Azamara Club Cruises named Best Boutique Cruise Line

Azamara gets passengers closer to ports of call through their Destination Immersion program

Boutique cruise lines, like these 10 nominated by a panel of cruising experts and voted the best by our readers, elevate your vacation experience with extras like small ships, attractive passenger-to-staff ratios, luxury amenities, unique on-board activities and excursions or all-inclusive fares. 

  • Azamara Club Cruises

    Azamara Club Cruises 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Windstar Cruises

    With fewer than 310 guests per sailing, Windstar Cruises promises passengers a cruising experience free of lines and waiting. Since the six luxury yachts are smaller than a typical cruise ship, they can sail into small European villages, off-the-beaten-path harbors and hidden coves, giving guests the opportunity to visit both major capitals and smaller ports. Complimentary Destination Discovery Events introduce passengers to the local culture and cuisine of these special ports of call.
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  • Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

    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 Cruise Collection

  • 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 15-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.
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  • Variety Cruises

    Variety Cruises operates 12 mega-yachts and motor sailers on itineraries in destinations around the globe. With no more than 72 fellow passengers, guests aboard a Variety cruise enjoy more leisure time (and often overnights) at ports of call, personalized service, small-group excursions, swimming platforms and restaurants serving Mediterranean fusion cuisine with a focus on local flavors and ingredients.
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  • Paul Gauguin Cruises

    The m/s Paul Gauguin sails to exotic ports throughout the South Pacific with no more than 332 guests on board. Passengers on board enjoy several dining options, a spa and fitness center, casino, piano bar, pool and a ratio of one crew member for every 1.5 guests. The Gauguin marina provides easy access to the ocean (and complimentary equipment usage), and an extensive shore excursion program introduces passengers to many facets of Tahitian culture.
    Photo courtesy of Paul Gauguin Cruises

  • 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

  • Sea Cloud Cruises

    Sea Cloud Cruises imbues the windjammer experience with luxury and sophistication. Both the Sea Cloud I or II are appointed with marble fireplaces, teak wood furnishings and antique touches. Afternoons are spent watching the crew at work or lazing in the sun with a good book. Meals, often served al fresco, include complimentary wine.
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  • 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

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

  1. Azamara Club Cruises
  2. American Cruise Lines
  3. Windstar Cruises
  4. Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection
  5. SeaDream Yacht Club
  6. Variety Cruises
  7. Paul Gauguin Cruises
  8. Seabourn Cruise Line
  9. Sea Cloud Cruises
  10. Star Clippers

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Carrie Finley Bajak (CruiseBuzz.net), Danielle Fear (Cruise Miss), Sherry Laskin (CruiseMaven.com), Jason Leppert (Popular Cruising), Chris Owen, Doug Parker (Cruise Radio) and Ming Tappin (Your Cruise Coach) were chosen for their knowledge of the cruising industry.

Congratulations to all these winning cruise lines.

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