Wednesday 20 December 2023

Signature Luxury Travel & Style awards World’s Best Expedition Ships

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The winners of the highly anticipated 2023 Luxury Cruise Awards have been revealed by premium travel magazine, Signature Luxury Travel & Style.

The awards are a compendium of the world’s finest ocean, river, expedition, family and tall-ship cruising. Our fifth annual awards celebrate the top cruise lines, ships and operators in the industry – all of which are thriving.

The annual Luxury Cruise Awards are judged by a panel of 19 leading luxury cruise experts and travel advisors who rate major cruise lines across 11 key categories, including suites, service, dining, wellness, itineraries and shore excursions.

Each cruise line is awarded points that are tallied to determine the overall winners. From onboard and on-shore services to facilities and experiences, our winners and finalists set the standard for the future of cruising. 

In the category of the World’s Best Luxury Expedition Ships, the winners were:

1. Silversea Expeditions

Travelling deep into the farthest reaches of the Earth in sustainable style, Silversea is applauded for having one of the highest ice-class ratings in the industry.

2. Seabourn

Built for diverse environments, Seabourn’s expedition ships are crafted specifically for luxury travellers. You won’t want for anything in remote realms.

3. Ponant

Judges are impressed that Ponant is dedicated to taking passengers to impossible places while providing top-tier comforts and experiences.

Finalists: Swan Hellenic, True North, Viking Expeditions

In the category of the World’s Best Four-Star Expedition Ships

1. Quark Expeditions

Quark Expeditions’ fleet continues to evolve in the luxury stakes, offering a vast range of adventure activities via toys like multiple helicopters.

2. Lindblad Expeditions

It comes as no surprise that Lindblad’s fleet of expedition ships sets the bar high when it comes to environmental awareness.

=3. Aurora Expeditions

Aurora has always been committed to the environment, and judges applaud the company’s commitment to stylish sustainability.

=3. Hurtigruten Expeditions

Few cruise lines are as dedicated to preserving the places they visit as Hurtigruten Expeditions, leading the charge when it comes to state-of-the-art onboard tech.

Finalists: Antarctica21, Aranui Cruises, Coral Expeditions, UnCruise Adventures

Louise Goldsbury
One of the judges, Louise Goldsbury, veteran cruise journalist and long-time friend of, said:

"This year's winners were no surprise but they have all improved in leaps and bounds. 

Quark Expeditions’ fleet continues to evolve with adventure activities and multiple helicopters. Lindblad, Aurora and Hurtigruten are leaders in environmental awareness, which is increasingly important to Australian travellers.

"The top 3 luxury winners excel in onboard indulgence and extra luxuries such as Silversea's private charter flights to skip the Drake Passage, while Ponant has some never-before-seen itineraries to the farthest reaches of the poles aboard a PC2 hybrid-electric, LNG-powered icebreaker.

"There's never been a greater range of ways to experience an expedition cruise, no matter what your preferences and travelling style."

All of these cruise lines can be booked by independent Expedition Cruise Specialists

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