To step it up a notch and pursue that once-in-a-lifetime trip, there are several specialty cruise lines that offer luxurious trips on the next level. The opulent vessels of specialty cruise lines provide an extra layer of indulgence to make your vacation truly memorable.

AZAMARA CLUB CRUISES – With a plethora of niche destinations, these 686-passenger ships are small enough to visit worldwide locations that are inaccessible to larger vessels. Azamara prides itself on the ability to visit many exotic, off-the-beaten-track sites, often with overnight stays to give guests the opportunity for an additional day of exploration and wonder. These also feature night exploration guided tours after dinner. The ships offer a host of inclusive amenities such as gratuity, wine, beer and standard spirits. Cabins embody sophistication at sea with special touches such as fresh-cut flowers in your room, complimentary shoe shine service and luxuriant toiletries. For an extra fee, Azamara offers an exclusive couples experience called “Nights in Private Places” with a personal butler, champagne, romantic dinner, private evening swim and a luxurious outdoor bed where you can sleep under the stars.

FATHOM – This brand new cruise line specializes in trips to Cuba and the Dominican Republic on its custom ship, the Adonia, a 722-passenger modern luxury liner with all the amenities a cruise ship should have – restaurants, lounges, gym, pools and a beautiful spa. Fathom’s unique approach, coined “impact travel,” is based on partnerships with these countries. Passengers can not only appreciate the beauty of these countries, but have the opportunity to meet and work alongside the local people in a variety of community development programs. These one-of-a-kind cultural exchange activities with ground transportation and meals ashore are included in your fare, but the distinction doesn’t stop when you set sail again. Cuban culture is showcased throughout the ship, with cuisine, history, movies and music to warm your soul. These cruises are more than just a vacation; they are a meaningful personal experience to carry home in your heart and mind.

PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES – This custom cruise line specializes in Tahiti, Bora Bora & Society Island trips. They are the undisputed experts in this region, offering ways to see and learn about these idyllic Polynesian islands and their unique culture. A high crew to guest ratio ensures that the 332 passengers on board their luxurious ship are pampered to the utmost. All cabins are ocean-view, and 70% have balconies. Their luxurious ship houses just 332 guests, all in ocean-view cabins, most with balconies. All guests receive a complimentary beverage package, access to the poolside grill and two fine restaurants, plus a private beach in Bora Bora and a picturesque private islet called Motu Mahana. You can also take advantage of their dive program and many lectures that will enlighten and surprise. If this region is calling you, there is no better way to explore it than through these dedicated professionals. Cruise & Travel Depot is a certified Pearls Agent with Paul Gauguin Cruises.

REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES – Regent has redefined the meaning of all-inclusive. When you book with them, your fare covers more than just your cruise on one of their all-suite ships. It also covers roundtrip air travel (if to Europe, this extends to business class), transfers between airport and ship, unlimited shore excursions, onboard wireless internet, gourmet and specialty restaurants, 24-hour room service, spa treatments, wellness programs, open bars and lounges, unlimited beverages (including fine wines and premium spirits), and prepaid gratuities – all at no additional cost to you. Guest suites feature a complimentary mini-bar, and 97% of them have private balconies. Notable among their many itineraries is the 128-night around-the-world cruise, an ultimate trek around the globe in the epitome of comfort. Cruise & Travel Depot is a certified Regent Seven Seas Specialist.

TAUCK RIVER CRUISE – If you seek a family-friendly river cruise, Tauck goes the extra mile to accommodate your little ones. Their itineraries span Africa, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand and the United States. They even have family safari itineraries in Africa! Tauck also hosts certain themed river cruises, such as Castles on the Rhine, or Musical Magic and Christmas Markets along the Danube. With shore excursions specially designed to appeal to everyone, this is a vacation to ignite the spark of exploration in kids of all ages, and create memories that will last a lifetime. They also conduct dedicated multi-generational cruises so that grandparents can share in the experience with their children and grandchildren. All shore excursions are included in your cruise fare, along with all available amenities; in fact, Tauck doesn’t offer any up-sell options, because it’s all included in your cruise price.

VIKING RIVER CRUISE – Boasting the largest river fleet in the world, Viking River Cruises include at least one complimentary shore excursion per port stop. This refined carrier visits waterways crossing into Russia, Asia, Europe and even the famous Nile River in Egypt. Wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner service onboard, and they also provide one night in a deluxe hotel before and after your cruise. While onboard, learn more about your destinations with presentations on the history, architecture and traditions of where you are going, as well as cuisine, art, dance and language – a cultural smorgasbord to enhance your trip. Whether it’s a ride through the interior of Europe on the Rhine or the Danube, or floating down China’s magnificent Yangtze River, your imagination will set sail on one of Viking River Cruise’s elegant ships.

“Even the upper end of the river believes in the ocean.”
William Stafford