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The Best Cruise Lines in The World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards

Condé Nast Traveler Logo By Cynthia Drescher of Condé Nast Traveler | Slide 1 of 51: Vantage operates ships and cruises all around the world, with itineraries in locations as disparate as the South Pacific, Antarctica, and Central America. The line’s main draws, though, are its European river cruises, from Christmas market sailings on the Danube to wine-harvest excursions on Portugal's Douro River. Expect just 134 to 176 other passengers on each sailing.

Quiet. Small. Subdued. This is what travelers seem to be craving this year. How do we know? Well, once the surveys start pouring in—this year there were more than 429,000 of them—we become Tom Cruise in 'Minority Report,' analyzing behaviors and locations, fitting together pieces of a puzzle until a full snapshot of where and how you travel emerges. This year it was all about comfort. You stayed closer to home than ever before, pushing more cities like Chicago, Charleston, and now Nashville to the top of our lists. You favored the Caribbean—even Hawaii felt far—and islands like Hilton Head, Amelia, and Kiawah. The properties that impressed you most were smaller and less flashy than in years past (the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore was your favorite hotel in the U.S.), and our small-cruise-ship list is longer than it's ever been, suggesting that the right kind of less *is* more. It's also been a year of self-care: Five spa resorts ranked higher than ever. The world has changed in ways no one could have predicted, and so it stands to reason that how we get away from it all would, too.

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