8 Luxury Cruises Around The World
For lovers of luxury, there's nothing better than stepping into sumptuous surrounds with hidden extras that keep you smiling from point A to point B. We've selected the eight best luxury cruise ships visiting the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Baltics, Asia and the South Pacific, so you know where to find your next cruise holiday.
1. Crystal Cruises
At 68,870 tons, Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity is a giant in the world of luxury cruising but with capacity for just 1,070 passengers, it also has one of the largest space ratios of any cruise ship. All cabins and suites have an ocean view, many have balconies and butler service. The vessel has become inclusive, with drinks, specialty dining and gratuities included in the price.
2. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
St Petersburg is the jewel in the crown in the Baltic and on a 10-night cruise from Copenhagen to Stockholm with Regent Seven Seas Cruises you stay in the city three days so there’s plenty of time to see palaces, cruise the canals and take in a ballet in the evening. And because Regent includes shore excursions in the price, all the sightseeing is free. The cruise is on the all-balcony, all-suite 700-passenger Seven Seas Voyager.
Seabourn’s yacht-like Seabourn Quest and its seven-day cruise from Venice to Civitavecchia (for Rome) combine luxurious living at sea with fashionable destinations along the Adriatic. The ship, with room for just 450 passengers, is all about fine dining, unobtrusive service and spacious suites, with all drinks, dining and gratuities included in the price, as are water sports from the vessel’s own marina. Port days include visits to stylish Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia, and super-chic Sorrento in Italy.
Be immersed in Vietnamese culture while enjoying 6-star living on a nine-day cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore on Silversea’s 382-passenger Silver Shadow. There’s an overnight stay in Ho Chi Minh City, with market visits, cooking classes and the Viet Cong Cu Chi Tunnels among tours, and visits to Haiphong, to see Hanoi, and Ha Long Bay, Chan May and Nha Trang. On board you’ll find drinks, gratuities and some speciality dining in the price, and a new smaller charge for fine dining in Le Champagne.
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Cunard’s 12-night cruise from Venice to Piraeus (for Athens) on Queen Elizabeth is all about tradition. There are no included drinks; gratuities and speciality dining are extra; and there are fixed dining times. The trade-off is afternoon tea served by waiters in white gloves, ballroom dancing and plenty of opportunities to dress up.
The cruise overnights in Venice, so you get time in the city before setting sail, and visits some of the Mediterranean’s best-loved ports, including Dubrovnik in Croatia and Kusadasi in Turkey, for visits to ancient Ephesus.
6. Azamara Club Cruises
Azamara Club Cruises' blissful voyage from Nice to Venice on Azamara Quest combines luxury at sea and on land as it visits some of the hottest hot spots along the French and Italian Rivieras. There’s St Tropez, Monte Carlo, Sorrento, Capri and Taormina in Italy, and more, and with late departures or overnights, there’s plenty of time to see and be seen.
Prices include wine with lunch and dinner, gratuities, soft drinks and bottled water. Suite passengers are looked after by butlers and dine in the speciality restaurants for free.
7. Paul Gauguin Cruises
The 332-passenger Paul Gauguin is the stylish way to sample French Polynesia and the South Pacific. On the vessel, operated by Paul Gauguin Cruises, all drinks and gratuities are included in the price, likewise the water sports marina with everything from windsurf to scuba-diving equipment. The cruise offers an alluring combination of cultural sightseeing and beach time as the vessel sails around the region’s tiny islands, staying overnight in Bora Bora and Moorea.
8. Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises is known for its big ships but in the Galapagos it has a little gem, the Celebrity Xpedition, more luxury yacht than cruise ship, as it holds just 92 passengers. It sails around the islands with several stops a day so you can go ashore and get close to the birds, iguanas, sea lions and other wildlife, as they are unafraid of humans. Drinks and gratuities are included in the price, and there’s no charge for the walks ashore, after which the crew will be waiting to welcome you back with cold towels.
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