The ultimate guide to Azamara cruise ships and itineraries

Ashley Kosciolek

Azamara Cruises is interesting. Although it includes more in its fares -- gratuities, basic alcohol and some shore excursions -- than most cruise lines, it's not full-on luxury . However it's not mainstream, like Carnival or Royal Caribbean, either.

It has carved out an industry niche that caters to affluent, well-traveled cruisers who enjoy smaller vessels, a country house ambiance and itineraries that focus on destination immersion.

The ships in its four-vessel fleet are nearly identical, all belonging to the R Class, which was originally developed for now-defunct line Renaissance Cruises. Azamara prides itself on bringing its passengers familiarity and onboard experiences that are similar from ship to ship. You won't find waterslides or roller coasters, and that's exactly how the line's demographic likes it.

One of the line's most notable hallmarks is its focus on longer, later stays in port. Coupled with its AzAmazing Evenings program, which takes cruisers ashore to experience cultural performances in jaw-dropping locations, the experience is a little less superficial-feeling than other cruise excursions.

Here, you'll find a rundown of all the crucial information you'll need to decide if an Azamara sailing is right for you.

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3 things TPG loves about Azamara Cruises

  • Its ships' smaller size and rich history.
  • Later port calls that allow passengers to experience nightlife in several destinations.
  • Its upscale yet homey onboard ambiance.

What we could do without

  • Its lack of accommodations for solo cruisers.

The Azamara Cruises fleet

Azamara Cruises is one of the cruise industry's smallest lines, with just four ships -- Azamara Quest, Azamara Journey, Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Onward -- at the time of publication. All of Azamara's vessels are R-Class ships, originally built for now-defunct Renaissance Cruises, which folded in 2001, just a couple of years after the vessels debuted.

Azamara has rounded up the ships -- including the most recent, which it acquired from Princess Cruises during the pandemic -- over the years and refurbished them to add the line's signature upscale furnishings. In fact, it did such an impressive job that you'd hardly be able to guess that the vessels are more than 20 years old.

Each of the ships has the capacity for about 700 passengers, which places them in the midsize range -- large enough to provide a laundry list of amenities, but small enough that passengers can still enjoy calls on a number of ports that larger ships can't access.

At just a little more than 30,000 gross registered tons apiece, the ships are about an eighth of the size of Royal Caribbean's Wonder of the Seas, which is the largest cruise ship in the world.

During 2020's industrywide pandemic shutdown, Royal Caribbean Group, which previously owned Azamara, sold the line to private equity firm Sycamore Partners. Azamara's president, Carol Cabezas, told TPG that the firm has plans for expansion. Although Cabezas didn't elaborate, Azamara fans anticipate that new hardware could be in the line's future .

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Destinations and itineraries

Azamara's ships sail in several regions, including Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Australia, New Zealand and Europe, with an emphasis on the Mediterranean, Baltic Sea, Western Europe, British Isles and Greece.

"They cannot get enough of Croatia, Italy, Greece," Cabezas said. "Those are the kinds of places that people want to sail in, so we've dedicated a lot of the deployment into those country-intensives. That and Black Sea."

Azamara prides itself on being destination-immersive, which includes staying late in port -- often until 10 p.m. or even overnight -- to allow passengers more time to soak in the heritage. On most sailings, the line also offers its signature AzAmazing Evenings, which take cruisers ashore to iconic venues where they can experience local cultural performances. (At the time of publication, the line was offering cultural performances onboard , rather than ashore, due to COVID-19.)

Most itineraries range from a week to two weeks in length, but the line has also offered itineraries lasting more than 100 days, calling on more than 60 ports in more than two dozen countries.

Who sails Azamara Cruises?

Due to its price point, popularity in Europe and lack of short voyages, Azamara appeals to older, more affluent travelers with a surplus of vacation time. The average age can fluctuate from sailing to sailing, but it's common to find most passengers in their 60s and 70s.

The line's demographic is largely well traveled and port savvy, with many passengers forgoing shore excursions in favor of independent exploration.

Azamara also draws a large number of repeat cruisers, many having sailed with the line numerous times.

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Cabins and suites

All of Azamara's staterooms , regardless of type or category, include at least one queen bed that can convert to two twins, a desk/vanity with a phone, nightstands with reading lamps, at least one TV that's a minimum of 40 inches, outlets and USB charging ports, a minibar, individual climate controls, closets, a safe, a hair dryer, robes, slippers, umbrellas and fresh flowers.

Each cabin has its own bathroom with towels, bath products, a shower, sink/vanity, storage shelves and a toilet. Additionally, all rooms include daily make-up and turndown services, as well as 24-hour room service, a tote bag, a daily bulletin of activities and turndown treats.

All suites come with complimentary butler service for their occupants.

Accommodations on Azamara's ships come in four types: insides (no natural light, 158 square feet), outsides (windows that don't open, 143 square feet), balconies (small outdoor deck areas with sliding glass doors) and suites (like balcony cabins but larger and with more perks). There are several options within each category, including seven cabins on each ship that allow access for passengers in wheelchairs and scooters.

Options within the balcony and suite categories are:

Club Veranda: This basic balcony-style cabin offers 175 square feet, plus a 40-square-foot veranda with two upright chairs and a small table.

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Club Veranda Plus: The same size and general layout as regular Club Verandas, these rooms factor in passengers' loyalty status to determine the level of benefits occupants will receive during their sailing. All passengers booked in Club Veranda Plus accommodations are entitled to complimentary Wi-Fi minutes, one free bag of laundry every seven days, one complimentary meal for two in a for-fee restaurant every seven days, priority embarkation and disembarkation and free in-cabin alcohol.

Club Continent Suites: The smallest of the line's suite accommodations, Club Continent Suites are 266 square feet with 60-square-foot balconies. They include all of the amenities mentioned above, as well as a large seating area with a 55-inch flat-screen TV. Besides the TV and the increased square footage, some Club Continent Suite bathrooms also have bathtubs instead of only a stand-up shower.

Club Spa Suites: These suites are located near the Sanctum Spa on each vessel. In addition to soothing decor, cruisers booked in these rooms can expect healthy snacks to be delivered daily. They can also enjoy in-cabin spa music and their own glass-enclosed soaking bathtub. Additionally, Club Spa Suites have rain showerheads and all of the amenities afforded to veranda cabins but with a larger (55-inch) TV and 414 square feet of space, plus a 60-square-foot balcony.

Club Ocean Suites: These 478-square-foot luxury digs come with 173-square-foot verandas, a separate living room and bedroom setup (each room with a 55-inch TV), marble shower-only bathrooms (except on Journey and Quest, which have bathtubs), dressing rooms with vanities and additional closet space. Further, passengers staying in these suites have access to all of the perks to which those in balcony cabins are entitled.

Club World Owner's Suites: The Club World Owner's Suites are Azamara's most lavish, offering everything afforded to those booked in Club Ocean Suites but with significantly more space — 603 square feet with 233-square-foot balconies. They have marble bathrooms (with bathtubs on Journey and Quest) and separate living room and bedroom areas, each with its own television (55 inches in the former and 40 inches in the latter).

At this time, the line does not offer any cabins for solo cruisers, which means the already pricey fares for Azamara's sailings double if you're traveling alone.

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Restaurants and dining

Azamara's dining options, although few, are impressive. Steak and seafood are often in the spotlight, and the quality is outstanding.

The line's ships each have one main dining room, Discoveries Restaurant, that allows passengers to dine at any time during set hours for complimentary breakfast, lunch and dinner. The waiter-served menu there changes daily, and you should plan on spending at least 90 minutes for dinner, especially if you're having dessert.

Windows Cafe is the line's free buffet venue, which appears on all ships and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Previously a self-serve eatery, thanks to the pandemic passengers now simply point to what they would like and a crew member doles it out. For dinner, cruisers are seated and given menus -- which change nightly to highlight differing cuisines, such as Mexican, German and Greek -- and order from a waiter. Although it's sit-down table service, it's still faster than the main dining room. Outdoor seating at the ship's aft offers fantastic views, weather permitting.

Prime C is the fleet's for-fee steakhouse restaurant. Its menu includes several meaty options like steak, chicken, duck and lamb, plus soups and salads. Dining there costs $30 per person, and reservations are recommended.

Aqualina is where passengers will find extra-fee seafood, Italian and French cuisine in a light, airy atmosphere. The menu might feature items like lobster, seared tuna and the catch of the day. Reservations are recommended, and the cost is $30 per person. (Note: At the time of publication, the venue was temporarily closed due to COVID-19-related capacity restrictions, but diners can still order from Aqualina's menu while dining in Prime C.)

Azamara also offers themed Explorer's Dinners for $65 per person, focusing on a different cuisine -- think French and Italian -- each time. Chef's Table is another option. For $95 per person, cruisers can enjoy a seven-course meal paired with wines. During the experience, the chef explains each dish, and the ship's onboard sommeliers go over the wine selections.

The Patio, a gratis poolside venue, puts on a waiter-served spread during lunch hours each day. The menu stays the same throughout each sailing and might include items like spring rolls, nachos, burgers and chicken fingers.

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Mosaic Cafe is the cafe found on each vessel in the fleet. It offers free finger sandwiches, cookies and pastries, as well as a variety of specialty coffees, most of which are complimentary. It's a nice place to go if you're feeling a little peckish between meals.

Those passengers who don't feel quite up to a full meal for dinner can head to The Living Room, a bar and lounge area that doubles as the nightclub on each ship. There, sandwiches and pastries are offered in the afternoons, and tapas are available during dinner hours.

For anyone who missed dinner or who finds themselves hungry in the middle of the night, room service is a free option, 24 hours a day. The menu is considerable, providing pizza, burgers, sandwiches, salads and a plethora of other options.

Entertainment and activities

Entertainment on Azamara is engaging and fun, but not nearly as extensive as what you'll find on ships in larger fleets. You're likely to encounter musicians in bars, lounges and nightclubs, and song-and-dance numbers in the theater, along with an occasional comedian or magician. What you won't find are huge LED screens, acrobatic performances or shows with high production value -- and that's exactly how the line's target audience likes it.

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Theaters and shows

During the evenings, there's a piano player in The Den lounge, and the ship's band plays in The Living Room nightclub before a DJ starts spinning dance tunes there late into the night.

As far as theater happenings, you might spot a movie screening on the daily schedule or turn up after dinner to find that there's a boy band performing Justin Bieber hits while dressing like they're part of a doo-wop group. Overall, it's low-key but enjoyable.

Other interior attractions and activities

Hosted activities run the gamut from added-fee wine tastings, scavenger hunts and complimentary deck walks and water aerobics to destination enrichment lectures, dance classes and shore excursion presentations. Also spotted on some daily schedules are coloring, word search challenges and Q&A sessions with officers.

However, one of the most frequent and popular onboard pastimes is trivia. There are multiple rounds offered each day, and they focus on subjects that are often tied to the destinations the ships visit. (Think Greek gods and goddesses or ABBA on Greek Isles itineraries.) Each person receives a grid sheet for stamps, with one stamp given for simply participating and two stamps given to the members of the winning team for each round. At the end of the sailing, passengers tally their stamps to collect Azamara logo prizes.

There's also a number of unhosted activities, such as ping-pong, darts, crossword and sudoku puzzles, board games, book swaps, knitting get-togethers, shuffleboard and LGBTQ, singles and Friends of Bill W. (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetups.

Additionally, one of Azamara's signature activities is its White Night Party, usually found once on each voyage. Passengers are encouraged to dress in white for an evening of dining and entertainment under the stars.

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Top-deck attractions

Apart from shuffleboard and a jogging track, there's not much on the outer decks of Azamara's vessels if you're not a sun-worshipper. There's ample deck space with loungers, and a main pool with two hot tubs where passengers can go to cool off -- or warm up. There's a second pool for thalassotherapy near the Sanctum Spa, but it's open only to cruisers staying in suites or those who book passes to use it.

Another one of Azamara's signature offerings is AzAmazing Evenings -- a series of complimentary nighttime shore excursions that take passengers to famous landmarks, such as Ephesus in Turkey or the Russian Ballet, for culturally immersive performances. Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions, AzAmazing Evenings have been replaced by Destination Celebrations , which involve the ship staying late in port and bringing local talent onboard to perform outdoors.

Children's programs

Although children are welcome onboard, there are no kids clubs on Azamara's ships, and there is no special programming for young cruisers.

What to know before you go

Required documents

You will need a passport for most of Azamara Cruises' sailings. The only ones for which the combination of a birth certificate and photo ID (such as a driver's license) will suffice is on a closed-loop cruise -- one that leaves from and returns to the same U.S. port and visits places that include Alaska, Hawaii, Bermuda, Canada and the Caribbean.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your travel concludes.

Gratuities are included in all of Azamara's fares. Passengers can choose to leave extra if they wish. Spa services will automatically have an 18% gratuity added.

Azamara's Wi-Fi is some of the worst we've experienced at sea. In addition to being pricey ($19.95 for 60 minutes, $29.95 for full-day access or $19.95 per day for unlimited access for the duration of the voyage), it's spotty at best, especially when the ships are at sea. Azamara officials say the line is planning tech upgrades in the coming years, which hopefully will include a stronger connection.

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Carry-on drinks policy

You can bring your own drinks -- including wine, beer and liquor -- on Azamara's ships for private consumption in your stateroom. If you wish to drink them in public areas or dining venues, you'll be charged a $10 corkage fee.

Smoking policy

Generally, Azamara's vessels are nonsmoking, except for clearly designated areas on the forward port ( left, when facing the front of the ship ) side of the pool deck. Passengers are not permitted to smoke in other public areas or in their cabins, including on their balconies.

All Azamara ships have self-service laundry rooms onboard. They're free to use and include complimentary detergent. The vessels also offer send-out wash-and-fold service, as well as dry cleaning and pressing, all for an added fee.

Electrical outlets

Outlets in each cabin consist of a mix of North American and U.K. options. Standard balcony cabins have two of each at the vanity, and two additional North American outlets can be found just above the minifridge (although one of them is used to plug it in).

Additionally, the line has added USB ports near the beds so you can charge your devices as you're curled up in bed scanning Instagram reels or catching up on the latest episode of "Stranger Things" (Wi-Fi permitting, of course).

The currency onboard is U.S. dollars. Passengers will each link a credit card to their onboard account (or put up a set amount of cash), as all onboard charges are cashless. The room key each cruiser is issued at embarkation serves as a room key, charge card and ID card when disembarking and reboarding the ship in port.

Drinking age

On all sailings -- except for those departing from North America, where the drinking age is 21 -- the legal minimum age for alcohol consumption is 18.

Azamara recommends a "resort casual" style of dress, which prohibits bare feet, baseball caps, tank tops, torn or distressed jeans, bathing suits and shorts in the main dining room and all specialty restaurants. More casual wear is allowed in the Windows Cafe buffet, but shoes are required, and cruisers must wear cover-ups over their bathing suits.

There are no scheduled formal nights onboard, but passengers are welcome to dress up. They are also advised to bring a white outfit for the line's signature White Night Party, held once per voyage.

Azamara Cruises' loyalty program

Azamara's loyalty program, Azamara Circle , has five tiers for passengers to reach, based on the number of points they earn each time they sail. With each new tier, they unlock additional benefits, such as free Wi-Fi minutes, complimentary laundry service and discounts on spa treatments and future cruise bookings.

  • Adventurer (1-149 points).
  • Explorer (150-299 points).
  • Discoverer (300-749 points).
  • Discoverer Plus (750-2,999).
  • Discoverer Platinum (3,000-plus points).

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How much does an Azamara Cruise cost?

Azamara sailings are on the pricier side, with fares for weeklong sailings stretching into the thousands per person, especially for higher-end accommodations. Fluctuations occur based on cruise length, cabin type, itinerary and time of year.

At the time of publication, the least-expensive booking we found was $1,459 per person (not including taxes and port fees), based on double occupancy, for an outside cabin on a seven-night Western Mediterranean voyage from Rome's Civitavecchia. The price for a suite on the same sailing was $3,349 per person.

However, you'll find less nickel-and-diming on Azamara voyages than you will with mainstream brands, as gratuities and basic beverages -- soda, bottled water, coffee, a couple of daily house wine selections, beer and standard liquor -- are included in the price of the cruise. AzAmazing Evenings are also rolled into the fares.

Passengers can expect to shell out extra for top-shelf spirits, spa treatments, shore excursions, professional photos, Wi-Fi and send-out laundry and dry cleaning services (assuming they don't receive them for free, based on loyalty status).

How to book

Cruisers can book Azamara voyages directly through Azamara, either on the line's website or by calling 833-292-2292; virtually through a third-party online travel agent; or by calling a travel advisor, who can help with all the details for a commission that's usually covered by the cruise line.

Most cruise lines have their own cobranded credit cards, but unfortunately, Azamara is no longer one of them. Passengers used to be able to use cobranded Celebrity Cruises or Royal Caribbean International credit cards to book Azamara voyages, but it's unclear whether that is still possible, given Azamara's split from Royal Caribbean Group.

To maximize your spending when you book, use a card -- like the The Platinum Card® from American Express -- that will earn you additional points on travel.

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Bottom line

Azamara cruises are a good option if you're looking for an upscale line that offers excellent food and service at the lower end of the luxury price spectrum. You'll also receive a more destination-focused experience, with longer stays in port that allow you to take in the local nightlife.

The ships across the fleet will be familiar to you after just a sailing or two, and their elegant-but-relaxed vibe will leave you feeling like you're simply enjoying a drink in a friend's living room.

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Azamara (azamara.com / fka "Azamara Club Cruises") is a premium cruise travel brand and a Sycamore Partners-owned company that currently operates four ships - Azamara Journey , Azamara Quest , Azamara Pursuit and Azamara Onward . Until 2021, Azamara was a subsidiary of RCCL-Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd .

Marked by wealth and elegance, Azamara voyages are professionally planned and managed all the way through your stay with the company - both shipboard and ashore. On all Azamara ships, ~93% of all staterooms are outside, with 70% of them having private step-out balconies. Onboard service is outstanding: from butler service in every stateroom to the 1 staff member to every 2 guests ratio. In every stateroom, passengers receive a high level of service, which is rarely found on larger vessels.

Azamara's all-inclusive "luxury club" like experience includes complimentary beverages (spirits, wines, international beers, bottled waters, specialty teas-coffees, soft drinks), AzAmazing Evening (shore excursions themed on local cuisine and traditional entertainment), onboard gratuities, onboard concierge and butler services (in suites). The AzAmazing tours are complimentary evenings ashore offering a fabulous way to immerse in the region's/destination's culture.

Company history and changes

All Azamara ships are R-Class vessels (built between 1998-2001) and originally owned by Renaissance Cruises (1989-founded/2001- defunct ). Founded in 2007 as "Azamara Cruises", the company was rebranded twice - in 2009 (to "Azamara Club Cruises") and on June 18, 2019 (to just "Azamara"). The brand's logo was also changed.

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On January 19, 2021, Azamara's parent company RCG (Royal Caribbean Group) announced an agreement to sell the Azamara brand for USD 201 million (~EUR 165,8M / ~GBP 147,6M / carve-out transaction) to Sycamore Partners. Sycamore Partners acquired the entire brand and its 3 ships, plus all the associated intellectual property rights and goodwill. The all-cash transaction was closed on March 19, 2021. The deal was assisted by Perella Weinberg Partners (financial advisor for RCG), Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (legal counsel for RCG) and Kirkland & Ellis (legal advice to Sycamore).

Azamara's current CEO and President is Dondra Ritzenthaler (who succeeded Carol Cabezas in 2024), while Orlando Ashford is the Executive Chairman. Under the new ownership, the company's executive team also includes Alain Ferzli (CFO/Financial), Nico Corbijn (Head of Marine Operations/fleet maintenance), Laura Krejci (CIO/Information and CAO/Administrative), Michelle Lardizabal (CSO/Sales), Patrice Willoughby (VP of International Business Development), Captain Nico Corbijn (Marine Operations), Rafael Pagliuso (General Counsel/legal matters). In 2022, Azamara moved its Global Corporate Headquarters to Miami Florida .

The brand's new owner Sycamore Partners (2011-founded, NYC -headquartered) is a major private equity firm with USD 15+ billion in capital and assets under management. Sycamore specializes in retail-, consumer- and debt investments, leveraged and distressed buyouts, complex corporate carveouts. The largest Sycamore Partners investments include Belk Inc (1888-founded American department store chain/2015-acquired), Talbots (1947-founded American retailer of women's clothing-shoes-fashion accessories/2012-acquired), Nine West Holdings (1970-founded as Jones Apparel Group, American designer and wholesaler of branded clothing-shoes-accessories/2013-acquired) and Staples Inc (1986-founded, American office retailer/2017-acquired).

On January 25, 2021, Sycamore purchased for Azamara the R-Class ship Pacific Princess (now Azamara Onward) , which is sistership to/same-designed as the other three Azamara boats ( Journey , Quest , Pursuit ). The new name (Azamara Onward) was officially announced on March 19th.

In late-November 2021 Azamara signed a multi-year deal with VIKAND Medical Solutions (Fort Lauderdale-based company providing medical services to the maritime industry). By the contract, VIKAND manages all the fleet's medical operations, including medical facilities, staffing, equipment management, programs (outbreak prevention, emergency support, consultation).

Larry Pimentel was Azamara's President and CEO between 2009-2021. He formerly served as President and CEO of the cruise companies SeaDream Yacht Club , Seabourn and Cunard Line . Each Azamara vessel carries up to 694 passengers. Most of the company's customers (45%) are from North America, ~20% from UK-Ireland, ~10% from Australia-New Zealand.

Azamara has won many awards for its value, travel experience and service. Among its honors, Azamara won three awards in the same category with "Best Entertainment" to Azamara Journey, while Azamara Quest won "Best Fitness and Best Public Rooms" by 2015 UK Cruisers' Choice Awards. Azamara Club Cruises was listed amongst Travel+Leisure's "World's Best Awards 2014" in the large-ship companies category. Designed to provide exotic destination-driven itineraries, the line presents an intimate onboard experience while offering access to less-traveled ports of call that experienced cruisers want to visit.

Azamara gives an exciting opportunity to experienced travelers who look for more than what a traditional voyage can deliver. They are keener on traveling than cruising, but may still prefer the convenience that only a ship can deliver in exotic locales. Azamara provides this underserved group of vacationers what they want - an experience that is a bit different: more than premium, but not quite luxury. Azamara offers deluxe voyages with concierge-style amenities - for this one would have to upgrade to a suite on other lines.

Since its launch, Azamara has added more inclusive amenities to its cruise fares, including complimentary bottled water, brand teas and coffees, standard wines (by the glass), spirits and international beers (during bar hours), also free self-service laundry and shuttle bus service (town-port-town transfers).

The extensive overhauls of the two former fleetmates of Renaissance Cruises (1989-2001/defunct) resulted in brighter interiors with the addition of light and splashes of bold color in the drapes and upholstery. Areas that appeared stuffy now look welcoming, with contemporary artwork enhancing the decor. While the size of Azamara liners makes supports easy navigation and a high level of intimacy, there is no skimping on features that are abundant on larger liners , such as alternative dining and private cabin balconies. Cruisers may feel like they have checked into an upscale boutique hotel that happens to float.

In September 2021 Azamara announced a partnership with Starboard Cruise Services (retailer) for fleetwide retail services. The deal also expanded the brand's shoreside (late-evening and overnight port) retail offerings and activities with local products by artisans and craftsmen, including visits to their own shops/studios. The retail collections are mainly culture-themed and genuine to each visited cruise port/country.

In March 2023, Azamara opened a new Contact Center in Wichita (Kansas USA) serving the company's global travel partners (agencies and agents) as well as customers/travelers.

In November 2023 was launched the "Work & Wander” package targeting business professionals.

On September 26, 2017, Azamara announced an agreement with P&O UK ( Carnival Corporation subsidiary company) to purchase the ship Adonia (Azamara Pursuit) . Adonia's last P&O cruise was a 15-day Barbados roundtrip itinerary (booking code D804) February 23 through March 9, 2018.

The vessel will join Azamara's fleet of 2 sisterships ( Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest ). The planned delivery is for March 2018. The ship will be renamed "Azamara Pursuit". During the scheduled drydock refurbishment , the cruise ship's decor was changed, as well as the names of bars and lounges, cabin categories and amenities.

In late-January 2021, Azamara's new owner Sycamore Partners purchased the R-Class boat Pacific Princess (now Azamara Onward) , which is sistership (by design) to all Azamara ships.

(Coronavirus crisis) passenger shipping pause 2020-2021

Due to the COVID pandemic, Azamara canceled all cruises with pre-scheduled departures in the period March 13, 2020, through September 2021. Operations resumed in 2021 with the ships QUEST (Aug 28/Greek Islands from Piraeus-Athens), PURSUIT (Sept 28/Greek Islands from Piraeus-Athens), JOURNEY (Oct 13/Greece from Piraeus-Athens), ONWARD (May 2, 2022/ Maiden Voyage /Mediterranean from Monte Carlo to Venice).

All affected bookings received full refunds (100%), including on prepurchased through Azamara cruise packages and services. With rebooking are offered 125% refunds in FCC (future cruise credit) to be used on itineraries that depart up to Sept 30, 2022. The FCC must be redeemed by April 30, 2022. Changing the FCC to a monetary refund (100%) must be done by May 20, 2021. Azamara's Cancellation Policy was extended to allow penalty-free cancellations up to 48 hours prior departure (all officially canceled itineraries) and receive an FCC.

Itinerary of Azamara Cruises

With regularly scheduled cruise itineraries in the Caribbean, South America, Australia New Zealand, Asia and Europe, Azamara offers a wide choice of premium travel excursions marked by a 5-star hotel (all-inclusive) shipboard experiences, like in-cabin spa treatments, gourmet dining, white-glove service. Azamara's shore excursions offer special insights into the visited regions' history, culture, traditions, geology, wildlife. Each voyage includes one AzAmazing excursion included in the cruise fares.

Azamara customers can also book fly-cruise deals to sailings in the Caribbean (including Panama Canal transition ), South America, Asia, Hawaii, Alaska. For Formula 1 fans there is even a "Monaco F1 Grand Prix Cruise" in the Azamara's schedule each year.

Under the company's new ownership (Sycamore Partners since 2021), Azamara now operates a fleet of four ultra-luxury ships - Azamara Quest , Azamara Journey , Azamara Pursuit , Azamara Onward (fka Pacific Princess) .

Azamara 2024-2025-2026 itineraries

Azamara's schedule 2022-H2 thru 2023-Q1 included 80+ itineraries, 170 overnights, 300 late-night port stays, maiden ports ( Dakar Senegal , Aberdeen , Tinos , Syros ), and more "Country-Intensive Voyages".

Azamara's Europe 2023 schedule listed all ships (Pursuit, Quest, Journey, Onward) and included 95 itineraries visiting 40+ countries and 200 ports (7x maiden in Europe/new for the brand - Alta Norway , Brest France , Cesme Turkey , Fredericia Denmark , Goteborg Sweden , Heimaey Island Iceland , Mariehamn Aland Finland ).

In November 2022, Azamara announced 44 new voyages for winter 2024-2025. The program features Azamara Quest's South Africa, Azamara Journey's South America, Azamara Pursuit's Asia and Australia, and Azamara Onward's "World Voyage 2025". The program features 171 late-night port stays and overnights.

Azamara Quest is due to embark on 6x B2Bs/back-to-back "South Africa Country Intensive" cruises visiting Cape Town , Durban , Port Elizabeth , East London , Mossel Bay , as well as Maputo (Mozambique) .

Azamara Journey 's South American schedule includes destinations like Buenos Aires (Argentina) , the historical and culinary capital of Callao-Lima (Peru) , and San Antonio (Chile) .

Azamara Pursuit 's Asian program has two "Japan Country Intensive" voyages plus visits to ports in Australia and New Zealand.

Grand Voyages 2024-2025 (longer itineraries)

In October 2023, Azamara opened for booking 11x Grand Voyages scheduled for 2024 and 2025, visiting destinations on 5 continents and with itineraries ranging from 35 to 70 nights.

Each Grand Voyage includes Extended Destination Days (port calls with 10 or more hours in port), including late-night departures and overnight stays. Some of the itineraries provide 30+ Extended Destination Days, like Copenhagen Denmark (known for its numerous Michelin-starred restaurants) and Cape Town South Africa (the gateway to the Table Mountain and the Cape Winelands/fka Boland).

Azamara's Grand Voyages 2024-2025 include:

  • 37-night South Africa to Portugal (ship Azamara Pursuit ), departure February 8, 2024
  • 41-night Japan to Greece (ship Azamara Journey ), departure April 18, 2024
  • 35-night Europe Grand Voyage (ship Azamara Quest ), departure May 18, 2024
  • 46-night Denmark to Spain (ship Azamara Onward ), departure August 11, 2024
  • 59-night Norway to Italy (ship Azamara Quest), departure August 12, 2024
  • 62-night Venice to Cape Town (ship Azamara Quest), departure October 19, 2024
  • 70-night Greece to Australia (ship Azamara Pursuit), departure October 26, 2024
  • 62-night New Zealand to Japan (ship Azamara Pursuit), departure February 3, 2025
  • 69-night Japan to Greece (ship Azamara Pursuit), departure April 6, 2025
  • 61-night South Africa to Italy (ship Azamara Quest), departure February 9, 2025
  • 39-night Canada to UK (ship Azamara Quest), departure August 5, 2025

Azamara's Grand Voyage pricing is inclusive of economy class airfare, up to US$1200 in shore excursion credits, an upgraded premium beverage package, Wi-Fi access (for two devices), and weekly laundry service, in addition to the brand's standard "Always Azamara" inclusions (5 onboard dining options, 24/7 beverage service/including alcohol, gratuities, exclusive events, unlimited self-service laundry).

World Cruises (2025, 2026) (ship Azamara Onward)

Azamara Onward ship 's World Voyage 2025 departs from San Diego CA and visits 37 countries before Southampton (England UK) . The 155-night itinerary includes 15 overnights, 31 late port stays, 13 complimentary land events, and destinations like Honolulu (Hawaii), Samoa and Tonga, Sydney (NSW Australia), Stewart Island (Oban NZ), Benoa (Bali Indonesia), Laem Chabang-Bangkok (Thailand), Semarang (Indonesia).

Azamara Onward's World Voyage 2026 departs from Miami FL on January 6, 2026. The 155-night itinerary visits 36 countries and offers 55 port overnights and late-night stays, 60 Extended Destination Days (10+ hours in port), 3 exclusive and 10 AzAmazing events. World Voyage 2026 is also available for booking in smaller itinerary segments, including:

  • Central America Tapestry (Miami to Callao-Lima) Jan 6-20
  • Pacific Mysteries (Callao-Lima to Papeete Haiti) Jan 20-Feb 5
  • South Pacific Explorer (Papeete to Auckland NZ) Feb 6-16
  • Kiwis and Koalas (Auckland to Sidney NSW) Feb 16-Mar2
  • Astounding Australia and Asia (Sydney to Hong Kong) Mar 3-23
  • Vietnam and Thailand Pathways (Hong Kong to Singapore) Mar 24-Apr 7
  • Ancient Trade Routes (Singapore to Dubai) Apr 8-27
  • Ancient Reflections (Dubai to Istanbul) Apr 28-May 19
  • European Gems and Icons (Istanbul to Venice) May 19-Jun 1
  • Adriatic and Med Getaways (Venice to Barcelona) Jun 1-11

Overnight stays are scheduled for the following ports/destinations: Progresso Mexico (Jan 8-9), Fuerte Amador/Panama City (Jan 13-14), Callao-Lima Peru (Jan 20-21), Hanga Roa/Easter Island Chile (Jan 27-28), Moorea French Polynesia (Feb 4-5), Papeete Haiti French Polynesia (Feb 5-6), Bora-Bora French Polynesia (Feb 7-8), Hobart Tasmania Australia (Feb 26-27), Sydney NSW Australia (Mar 3-4), Cairns QLD Australia (Mar 9-10), Manila Philippines (Mar 21-22), Hong Kong China (Mar 23-24), Halong Bay Vietnam (Mar 26-27), Saigon Vietnam (Mar 30-31), Klong Toey-Bangkok Thailand (Apr 2-3), Singapore (Apr 7-8), Cochin India (Apr 16-17), Mumbai India (Apr 19-20), Dubai UAE (Apr 27-28), Safaga Egypt (May 8-9), Suez Canal transit (May 10-11), Ashdod-Jerusalem Israel (May 12-13), Istanbul Turkey (May 19-20), Piraeus-Athens Greece (May 25-26).

Azamara's World Cruise 2026 prices include US$22000 in amenities (13 special events), US$3000 in ONB/onboard credit, US$4000 OBC for shore excursions, flight credit, pre- and post-cruise land transfers, a pre-cruise hotel overnight, premium beverage package upgrade, laundry service (once weekly), WiFi Internet. Azamara's fares are also inclusive of all beverages (including alcohol), gratuities, onboard expert-led events, unlimited self-service laundry.

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The Top Alaska Cruise Lines

Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas in Alaska.

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A cruise vacation to Alaska is a profound adventure. The spectacular natural beauty, rugged wilderness, massive glaciers and endless opportunities for wildlife viewing make a trip to the 49th state a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many travelers. As an added bonus, cruise ships can reach remote parts of the state, including Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve: one of the most significant (and picturesque) marine and wildlife sanctuaries in the world.

With the ever-growing popularity of the destination and an extended cruising season (some lines now travel to Alaska between April and October), more ships are heading north to the shores of The Great Land. With these expanded itineraries, there's more than ever to think about when booking your Alaska cruise.

To assist in your decision-making process, U.S. News listed the top cruise lines to consider across five categories, including the best options for families , luxury-seekers and adventurers. U.S. News consulted data provided by Cruiseline.com and the results of our 2024 Best Cruise Lines rankings to help develop this list of the top cruise lines sailing to Alaska.

  • Best Overall: Holland America Line; Princess Cruises
  • Best for Families: Norwegian Cruise Line; Royal Caribbean International

Best for Couples: Celebrity Cruises

  • Best Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises; Silversea Cruises

Best Small-Ship Expedition Line: UnCruise Adventures

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Best Overall: Holland America Line and Princess Cruises

Holland america line.

Holland America Line's Westerdam in Glacier Bay, Alaska.

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Alaska cruise ships: Eurodam , Koningsdam , Nieuw Amsterdam , Noordam , Westerdam , Zaandam Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Anchorage , Fairbanks and Whittier, Alaska; Seattle; Vancouver, British Columbia Starting from: $379 per person for seven-night Alaska Inside Passage cruise on May 1, 2024, or Sept. 22, 2024. Round-trip from Vancouver.

Holland America Line has been cruising Alaska's pristine glacial waters for more than 75 years – longer than any other cruise line. On top of that, the line features more voyages to Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve than its competitors. Seven-night round-trip sailings depart from either Seattle or Vancouver, while cruisetours – Holland America Line 's sea- and land-based packages – leave from several cities and extend each trip to nine to 18 days.

If this will be your first visit to Alaska, consider booking the comprehensive 14-day Yukon + Denali cruisetour. This Alaska adventure includes a voyage aboard Koningsdam, plus a three-night stay at Holland America's exclusive lodge in Denali National Park, where you'll have the opportunity to see Alaska's big five: moose, caribou, grizzly bears, Dall sheep and wolves – and book bucket list activities like flightseeing over Denali. If it's a picture-perfect day, your pilot might even be able to land on the tallest mountain in North America, also known as "The Great One." Other excursions include meeting dog mushers from the Iditarod, landing on the Yanert Glacier, heli-hiking or embarking on a covered wagon adventure on the Alaska tundra. The Yukon Territory portion of this trip is exclusive to Holland America; while there, visit the mining town of Dawson City and learn about Northern Canada's Klondike Gold Rush of August 1896.

Another highlight of sailing Alaska with Holland America is the Alaska Up Close program, which immerses guests in an array of expert-led lectures and excursions on board and shore. When it comes to dining , Holland America is the only cruise line to achieve the Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) certification, which means cruisers will enjoy certified sustainable wild Alaska seafood on board (think: Alaskan king crab legs and fresh salmon). You may also have access to culinary excursions in partnership with Food & Wine magazine, as well as special offerings like Alaska salmon bakes.

Cruisers should also consider one of the Holland America's new itineraries for 2024: the 28-night Alaska Arctic Circle Solstice voyage aboard Westerdam, round-trip from Seattle. This sailing, which departs on June 9, 2024, features highlights like crossing the Arctic Circle; celebrating the summer solstice in Nome, Alaska; and watching Kodiak bears – the largest bears in the world – on Kodiak Island.

Insider tip: Sample Holland America Line's famous Dutch pea soup while glacier viewing on the outside decks. The crew passes around mugs of the warm soup in this Holland America tradition that gives a nod to the line's heritage – and keeps guests warm on chilly summer days in Alaska.

Princess Cruises

View from the deck of a Princess Cruises ship in Alaska.

Courtesy of Princess Cruises

Alaska cruise ships: Grand Princess , Sapphire Princess , Royal Princess , Ruby Princess , Majestic Princess , Discovery Princess , Crown Princess Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seattle; Anchorage, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; San Francisco ; Fairbanks, Alaska Starting from: $398 per person for seven-night cruise from Anchorage (Whittier, Alaska) to Vancouver on May 18, 2024

Princess Cruises has a long history in Alaska, boasting more than 50 years of sailing to the Great Land. Cruise itineraries last between seven and 14 nights, and many visit the Inside Passage. Princess Cruises also owns and operates five wilderness lodges for guests of its cruisetours, plus exclusive "Direct to the Wilderness" rail service to those properties. The line's wide selection of cruisetours includes independent adventures and off-the-beaten-path destinations, like Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the largest national park in the U.S. For travelers seeking the highest level of service and the most time on land, the Connoisseur cruisetour is a good option, including up to 10 nights ashore following the seven-day Voyage of the Glaciers cruise. The Connoisseur trip is hosted by a tour director and includes select sightseeing outings and most meals in the fare.

Princess' special programming, North to Alaska, offers guests unique insights into the history and culture of the region with visits from local Alaskans, photography sessions, demonstrations on lumberjacking and excursions like Cook My Catch, where guests will go fishing (with a guide), then bring their fish back for chefs to prepare for dinner at one of the designated Princess lodges.

There are two new Princess cruisetours to consider for 2024. The 15-night National Parks Tour includes a seven-day cruise, visits to five national parks, scenic rail travel and a total of eight evenings across four Princess wilderness lodges. Meanwhile, the Katmai National Park Tour is a nine-day adventure that takes guests to the famed Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park & Preserve to see bears feasting on wild salmon in Alaska's wilderness.

Insider tip: While visiting Denali National Park, be sure to check out the Princess Treehouse at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge. Built by Pete Nelson of Animal Planet's "Treehouse Masters," the treehouse offers a different perspective of Denali and features "Sappy Hour" and other fun activities.  

Best for Families: Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International

Norwegian cruise line.

Race track atop the Norwegian Bliss in Alaska.

Courtesy of Norwegian Cruise Line

Alaska cruise ships: Norwegian Encore , Norwegian Bliss , Norwegian Jewel , Norwegian Sun , Norwegian Spirit Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seattle ; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seward, Alaska Starting from: $349 per person for seven-night sailing between Seward and Vancouver (itineraries visit Hubbard Glacier and Skagway, or Glacier Bay, Skagway and Juneau). Available on Norwegian Jewel in April, May and June 2024.

Norwegian Cruise Line has one of the longest seasons in Alaska, extending from April through October. The line operates two of its larger ships in Alaska: Norwegian Bliss and Norwegian Encore. These ships feature a plethora of onboard activities to keep kids and adults entertained, like racetracks, laser tag, mini-golf, complimentary kids and teen clubs, video arcades, themed parties, live performances and more. Families will also enjoy entertainment by Nickelodeon, character breakfasts, salmon bakes and sessions with a park ranger who comes on board to narrate the Glacier Bay passage. You'll find many spacious room options on board perfectly suited to larger families – especially in The Haven, the line's exclusive ship-within-a-ship concept. In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line offers select cruise deals where third and fourth guests sail free .

There are two new Alaska shore excursions for 2024: the Mendenhall Glacier Canoe Paddle & Trek and the Fly-In Norris Glacier Hike and Packraft. The first outing takes place in Juneau , where you'll paddle a 12-person canoe across Mendenhall Lake to reach the towering glacier. Prepare to be surrounded by the spectacular setting of Tongass National Park, a 400-foot waterfall and an Arctic tern nesting ground. The second excursion, also in Juneau, takes participants on a flight into the Alaska wilderness via floatplane; you'll then paddle across a pristine glacial lake and hike the surface of Norris Glacier. Unforgettable sights along the way include densely forested mountains; the mouth of the Taku Inlet, a waterway that offers access to Juneau Icefield; and plenty of wildlife, including sea lions and bald eagles.

Also new for 2024 is the option to take the Denali Talkeetna Explorer tour after your cruise. (This cruisetour previously only took place prior to the voyage.) The 13-day sea and land package, Denali Talkeetna Explorer – Northbound Cruisetour, is available on three dates in 2024 in combination with a Norwegian Jewel sailing. The package includes a seven-night cruise; a total of six nights in Fairbanks, Denali and Talkeetna; a stop at the Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline; a riverboat cruise in Fairbanks; a visit to an Iditarod dog musher's kennel; a deluxe glass-domed Alaska Railroad journey between Fairbanks and Denali; and more. You'll also have free time to book optional shore excursions like whitewater rafting, park tours, helicopter flightseeing and other outdoor adventures.

Insider tip: If you're sailing on Norwegian Bliss or Norwegian Encore, be sure to grab a front-row seat in the Observation Lounge when sailing in Glacier Bay Park & Preserve. This expansive space on Deck 15 at the bow of the ship offers breathtaking panoramic views from the comfort of inside the ship. 

Royal Caribbean International

Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas at the Hubbard Glacier in Alaska.

Alaska cruise ships: Radiance of the Seas , Quantum of the Seas , Brilliance of the Seas , Ovation of the Seas Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle Starting from: $439 per person for seven-night cruise on Radiance of the Seas, Seward to Vancouver on May 24, 2024

Royal Caribbean International offers seven-night cruise-only Alaska options (some featuring the Inside Passage) and extended cruisetours (lasting nine to 13 days) with land portions before or after the voyage. Cruisetours may visit Denali National Park & Preserve, among other highlights. The line also offers select "kids sail free" itineraries, which will appeal to families.

If you want nonstop entertainment while on board, choose one of Royal Caribbean International 's two larger Quantum Class vessels: Quantum of the Seas or Ovation of the Seas. Both megaships accommodate approximately 4,900 passengers. If you prefer a smaller ship, consider booking one of the Radiance Class vessels, which hold a maximum of around 2,500 guests.

Quantum Class ships have multiple outdoor attractions that provide panoramic views of the scenery. For example, the surf simulator, FlowRider, affords views of magnificent snow-capped mountains and glaciers all around the ship. If you're adept at rock climbing, this is another chance for optimal scenic viewing – at 40 feet above the deck. Additional entertainment includes free-fall skydiving at RipCord by iFly, outdoor movie nights, live performances and musical entertainment, bumper cars, an escape room, a sports court and indoor pools for those cool Alaska summer days.

Insider tip: For more awe-inspiring vistas, take a ride on North Star. Exclusive to Royal Caribbean (on Quantum and Ovation of the Seas), the glass-enclosed capsule rises 300 feet above sea level while suspended over the ocean.

Read: The Most Affordable Alaska Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

View from the Magic Carpet on the Celebrity Edge.

Courtesy of Celebrity Cruises

Alaska cruise ships: Celebrity Summit , Celebrity Edge , Celebrity Solstice Departure cities (cruises and cruisetours): Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia; Seattle Starting from: $397 per person for seven-night voyage on Celebrity Summit, Seward to Vancouver on May 17, 2024

Adventure-seeking couples will have many options to choose from during Celebrity Cruises ' 2024 Alaska season. The line's six- and seven-night cruise-only itineraries include up-close views of the Dawes Glacier in the Endicott Arm Fjord and the Hubbard Glacier, the world's longest tidewater glacier at 76 miles long. For an in-depth exploration of Alaska's interior, Celebrity's cruisetours extend the trip to a maximum of 13 nights and feature small-town destinations like Talkeetna, Alaska – the quirky village that inspired the 1990s television show "Northern Exposure." There are also themed tours centered on wildlife viewing and national parks, as well as culinary tours highlighting the flavors of Alaska.

Couples will also find plenty of adult-focused activities and entertainment on board, no matter which vessel they choose. Each ship offers a spa, multiple bars and lounges, and an excellent selection of complimentary and specialty restaurants. Celebrity's three Alaska-bound ships carry between 2,158 guests (Celebrity Summit) and 2,908 passengers (Celebrity Edge). Celebrity Edge, the newest of the ships, offers immersive entertainment and especially beautiful public spaces – like Grand Plaza, a three-story venue at the heart of the vessel.

For extra privacy during your couples' vacation, consider splurging on a suite or villa in The Retreat. This all-inclusive space features luxurious accommodations; a private lounge; a sundeck (unavailable on Celebrity Solstice); and a private restaurant, Luminae at The Retreat. The swanky culinary venue serves dishes curated by renowned French chef Daniel Boulud. In addition, you'll have a team of attendants, butlers and concierges to indulge every whim.

Insider tip: Book your Alaska cruise on Celebrity Edge. The outward-facing design of the ship and expansive outdoor spaces, including the Magic Carpet, offer guests excellent viewing opportunities of Alaska's vast landscapes, calving glaciers and wildlife, including humpback whales in the Inside Passage and around Juneau and Sitka.

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Best Luxury: Regent Seven Seas Cruises and Silversea Cruises

Regent seven seas cruises.

Alaska cruise ships: Seven Seas Explorer Departure cities: Vancouver, British Columbia; Seward, Alaska Starting from: $4,699 per person (all-inclusive) for seven-night cruise, Vancouver to Seward on May 1, 2024

Regent's Seven Seas Explorer will spend the 2024 season in Alaska, with the first sailing embarking from Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 1, 2024. The line offers 20 seven-night voyages and two 14-night sailings between May and September. The 746-passenger ship provides an in-depth exploration of Alaska's wilderness, thanks to the vessel's smaller size and all-balcony suites. Regent Seven Seas Cruises ' all-inclusive fares include free unlimited shore excursions (though select tours come with a fee); complimentary fine wines and spirits; dining at specialty restaurants; 24-hour room service; unlimited Wi-Fi access; prepaid gratuities; free valet laundry service; and more. Depending on the suite category, guests may also receive a pre- and post-cruise hotel stay with their voyage.

Complimentary shore excursions are available in a number of Alaska ports. In Ketchikan, sign up for the Tongass Rainforest Expedition, the Great Alaska Lumberjack Show or the Alaskan Lodge Adventure & Seafest. (Note: Some excursions in Ketchikan, such as the Alaska Fishing & Wilderness Dining option, come with an additional fee.) In Juneau, guests can take the complimentary hiking adventure through the Mendenhall Glacier National Recreation Area, home to black bears, mountain goats and other wildlife. Cruisers can also dine on wild Alaska salmon grilled over a fire at the Gold Creek Salmon Bake.

Insider tip: Take advantage of the complimentary shore excursions during your cruise. These are tours you'd normally have to pay for on a ship that's not all-inclusive – and that can add up quickly.

Silversea Cruises

Pool bar on the Silver Nova.

Courtesy of Silversea Cruises

Alaska cruise ships: Silver Nova , Silver Muse , Silver Shadow Departure cities: Seward, Alaska; Vancouver, British Columbia Starting from: $3,450 per person for seven-night cruise, Vancouver to Seward on Silver Muse on Aug. 1, 2024

Debuted in August 2023, Silversea's latest addition, Silver Nova, is the newest luxury vessel sailing Alaska for the 2024 season. Silver Nova features an asymmetrical design and advanced technologies that make it Silversea Cruises ' most environmentally friendly vessel yet. With just 728 guests, spacious suites (some affording 270-degree views) and outdoor spaces showcasing The Great Land's pristine wilderness, Silver Nova is an excellent luxury option for an Alaska adventure. Silversea offers seven-night itineraries on its three Alaska ships, plus longer voyages on Silver Muse and Silver Shadow.

Silversea's all-inclusive fares include pre- and post-cruise hotel stays; complimentary nonalcoholic and alcoholic beverages; in-room minibars; gourmet dining; all gratuities; at least one excursion per port; butler service in every suite; and other upscale amenities. Complimentary Alaska excursions include a scenic railway tour aboard the White Pass and Yukon Railway in Skagway, the Sea Otter & Wildlife Quest in Sitka Sound and more. You can also visit the Iditarod dogs' summer camp in Juneau. For an additional cost, Silversea offers more exclusive experiences, like a helicopter ride to Mendenhall Glacier followed by a dogsledding adventure with a team of Alaskan huskies in Juneau, or a remote fly-fishing trip in Sitka.

Insider tip: Spend some time on Deck 10; you'll enjoy unobstructed views of the spectacular scenery from the comfort of the heated pool, thanks to the asymmetrical design of the pool deck.

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Alaska cruise ships: Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Legacy, Safari Endeavor, Safari Explorer, Safari Quest Departure cities: Ketchikan, Juneau, Whittier, Dutch Harbor and Sitka, Alaska; Seattle Starting from: $3,600 per person for seven-night cruise, Juneau to Ketchikan (or reverse itinerary) on Wilderness Discoverer; various dates between April and September 2024

UnCruise's expedition-style small ships call on ports and remote areas in Alaska that larger ships can't access, taking guests to locales that the line coins, "UnAlaska." The five ships operating in The Great Land accommodate between 22 passengers (Safari Quest) and 86 guests (Wilderness Legacy), and there are seven-, 12- and 14-night itineraries to choose from. You can also book optional land tours, including a Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure. Expedition teams take guests on kayaking, skiffing, paddleboarding, bushwhacking, waterfall walks and hiking excursions close to the glaciers and visit secluded areas and waterway passages known for optimal wildlife viewing.

Cruise fares include group transfers to and from the ship; all meals; premium wine, beer and liquor; all nonalcoholic beverages; daily activities; wellness amenities; onboard heritage and expedition guides; and access to guest experts. You'll need to disconnect from your devices in remote areas, as there is no Wi-Fi access on UnCruise vessels.

For a once-in-a-lifetime trip, book the 14-night Alaska's Fjords & Glaciers Bay Adventure Cruise on Wilderness Discoverer, a 76-passenger ship. This voyage includes birding in the South Marble Islands, where you'll see puffins, cormorants, oystercatchers and other bird species. You can also search for brown bears in Corner Bay, bushwhack in old-growth forests, visit the town of Haines to sample local brews and spirits, and more.

UnCruise has introduced a few new cruises for 2024 with a renewed focus on The Great Land. One of these is the Kids in Nature, Wild Woolly & Wow with Glacier Bay cruise. The seven-night, family-focused voyage departs round-trip from Juneau aboard Wilderness Legacy and is available on three dates between June and July. One highlight of the voyage is exploring off-the-grid in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve's "Outback."

A second new option is the seven-night Prince William Sound Explorer with Cordova cruise. This adventure visits dozens of glaciers; the small fishing village of Cordova; the Harriman and College glacial fjords; the islands of Knight and Montague; and multiple places where you can see orcas, humpback whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, puffins and other wildlife. The itinerary is offered round-trip from Whittier, Alaska, on Safari Explorer throughout the summer.

Insider tip: Depending on your itinerary, you may be able to hop in a skiff directly off the ship to watch bears along the shore hunt for salmon just 100 feet away. This is an Alaska experience you can only have when sailing on a small ship.

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10 Best Cruise Lines For Every Type Of Traveler

  • Choose from the 10 best cruise lines based on your preferences, whether you're a foodie, thrill-seeker, or mature traveler.
  • Each cruise line offers tailored experiences, from cultural encounters to luxury amenities, ensuring a memorable trip at sea.
  • Whether you're a solo traveler looking for new friends or a family seeking nonstop fun, there's a cruise line that caters to your needs.

A memorable vacation at sea is a dream for almost every type of traveler, whether it's a short trip lasting a few hours or an extended getaway of several days or even weeks. Fortunately, the best cruise lines around the world provide a wide range of cruises, so there is certainly a suitable option for any kind of traveler. Having said that, with so many options available, it might not be as simple to find the best one!

To make the selection a bit easier, this list features the 10 best cruise lines for every type of traveler, ranging from the best cruise for families to the one catering to only adults, like Viking Cruises , the luxury ones to the super cheap cruises worth booking , and more. Each of these cruise lines offers tailored experiences catering to a wide range of preferences.

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These ten best cruise lines for every type of traveler offer tailored experiences and cater to a wide range of preferences, ensuring a memorable trip. Each entry has been updated with more vibrant photos and more detailed experiences for smooth sailing across the ocean!

Each cruise line on this list has been hand-picked based on a variety of standards, including price, destinations, and experience. We considered US News Cruise Lines rankings, and reviews on cruisecritic.com , a TripAdvisor company, while choosing the best cruise lines. We included a variety of cruise lines, including adult-only, solo, family, luxury, and many other options. Simply choose the one that most fits your needs and have an amazing seaside vacation.

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Oceania cruises, best for foodies.

Looking for the cruise line with the best food? Oceania is the answer! It has won numerous awards for its dining and is also one of the best luxury cruise lines in the US , with a 3.8/5 rating. The cruise line's executive culinary director has also helped the line achieve culinary perfection.

While specialty restaurants serve a variety of international cuisines, hands-on cooking classes and the Culinary Center allow guests to learn the art of fine dining, and Culinary Discovery Tours enable foodies to visit regional markets and enjoy real culinary experiences at different ports. Along with that, great amenities, activities, and entertainment, as well as personalized service with attention to detail, contribute to an unforgettable sea vacation.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Best for entertainment.

The atmosphere on Norwegian's ships is nonstop excitement and thrills, with features like the longest go-kart track at sea, an outdoor nightclub, and original Broadway musicals. There is the Donna Summer Musical and the world's first free-fall dry slide at sea on the Norwegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Prima , a thrill-seeker's dream. Every ship has several dining options; even dinner shows are part of the line's theatrical dining experience.

Add to this, numerous bars, discos, bowling alleys, family entertainment, and whatnot, and a Norwegian journey is loaded with fun and amusement. With all of this and more, Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) is a leader in cruise entertainment, providing a wide range of innovative options to suit the preferences of each guest.

Holland America Line

Best for mature travelers.

Holland America Line is a popular option for elderly passengers (50+) seeking a memorable and relaxing vacation because of its outstanding service, fine dining, and sophisticated onboard experience. The mid-sized ships in its fleet, which can accommodate up to 1,400–2,600 guests, ensure a more individualized and intimate experience.

Another benefit for senior passengers is Holland America's "As You Wish" dining option, which allows them to select the time and location of their meals every evening. While itineraries focus on history, arts, and local traditions, the onboard Rolling Stone Rock Room, Explorer's Lounge, and many other recreation opportunities enhance the whole trip experience.

Furthermore, a 3.9/5 rating highlights its excellence, making it the perfect option for seniors looking for a sophisticated and culturally immersive cruise experience.

Best for cultural experiences

When it comes to providing innovative itineraries and cultural encounters, Azamara is among the best cruise lines in the US . It has an excellent rating of 4.2/5 as well. With overnights and late departures, it provides the longest possible stay in port.

Another benefit is the AzAmazing Evenings Ashore Program , which includes private concerts or cultural performances in unique venues, helping its guests dive into the world's different cultures and traditions. While docked at different ports, Azamara cruises offer immersive shore excursions, such as walking tours, museum visits, and wine tastings.

It is likewise renowned for its intimate ships (with a capacity of around 700 guests), plush staterooms, fine dining, fitness facilities, lounges, and nightly dance and music events.

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Cunard cruises, best for solo travelers.

Single and ready to mingle? Cunard , with a rating of 3.8/5 , is surely one of the best cruise lines for solo travelers looking for a rejuvenating escape or to make lots of new friends. Throughout the trip, the cruise line offers a plethora of free activities, especially for single passengers, including coffee mornings and drink receptions.

Solo travelers can enjoy meals and shore excursions, either alone or with fellow travelers. There are single cabins available without any additional expenses. The line's famed White Star Service assures that solo guests receive personalized attention. Its worldwide itineraries make it an unrivaled option for independent travelers, allowing solo adventurers to explore the world in style.

Celebrity Cruises

Best for budget travelers.

Celebrity Cruises offers the latest luxury amenities, exquisite experiences, delectable cuisine, and exceptional service. It ranks #2 in Best Cruise Lines for the Money because its fares on the Bahamas and Caribbean itineraries are significantly lower than those of rival cruise lines while providing excellent value for the amenities.

Furthermore, its great rating of 4.1/5 attests to its excellence. Also, many onboard packages are available, ranging from dining to all-inclusive, that don't compromise enjoyment or entertainment. An all-inclusive package is the best option for individuals on a limited budget, with savings ranging from $200 to $800.

Also, many 3-day trips are under $300, so options are unlimited for a budget sea vacation, making it one of the cheapest cruise lines in the world .

Seabourn Cruises

Best for luxury.

Seabourn offers the ultimate cruise experience with its intimate ships that welcome only 458 to 600 guests (depending on the ship) and a selection of luxurious amenities. Luxuries like all-oceanfront suites, world-class recreation, top-rated entertainment, upscale dining options, including menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef, and personalized service rank it #2 in Best Luxury Cruise Lines and give it a 4.1/5 rating.

The best part is that everything is included in the cruise price, including meals, enrichment activities, fitness classes, and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), making a trip hassle-free. Furthermore, Seabourn's itineraries also focus on immersive cultural experiences and provide optional shore excursions.

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Virgin voyages, best for value.

Ranked #1 in Best Cruise Lines for the Money by US News, Virgin Voyages offers luxury experiences not offered by other cruise liners on the market. Its ships exude magnificence with their lively ambiance, upscale dining, luxuriously designed staterooms, wellness programs, recreation, and entertainment.

The cruise line sails to over 100 destinations worldwide, including the Caribbean, Europe, and the Transatlantic. Its superb all-inclusive experience makes a seaside holiday hassle-free and goes beyond the typical cruise experience.

The cruise company, with a rating of 4.1/5 , is an excellent option for anyone seeking a romantic getaway or a chance to spend some time away from children, as it is exclusively adult-only, welcoming guests 18 years of age and older, and passengers need to follow some intense rules onboard the Virgin Voyages .

Viking Ocean Cruises

Best for couples.

For those looking for the best adult-only cruise lines with the best passenger reviews , Viking Oceans is certainly the best choice. It offers a wonderful holiday full of amenities, entertainment, and leisure without children (only guests aged 18 and over are permitted on the ship).

This all-inclusive adult-only cruise line offers ocean and expedition cruises all over the world, although it is better known as one of the largest river fleets in the industry. Viking's emphasis on luxury, including well-appointed staterooms, a Nordic spa, gourmet dining, cultural experiences, and amazing Scandinavian decor, adds a romantic touch to the journey.

It has a 4.6/5 rating and is ranked #1 in Best Cruise Lines for Couples by US News, making it ideal for couples seeking a memorable escape at sea.

Royal Caribbean International

Best for family fun.

With a fantastic selection of family-friendly activities and amenities, Royal Caribbean International is undoubtedly an excellent option for family vacations. It guarantees nonstop enjoyment with exhilarating water parks, ice skating rinks, and FlowRider surf simulators.

Nighttime shows, bars, and lounges cater to older guests, while the Adventure Ocean program entertains kids and teens alike. Spacious staterooms and family-friendly dining enhance the overall experience. The cruise company is ranked #2 on U.S. News's list of the Best Cruise Lines for Families and also has a rating of 3.9/5.

However, Royal Caribbean International is considered the best for families traveling with teens and tweens, while with a rating of 4.2/5 , Disney Cruise Line is the best for families with younger kids under 10 years, despite being relatively expensive.

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Azamara Cruises Announces New Executive Appointments

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Azamara Cruises has strengthened its leadership team with several appointments.

Meg Lee will manage Marketing and Communications, including Product, Trade, Brand, Engagement and Loyalty, Media, Public Relations and Internal Communications.

Previously, Lee served as Chief Marketing Officer at Norwegian Cruise Line and led North America Consumer Marketing at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Paulette Haedo will oversee Information Technology and the Program Management Office. Haedo brings a wealth of experience, having held roles with American Classic Voyages, Disney Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and most recently Virgin Voyages.

Minas Miliaras has been appointed chief maritime officer and will lead Technical, Nautical, Safety, Environmental, and Security Operations.

Previously, Miliaras served in similar roles including Senior Vice President of Marine Technical Operations for Carnival Maritime and Associate Vice President of Marine Operations at Royal Caribbean.

Nico Corbijn has been named chief administrative officer, overseeing Global Human Resources, Legal Services and Azamara’s Land Product Development team.

Dondra Ritzenthaler, chief executive officer of Azamara Cruises, said: I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that these three outstanding individuals are joining the Azamara team. Meg, Paulette, and Minas are recognized leaders in their respective areas of expertise. They each bring a wealth of cruise industry knowledge and experience to Azamara. They will each play a critical role in helping us take our industry-leading innovation and growth strategies to the next level.”

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