World's Best 2016 Awards Rank: #6 Small Ocean Ship
Best for: Active, culinary-minded cruisers looking for a small, luxury ship at a more affordable price point
Sails: Africa, Alaska, Asia, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, the Pacific Coast
At a Glance: A Travel + Leisure World’s Best 2016 winner, placing sixth in the Small Ocean Ship category. Windstar is best known for its three sailing yachts, but in 2014 and 2015, the line doubled its fleet, taking over and refurbishing three power yacht-style cruise ships from Seabourn. One of them was the Star Legend, which made its debut in 2015. And while you won’t see a mast or a sail onboard, the vibe is still very Windstar: laid-back, sophisticated, and destination-centric.