Luxury Cruise Reviews for Small Ship Cruisers

With 400+ nights onboard small luxury cruise ships, it’s fair to say that Alan and I KNOW the luxury cruising industry. Since May 2000, when our luxury cruise adventures began, we’ve explored the Arctic, Antarctica, South Pacific, North Pacific, South Atlantic, Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Mediterranean, Asia and Africa. The Indian Ocean is the major body of water that’s missing from our cruise experiences.

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We KNOW Luxury Cruises

Our cruise preferences concentrate on small luxury ships, unique itineraries with a combination of classic and expedition cruising adventures. Our current favorites are Seabourn, Silversea, and Crystal. In the past, we’ve also cruised on Regent.


All the luxury cruise reviews on this page are from personal experiences. We paid for all of them, with the exception of UnCruise and Princess, which were sponsored trips for Donna’s writing assignments.

How to choose the perfect cruise

As with any trip, booking a cruise based upon your preferences—not those of any writer or marketing material pitching the latest and greatest—is the best way to decide. We make our decision after considering itinerary, size of ship, amenities included, quality of the cruise line and personal experiences with that line.

The best luxury cruise tips

If you’re looking for luxury cruise tips, our Luxury Cruise Planner includes everything from Transatlantic Cruise advice to how to survive a long cruise. We also have a page of shore excursion reviews. And boomer fashionistas will want to check out my tips on cruise wear over 50.

Luxury cruise reviews from a boomer perspective

When you click through to a review, you’ll find a description of the cruise plus articles on the shore excursions that we experienced. It’s a great way to see if a cruise itinerary is right for you, even if you’re cruising on a different cruise line. After all, they mostly go to the same ports.

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Luxury cruise itineraries for active baby boomers

Taking an Arctic Cruise

Alan and I checked off a major bucket list trip with our Silversea Arctic cruise. Not only did we experience the ultimate in active expeditions, but we saw some amazing landscapes. Although we only saw one polar bear, the walrus sightings made up for it. One almost climbed into the zodiac. And then there were the icebergs. Sigh. Check out our time Exploring the Arctic on a luxury expedition ship.

Cruising to Antarctica

We cruised on the 450-passenger Seabourn Quest through South American fjords to the tip of the continent and then across the Drake Passage to Antarctica and beyond, finally ending in Buenos Aires. Talk about an amazing small ship experience! I think my favorite part was visiting South Georgia. Click on Cruising to Antarctica to read all about this boomer travel adventure.

Silver Spirit Atlantic Crossing

On our second time on a Transatlantic Crossing was just as exciting as the first time thanks to the luxury aboard the Silver Spirit. After a few weeks of heartily exploring southern Italy, we were ready for some rest and relaxation, Silversea-style. To read more, click on Silver Spirit Atlantic Crossing from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale. Loved our stops in Menorca and Funchal!

Silver Wind Spring Cruise

Spring is a fantastic time of year for cruising because of the milder weather, which means oodles of active travel options. However you do loose an hour a day going East. But the beautiful spring landscapes were worth it. I especially enjoyed the second segment that visited Sardinia and Sicily. Check out our Springtime Cruise on the Silver Wind Spring to read all about this luxury cruise experience..

Silver Cloud Panama Canal Cruise

Alan and I sailed on Silversea’s Silver Cloud from San Diego to Ft. Lauderdale on an itinerary that included a Panama Canal transit. It was also the first time that we cruised at Christmas and New Year’s. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat (in fact, we have). Discover what it’s like to experience New Year’s Eve (and Christmas) on a luxury cruise on a Silver Cloud Panama Canal Cruise.

Seabourn Sojourn Rome to Ft. Lauderdale

Yes, we do like Transatlantic cruises. What could be better than touring Italy for 10 days and then hopping on a luxury cruise ship for the ride home? We cruised on Seabourn Sojourn on a fall crossing that began in Rome, Italy, and ended in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. It was our introduction to cruising Seabourn-style. And we liked it! 
Check out:Seabourn Sojourn Rome to Ft. Lauderdale.

UnCruise Adventures: Intimate Alaska

Exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage on an extremely small ship cruise is an up-close and personal experience. On the American Safari ship, we anchored in quiet Alaska bays and explored the wilderness rather than stopping in Alaskan port cities. Hiking Baird Glacier was my favorite. What a boomer travel adventure! Click on American Safari Cruises: Intimate Alaska.

Royal Princess Cruise From Venice to Istanbul

It’s no secret that we’re small ship cruise fans, but when Princess Cruises invited Donna to experience the Royal Princess from Venice to Istanbul, she thought it was only fair to learn about large ship cruising. While she wasn’t converted, Donna saw the benefit a larger ship has for multigenerational cruising. Read about her experiences:  Royal Princess Cruise From Venice to Istanbul.

Man sipping coffee looking at a sunrise over the ocean.

Silversea South Pacific Cruise

Luxury cruising in the South Pacific really calls our name, especially Alan’s. Our 62-day Silversea voyage was the stuff of bucket lists. Think French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and Hawaii. We’re definitely repeat this one. Take a look at some of our most memorable adventures while sailing on a Silversea South Pacific Cruise.

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