Luxury cruises are not limited to the Caribbean, Alaska, and of few other select destinations advertising makes us believe. There are fascinating fun cruises in places you have never considered. Many of these alternative cruises are on smaller cruise ships in exotic destinations you have dreamed of visiting, but never thought of as a cruise destination. Below is our review of the 10 best luxury cruises to add adventure, intrigue, and magic to your life.
#1 – L’Austral Luxury Yacht Cruise – Montevideo Uruguay to Recife Brazil – Are you ready to live like a billionaire. Climb aboard the impressive L-Austral Luxury Yacht and travel along the coast of South America. You have probably heard wild stories about the parties, festivals, and food at the beach destinations of South America, but have you ever imagined cruising into their ports aboard a yacht? This luxury 15-day cruise is priced comparably to other cruises around the word, but provides a level of intimacy, exploration, and luxury unmatched on large ocean vessels. Imagine the fun awaiting you in Ilhabela, Rio de Janiero, and Paraty.
#2 – Le Ponant Sailig Ship – Martinique to Fort de France – Did you think all cruises required massive engines churning? The Le Ponant Sailing cruise from Martinique to Fort de France is a journey you will never forget. The Le Ponant is outfitted with traditional engines, but the crew prefers to rely on the power of the wind to travel the Caribbean. You enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of sailing with only 64 guests, giving you a level of relaxation unheard of on traditional cruises. Experience the fun of visiting the Caribbean’s hottest destinations like Saint Lucia, Bequia, Grenada, Tobaga Cays, and of course both Martinique and Fort de France. Experience the joy of gourmet food served in both the interior dining areas and the open-air restaurant.
#3 – Aqua – 4-Day Amazon Peruvian Cruise – The Aqua cruise ship is one of the smallest ships you may encounter. It has only 12 guest cabins. Do not let the small size deter you. Jordi Puig, the world famous architect from Peru, designed the ships cabins, luxurious dining, and entertainment areas. The ship surrounds you with unbelievable luxury as you explore the Amazon River. Get ready for the wild adventure of fishing for piranha, spotting Amazon jungle monkeys, and see the pink fresh water dolphins. It is hard to believe you can pack so much adventure into a trip that surrounds you in luxury, fine dining, and pampering.
#4 – L’Art de Vivre Burgundy Cruise – You have seen us mention intimacy, but nothing is quite as intimate as what you will experience aboard the L’Art de Vivre. This revamped munitions boat is now a luxurious hotel barge that carries only 8 passengers. You are the real center of attention to the crew as you tour the Auxerre River. Make sure you cleanse your palette before starting this river adventure. You are passing through some of Europe’s finest wine country and have the opportunity to sample the finest wines in the world. The adventure continues when you stop to explore the underground passages at St. Bris and explore the wine selections in a 12th century wine cellar. Explore France for 7 days in the unique way possible.
#5 – Thames River Cruise – United Kingdom – Cruising the Thames River is a big difference from cruising oceans on massive cruise ships. Instead of battling for the attention of crewmembers during your 7-day cruise, you are the center of attention. Smaller river cruises keep you close to the action and the tourist sites. The Thames River Cruise starts at Hampton Court Palace and finishes at Henley-On-Thames. During your seven days, you see some of England’s most impressive destinations and experience the rich history of the country.
#6 – Halong Ginger Cruise – Halong Bay – The Halong Ginger Cruise is the shortest cruise to hit our top ten lists with options for 2-day and 3-day cruises. Why does this short cruise make the list? It is because of the Ginger. The Ginger is a refitted Indochinese Junk that has become one of the most elegant cruise vessels in Asia. The small ship has only 10 sleeping suites, with the ship packed on all three decks with luxury that astounds. Relax and visit with other guests in the large sitting room. Enjoy gourmet food in the dining room. Relax in your cabin and watch the sunset across the bay with your bamboo shades rolled to the top of the window. Halong Bay in Vietnam is not a common destination, but if you are seeking an uncommon experience, the Halong Ginger Cruise provides it.
#7 – Antarctica Cruise aboard the Le Boreal Yacht – Are you ready to combine adventure, luxury, and wildlife? Climb aboard the Le Boreal Yacht in Ushuaia Argentina and set sail for the frigid waters of Antarctica. Enjoy the adventure of whales breaking the surface, seals sliding into the water, penguins chasing fish, and giant icebergs floating in the water. The Le Boreal is a mega-yacht featuring 132 cabins filled with French luxury and sophistication. You may forget you are in the rugged and wild waters of Antarctica while you explore the yachts interior, dine in luxury, and relax in the pool or Jacuzzi. Adventure abounds both outside and inside the Le Boreal.
#8 – Sea Bird Sailing Cruise – Seychelles – You do not need a swimming pool onboard the ship when you are plying the crystal blue waters of Seychelles in a sailing yacht. The Sea Bird is a small sailing vessel with just 9 luxurious cabins for guest. We need to warn you, these are not massive cabins. You discover cabins fitted with beautiful wood, comfort, and adventures just outside the doors. The Sea Bird cruises the waters of the Seychelles, the tiny island nation off the east coast of Africa. What makes the Sea Bird Cruise one of our top 10 picks is the destinations. You stop to explore the small-uninhabited islands of Seychelles to explore undisturbed nature and beaches. If you have ever dreamed of exploring an untouched island paradise, the Sea Bird provides the opportunity. You do not need to worry about those sails. The expert crew of the Sea Bird does all the work, while you absorb all the adventure.
#9 – Coral Princess – Great Barrier Reef Cruise – The Coral Princess did not make our list because of luxurious rooms and posh interiors. The rooms are excellent, the dining is extraordinary, the swimming pool is fabulous, but the reason it makes the list is adventure. Before you schedule your cruise on the Coral Princess to visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, you need to schedule some diving or snorkeling lessons. You are heading to the most fascinating underwater destination in the world along with 49 other lucky guests. The Coral Princess is outfitted to help divers explore the reef or to take non-diving guest on tours with their glass bottom boat. The sleeping quarters may be a little more ordinary, but the real excitement lies beneath the surface as the Coral Princess takes you exploring the Great Barrier Reef.
#10 – Amadeus Elegant – European Cruise – Want to try something wildly different. Instead of cruising around Europe, cruise through Europe aboard a 110 cabin luxury cruise ship. Explore five European countries as you sail the Rhine River. Explore the cities of Budapest, Vienna, Linz, Prague, Dresden, Berlin, and other European cities along your route. Explore beautiful nature, flowers, and the friendly residents of the region as you stop for day outings in these fascinating areas. Enjoy your luxurious room, gourmet dining, the onboard salon, and other amenities that will make you question whether you want to go ashore or not. You experience a fascinating journey through Europe, instead of just seeing the coastline of Europe.
Our choices for our top ten cruises are very different from traditional cruise line choices. Our choices provide you with unique experiences overlooked by most vacationers. Destinations that break free from traditional ideas and let you explore the world in fascinating new ways. Are you ready for an adventure?