For experienced cruisers or newcomers, the fantasy of having one’s own private yacht to sail the seven seas comes closer to reality with exotic itineraries on upscale, uncrowded ships.
These newly built or luxuriously refurbished modern sailing vessels feature French gastronomy, elegant styling, and unique voyages with all-inclusive packages. Travel is privileged yet unpretentious aboard a small majestic sailing yacht or megayacht.
From the tall ships of Star Clippers to Windstar's motorized sailing yachts and power yachts, they all deliver an intimate yacht style experience for just 150 to 300 guests and voyages to some the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors.
Vacationers and romantics who want to cruise in an even more intimate setting should also consider a cruise on the Le Ponant luxury sailing yacht, and the super-yachts Crystal Esprit and Celebrity Xpedition.
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Star Clippers is a different kind of cruise line since all of its vessels are tall ships that look much like the sailing ships of the late 19th century. However, as much as they look like these majestic ships of old, they include most of the modern amenities that today's travelers expect on an adventure cruise vacation.
The Star Clippers' ships sail the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Panama Canal, grand trips across the Atlantic on voyages of 4 to 21 days as well as new itineraries in Asia.
Windstar Cruises is ideal for travelers who want a relaxing cruise in a casual, yet luxurious environment. The ambiance on the ships is much like a country club--good food, good drinks, and good company. Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of luxury motorized yachts with sails and motorized power yachts, cruising to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America.
Designed not just for travel, but for exploration, this 100-guest mega-yacht sails to the Galapagos Islands, one of the world's last pristine environments, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
In an innovative move, Celebrity Cruises sub-brand is offering travelers unusual cruise experiences in exotic destinations aboard a small luxury vessel.
An entirely new class of luxury small ship cruising has been introduced by Crystal Cruises with the launch of the Crystal Esprit.
Designed for just 62 discerning individuals who seek privileged access to some of the world’s most beautiful maritime destinations including the Seychelles islands, the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean and the Adriatic.
The 64-passenger Le Ponant is a three-masted sailing ship that sails for Ponant. It cruises the Mediterranean and visits the Red Sea, Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean, with cruises to the Maldives and Seychelles.
The intimate onboard spaces create a convivial atmosphere among guests, and the crew offer friendly and personalized service. The ship is also available for private charters.