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

Seven Seas Explorer is known as the ‘Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built’ and we have high expectations for her forthcoming sister, Seven Seas Splendor. The all-inclusive experience is complemented by some of the most opulent surroundings at sea.

Seabourn promises an intimate yacht-like experience, exemplified by newly launched Seabourn Ovation and her sister ship, Seabourn Encore. Hospitality designer, Adam D Tihany, brings classic maritime style to these floating boutique hotels.

Silversea’s all-suite ships offer all the amenities of a larger ship in an elegant small-ship setting. The arrival of Silver Moon in 2020 will see the fleet grow to 10 ships, exploring 1,000 destinations across all seven continents.

Finalists: Azamara Club Cruises, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, Oceania Cruises, Paul Gauguin Cruises, Ponant

Best entry-level cabins

1. Seabourn
2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
3. Silversea Cruises

Best top-of-the-range suites

1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2. Seabourn
3. Silversea Cruises

Best service

1. Seabourn
2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
3. Silversea Cruises

Best cuisine/dining experience

1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2. Seabourn
3. Oceania Cruises

Best shore excursions

1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2. Seabourn
3. Silversea Cruises

Best décor/ambience

1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2. Seabourn
3. Silversea Cruises

Best entertainment

1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2. Seabourn
3. Oceania Cruises

Best wellness programs

1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2. Seabourn
3. Silversea Cruises

Best itineraries

1. Seabourn
2. Ponant
3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Best fully inclusive offer

1. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2. Seabourn
3. Silversea Cruises

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.