In recent years luxury cruises have become increasingly popular and with the champagne on tap, fine dining, lavish accommodation and exclusive destinations on offer it is easy to see why.
Those travellers looking to cruise in the ultimate luxury can do so with a wide range of luxury cruise lines that all offer a varied selection of itineraries to some of the world’s finest and most exclusive cruise destinations.
In this blog post I would like to discuss my top 3 luxury cruise lines, investigating what, in my opinion, makes them a top luxury cruise line and hopefully give you a flavour of what to expect on-board.
Voted the Best Luxury Cruise Line in 2012 at the Cruise International Awards, Seabourn represent the pinnacle in luxury cruises. Seabourn has a fleet of six ships that accommodate between 200 and 450 guests in the most luxurious and intimate surroundings.
Accommodation on-board Seabourn cruises is all-suite and suites measure at least 277 sq. ft. and over 90% of suites come with a balcony. What’s more, each suite comes with a vast array of in room amenities plus a personal butler to meet your every demand.
On-board you will receive fine cuisine, an open bar throughout and a ship packed with the latest on-board entertainment and facilities.
Sebourn Cruises sail to Central America, Africa, South America, Europe, South Pacific, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
Seadream Yacht Club
SeaDream Cruises are famed for their intimate atmosphere, excellent level of customer care and service and their comprehensive all-inclusive policy.
The SeaDream Yacht Club fleet consists of two ships, SeaDream I and SeaDream II and with 95 crew to only 112 guests you can be sure of a highly attentive and personal level of service during your cruise.
Accommodation on-board a SeaDream Yacht Club ship has been designed to represent your own private villa at sea. All staterooms have an ocean view and measure at least 195 sq. ft., providing a luxurious space to relax in after a busy day at sea.
Thanks to their smaller size, the fleet of SeaDream ships can visit ports and harbours many other cruise lines can’t. In 2013 SeaDream will offer cruises to some of the most exclusive destinations in Europe including Venice, Athens, Nice and Monte Carlo.
With over 19 years’ experience, Silversea Cruises are world renowned for offering all-suite, all inclusive luxury cruises.
Silversea Cruises has a fleet of five ships that are fully all-inclusive and can comfortably accommodate between 300 and 500 guests. As Silversea is fully all-inclusive you can enjoy champagne on tap and as a much of the exceptional food as you can eat. Furthermore, each suite comes with its own private butler for that touch of extra luxury.
Silversea cruise to a range of exclusive and exotic destinations including Antarctica, the Arctic Circle, Canada and Greenland. What’s more, Silversea also offer expedition cruises to the unique Galapagos Islands.
The author, Gregory, is a cruise enthusiast and writer for Scotland’s Cruise Centre – a cruise operator that specialises luxury cruises and all major cruise lines such as Fred Olsen Cruises.