For travelers who prefer the finer things in life, luxury cruises are right up your alley. Boasting some of the most exquisite ships, spectacular amenities, exotic travel itineraries, world-class service, and high-end cuisine, these cruise lines are in a league all their own. As most luxury cruise lines are all-inclusive, your vacation truly begins the minute you step foot on the ship. Take the trip of a lifetime and experience cruising at its finest, with ships that set an unparalleled standard for offering ultra-luxurious vacations.
Traveling all around the world, these smaller sized vessels have access to unique and more intimate ports that cannot be accessed by larger cruise ships. Some of these more intimate ports include Mumbai, Bangkok, Bali, Istanbul, and Luxor. Luxury cruise lines also place a high emphasis on exploration and enrichment which means that these vessels tend to spend more time at ports with itineraries ranging anywhere between a week to several months.
Luxury and elegance define these intimate cruise lines. With vessels displaying expensive art, delicate china, expansive wine cellars, and several other lavish features, these cruise lines pride themselves on being ultra-luxurious. The atmosphere aboard these vessels also goes hand in hand with their décor, as formal, or semi-formal, wear is often the dress code on these ships that exude sophistication and glamour.
Much smaller than their contemporary counterparts, luxury vessels tend to be much more intimate with a guest capacity of 500-1000 passengers. The small size of the ships allows these vessels to access highly unique ports of call while providing their guests with the most personalized and particular service of all cruise line categories.
Due to the size of luxury cruise ships, these cruise lines have a minimum staff-to-passenger ratio of 1:2; ensuring that all passengers walk away with the most luxurious cruise experience possible. Prepare to be pampered as personalized service and attention to detail are at the forefront of guest services aboard these beautiful ships.
With beautifully displayed dining rooms, impeccable service, and award-winning cuisine, these cruise lines are renowned for their luxurious dining experience. Using the finest quality ingredients, experienced chefs often incorporate authentic regional flavors to make their delectable savory dishes. Complimentary fine wines are also served with lunch and dinner on most luxury cruise lines.
Luxury cruise lines offer their guests a wide array of onboard activities. Fully equipped fitness gyms, rejuvenating spas, Pilates and yoga classes and computer centers are just a few of amenities available onboard. With a focus on enrichment, many luxury lines also offer expert guest lectures, theatre performances, day-time entertainment, and art exhibits.
Azamara Club Cruises is a deluxe cruise brand designed for experienced travelers who long to be pampered while exploring extraordinary places. Unlike larger vessels, Azamara’s ships are designed to navigate into smaller, more remote ports of call. Azamara’s two ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest each sail 694 guests through exotic destinations worldwide, including Asia, the Mediterranean, and the Baltics. Many itineraries include overnight stays in port, making for a more immersive experience. In addition to a fabulous collection of “off-the-beaten-path” destinations, absolute service and enchanting indulgences, Azamara Club Cruises will ensure that you are pampered every step of the way.
One word can be used to describe the experience on Crystal Cruises - luxurious. This is carried out through every single detail onboard from the world famous cuisine served on fine china to the Egyptian cotton sheets in your stateroom. With the highest passenger-to-staff ratio, unparallel choices for entertainment and flexible dining options, you can be assured that you’ll have the best vacation experience possible aboard a Crystal cruise. Beginning in the Spring of 2012 you will be pampered with all inclusive amenities such as complimentary fine wines and premium spirits throughout the ship, open bar service in all the lounges, and pre-paid gratuities.
When you step onto a Cunard ship you are stepping into a world of sophistication and privilege. You’ll be brought back to a time when ship travel was all about glamour and style and reserved for celebrities and those of very discriminating taste. Your cruise fare includes accommodations, all onboard meals, a myriad of daytime activities, plus nightly entertainment. It does not cover incidental expenses such as gratuities, alcoholic beverages, shore excursions, and spa or salon treatments.
If you are a sophisticated and discerning traveler in search of a five-star cruise line, world-class cuisine, and elegant and intimate surroundings, with out the stuffiness and pretension, an Oceania cruise is for you. Your accommodations, all meals on board, and entertainment are included in your cruise fare. If you wish to enjoy alcoholic beverages, shore excursions, laundry and spa services, they are available at an extra charge.
Paul Gauguin Cruises is committed to providing an unequalled luxury cruise experience uniquely tailored to the wonders of Tahiti, French Polynesia and the South Pacific. The luxurious Paul Gauguin features elegant dining rooms and lounges paired with the most excellent service to make sure you have the best vacation experience.
With Regent Seven Seas Cruises you can expect an ultra-luxury cruise experience that also represents true value. With this in mind your voyage features many enhancements, benefits or special events on a complimentary basis or at a minimal cost. Your fare will also include many features normally considered "extras" such as gratuities; non-alcoholic beverages throughout your voyage; wines at dinner and often at lunch; an in-suite bar set-up stocked with your choice of liquor, wines or champagne upon embarkation. Available to you at a nominal charge are salon/barber services, laundry and dry cleaning services, as well as shore excursions.
Imagine being on an intimate ship, that exudes pure luxury in every way you can imagine. A ship where every single detail is taken care of for you, including on deck massages, 24-hour suite service, course by course in suite dining prepared by world renowned chefs. Where your suite is guaranteed to have an ocean view, where all your beverages including wine, French champagne and spirits are complimentary, where all gratuities are taken care of. If you open your eyes and this is the case, then you are on a Seabourn cruise.
With a fleet purposely-built for the ultra-luxury market, the intimate ships of Silversea are the right fit for you if you are seeking the highest level of class and distinction. All staterooms on these ships have ocean views, 80% of which have teak verandahs. Silversea Cruises is also one of the few lines to have truly all inclusive fares. This includes all meals, all beverages, including wines, champagnes and spirits, a fully stocked in-suite mini-bar with your choice of spirits and soft drinks, gratuities, and 24-hour room service.
Staying true to its tagline “180º From Ordinary”, Windstar Cruises will provide you with a truly unique cruising experience. On Windstar, you’ll embark on a romantic sailing ship with luxurious accommodations, a casual yet elegant atmosphere, and exquisite service and cuisine. As well, all staterooms have ocean views, luxurious pampering toiletries, and LCD flat screen TV’s and DVD players. If guests desire alcoholic beverages, spa services, shore excursions, photographs, and medical services they are available at an extra charge.