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The Five Cruise Lines Defining The Future of Luxury Cruising

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15-Jun-2023 Lou Fox

The Five Cruise Lines Defining The Future of Luxury Cruising

A luxury cruise is more than just the destinations you'll visit, it's an experience you won't soon forget...

Comprehensive and carefree, with the added luxury of only having to unpack your suitcase once, you can explore the world with distinct shore excursions or enjoy enriching onboard activities and state-of-the-art facilities. With new voyages to faraway lands, first-time sailings and incredible displays of innovation changing the way we cruise, the landscape of luxury cruising is evolving. As new companies and old favourites expand their offerings and blur the lines between luxury boutique breaks and luxury cruising, where will these new adventures take you?



Perfect for those who love an intimate travel adventure, PONANT's small ship cruising offers a mixture of classic cruise experiences and expedition-style voyages on all seven continents, paving the way with an exceptional range of new itineraries for 2023 and beyond. Combining a luxurious onboard experience with authentic adventures in many of the world's most captivating locations, PONANT can take you further. Set sail for the legendary white continent of Antarctica as you cruise through the remotest of territories or explore the mysteries of the past as you sail through Central America. For those in search of culture, you can take to the seas as you uncover the secret islands of Japan and Kyushu, or succumb to the charms of New Zealand as you explore the many treasures of this heritage-rich archipelago.

SeaDream Yacht Club


Blending the standards and facilities of a world-class spa resort with the elegance and relaxed, unstructured luxury of private motor yachts, SeaDream Yacht Club has been recognised as the "Best Cruise Ship Under 1,000 Passengers" by the Grand Travel Awards. Highly regarded for its exceptional culinary experiences onboard, SeaDream Yacht Club is also innovating cruising for eco-conscious travellers with the addition of a variety of unique vegan menu options. Having implemented the first raw foods menu at sea over a decade ago and later introducing vegan options in 2013, the new variety of delicious and nutritious plant-based dishes highlight the best of local and seasonal ingredients and will be sure to impress even the pickiest of eaters. What's more, you can even hire SeaDream Yacht Club for private parties!
SeaDream Yacht Club
SeaDream Yacht Club

Celebrity Cruises


Launching in Autumn 2023, Celebrity Ascent will captivate you with its modern sophistication, beautifully appointed spaces and remarkable features. You'll be immersed in the extraordinary views of the oceans during your journey, as well as savouring delectable dishes, unwinding at the spa and enjoying an array of entertainment options all before arriving at some of the most stunning destinations around the world. And what sets Celebrity Ascent apart is the exciting appointment of Captain Dimitrios and Captain Tasos, two brothers who will navigate Celebrity Ascent's maiden voyage. Bringing a seamless synergy to the captain's bridge, and another industry first for Celebrity Cruises' captains, the two are eager to whisk you away on your next incredible journey.
Celebrity Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises


Breaking boundaries and setting new standards of art and luxury, Regent Seven Seas is collaborating with House of Fabergé to give "The Art of Cruising" a whole new meaning with a rare objet d'art treasure as a permanent exhibit at sea.
Discerning travellers can discover Fabergé's origins and legacy across Northern Europe with new experiences on unique Spotlight Voyages, each in celebration of the hand-crafted Journey in Jewels Fabergé egg. Whether docked in vibrant Monte Carlo, enjoying in the open sea or cruising through Sweden, guests will be immersed in the grandeur of the world of Fabergé with masterclass programmes and exclusive access to excursions, screenings and demonstrations.
Journey in Jewels will be the crowning jewel of the Seven Seas Grandeur's multi-million-dollar curated art collection, adorned with seven blades representing the seven seas and a spray of pearls at its base. Evoking the spirit of an epic ocean voyage and enchanting passengers with its beauty, this ocean-inspired egg also boasts a secret surprise, seen only by those onboard.
This is the first ever Fabergé egg to permanently reside at sea, but Journey in Jewels is also ground-breaking in terms of its creation too. From hiding the opening mechanism in its three-tier, waterfall-inspired base to the incredible complexity of its intricate ombre enamel shell, this egg is truly remarkable - and an exclusive experience for the discerning travellers who sail aboard the Seven Seas Grandeur.
Regent Seven Seas x Faberge Journey in Jewels
Regent Seven Seas x Faberge Journey in Jewels


Inspired by its heritage as a leading luxury ocean cruise line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is set to elevate ocean cruising to unparalleled heights with the introduction of its newest ship: the Seven Seas Grandeur. This innovative and super-spacious ship will be the latest member of The World's Most Luxurious Fleet and boasts unparalleled service, exceptional cuisine and transformative experiences that begin the moment you step aboard.


If you can bear to step foot off this truly magnificent luxury ship, you'll find yourself in some of the planet's most awe-inspiring places. Traverse bustling cities, tropical shores and atmospheric streets with Regent Seven Sea's completely complimentary, unique and enriching shore excursions, each designed to showcase the beating heart of your location.


Get set for a true culinary discovery with a variety of dining venues that will whisk you and your tastebuds around the globe. Sample some of the finest French favourites outside of Paris, taste the Pan-Asian flavours of Thailand, Vietnam and China, enjoy handmade Italian pasta as you take in the incredible views or simply unwind in your suite with impeccable room service.
Compass Rose at Regent Seven Seas Grandeur
Compass Rose at Regent Seven Seas Grandeur



Combining Seabourn's signature ultra-luxurious and all-inclusive style with a redefined approach to expedition cruising, Seabourn Pursuit is purpose-built for adventure. With modern hardware and state-of-the-art technology, this ship was designed to sail in some of the world's most remote regions, allowing you to experience in-depth exploration without sacrificing luxury.
Seabourn Expedition Cruising
Seabourn Expedition Cruising


Exploring the seas with elegance and ease in the highest level of comfort and safety, you will discover hidden and historical gems, uncover picturesque glaciers and plunging fjords and lose yourself in travel as you explore the Amazon, Antarctica, the remote islands of the South Pacific and beyond to Australia's rarely visited Kimberley region.


Boasting one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the industry, Seabourn goes above and beyond to ensure your luxury cruise experience is the best it can be. Combining authentic, exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with intuitive and personalised service provided by dedicated staff, a Seabourn expedition experience is one that has no compromise. Be among the first to savour a new era of ultra-luxury expedition travel, where on-board service and on-shore expedition experiences combine to offer unrivalled voyages with a luxury twist.
Onboard Seabourn
Onboard Seabourn


Designed to navigate through an array of diverse environments, the Seabourn Pursuit boasts PC6 Polar Class standards and includes modern hardware and technology that will extend the ships' global deployment and capabilities - meaning it's easier to get you to exciting new destinations. From two custom-built submarines, 24 Zodiacs and plenty of kayaks, to the 24-person expert expedition team and advanced navigation system, this ship was built to venture off the beaten track and explore some of the most remote regions of the world - ideal for ticking off that next destination on your bucket list!


Whether you're someone who loves to get involved with every activity or happy exploring at your own pace, Seabourn's extraordinary experiences are designed to take you further into each destination. Let the Seabourn Pursuit guide your experience of each unique location, from kayaking amongst immense icebergs, trekking to penguin colonies and watching whales from the comfort of a Zodiac; to discovering the wonders that wait under the waterline in an expedition submarine or uncovering the wonders of Australia on a walk through its bustling cities. An awe-inspiring adventure awaits all that come aboard.


While the incredible array of activities offers fun for everyone, life on board is truly special. Recapture the thrill of discovery as you spend some time soaking up the 270-degree views from the Constellation Lounge or learning something new in the Discovery Centre. After all this adventure, return each night to the incredible comfort of your spacious Veranda Suite.
Seabourn Observation Deck
Seabourn Observation Bar

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Lou   Fox

Lou Fox

Content Executive

Ready with a guidebook and my camera, I've been lucky enough to travel all over the world. From learning to dive in Egypt to traversing the theatres and museums in NYC, I'm passionate about exploring the planet and writing about what the world has to offer.

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