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Seabourn Odyssey cruise ship in Venice - © Michel Verdure

Readers' Choice 2014: Top 10 Cruise Lines

By Andrew Harper

The Hideaway Report | September 1, 2014

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This year, we asked our readers to vote for their favorite cruise ships. Destination-driven luxury liners and adventure-forward expeditions certainly won the day.


1. Seabourn

Sailing Seabourn is luxurious yet relaxed, elegant yet casual. Its intimate 208- to 450-guest yachts sail to both marquee ports and hidden gems where larger ships cannot follow.

2. Silversea

Silversea’s vessels are designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. Silversea’s all-suite accommodations — the majority with private teak verandas — host only 296 to 540 pampered guests.

3. Crystal Cruises

The all-inclusive Crystal Cruises offers worldwide sailings of seven to 98 days on two six-star award-winning vessels. Enjoy luxurious space and world-renowned service in destinations such as Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and North America.

4. Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the award-winning ship m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a luxury cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific.

5. Sea Cloud Cruises

Sea Cloud Cruises has three ships, including the legendary Sea Cloud, which has been sailing for more than 30 years. The Sea Cloud II and the River Cloud II round out a fleet that is intentionally kept small.

6. Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic

Renowned for its expeditionary cruises to the Russian Far East, Japan, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Borneo, New Zealand, Australia’s Kimberley region, Papua New Guinea and the Antarctic, Lindblad Expeditions presents luxury cruising in the most unlikely places.

7. Un-Cruise Adventures

Creating an unbeatable balance between exploration and relaxation in inspiring places is what Un-Cruise Adventures does best. The goal is to make every aspect of your voyage an unforgettable experience.

8. All Yachts Worldwide

Whether you prefer a motor yacht or a sailing yacht, All Yachts Worldwide can give you the best options.

9. Hebridean Island Cruises

The Hebridean Princess is a special ship that cruises the Highlands and islands of Scotland, circumnavigates England and also visits the south coast of Ireland. Carrying just 50 guests, the Hebridean Princess has an enviable reputation for exceptional service, fine food and wine, and the very warm welcome extended by its dedicated crew of 38.

10. Midnight Sun

The Midnight Sun's crew make you feel comfortable and secure in the pristine Alaskan wilderness. Since 1981, the captain has been delighting guests with travel throughout the Inside Passage.

1. Seabourn Odyssey Sydney Harbor - © Seabourn 2. Silversea Cruises - Courtesy of Silversea Cruises 3. Crystal Cruises - Courtesy of Crystal Cruises 4. Paul Gaugin Cruises - © tim mckenna.com 5. Sea Cloud Cruises - © Sea Cloud Cruises 6. Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic - © Nick Rains

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