Navigator is a small ship with less than 500 guests and an impressive crew to guest ratio of 1:1.42. Beautifully modern in design, the public areas feature fine furnishings and almost every suite offers a private balcony.

The ship has a relaxed dress code, with formal nights reserved for voyages of 16 nights or more. There are three distinctive restaurants onboard, which serve fresh produce sourced from local markets. You’re allowed you to dine wherever, whenever and with whomever you choose, at no additional charge.

The excellent onboard entertainment includes cabaret-style acts, full-scale musical productions, karaoke and game shows. All drinks are included in the fare too. This ship travels across the globe, meaning that a variety of destinations are available, with cruises of various durations on offer.

3. Seabourn Odyssey

Seabourn Odyssey - Sunset on-deck

Seabourn Odyssey is a small ship featuring just 450 guests, with the highest space-per-guest ratio in of any ship in the industry. She has two sister ships – Sojourn and Quest – which are virtually identical.

Although small in size, Seabourn Odyssey features two swimming pools, six outdoor whirlpools, a nine-hole mini golf course and one of the largest spas at sea. The evening entertainment is diverse, including shows, live music and dancing and relaxed piano music, with a casual dress code, save for the occasional formal night on longer cruises.

Like many vessels, this ship explores the Mediterranean in the summer, and relocates to the warmer climes of the Caribbean for the winter.

4. Azamara Journey

Exterior view of Azamara Journey

Azamara Club Cruises has just two ships in the fleet and both are identical. Azamara Journey is a small-medium ship, with modern amenities and friendly, attentive staff.

The ship features a traditional dining room, two speciality restaurants and a buffet. Serving only fresh food using the finest ingredients, each meal is a culinary masterpiece.

Entertainment consists of cabaret-style shows, quizzes, game shows and a wide variety of enrichment programmes including port-of-call lectures. With overnight stays and late departures, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy many of your destinations in the evening as well as the daytime.

Touring the Mediterranean during the summer months, the ship heads to the United Arab Emirates, Asia and Australia during the winter.

5. Regent Seven Seas Voyager

Regent Seven Seas - Voyager Pool deck on-board

Slightly larger than the aforementioned Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Voyager has a capacity of 700 guests. Like all Regent Seven Seas cruises, everything is included in the cruise fare – from drinks and dining to shore excursions and gratuities.

Seven Seas Voyager is a relaxing ship with a luxurious yet informal ambience, well suited to anyone with a penchant for understated elegance. The ship has four restaurants, with reservations required in two of them, as well as 24-hour room service which includes the full dining room menu.

Based in the Mediterranean for the summer season, the ship moves on to the United Arab Emirates, Asia and Australia for the winter.

If you’d like more information on any of these ships, our Cruise Concierge team are on hand to help. Our cruise experts have a wealth of on-board experience and will be happy to assist in all aspects of choosing and booking your cruise. You can give us a call on 0207 980 2848.

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