Platinum List 2018: Boutique Cruising Experience
American Queen Steamboat Company, Seabourn Cruise Line, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection, Viking Ocean Cruises
This year’s extraordinary lines offer unforgettable journeys on the water.
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Travel back in time as you set sail on the premier brand of American paddlewheel riverboat cruises. The 450-passenger boats offer country club-meets-Victorian style with period antiques, wallpapered rooms and large open verandas. Every boat has a guide with a wealth of river knowledge.
Miami, Florida, United States
On a Seabourn cruise it’s easy to forget that you’re not on land at a five-star hotel. Capacity is capped at 600, and the staff-to-guest ratio hovers at nearly one to one. The company now travels to more than 100 countries. A partnership with UNESCO grants passengers special access to 170 World Heritage sites, such as closer proximity to Stonehenge.
Los Angeles, California, United States
Sailing throughout Europe as well as to Asia and Egypt, this superior fleet of river vessels offers a boutique experience with the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the industry.
Woodland Hills, California, United States
The ships are designed in modern Scandinavian style with a cool color palette and an infinity pool. There is a Swedish spa on board, nightclub and outdoor gym with a putt-putt course and bowling green. Guests set out on culturally enhanced trips featuring guest lecturers and Viking resident historians, while enjoying privileged access at world-class museums and visits to rare collections.