In 1922, upscale clientele boarded Cunard Line’s Laconia for the first cruise ship itinerary to circle the globe. Today almost 100 year later cruise passengers have many luxury small ship cruise options from long to short voyages.
Passengers can choose a pampering yacht experience or opt for a vacation on a midsize ship. There are adventurous expeditions to remote destinations or simply upgrade to a suite on a range of cruise lines. If you prefer mega ships you can choose the exclusive” ship with in the ship” area of these vessels. With upgrades so go the benefits.
Boutique cruising is becoming so attractive to the luxury cruiser that even the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company is launching its own brand in 2019 the Ritz- Carlton Yacht Collection with three, 298 passenger, all suite, all-balcony luxury yachts.
An advantage of the smaller upscale ships is the ability to be more all-inclusive & because of their size there can experience smaller ports & destinations that the big boats cannot.