Luxury Cruising Explained
Getting pampered, enjoying fine dining and reclining in first-class public spaces and cabins is no longer a privilege afforded to an exclusive few. The luxury cruise industry has transformed over the years, diversifying to cater for a wide variety of guests and welcoming new cruise lines. Nowadays, there are plenty of options when it comes to booking a luxury cruise, and to help you find the right cruise company for you, we’ve grouped some of the popular players into categories of luxury cruises.
Mainstream Cruising with a Touch of Luxury
Known for their larger-than-life cruise ships and gigantic guest capacities, most cruisers probably don’t think of opulence and finery when they think of cruise heavyweights such as Royal Caribbean International, Norwegian Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises and Carnival Cruises. However, over the years, these big-ship specialists have introduced spacious and lavish suites, cutting-edge spa facilities, gourmet restaurants and exclusive areas for VIP passengers.
For example, The Haven is Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship within a ship concept. This exclusive area is where you’ll find the most well-appointed and spacious accommodation, as well as a private sundeck, pool, courtyard, fitness area, lounge and restaurant. Guests of The Haven will love the 24-hour butler service, priority embarkation and disembarkation, and a host of other perks available just for them.
Traditional Luxury Cruising
Long-time luxury cruise providers such as Seabourn, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Hapag-Lloyd have continued to do what they do best. Culinary feasts are prepared by world-class chefs, five-star service is provided around the clock, roomy cabins are decked out in quality furnishings and filled with the tiny touches that make a difference, and often, passengers can relax and enjoy an all-inclusive approach to cruising.
Luxury River Cruising
Specialising in top-of-the-range river voyages, cruise lines such as Scenic, Crystal Cruises and Uniworld Cruises have many features that set them apart from other river cruise providers. Space on river cruise ships can be hard to come by, but luxury river cruise lines ensure guests can enjoy all the best amenities.
Scenic’s fleet of river cruise vessels boast a Wellness area, complete with massage services and a hairdresser, a gym, and electric bicycles. Uniworld ships, meanwhile, feature a large Sun Deck, plush lounges, a fitness centre and the Serenity River Spa.
Luxury Adventure Cruising
Journeys of exploration and discovery may not seem synonymous with luxury, but cruise lines such as Lindblad Expeditions, Un-Cruise Adventures and Silversea make expedition travel stylish and comfortable.
On board Silversea’s collection of expedition ships, passengers can pair remote and exotic destinations with features such as a library, beauty salon, fitness centre, theatre, the Spa at Silversea, pool deck and internet café.
Luxury Small-Ship and Yacht Cruising
With lower guest capacities and the ability to reach locations that bigger ships can’t, small-ship cruising is often intimate and all about the itinerary. Cruise lines such as Paul Gauguin, SeaDream Yacht Club and Windstar Cruises, however, ensure guests remain 100% content both onshore and offshore.
SeaDream’s 56-stateroom twin yachts carry a maximum of 112 guests and 95 crew each and evoke an atmosphere of informal elegance. Along with five-star dining, personalised service, and the Thai-Certified spa, guests can look forward to unwinding on Signature Balinese Dream Beds with elevated views of the sea, and ocean view staterooms that feature marble-lined bathrooms with multi-jet showers, Bvlgari® bath amenities, and Belgian bed and bath linens.
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