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Seabourn’s five ships feature fewer than 300 suites each—but they leverage that small size into access at some of the world’s most beloved yacht ports: St. Tropez in the south of France; the Greek island of Kos; and popular large ports like Dubrovnik and Monte Carlo.

Historically, shipping lines built liners for the transoceanic trade to a higher standard than that of a typical cruise ship, with higher freeboard and stronger plating to withstand rough seas and adverse conditions encountered in the open North Atlantic ocean.

Already the go-to for many travelers who consider it the best cruise search engine, Kayak offers an excellent phone app, too ( iOS Android ). Although you can’t book cruises through the app, you can connect your email inbox and automatically import existing bookings, share trips with friends, and link your Google and Facebook accounts.

As an artificial intelligence cruise advisor, Crusewatch created technology that makes searching and booking a cruise more efficient—the first, it calls Cruise Price Prediction.” In short, Cruisewatch collected and stored the daily price for each ship and cabin over a span of five years, resulting in more than 100 million data points—and a massive database that informs exactly when cruise prices are lowest, and when the greatest saving potential exists.

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