P & O Cruises
P & O Cruises have, believe it or not, been cruising for 170 years and tailor their interior design, menu and service style to suit British tastes. Departing from Southampton in the UK, they typically run six different routes around the world and offer both family friendly ships and adult only vessels. They have a reputation for gourmet dining, and all their chefs are members of the Chanene des Rôtisseurs, an international organization for upscale dining. Ultra luxury suites complete with butlers, balconies and personal stewards are available.
Another very experienced and quintessentially British cruise line, Cunard has been offering world cruises since 1922, including trips on the famous Queen Elizabeth ship. Aside of all the usual amenities you'd expect on a high-end cruise ship, they offer some unusual touches like a planetarium, champagne bar, the largest ballroom on any ship at sea and even an English country garden.
Fred Olsen Cruises offer a more intimate and friendly cruising experience with slightly smaller ships and a more relaxed style of service, and as you might expect from a Norwegian owned company, gourmet seafood and fish dishes feature highly on the menu. Fred Olsen offer a wide range of cabins on all their ships, from small singles to luxurious suites and also have cruises leaving from the UK.
Renowned for its friendly American style service, Princess operates two main round the world ships, the 'small' 700 passenger Pacific Princess and the Dawn Princess megaship, which carries 1,950 cruisers around the world with a dizzying array of entertainments and facilities.
Holland America Line
Holland America offers higher end 5-star "premium" cruising and have some of the most spacious and comfortable ships anywhere at sea. Mid-sized compared to some of the other cruise liners, they aim to balance the range of facilities on offer with a luxurious and elegant atmosphere.
Silversea Cruises are generally considered the best cruise line in the world, and have won numerous industry awards for their uncompromising service levels. Luxurious all-suite accommodation, exquisite gourmet dining and very high staff to cruiser ratio provides a level of individualised attention that you simply will not find anywhere else.
Regent Seven Seas
Regent Seven Seas are a relative newcomer to the luxury cruise market, and have earned a reputation for excellence on their all-inclusive ultra-luxury vessels. Running three mid-size and two smaller adventure vessels, Regent offer extremely high quality cruising experiences, with some of the best gourmet dining anywhere on or off land.
Yachts of Seabourn
Yachts of Seabourn have two brand new ships, the Seabourn Sojourn and Seabourn Quest respectively, leaving on their maiden voyages in 2011 and 2012, and both will be visiting 42 ports across 5 continents. With just 450 guests on each, the ships will cruise through the Panama Canal, across the South Pacific to New Zealand and Australia, through Southeast Asia and India, and up to Egypt and Arabia. The smaller passenger numbers should mean there's no crowds, and with sector options running from 28 to 111 nights, you have plenty of reasons to cruise a little longer.
So whiche cruise line looks to you the most, there's a dazzling array of luxurious ways to see the world and leave your worries behind on a round the world cruise adventure.