Small luxury cruise ships provide a level of personal attention that cannot be matched on larger ships. They also can fit into more ports in exotic destinations than larger ships. The four small luxury cruise lines are: Seabourn, Seadream, Silversea, and Windstar.
Seabourn was the first small ship ultra-luxury cruise line. Their ships carry just 450 to 600 passengers. Journeys are truly all-inclusive: all dining venues are complimentary; there are open bars throughout the ship; and tipping is not required or expected. Accommodations are spacious suites. Staff-to-guest ratios are high.
Seadream "yachts" carry only 112 guests. The family-owned company is dedicated to providing a casual yet luxurious holiday. Pretty much everything is included: stateroom, gourmet meals, room service, gratuities, open bar, wine with lunch and dinner, equipment for water fun, and crew-led shore activities. They offer Caribbean cruises in the winter and Mediterranean cruises in the summer. Overnight stays enable you to fully appreciate the ports of call.