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Best-of-the best Luxury Cruise Awards 2018: River Cruising in Asia, Africa & South America

Aria Amazon in Peru and Aqua Mekong in Cambodia and Vietnam make up this boutique fleet, each ship carrying no more than 40 passengers. Whether you’re getting close to wildlife or sampling local cuisines, the focus is on unique encounters.

2. Belmond

Belmond’s Road to Mandalay cruises the Ayeyarwady River, offering everything from one-night jaunts to seven-night in-depth discoveries of intriguing Myanmar. Belmond also curates the Afloat in France collection of hotel barges.

Sanctuary Retreats’ collection of floating boutique hotels encompass experiences on the Yangtze in China, the Nile in Egypt and the Ayeyarwady in Myanmar. The vessels set the scene for the destination, carrying between just 12 and 124 passengers.

Finalists: Delfin Amazon Cruises, The Strand Cruise

Best entry-level cabins

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Belmond
3. Sanctuary Retreats

Best top-of-the-range suites

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Belmond
3. Sanctuary Retreats

Best service

1. Belmond
2. Aqua Expeditions
3. Sanctuary Retreats

Best cuisine/dining experience

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Belmond
3. Sanctuary Retreats

Best shore excursions

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Belmond
3. Delfin Amazon Cruises

Best décor/ambience

=1. Aqua Expeditions
=1.. Belmond
3. Sanctuary Retreats

Best entertainment

1. Belmond
2. Aqua Expeditions
3. The Strand Cruise

Best wellness programs

1. Belmond
2. Aqua Expeditions
3. Sanctuary Retreats

Best itineraries

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Belmond
3. Sanctuary Retreats

Best fully inclusive offer

1. Aqua Expeditions
2. Belmond
3. Sanctuary Retreats

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.