John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

This year’s extraordinary lines offer unforgettable journeys on the high seas.

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Aqua Expeditions
Private cruise ships and curated itineraries allow Aqua Expeditions to combine luxury with remote destinations. The latest in its fleet is the 198-foot Aqua Blu, a four-deck, 15-suite ship that operates between three destinations: the coral-rich waters of the Raja Ampat Islands, the lush Ambon and Spice Islands, or Komodo National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Crystal Cruises
Penthouse suites, Michelin-level dining and a one-to-one staff-to-guest ratio are just the start of Crystal Cruises’ offerings. Destination choices are abundant, as the luxury line offers 2,000 excursions between 818 locations, but Crystal also excels in its details, from butler service and 24-hour in-suite dining to adventures on helicopters and seven-person submersibles.

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Specializing in the nature-rich Galápagos Islands, Ecoventura’s pair of luxury yachts accommodate just 20 guests each. Spacious staterooms feature panoramic windows, while on-deck amenities include Jacuzzis and cocktail bars. Naturalist guides, meanwhile, introduce guests to tortoises, rare birds and other unforgettable creatures on land and under the sea, always with an eye toward protecting the environment.

Image courtesy of Seabourn

Seabourn offers a range of ships and itineraries, and in 2021 will launch its latest: the Seabourn Venture, a luxury-focused vessel with all-suite accommodations, each with an oceanfront veranda. Itineraries will range from seven to 22 days, with destinations as diverse as Norway, the Falkland Islands and the Amazon.

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With all-suite ships for up to 600 guests, Silversea tailors its vessels to specific itineraries. The Silver Explorer accommodates 144 guests and travels to the world’s most remote locations, include both polar regions. Onboard amenities include two fine-dining restaurants, a spa and salon and Connoisseur’s Corner, a cigar and cognac lounge.

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