Travel & Leisure World's Best - Top Small Ship Cruise Lines of 2017

By Samantha Scott
August 7, 2017

Each year, Travel and Leisure Magazine announces their much anticipated list of "Worlds Best Awards." 

Results are consumer based, compiled from a survey sent to Travel & Leisure readers, so this list of tour companies is truly a representation of what real travelers prefer. 

The 2017 winners for Top Small Ship Cruise Lines, are almost all recognizable names - offering supreme customer service, and adventurous touch, and covering destinations around the world. 

Here are the Top 5 Small Ship Cruise Lines of 2017:

1. Crystal Yacht Expeditions

This award winning cruise line has a very strong focus on customer service and providing a luxurious intimate setting for your river cruise. 

See all Crystal Yacht Cruises »

2. Ecoventura

A leader in sustainable tourism for the cruise industry, Ecoventura specializes in cruises to the Galapagos Islands. They are a great choice for families!

See all Ecoventura tours »

3. Australis

Specializing in South America - specifically Patagonia and Cape Horn, Australis are the perfect luxury small ship cruise operator for adventurous travelers. 

See all Australis Cruises »

4. Lindblad

A regular staple on Travel & Leisures Worlds Best list, Lindblad provides small ship cruises to far flung destinations. They have an adventure travel focus, providing many exciting shore excursions. 

See all Lindblad Cruises »

5. SeaDream Yacht Club

A new name on the list, SeaDream Yacht Club was founded in 2001, and has been steadily growing in popularity, offering exclusive semi-private yacht tours in the Mediterranean, Caribbean. They do also offer some transatlantic voyages.


Want even more? See the full Top 10 List »

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