The Best of the Best: Our top 6 luxury cruise lines

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At Mundy, we focus on the finest experiences at sea, selling products generally accepted to deliver the best in terms of food, service, operations, planning, itineraries, or whatever it is they need to be the best at in their chosen sphere of operation. This is because we have chosen to specialise in a particular range of holidays at sea. We strongly believe you cannot be all things to all people, so like any high street store, we specialise in a specific area.

Within our niche, we identify six companies as our Best of the Best. How do you choose between them? Here is our thumbnail sketch for each.

Hapag-Lloyd Cruises

Hapag Lloyd's Europa 2 is identified by the Berlitz Guide to Cruising as the best in the world, with a rarely awarded Five Stars Plus rating. We love the ship for its spacious Nordic public areas, the sweeping seaviews from everywhere - even the lifts - the amazing choice of restaurants, and the comfortable accommodation.

· Request a Hapag-Lloyd Cruises brochure

Silversea

With Silversea, you can choose from the classic fleet of comfortable small ships, ranging in size from 290 to 550 guests, or the Silversea Expeditions fleet taking you way beyond the ordinary on off the beaten track adventures to explore the bucket list you never knew you had. Either way the all-inclusive pricing and high levels of hospitality ensure a special holiday. The latest Silversea ship, Silver Muse, will join the fleet in 2017.

· Request a Silversea brochure

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

The most inclusive of All-Inclusives, on Regent Seven Seas Cruises even the entry level suite has its own verandah (except on the little Seven Seas Navigator), and with flights, shore excursions, all drinks, meals and gratuities included in the fare, not to mention wi-fi and so much more in certain grades, the Regent offering is compelling. Add to that a wide choice of dining and relaxed style, and you certainly have a winner. Seven Seas Explorer will be launched in summer 2016.

· Request a Regent Seven Seas Cruises brochure

Seabourn

Seabourn's trio of sisters, each carrying 450 guests, offer a stylish and relaxed experience with lots of al fresco options, plenty of deck space, and a close connection with the sea. New slightly larger ships join the fleet in late 2016 and 2017, to extend a global range of itineraries, with short options and opportunities to combine a series of cruises to create long voyages, with inclusive fares, open dining and a laid back elegance.

· Request a Seabourn brochure

Crystal Cruises

Crystal's sisters Symphony and Serenity offer an amazing combination of space, options and outstanding service, with a more comprehensive programme on board, and carefully planned itineraries including lots of overnights in port and relaxing days at sea. On the brink of a huge period of growth, a yacht, river vessels and private jets will soon be added to the portfolio, not to mention a trio of 'Exclusive class' vessels from 2019.

· Request a Crystal Cruises brochure

SeaDream Yacht Club

The tiny intimate SeaDream yachts, accommodating just over 100 guests each, are a firm Mundy favourite, with a unique outdoorsy laid-back style which is hard to replicate elsewhere. Whether playing with the water toys from the marina at the back of the ship, taking a bicycle ashore to explore a tiny island, snorkelling off the beach, dining at a private table just for you, out on deck, or sleeping under the stars, you will enjoy every minute of your Sea Dream.

· Request a SeaDream Yacht Club brochure

Still confused? Speak to our cruise consultants, they will help you make the right choice for you.

Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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