My Favorite Cruises & Cruise Destinations
Need a little inspiration for planning your next trip? I’ve compiled a broad list of some of my favorite cruise experiences in the hopes of helping you make decisions about your next cruise.
One thing you should know up front is that I am partial to small ship cruises, expedition cruises and river cruises. You won’t find many big ships, or even mid-size ships, on my list, though there are a few. Today, I likely would not cruise on a ship carrying more than 1,000 guests.
Two Trips With My Kids
A couple of my very best trips were with my kids: With my son, ‘Awesome’ Alaska: The Great Land Through The Eyes Of A Kid (on Holland America Line) & with my daughter, a Mekong River Cruise (on AmaWaterways).
Small Ship Cruises
For pure relaxation at sea, I enjoy SeaDream Yacht Club, or if I want a refined, yet relaxed, lifestyle, I like Seabourn, Silversea Cruises and for a touch of Germany at sea, Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2. I also enjoy Crystal, particularly for its Nobu dining experience on Crystal Symphony and Serenity. Regent? It’s a tad too elegant for me, but it may be right for you.
All of these are among the priciest of cruises, but don’t shun them until you fully consider the value equation. These so-called ultra-luxury cruises are all-inclusive, so you could spend less in the end by paying more in the beginning.
The smaller the ship, in fact, the better for me. I enjoy river cruising and have a whole site dedicated to it, River Cruise Advisor.
Even smaller that river cruisers, barge cruises have also given me some of the best travel experiences of my life. They typically carry fewer than 20 passengers and can run as much as $1,000 per day per person.
One of my favorite barge cruises was on French Country Waterways.
Some people have expressed concerns about cruising with strangers in such an intimate environment. Though French Country Waterways’ Horizon II carried only eight passengers, the intimacy worked well for us, however. We enjoyed the three other couples. I do understand that the lack of group harmony, on the other hand, could make for a miserable barge experience.
I enjoyed the freedom of the experience on the barge. I ran each day in the small villages before dinner, and those were some of my best moments, to quietly jog through the quaint places where we docked. I returned invigorated, mind, body and soul. It was April and everything was in fresh bloom. The landscape was like a Monet painting.
I also enjoyed barge cruising on European Waterways. See Barging Through Alsace & Lorraine: A Recap Of Our Adventure. And for a comprehensive overview of barge cruising, plus a video, see Luxury Barge Cruises In France.
If barge trips sound like something you’d enjoy, then you may want to try one with me. I host barge cruises every year in France. See Cruise With Me for details.
The Mighty Mississippi
Then there are expedition cruises, which I have enjoyed immensely.
- Silver Discoverer, Russia’s Far East: Voyage Recap
- Antarctica On Seabourn Quest and Antarctica on Silver Cloud
- Video: A Father & Son In Greenland On Silver Explorer
Bikes and Boats
After a week of cycling Croatia, I’m convinced there is no better way to experience this beautiful destination than with Backroads and Ponant. See Bicycling Croatia with Backroads & Ponant
I’ve only scratched the surface. Check out the entire — and frequently updated — list of My Favorite Cruises & Cruise Destinations.
Bon Voyage, Ralph Grizzle
My Favorite Cruises
- Old Man River: European River Cruises (links to sister site River Cruise Advisor) | Mekong River Cruise | American Queen | Gota Canal, Sweden
- Barge Cruises: French Country Waterways | European Waterways
- Small Ship Luxury: Europa & Europa 2| Seabourn | SeaDream Yacht Club | Silversea Cruises
- Large(r) Ship Luxury: Crystal Symphony | Regent Seven Seas Cruises
- Fit For A Queen: Cunard’s Queen Victoria
- Dutch Sisters: Holland American? No, Holland America Line You’re Aboard Eurodam | Nieuw Amsterdam
- For Families & Fun: Carnival Cruise Lines | Disney Cruise Line | Royal Caribbean | Princess Cruises
- Las Vegas At Sea: Norwegian Epic
- Full Of Frills: Oasis of the Seas
- Grass Lawns: Celebrity Eclipse
- For Jack Sparrow Wannabes: Star Flyer
- Great value: Oceania’s Regatta | Why You Should Cruise Azamara Now
- Transatlantic: The Slow Boat to Europe
My Favorite Places
- Alaska: Alluring Alaska | ‘Awesome’ Alaska: The Great Land Through The Eyes Of A Kid | Alaska Cruisetours
- South America: Scintillating South America | Buenos Aires | Santiago
- Baltic Cruises: Avid Cruiser Extended Video
- Beauty on water: Stockholm | St. Petersburg | Venice
- Fairy Tale Kingdoms: Copenhagen
- Majestic Mountains & Fjords: Alaska | Norway
- Anything Goes: Amsterdam
- East Meets West: Berlin
- Middle Ages Mania: Tallinn
- Roses & Ruins: Visby, Sweden
- Adriatic Addiction: Kotor | Dubrovnik
- All Eyes On: Eze
- French Flair: Saint-Malo | Visiting The South Of France In 16 Videos
- France Without The Jetlag: Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay
- Mekong Memories: Vietnam
- North Atlantic nature: Greenland | Faroe Islands | Iceland
- Two To Tango: Buenos Aires | Santiago
- Favorite Ports of Call: The Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles
- Two Perfect Days: Berlin | Copenhagen | Hong Kong | Nice, Villefranche & Monaco | San Diego | Seattle | St. Petersburg | Stockholm
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