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15 of the Most Luxurious Winter Cruises in the World

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Cruising is not the type of travel that appeals to everyone. But for those who do love taking to the high seas, you might as well do it in style.

Luxury cruises are essentially floating resorts. The amenities define the experience as much as the destinations, with your every whim and desire catered to on a silver platter. The best boats boast extravagant culinary creations, all-inclusive top-shelf spirits, bespoke excursions, five-star spas and activities to keep you educated, hydrated and busy. If you're looking for standout winter getaways, add one of these departures to your travel plans.

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Silversea — Antarctica Expedition Cruise

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $27,000

If you dream to see Antarctica up close in person, winter is the time to go. Wintertime here in the states is summer season there. This all-inclusive package includes charter flights, suite upgrades, a complimentary parka, guided Zodiac boat and shore excursions led by expedition team members, up to 24-hour room service depending on the boat, gratuities, WiFi and even your own tailored minibar.

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Silversea — Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $11,100

It's also summer in South America, and the Galapagos Islands are one of the most unique and undisrupted habitats on Earth. Included in this luxury tour are flights between Ecuador and the islands, national park fees, pre- and post-cruise hotels, a complimentary parka, guided Zodiac boat and shore excursions led by expedition team members, up to 24-hour room service depending on the boat, gratuities, WiFi and a minibar customized to your preferences.

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Crystal Cruises — Great Barrier Reef Luxury Cruise

Dates: Sailing February 2018
Cost: Starting from $9,230

The ultimate tropical paradise, this incredible cruise takes you Down Under to the Great Barrier Reef, the world's largest protected coral reef, with two maiden calls in Papua New Guinea. Based in the Southern Hemisphere, the South Pacific experiences the opposite weather as North America, so it will be all sun and fun when you visit. The all-inclusive price includes premium spirits at open bars throughout the ship, twice-daily housekeeping service, personal butler service and all gratuities.

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Cunard — Southampton to Sydney

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $18,819

If you have time to take an extended vacation, this 51-day itinerary on the Queen Elizabeth takes you from Southampton to Sydney, stopping at two Caribbean Islands, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, French Polynesia and finally New Zealand and Australia. Included are 24-hour dining, afternoon tea, dance classes, fencing, bridge lessons and a fully stocked library for plenty of rest and relaxation or active pursuits.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises — Sydney to Bali (Benoa)

Dates: Sailing February 2018
Cost: Starting from $28,499

If coral reefs and koalas sound like the way to escape the winter blues, this extravagant trip on the Seven Seas Voyager from Sydney to Bali will be right up your alley. Included is business-class airfare on all intercontinental flights, domestic airfare, airport transfers, unlimited shore excursions, gratuities, WiFi and a premium open bar to imbibe at will.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruise — Miami to Rio de Janeiro

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $29,599

Known as a combination cruise, this two-for-one all-inclusive getaway is an incredible 51-day South American sojourn on the Seven Seas Mariner. You'll journey all the way down the coast from Miami to Rio de Janeiro with stops in Mexico, Central America, Peru, Chile, Brazil and beyond.

Luxury perks include free first-class air on domestic flights, free business-class air on intercontinental flights, free garment pressing, a free hotel stay pre-cruise, free phone time and WiFi, priority online dining reservations, unlimited beverages and unlimited shore excursions.

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Crystal Cruises — Panama Passage Treasure Cruise

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $7,160

On this sun-kissed voyage to explore the architectural marvels of the Panama Canal, you'll also peruse Mexican Riviera resort towns and vibrant Central American cities. The journey takes you from Charleston to Los Angeles to escape the winter chill near the equator.

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Oceania Cruises — Indian Ocean Exploration

Dates: Sailing February 2018
Cost: Starting from $10,799

This Indian Ocean voyage takes you from Cape Town to Singapore, hitting all of Africa's safari hot spots along the way. You'll visit Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Seychelles before sailing to the Maldives, India, Myanmar and Malaysia. Included are amazing upgrades like a free three-night Winelands and Wildlife tour pre-cruise or $700 in onboard credit to splurge in style.

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AmaWaterways — Magnificent Europe (Christmas Cruise)

Dates: Sailing December 2017
Cost: Starting from $5,599

Offering the perfect winter cruises, AmaWaterways has a few options to luxuriously hop between the most festive Christmas markets in Europe. The premier voyage explores the medieval towns and grand capitals of Austria, Germany, Hungary and the Netherlands as you snake your way down the regal Rhine and Danube rivers.

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Uniworld — India’s Golden Triangle and the Sacred Ganges

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $8,099

India's Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra) is as much a modern marvel of architecture as a symbol of hope and love. Included aboard this all-suite ship are curated shore excursions, bicycles to borrow, WiFi and much more.

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Viking Cruises — From Miami Into the Amazon

Dates: Sailing February 2018
Cost: Starting from $6,999

A cruise through the tropics with stops throughout the Caribbean, you'll make your way from Miami to the Amazon as you migrate south to snowbird. Included are nine tours, guided excursions at each port of call, free airfare from 150 U.S. cities, unlimited WiFi, afternoon tea and private verandas in every room.

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Seabourn — Season of Sun Exploration

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $8,999

This 28-day trek across the Caribbean on the Seabourn Odyssey is the place to reclaim your color if you're looking a little pasty this winter. Your oceanfront suite, personalized minibar, included gratuities and meals created by famed chef Thomas Keller are just part of the five-star experience.

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Celebrity — Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan

Dates: Sailing February 2018
Cost: Starting from $9,649

The theme of this cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium is Asian celebration. You'll tour Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and China, culminating in a stop at the Pingxi Lantern Festival. A life-changing event, the sky is illuminated with hopeful flickers of wishes and desires. The Discovery Channel has called it the second-largest New Year's Festival worldwide, so you don't want to miss this fiery fiesta.

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Windstar Cruises — Tahiti and the Tuamotu Islands

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $3,399

A glamorous small-ship tour of the Society Islands, this exclusive French Polynesia paradise is not one many have the privilege of seeing. You'll explore one of the most untouched and highly protected bioreserves on the planet as you hop between Bora Bora, Moorea and Tahiti. Included are airfare, luxury beach resorts and plenty of water toys to escape the drab North American winter days.

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Norwegian Cruise Line — Oahu Explorer Marriott Waikiki

Dates: Sailing January 2018
Cost: Starting from $3,179

Nowhere says "escape the cold" quite like Hawaii. This combined land-and-water cruise will whisk you between Honolulu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island, stopping everywhere from small surf towns to iconic sites like Pearl Harbor. As a bonus, you don't even need to pack your passport.

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