Luxury Cruise Reviews for Small Ship Cruisers

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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.

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.

Boomer Travel Tip

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Luxury cruise itineraries for active baby boomers

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Taking an Arctic Cruise with Silversea

An Arctic cruise is one of the best places to see polar bears in the wild. It’s an expedition cruise experience filled with Arctic wildlife, icebergs, hiking and a visit to the polar ice. Alan and I explored the region on a Silversea Arctic cruise that was definitely a bucket list trip. Make sure your […]

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Sunset in Neumayer Channel

Luxury Antarctica Cruise

Updated 06.22.2020:  A luxury Antarctica cruise had been at the top of our travel bucket list for a long time. When it finally happened, Alan and I chose to cruise to Antarctica with Seabourn. We traveled on the 450-passenger Seabourn Quest through South American fjords to the tip of the continent and then across the […]

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Silversea South Pacific Cruise: 64 days of boomer cruising adventure

A Silversea South Pacific Cruise that will blow your mind: Alan and I enjoy South Pacific cruises so much that we keep booking them—again and again. At last count, we’ve cruised the South Pacific six times. But this page is all about our 64-day Silversea South Pacific Cruise experience. We call it La-La because the […]

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Selinunte, Italy

Silver Wind Spring Cruise

With only 296 guests, a spring cruise with Silver Wind is definitely small ship cruising at its luxurious best. Because of the particularly good buy on this cruise, Alan and I splurged by moving up to a Medallion Suite. We were especially excited about the larger balcony, which was put to good use in the […]

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Safari Quest Alaska Cruise

On an American Safari Alaska cruise, you’ll explore Alaska’s Inside Passage on a small luxury cruise ship that’s more like a yacht. Operated by UnCruise Adventures, this is an up-close and personal Alaska experience that larger cruise ships can’t provide. Visit this page often as we continue to publish articles from this trip. Or subscribe to […]

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Royal Princess Cruise from Venice to Istanbul

Choosing the right cruise line can really make or break you next vacation on the high seas. With plenty of cruising experience under our belt, Alan and I think we have some pretty good ideas of what separates a good cruise from a bad one. Royal Princess Cruise from Venice to Istanbul If you’re a […]

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Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

Crossing the Atlantic on Silver Spirit

When Alan and I plan international land tours, we like to end the trip with a cruise back home. That way, we only have one long international flight to begin the trip plus some sea days at the end of our travels to rest after a busy time of exploring. We put our Transatlantic cruise […]

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Seabourn Sojourn

Seabourn Sojourn Rome to Ft. Lauderdale

We cruised on Seabourn Sojourn on a fall crossing that began in Rome, Italy, and ended in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The experience was unforgettable and just increased our ever-growing love of small luxury cruising. After 10 days of touring Northern Italy on a privately-guided road trip, we were ready for cruise ship pampering.  Visit this […]

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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 sailed over Christmas and New Year’s and we had an amazing experience! Visit this page often as we continue to publish articles from this […]

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Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise

A Rhine River Christmas Market Cruise had been on our bucket list for a long time. In December 2012, Alan and I cruised on AmaWaterways Amacello from Amsterdam to Basel with a land extension in Lucerne and Zurich. As we publish posts, you’ll see them here. Some of the links on this page are referral […]

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Mimosas for breakfast on Silver Spirit

Best Transatlantic Cruise Tips for the Boomer Traveler

Should we travel on a Transatlantic Cruise? At My Itchy Travel Feet, readers ask us that question a lot.  Since Alan and I have cruised on five Atlantic crossings—Regent (Voyager and Navigator), Silversea (Silver Sprit and Silver Wind) and Seabourn (Sojourn)—our answer is a resounding YES! In fact, we have the best transatlantic cruise tips to […]

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Luxury Cruise Wear for Boomer Women

Updated 09.21.2019:  After years of sharing cruise fashion photos on my Facebook profile, many of you have asked me to write more about cruise wear for over 50 women. This is the first of a series of articles about what to wear on a cruise, especially luxury cruises, which is what I know best. My […]

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