Best Boutique Cruise Line (2022)


Boutique cruise lines take your vacation to the next level with luxurious perks like small ships, enticing passenger-to-staff ratios, unique on-board activities and excursions you won't find on bigger ships.

  • Viking Ocean Cruises

    Viking Ocean Cruises

    Viking Cruises earned its reputation through its affordable, destination-focused river cruises. With the debut of Viking Star in April 2015, the line made a grand entrance into the world of ocean cruising. Now the line has six ocean vessels. All cabins come with balconies and are notably larger than the industry average, and while the ships lack a casino and kids club, they offer the same destination-intensive programming that made river cruising so popular.
    Photo courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises

  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

    Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

    Each of Uniworld’s boutique cruise ships has an average capacity of only 130 guests, as well as one of the best staff-to-guest ratios in river cruising. Passengers on Uniworld itineraries to Europe, Russia and Asia enjoy gourmet cuisine, immersive shore excursions and many all-inclusive benefits. The ships themselves are each unique, complete with sumptuous staterooms and original art commissioned exclusively for Uniworld.
    Photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

  • Star Clippers

    Star Clippers

    Cruisers with Star Clippers get to sail on three of the largest full-rigged sailing ships in the world, Star Clipper, Star Flyer and Royal Clipper. Passengers aboard these four- and five-masted ships have complimentary access to sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing and other water sports, as well as fitness classes, shore excursions and a variety of daily activities. The views from lookout stations positioned 60 feet above the deck on each mast can’t be beat.
    Photo courtesy of Star Clippers

  • American Cruise Lines

    American Cruise Lines

    Passengers with American Cruise Lines enjoy the newest and most environmentally friendly small-ship vessels in the United States as they journey along the Mighty Mississippi, through New England, to the wilds of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest or along the Intercoastal Waterway and Chesapeake Bay. Onboard experts offer daily lectures and meals are crafted from locally sourced ingredients to support the communities visited.
    Photo courtesy of American Cruise Lines

  • Seabourn Cruise Line

    Seabourn Cruise Line

    Seabourn’s fleet of all-suite, low-capacity ships carry a maximum of 600 guests each, allowing them to sail to some of the world’s most desirable destinations. Passengers enjoy a nearly one to one ratio with crew and one of the highest space-per-guest ratios in the industry. Each of the four luxury ships offers a complimentary water sports marina, open bars serving wine, champagne and spirits, and world-class cuisine.
    Photo courtesy of Seabourn Cruise Line

  • SeaDream Yacht Club

    SeaDream Yacht Club

    Passengers aboard SeaDream Yacht Club’s twin mega-yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, have the opportunity to visit small ports around the world on seven to fifteen day itineraries. With a 95-person crew and a maximum of 112 guests, each passenger receives personalized service. Also included in every SeaDream experience is complimentary access to wave runners, Hobie cats, kayaks, snorkeling gear and other water sports equipment. A golf simulator lets players practice their swing at sea.
    Photo courtesy of SeaDream Yacht Club

  • Azamara


    Azamara sets themselves apart from the competition with their focus on Destination Immersion – allowing passengers to stay longer in ports of call to experience the nightlife of Stockholm or enjoy an all-day expedition into the Costa Rican rainforest. On board, luxury takes the form of complimentary AzAmazing Evenings and inclusive amenities like alcoholic beverages, gratuities, self-service laundry and shuttle service to port communities.
    Photo courtesy of Azamara

  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Regent Seven Seas Cruises

    Guests aboard the five Regent Seven Seas vessels enjoy all-suite staterooms, nearly all of them outfitted with private balconies. Inclusions like unlimited shore excursions, specialty restaurants, unlimited wine and spirits, pre-paid gratuities, WiFi and 24-hour room service mean there aren’t any surprises on the final bill. A staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.5 means each guest receives stellar service. Regent Seven Seas sails to nearly 450 ports around the world.
    Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises

  • Oceania Cruises

    Oceania Cruises

    One of the world’s largest luxury cruise lines, Oceania Cruises attracts passengers with its destination-centric itineraries to more than 330 ports around the world, as well as its stellar culinary program headed by Master Chef Jacques Pépin and its spacious accommodations (the Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena only carry 684 guests). 
    Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises

  • Silversea Cruises

    Silversea Cruises

    Silversea has long been a leader in luxury expedition sailing, offering passengers ocean-view suites, tasty culinary experiences and a level of service difficult to match – there’s a crew to guest ratio of nearly one to one. Silversea’s fleet of 10 luxury cruise ships accommodate a maximum of 540 guests on itineraries to more than 800 destinations on all seven continents.
    Photo courtesy of Silversea Cruises


The top 10 winners in the category Best Boutique Cruise Line are as follows:

  1. Viking Ocean Cruises
  2. Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
  3. Star Clippers
  4. American Cruise Lines
  5. Seabourn Cruise Line
  6. SeaDream Yacht Club
  7. Azamara
  8. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  9. Oceania Cruises
  10. Silversea Cruises
 A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise lines!

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