The Top 6 Small Cruise Ship Experiences

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3. SeaBourn

In 2016, Seabourn will be launching the Encore, which will be the latest in Seabourn’s fleet. It will be the crown jewel among what are widely considered to be some of the sleekest ships in the world- both in terms of design, technology and amenities. The ship was designed, keeping in mind that most passengers will be on-board for a week or more, and great pains were taken to make even the minutest detail visually intriguing. Some unique, hands-on experiences include “Shopping with the Chef” at local markets. Another signature Seabourn activity is “Caviar in the Surf” where a trip to the beach involves staff members serving champagne and caviar to the guests while they frolic in the surf. Suites are some of the largest in the small ship category and have designer amenities, abundant storage, flat screen TVs, and stone counter tops. Another nice touch; a welcome bottle of Champagne on ice when you arrive.

4. Silversea

A family-owned cruise line, Silversea’s small cruise ships are all about luxe surroundings, from embarkation to lavish suites to excursions and ship board experiences. All suites feature ocean views, and many include butler service and spacious verandas. They offer all-inclusive pricing (including alcoholic beverages and gratuities) as well, which is convenient once on-board (no keeping track!). The smaller size does mean a few less entertainment options, admittedly, but also means less waiting in line and more personalized service. Their most recent addition to their fleet, the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer, was completely refurbished in 2013 to meet Silversea’s service standards. This snazzy ship explores several different ports and itineraries, including Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, the Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, New Zealand and Australia. This is a great ship for those who want to get up close and personal with the shoreline, because her shallow draft means being able to get close to shore and take in some spectacular vistas and wildlife from a unique standpoint. Foodie guests will enjoy this ship because of both the quality and the selection of the dining opportunities.

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