Consider Upgrading to a Luxury Cruise
If you're planning a special getaway, you might want to spend a few extra dollars to splurge on an experience you won't soon forget. Luxury ships are generally smaller than their mainstream contemporaries, and great pride is taken in the level of personalized service provided. Luxury lines also tend to have robust pre- and post-cruise land packages so you can make the most of your vacation experience.
Something to love about luxury ships: most of them offer all-suite accommodations with ocean views (no inside cabins!), and a majority of staterooms have a balcony. Easy access to the outdoors is especially important when you're sailing Alaska, Hawaii, the Caribbean, Chile, Norway, French Polynesia, or anywhere where you just can't get enough of the spectacular views.
On most of the luxury lines -- Azamara, Regent, Paul Gauguin, SeaDream, Seabourn and Silversea -- there is no charge for alcoholic beverages -- at the bar, in the restaurants and lounges, or even in your stateroom (your minibar will be stocked with a bottle of wine or champagne, beer and soft drinks).
Smaller ships, including those in the luxury category, are able to visit places their bigger counterparts can't or don't. Luxury ships often visit very popular ports, say Greece's Santorini, on a day and time when the village isn't overrun with tourists from the mega-ships. Luxury lines also tend to overnight in popular ports so you can get a real sense of the place and enjoy both daytime and nighttime shore excursions.