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Superiority at Sea: Top 5 Luxury Cruise Lines

18th January 2016

Let’s face it, we all long for a bit of pampering now and again, especially when on holiday. And who wouldn’t enjoying devouring the finest cuisine, splashing out on a spa and beauty treatment, or escaping to a private suite with glorious views? All of this and more will be at your fingertips when taking a cruise holiday with one of the world’s top luxury cruise lines.

Seabourn

For those who long for a luxury cruise experience, the smaller ship is often the way to go. While most cruise lines today subscribe to the mantra of ‘bigger is better,’ Seabourn actually takes a different view. With Seabourn, the ships are more like large yachts than a small city, and the smaller passenger count translates to larger cabins and more roomy and comfortable public lounge areas. Best of all there are no scheduled meal times and guests can eat when and where they like. Drinks, meals and onboard activities are all inclusive and tipping is not required. Seabourn will be launching their new ship, Encore, in January 2017 with luxury cruises from Australia commencing thereafter.

Expect wonderful service on board a Seabourn cruise. Image: Seabourn Expect wonderful service on board a Seabourn cruise. Image: Seabourn

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises offers a wide array of itineraries with the convenience of all-inclusive packages. Crystal’s newest ship, the Esprit, will set sail on its first cruise in December 2015 with a visit to the beautiful Seychelles. A true yacht experience, the ship will carry fewer than 70 passengers. While the Crystal Symphony and Serenity are somewhat larger, each with a capacity of 1,000 guests, the service and amenities are equally upscale and stylish. One of the most popular Crystal feature which sets it apart from its competitors is the theme cruise. Entire cruise itineraries are geared towards a hobby, interest or sport or party theme, with lectures, activities and excursions related to the theme planned throughout the trip.

Crystal Symphony is one impeccable ship in the Crystal Cruises line. Image: Crystal Cruises Crystal Symphony is one impeccable ship in the Crystal Cruises line. Image: Crystal Cruises

Sea Cloud

For the ultimate in nautical ambiance, this is the cruise to beat all cruises. To sail on a Sea Cloud vessel is to experience a by-gone era, where tall ship windjammers venture from port to port with sails unfurled. Sea Cloud is another cruise line who has made a name for itself by offering a “small and exclusive” sailing experience. With their maritime interior features, elegant cabins and five star dining, a Sea Cloud cruise is unlike anything else. For those with a special occasion, Sea Cloud specialises in weddings, anniversaries and even company events.


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Scenic

Some of the most intimate and upscale experiences can be found in the river cruise category and one of the best is Scenic Luxury Cruises. Scenic is known for its top-of-the-line luxury cruiser, the Scenic Space-Ship. Decked out with all the amenities of an upscale boutique hotel, guests can expect such features as a personal butler, chef prepared cuisine and onboard amenities from a gym to hair salon and plunge pool. The all-inclusive river cruises ply the world’s great rivers. From the Danube and Rhine to the Seine and the Volga, Scenic’s cruisers combine a luxury experience on the water with fascinating cultural stops along the way.

Regent Seven Seas

With such stirring names as Explorer, Mariner, Voyager and Navigator, the four ships of Regent Seven Seas Cruises sail the globe, visiting over 250 ports around the world every year. When sailing with Regent, the all-inclusive experience features shore excursions, onboard food - including in the specialty restaurants - and drinks. Service too is leagues above standard cruise lines with a staff to guest ratio of almost 1 for 1, something that’s unprecedented when compared with the more big-name, family oriented ships. Almost every suite features a balcony and bathrooms feature a full size bathtub and walk-in shower.


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