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

Three-masted Le Ponant is where it all began for this cruise line. With just 32 staterooms, she offers an exclusive sailing experience, from the beaches of the Caribbean to diving the reefs of the Red Sea. Two lounges and two restaurants uphold French gastronomic tradition.

From sleek 148-guest, four-masted sisters, Wind Star and Wind Star II, to 310-passenger flagship, Wind Surf, Windstar Cruises’ three sailing ships feature teak decks, full-service dining and sophisticated staterooms.

Sea Cloud’s two windjammers embody the romance of sailing. Sea Cloud is an original 1930s yacht, while Sea Cloud II has her own nostalgic elegance. With no more than 94 passengers on each ship, the onboard experience is intimate and glamorous.

Finalists: Star Clippers

Best entry-level cabins

1. Ponant
2. Windstar Cruises
3. Sea Cloud Cruises

Best top-of-the-range suites

1. Ponant
2. Sea Cloud Cruises
3. Windstar Cruises

Best service

1. Ponant
=2. Sea Cloud Cruises
=2. Windstar Cruises

Best cuisine/dining experience

1. Ponant
=2. Star Clippers
=2. Windstar Cruises

Best shore excursions

1. Ponant
2. Windstar Cruises
3. Sea Cloud Cruises

Best décor/ambience

1. Ponant
2. Windstar Cruises
3. Star Clippers

Best entertainment

1. Ponant
2. Windstar Cruises
3. Star Clippers

Best wellness programs

=1. Ponant
=1. Windstar Cruises
3. Star Clippers

Best itineraries

1. Ponant
2. Star Clippers
3. Windstar Cruises

Best fully inclusive offer

1. Ponant
2. Sea Cloud Cruises
3. Windstar 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.