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The World’s Best Four-Star Expedition Ships

Four-star ship, five-star experience

Quark Expeditions
Quark Expeditions © David Merron

Quark Expeditions’ fleet continues to evolve in the luxury stakes, offering a vast range of adventure activities via toys like multiple helicopters.

2. Lindblad Expeditions

It comes as no surprise that Lindblad’s fleet of expedition ships sets the bar high when it comes to environmental awareness.

=3. Aurora Expeditions

Aurora has always been committed to the environment, and judges applaud the company’s commitment to stylish sustainability.

Few cruise lines are as dedicated to preserving the places they visit as Hurtigruten Expeditions, leading the charge when it comes to state-of-the-art onboard tech.

Finalists: Antarctica21, Aranui Cruises, Coral Expeditions, UnCruise Adventures

About the awards


The Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s Luxury Cruise Awards are a compendium of the world’s finest ocean, river, expedition, family and tall-ship cruising. Our fifth annual awards celebrate the top cruise lines, ships and operators in the industry – all of which are thriving.

Our annual Luxury Cruise Awards are judged by a panel of 19 leading luxury cruise experts and travel advisors who rate major cruise lines across 11 key categories, including suites, service, dining, wellness, itineraries and shore excursions. Each cruise line is awarded points that are tallied to determine the overall winners. From on-board and on-shore services to facilities and experiences, our winners and finalists set the standard for the future of cruising.


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