Boutique Cruising From Inside Out

Soothing massage moments on desk…  Wine lists that are the envy of any top restaurant… Afternoon teas… Sumptuous spas… White-glove restaurant service… Decadent 5-star cuisine… Free shore excursions… An attentive staff at your beck and call… The list goes on.

Small-ship cruise lines have upped the ante on luxurious options, providing unique itineraries and pampered experiences that compare with the best of what you can find on land. Here’s our take on two of the most popular small-ship lines and their key differentiators.


Boutique Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Recommended for you by Myranda Miller, Manager, Halifax Shopping Centre


“Oceania stands out from the pack by offering destination-rich itineraries to interesting ports of call and upscale inclusions–all for lower fares than you would expect.”

Who’s on board:
This line attracts professional singles and well-travelled couples from their late-thirties to retirees who have the time for and prefer longer cruises. The atmosphere on board is decidedly adult and sophisticated, albeit casual, and there are no dedicated children’s facilities.

Ask Myranda


Boutique Cruise Line: Windstar Cruises
Recommended for you by Lisa MaNeil, Burnside, NS


“Cruising with Windstar is like being aboard your own personal yacht and having access to small, charming ports. No more big ships for me! Windstar’s frequent sales and promos make it accessible to anyone wanting this experience.” 


Who’s on board: Once known solely for its masted ships, Windstar has doubled its fleet with the addition of three 212-passenger ex-Seabourn motor yachts. All ships feature itineraries that mix marquee and exotic ports, a fabulous variety of dining venues, deluxe spa facilities and luxurious accommodations. 

Ask Lisa