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These cruise lines have the most unique variety of ships sailing today – including tall, majestic sailing ships, to paddle-wheel steamboats and ultra-luxurious private yachts. With these lines, the destination is equally as important as getting there. Many lines specialize in specific regions of the world. You will be immersed in the culture and guided by an experienced staff who is well-versed in local customs and traditions. If you’re one who likes to go “off the beaten path” but still wants to travel in comfort and style, then one of these cruise lines might be right for you.

Cruise West
A second-generation, family-owned business based in Seattle – offers the opportunity to explore remote, worldwide locales by providing distinctive, one-of-a-kind, personalized itineraries not offered by the traditional larger cruise lines. Cruise West’s smaller ships – ten in all – hold between 70-138 people each, and the casual style onboard encourages relaxation and congenial interaction between guests and crew alike. The experience is personally enriching through expert Exploration Leaders providing onboard narrative and lectures, special local guests from a wide variety of backgrounds, and the library provided on each vessel. All have forward lounges and ample outdoor deck space for viewing and photographing wildlife and scenery. All vessels are also equipped with inflatable landing boats for close-up exploration of remote areas and shore landings.  Destinations served include: Alaska and the Bering Sea, British Columbia, Columbia & Snake Rivers, California Wine Country, Mexico's Sea of Cortés, Costa Rica & Panama, The U.S. eastern seaboard, the Caribbean, Japan, the South Pacific, the Kuril Islands, and the Great Lakes.
Star Clippers
Discover a new age of sailing, where the traditions of the past are combined with the modern comforts and amenities of the present.  Perfect for cruising in casual elegance. Their itineraries range from the sun-kissed Mediterranean to the exotic Far East and the Caribbean.  On board you will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, friendly crew, and international cuisine, all in pampered comfort. If you're a boating enthusiast, you can choose to lend a hand hoisting the sails, you can climb the mast, or you can just lay back and let the crew do all the work. The fleet features the Star Clipper, Star Flyer or their new flagship the Royal Clipper, the largest fully rigged sailing ship in the world today. As thousands of feet of sail unfurl above you, you'll feel the elation of those mariners of long ago.
Sea Dream Yacht Club
SeaDream Yacht Club is an innovative, new yachting company that operates the twin, ultra-luxury mega yachts SeaDream I and SeaDream II. Since their introduction in September 2001, they have become the prototypes of the casual and intimate yachting experience. SeaDream Yacht Club has built upon this legacy and today the two sleek and stylish SeaDream yachts are highly acclaimed by discerning travelers seeking a unique seagoing experience and by travel industry observers worldwide. The latest indication of this may be seen in the just released Conde Nast Traveler Cruise Poll for 2006 where tiny and tony SeaDream II scored super high---A Perfect 100 in Dining and Service.  No other passenger vessels---small, medium or large---received the perfect 100 accolade in 2006 for dining or service in this authoritative travel publication. Additionally, Berlitz Ocean Cruising and Cruise Ships guide for 2006 just announced, for the fourth straight year, the SeaDream I and II topped all other Five Star ships. Author Douglas Ward called SeaDream "Utterly exclusive."

As SeaDream’s President says, "We are not a cruise line. We are a yacht company and we provide a yachting experience." Yachting features an open and unstructured ambience that provides each guest the opportunity to enjoy it at their own pace and in their own style. They like to express this as "No clocks, no crowds, no lines, and no stress." The key word for the SeaDream yachting experience is "unstructured". It is all about personal choice, a free form holiday in which guests feel that they are aboard their own yacht. That is why they say, "It's yachting, not cruising".

Viking River Cruises
A river cruise is the ideal way to discover Europe, Russia or China. Viking River Cruises offers European river cruises, China river cruises along the Yangtze, and Russian river cruises. From their award-winning ships to outstanding service to crew who speaks your language, you'll discover the best of European vacations is aboard a Viking ship.  Unlike an ocean cruise or bus tour, river cruises visit a port nearly every day – you’ll enjoy scenic river cruising in between ports of call, and see the best of your destination up close with insider access!
Recipient of multiple awards from Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, Viking River Cruises offers discriminating travelers comfortable, affordable and all-inclusive river cruise vacations along the great rivers of Europe, Russia & China.
Windstar Cruises
"180° from Ordinary" describes Windstar's small luxury sail cruises. Elegantly casual and relaxed atmosphere features no assigned-seat dining, no ties or jackets required and five-star cuisine. Visiting some of the world’s small, exotic and most fascinating ports on ships accommodating 148 to 308 pampered guests, Windstar’s clientele averages around 51, professional, well-educated, and seek a unique vacation experience.
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