The Platinum List 2016


Photo by Elizabeth Lavin


Seabourn (above)
Seabourn treats each ship like a private club. Travelers have access to personalized attention from the staff — basically one member per guest — exclusive itineraries to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and meals developed by esteemed chef Thomas Keller.

Sailing to more than 800 destinations on all seven continents, Silversea offers an all-inclusive experience with specialty expeditions focused on gastronomy, the arts — including opera and ballet — and seven-day “open jaw” adventures with breaching humpback whales in Alaska.
Regent Seven Seas
Regent offers an award-winning fleet with top-notch choices: Champagne and caviar brunch on Sunday, personalized mini bar, spa treatments by Canyon Ranch and executive port service.
Windstar Cruises
Windstar gives guests the chance to make their own vacation through small-ship cruises and multicultural experiences — like exploring Iceland’s fjords and Turkey’s ancient city of Ephesus.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise’s S.S. Antoinette
The S.S. Antoinette is a stately 154-passenger ship featuring lavish Brazilian marble, an onboard cinema and inspired decor including a chandelier from New York’s Tavern on the Green restaurant.
Aqua was the first cruise line to explore the Peruvian Amazon, and expert naturalists and guides accompany the cruises, which hints at Aqua’s underlying philosophy: adventure done in comfort and style.
SeaDream yacht club
“It’s yachting, not cruising,” reads SeaDream’s mission, meaning the agile ships offer custom itineraries to coveted villages, boutique wineries and parts of the rain forest larger ships cannot reach.

Lindblad Expeditions
Lindblad is all about experiencing nature and capturing the moment: Most ships have a videographer who records the amazing encounters — like running into polar bears in the Arctic and underwater dives with sea turtles.

Un-Cruise Adventures
Un-Cruise puts the emphasis on destination. The small-boat and river cruises travel off the -beaten path, like following in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark on the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Tauck River Cruises
This family-owned company offers small-group travel led by local guides and certified Tauck directors in 70 countries, including wildlife safaris in Yellowstone and wine tasting and dinner at the Frescobaldi mansion in Tuscany.