Top Rated Cruises of 2019

For those people who are able to get away from their work lives and take a long dreamt of vacation, a cruise is the perfect getaway. However, some cruise lines are a cut above the rest. If you're looking for a holiday that's beyond luxurious, you can't do better than a cruise. There are cruises and there are cruises. If you are looking for a particularly high-class experience, look no further than these top cruise lines.

1. Azamara

Azamara is the top of the line in the Royal Caribbean family of cruise lines, which also includes Celebrity Cruises. Free wine is offered at lunch and dinner, making the cost of alcohol no longer a problem on board. Careful, though! After dinner you just might want to buy one of the delicious glasses of Pimm's at the bar. One of the best things about Azamara is that the ship often stays in port for a couple of days at a time. From gorgeous, lavish cabins to the small stuff, like an inventive dessert left on your pillow each night, Azamara cruises is truly a luxurious experience.

2. The World at ResidenSea

If you really want to experience the height of luxury at sea, The World at ResidenSea is one of the top cruise lines on earth. This is the only ship that offers the option of purchasing an apartment and living onboard. The World plays host to princes and kings, celebrities and billionaires. The ship sails nonstop all over the world, changing its location depending on the weather and the local attractions. If you want to join the ship for one of its legs, or even spend time aboard traveling around the world, you're very welcome. The price tag for this experience is achingly high, but if you can afford it, The World is the experience of a lifetime.

3. Regent Seven Seas Explorer

Called 'the most luxurious cruise ship in the world', this brand-new offering from Regent Seven Seas, a subsidiary of Norwegian Cruise Lines, is a spectacular experience. Passengers are met with glasses of champagne upon embarkation and staff addresses you by name from the moment you step onboard. Unique touches like leather floors and works by Picasso make this ship live up to its name. Even better, the Explorer stays in port late into the night.

4. Ponant's Le Laperouse

This ship is small enough to offer a sense of elite exclusiveness, and also access ports the larger ships can't dream of. It has one of the first underwater experiences at sea, where guests can watch the underwater life go by while drinking champagne.

5. Queen Mary II

For those of you who've always dreamed of the ultimate luxury of the Cunard lines, and love the antique experience of the past, the Queen Mary II is still sailing. It includes a planetarium and is one of the only ships at sea that allows you to bring your pet onboard. If you're in love with the romance of the past, the Queen Mary is still the most elegant way to sail the seas.