Combining a luxury shore stay with a cruise holiday is becoming an increasingly popular choice for discerning travellers who want to enjoy the best of both worlds.
In its purest form, a luxury cruise and stay holiday combines a couple nights in a top class hotel before or after the cruise in the port the ship departs from or arrives in. However, in recent years many cruise travel firms have become a lot more adventurous when combining luxury land stays with cruise holidays. These travel firms have transformed traditional cruise and stay holidays into an all-round package.
In this blog post I would like to explore my favourite luxury cruise and stay holidays, investigating what, in my opinion make them truly unique and hopefully give you a better flavour of the luxury cruise and stay holidays that are available.
Transatlantic Cruise with New York Stay
This cruise and stay holiday is the pinnacle in luxury. Not only will you enjoy a transatlantic cruise on one of the most magnificent cruise ever built, you will also enjoy a 5 night stay in one of the world’s best cities.
This luxury cruise and stay holiday departs from Southampton before embarking on an epic 7 night transatlantic cruise to New York on board the Queen Mary 2. This ship combines traditionalism with modern luxury perfectly. The ship is packed with opulent public areas, grand ballrooms and lavish dining rooms to ensure you enjoy every moment of your cruise. Private accommodation on board the Queen Mary 2 is just as luxurious and comfortable as the public areas.
Upon arriving in New York guests are free to do as much as they please in this wonderful city. Whether it is taking in a show on Broadway or indulging you inner shopaholic, New York will have you covered. Your hotel, Ink 48, will be an oasis of calm to return to after a busy day exploring New York. This four star hotel is located on 11th Avenue and offers guests open air gardens, panoramic city and River Hudson views and first class level of service.
After your five nights in New York is up, guests then board the Queen Mary 2 for the return journey back to Southampton.
Orient Express, Lake Garda & Six Star Luxury Cruise
This luxury cruise and stay holiday is like no other cruise and stay offering currently available. It combines not only a luxury cruise and stay but also a luxury train voyage as well.
Your holiday begins with a truly unforgettable journey on board the Venice Simplon Orient-Express as the train travels through the magnificent Swiss Alps and Italian Dolomites towards Venice. On board this fantastic train you will be accommodated in lavish surroundings and enjoy the very best personal service. You will also experience the very best cuisine in the world during your voyage.
After disembarking from the train guests are then free to enjoy 7 nights in beautiful Lake Garda, which is a favourite destinations of stars such as George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. Staying in a fabulous four star hotel guests are free to explore this wonderful region of Italy.
Guests will then leave Lake Garda and head to Venice where they will board the Silver Spirit cruise ship for a seven night, six star cruise of Italy and Croatia. The Silver Spirit ship encapsulates everything that is luxury cruising. Accommodating 540 guests in the ultimate luxury, this ship comes with a 8,300 square foot spa, a resort style pool and four whirlpools. Accommodation on board the Silver Spirit is lavish, comfortable and luxurious. Suites on board the Silver Spirit are the biggest in the fleet and over 95% come with private verandas.
I hope you have enjoyed this look into the top luxury cruise and stay holidays. Please feel free to leave any comments or feedback.
The author, Ian, is a cruise enthusiast and writer for Scotland’s Cruise Centre – a cruise operator that specialises in cruise and stay holidays. For more info please click here.