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The World's Most Luxurious Cruises
Pushed December 21, 2016
The World's Most Luxurious Cruises
The World's Most Luxurious Cruises
The perfect choice for an upscale vacation is a luxury cruise. Experience the luxury of intimate ships, white-glove service, open seating dining, unlimited caviar, champagne, personal butlers, down pillows/comforters, walk-in closets and full service spas. For every moment on a luxury cruise you will be pampered. The majority of the luxury cruise ships are small ships with an atmosphere of a private yacht. These 5 star sailings visit exotic destinations and feature five-star cuisine on the finest of china. Ships are tastefully and richly decorated. Small and quite intimate these ships carry between 100 and 1000 passengers. Evenings on a luxury cruise range from formal to country club casual. In case you are wondering who sails on these ships of luxury, there are many first-time cruisers as well as experienced cruisers. All enjoying an upscale experience in lower key surroundings. Couples and singles accustomed to the best travel accommodations and service are among the guests. The larger vessels in this category are popular with group travel. Luxurious cruising features: •Ships that range from mega-yachts for only a hundred or so privileged guests to mid-size vessels. Space is so abundant that you might wonder where everyone has gone. •Tasteful and elegant surroundings including authentic antiques and priceless art collections. •Spacious staterooms are often termed “all-suite, with a choice of either an ocean view with window or balcony. Look for designer toiletries in the bath and extra touches such as fine linens and fresh cut flowers. Some lines include complimentary in suite bar set-ups for all categories and butlers attend to the needs of guests in exclusive top category suites. •Enrichment programs with celebrity and scholarly guest speakers as well as culinary classes. Libraries are well stocked with books and videos. •Evening entertainment varies by ship size, from cabaret to stylish production shows. •Health clubs and spas are fully equipped and staffed with professionals that bring new meaning to indulgence. After jogging or a serious workout, guests can wind down with a swim or savor a relaxing soak in generous hot tubs. •Open seating is common on most luxury ships and guests dine where and with whom they please during restaurant hours. Top international chefs offer culinary expertise in designing menus to please the palate, using the freshest high quality ingredients. Prepare to savor meals prepared à la minute and presented with flair. Complimentary wines accompany meals on most lines. At this level, the service staffs anticipate their guests’ desires and it’s rare that a special request goes unfulfilled. •Adult-oriented, luxury cruise lines are usually inappropriate for children and teens. Most do not offer children's programs •Many lines offer special low-priced upgrades from coach to business class when airfare is purchased as part of your cruise package. Best Luxury Ships The favorites of luxury cruise lines include: CRYSTAL CRUISES Ships: Crystal Symphony, Crystal Serenity Consistently rated as the top cruise line in the world, Crystal Cruises earns her reputation with her two elegant ships who are uncommonly spacious, and offer a level of gracious and personalized service that is the equal of the world's finest hotels. Award winning cuisine, entertainment and architecture make her an excellent choice. Crystal's Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are mid-size, carrying 960- to 1,080-passengers in pure luxury. Experience elegance with the company's "never say no" motto, extravagant 20 butler-manned penthouse suites, gorgeous staterooms, irreproachable service, lavishly staged production shows and a floating Caesar's Palace casino. The ships' facilities are amazing, from a Feng Shui-inspired spa to the most exclusive collection of boutique restaurants (Prego by Valentino & Nobu Matsuhisu's Silk Road) at sea. Crystal Cruises has been voted by Conde nast as the World's Best Large Luxury Cruise Line. Links for Crystal Cruises More Information Message Board Member reviews Specials CUNARD LINES Ships: Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mary II, Victoria Cunard Lines' tradition stretches back almost 160 years to the first steam ships. This is a line of courage, integrity and great style. The Cunard tradition has graced the lives of the great and famous and touched the hearts of the common man. To sail on a Cunard ship today is to experience a part of heritage and return to an era from the golden age of ocean travel. The QE II, the Cunard flagship continues to be the grand lady of cruising. Links for Cunard Lines More Information Message Board Member reviews Specials Hapag-Lloyd Ships: Europa The cuisine, fine service, quiet refined ambiance and restorative luxury are part of the Hapag-Lloyd luxury. These features plus the quality European entertainment, and the seldom repeated worldwide itineraries, make this German-language ship unbeatable. Links For Hapag-Lloyd More Information Message Board Member Reviews SEABOURN CRUISES Ships: Legend, Pride, Spirit Seabourn Cruises offers smaller luxurious ships of elegance. The six-star rated yachts blend intimate privacy with exotic ports of call. The rates are all inclusive -- including beach parties, shore excursions, gourmet cuisine, champagne, caviar, fine wine and cocktails. The Seabourn Pride, Seabourn Spirit & Seabourn Legend offer traditional luxury. These 204 passenger luxury ships that compensate for the lack of balconies with flawless, perfect service, excellent cuisine, complimentary wine, ultra deluxe staterooms, & fascinating ports. Sailing on this luxury line comes with a farewell beach party with champagne and caviar to complete your luxury cruising experience. While verandahs would greatly enhance the appeal, this polished fleet of 204-passenger luxury liners compensate for the lack of balconies with flawless service, dreamy cuisine with complimentary wine, plush staterooms, fascinating ports, and a farewell beach party drenched with caviar and champagne to complete the experience. This luxury line is not ideal for families as their are no children's programs. Links for Seabourn Cruises More Information Message Board Member reviews Specials SEADREAM YACHT CLUB'S Ships: SeaDream I and SeaDream II Looking for your own Private Yacht ? The SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream I and SeaDream II are practically that! These luxury vessels are geared for active, luxury-loving travelers of any age. Sailing on one of these 110-passenger yachts is the next best thing to having your own! Cuisine and service is excellent, and the yachts' interiors are casual yet elegant. Each ship offers an Asian-influenced spa. There are no private verandahs as with most yachts, they are not necessary. Staterooms are outfitted with wonderful amenities, such as DVD players, cotton duvets and lovely bathrooms with showers for two. This line is completely all-inclusive from cocktails & gratuities to watersports & caviar. Links For SeaDream Yacht Club More Information Message Board Member reviews SILVERSEA CRUISES Ships: Silver Cloud, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Wind Silversea's all-inclusive ultra-luxury cruise vacations appeal to the most discriminating travelers. These ships offer plush accommodations with "Frette" terry robes as well as attentive, individual service, complimentary wines, and an open bar. The luxurious vessels carry only 296 pampered guests. Cruising on Silversea is true splendor as it has one of the highest passenger space ratios of any ship at sea. These ships staff a friendly European crew. Silversea is Cruise-Reviews top pick for consumers and has also been voted the Worlds’ Best Small Luxury Cruise Line by Conde Naste. Links for Silversea Cruises More Information Message Board Member reviews Specials REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES Ships: Explorer II, Paul Gauguin, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Voyager This luxury cruise line offers a variety of five and six star rated ships. These luxury ships sail exotic and unusual itineraries around the world. The luxurious 350 passenger Paul Gauguin is the most deluxe cruise ship to sail round trip from Tahiti year round. The Six Star Rated "Song of Flower" has been voted the best cruise value in luxury cruising for seven consecutive years. The Seven Seas Voyager is an all-suite, all-balcony ship, with the standard suites measuring 305 sq. ft., plus a 50 sq. ft. balcony. These suites have large spacious walk-in closets. Suites all come with butler service. Bathrooms are luxurious with full-size bathtubs, separate free-standing shower stalls and marble flooring and wall treatments are offered throughout. Restaurants, include the French designed Signatures, and the whimsical Latitudes. Seven Seas Navigator offers 490 passengers pure luxury with some of the largest suites in the luxury market. Standard balcony staterooms are a large 356 square feet. This ship offers luxurious marble baths, fine cuisine, and a very attentive staff. Paul Gauguin is an experience of tropical Elegance . This luxury ships carries 304 passengers and sails year-round itineraries in French Polynesia. Sailing round trip from Papeete Tahiti this luxury vessel offers a casual laid-back atmosphere with romantic ambiance, fabulous food, large beautiful staterooms (many with verandahs), great service and amenities. All staterooms on this ship offer an oceanview. The Paul Gauguin is casual elegance, with great service and offers one of the most beautiful itineraries you will find, French Polynesia. Links for Radisson Seven Seas Cruises More Information Message Board Member reviews Specials ResidenSea Inc. Ships: The World Would You like to own your Luxury Suite at Sea? ResidenSea now makes that possible by offering luxury condos at sea! Imagine owning a luxury home on "The World of ResidenSea". The World is a 40,000 ton, 644 foot long luxury liner. This luxury home at sea can accommodate a maximum capacity of 1090 persons. There are 3 different types of accommodations to choose from, Studios, Studio Apartments and Apartments available. Apartment homes can accommodate up to 285 residents and range from 1,106 to 3,242 square feet. Prices range from $2 million to $6.84 million. There are also 88 guest suites available for rent for Apartment owner's guests. Other renting options are available. Sizes and contents may vary, as do the rental rates. Rental rates range from $1,000 to $3,400 per night, for two guests depending on your desired accommodation. Each unit is finished to the very highest standard and provides all that is needed to make you feel comfortable. The Travel by Design program allows you the ultimate flexibility to create your own holiday. With a minimum stay of only 6 nights, you can select in which port to start your voyage and when to end. The crew of 252 offers Scandinavian officers, European waiters and an international hotel, housekeeping and social staff. The ship sails a continuous round the world itinerary. There is a focus on extended stays at the most interesting destinations for in-depth exploration and major events. As an example extended stays are offered for the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and the Grand Prix in Monaco. 24 hour services include a concierge staff, housekeeping service, security, medical service. Other services include catering, hair and beauty salon, travel agency, and laundry & dry cleaning. Each resident will have their own furniture and may cook their own meals if desired. Besides the night life at each port, The World offers seven restaurants and cafes, a variety of lounges and bars, a casino, a nightclub, theater, and a cinema. There are six standard floor plans including the two-story and penthouse residences. Custom homes can also be created by combining two or more units. Maintenance fees vary according to the square-footage of the unit. For a 1,100 square-foot residence monthly dues will be roughly $5,000 per month. This includes daily maid service, furniture maintenance, membership to the ResidenSea Club, crew salaries, insurance, electric and all other operating cost of the ship. The top three decks of the ship will include the ResidenSea Club, a 175,000 square foot area that offer dining, entertainment, activities, relaxation and shopping facilities. Links for ResidenSea More Information Message Board Member reviews WINDSTAR CRUISES Ships: Wind Song, Wind Spirit, Wind Star, Wind Surf If you are looking for a luxury cruise with casual elegance then Windstar is a perfect choice. The small 148 passenger Wind Spirit, Wind Star and the 312 passenger Wind Surf all have beautifully decorated standard ocean view staterooms measuring 180 square feet. The Windsurf suites are equal in size to two connecting staterooms for a total of 360 square feet of luxury. These four-masted computer-operated sister ships offer a country club casual atmosphere. The Wind Spirit and Wind Star are identical 148-passenger sister ships. The 312-passenger Wind Surf joined the line in 1998. These luxury ships offer itineraries to unspoiled and un crowded beaches. These ships offer an active water sports program that is included in your cruise fare. The cuisine and personal service aboard Windstar are excellent. More Information Message Board Member reviews Specials Planning Your Luxury Cruise
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