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Best-of-the best Luxury Cruise Awards 2018: Boutique ships

All-suite Crystal Esprit gives passengers an active cruise experience, inviting them to explore smaller destinations from the convenience of the onboard marina. The 62-passenger ship will be joined by Polar-Class megayacht Crystal Endeavor in 2020.

The French-flagged cruise line has just this June celebrated the arrival of the first in its Ponant Explorer series. Together with Le Lyrial, Ponant’s boutique-sized ships offer sleek design and itineraries that take in the most fascinating destinations on Earth.

Explore the Caribbean and the Mediterranean aboard one of SeaDream’s 56-stateroom twin megayachts for a true yachting experience. Marina water sports, on-deck yoga and dedicated wine voyages are just some of the highlights.

Finalists: Windstar Cruises

Best entry-level cabins

1. Crystal Yacht Cruises
2. SeaDream Yacht Club
3. Ponant

Best top-of-the-range suites

1. Crystal Yacht Cruises
2. Ponant
3. SeaDream Yacht Club

Best service

1. Crystal Yacht Cruises
2. SeaDream Yacht Club
3. Ponant

Best cuisine/dining experience

1. Crystal Yacht Cruises
2. SeaDream Yacht Club
3. Ponant

Best shore excursions

1. Crystal Yacht Cruises
2. Ponant
3. SeaDream Yacht Club

Best décor/ambience

1. Crystal Yacht Cruises
2. Ponant
3. SeaDream Yacht Club

Best entertainment

1. Crystal Yacht Cruises
2. Windstar Cruises
3. Ponant

Best wellness programs

1. SeaDream Yacht Club
2. Crystal Yacht Cruises
3. Ponant

Best itineraries

1. Ponant
2. Crystal Yacht Cruises
3. Windstar Cruises

Best fully inclusive offer

1. Crystal Yacht Cruises
2. SeaDream Yacht Club
3. Ponant

About the awards

Our 2018 Luxury Cruise Awards are following up the success of the inaugural Signature Luxury Travel & Style Cruise Awards last year, we have reassembled our panel to vote on their top three cruise lines across a range of categories. In addition to our original categories – large, small, boutique, tall ship, river and expedition – we have added the best ships for a multigenerational escape and the tour operators that elevate the cruise experience even further.