The idea of a floating city is exciting. With vast expanses of water all around, a luxury cruise is a world of its own. Each year, millions of people travel on cruise ships to amazing destinations and enjoy every aspect of their journey. Here are some of the best luxurious cruises you can consider for your next vacation.
Silversea Cruises has built a reputation for exclusivity and exemplary service, with staples like spacious suites, diverse onboard activities and gourmet cuisine. The line’s nine small luxury ships foster an intimate experience, with nearly one crew member for every passenger. These small-scale vessels can sail to remote ports in more than 900 destinations across the globe, enabling you to choose unique excursions like a guided tour of Ephesus or a train journey to Moscow. And offering one of the best cruises is Silver Whisper.
Silver Whisper’s Tale of Tales voyage takes you from South America to Africa, a rather different take on the ‘world’ cruise. Sailing through the Panama Canal, you begin your exploration of South America’s west coast, exploring the Chilean Fjords and the southernmost city, Ushuaia. Cross the South Atlantic to Cape Town and then explore the Indian Ocean, before reaching the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Finally set a course for Iceland, before ending your voyage in the lovely city of Copenhagen.
During your voyage, you’ll be able to soak up the scenery from your suite, since all of Silversea’s accommodations offer ocean views. You’ll find plenty of amenities on board as well, such as fitness centers, pools, theaters, spas and casinos. Also, be sure to take advantage of enrichment programs, which feature guest lecture series from expert onboard guides.
Crystal Cruises are lauded by critics and reviewers for their elegant design and sparse crowds. Crystal also separates itself from other luxury liners with its low passenger-to-crew ratio, which allows for more personalized service. Crystal’s ships sail across the globe covering Asia, Europe, the Caribbean and more. Voyages last anywhere from four to 139 nights. Shore excursions vary by itinerary and range from submarine adventures in Hawaii to glass-bottom boat rides in French Polynesia.
Crystal travels to many destinations, but consider the Incan Immersion tour featuring the Panama Canal and Machu Picchu, or the South America and Antarctic experience to trace the route of Sir Francis Drake and the early explorers (Cape Horn, Drake Passage and Tierra Del Fuego).
On the ship, you’ll find a casino, spa, salon and fitness center, along with nightlife activities and enrichment programs, including live musical performances, wine tastings and dance classes. As for dining, Crystal features globally inspired fare and specialty restaurants with dishes crafted by celebrated chefs. The Crystal ships offer enrichment programs – language classes, quality golf lessons and wellness seminars. Shore excursions feature escorted tours with a personal guide, as well as markets, cooking lessons and optional ‘voluntourism’ experiences.
Cruise lines are always looking for different ways to delight their passengers. Oceania offers an outstanding experience of fine gourmet dining for all its passengers. Oceania Cruises’ six ships – Marina, Riviera, Regatta, Nautica, Insignia and Sirena – stand apart from other midsize cruise ships thanks to their low 1-to-2 crew-to-passenger ratios, gourmet cuisines and comprehensive itineraries. Oceania sails around the world spanning Europe, Alaska, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, South America and the South Pacific, among other regions. Oceania’s shore experiences are just as varied as its sailings: passengers can sign up for activities ranging from glacier adventures in Juneau, Alaska, to vineyard hopping in Santorini, Greece. Should you wish to extend your time on shore, you can sign up for a pre- or post-cruise land tour with Oceania, which includes lodging, dining and transportation costs.
The Oceania adds 100 days to Jules Verne’s classic with its epic “Around the World in 180 days” sailing. This one takes you to and from Miami. A number of events are included, from dinners in Hong Kong and Singapore to a Polynesian lunch in Bora Bora and a tour of Hawaii’s Hilo Volcano Winery. Other stops include New Caledonia, Myanmar, Zanzibar and Penang.
On board, you’ll find plenty of ways to fill your time at sea. You can go for wine and martini tasting, cooking demonstrations and art classes. You can also take advantage of the casino and the Canyon Ranch Spa. And if you’re a foodie, be sure to sample the offerings available across the fleet’s numerous open-seating dining venues – including the Grand Dining Room, which serves French fare at lunchtime from a menu created by master chef Jacques Pépin.
Regent Seven Seas
Regent Seven Seas Cruises receives high marks from experts and travelers alike for its all-inclusive approach and commitment to luxury service. All five of Regent’s ships – Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Explorer, Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Splendor offer all-suite accommodations. And the line prides itself on its friendly, attentive staff.
Guests can explore new places with complimentary shore excursions that vary by itinerary and cover everything from culinary tours in different regions of Italy to elephant visits in Phuket. There’s also plenty to do without leaving the ship, including nightly onboard entertainment, the Serene Spa & Wellness center and a putting green near the pool deck. With 24-hour room service, your choice of specialty restaurants and a complimentary pre-cruise hotel stay before each cruise, you’ll savour a relaxing luxurious holiday from end to end
The 131-night “Navigate the World” cruise on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’s 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner offers round-trip options from both Miami and San Francisco that visit 63 ports over five continents. Taking a westerly route, the Mariner will spend almost an entire month sailing around the South Pacific before docking in Australia where it will have several stops, including at the Great Barrier Reef.
Viking is a highly recommended cruise by top magazines and experienced cruisers. If you want a real taste of cruising around Europe, then there is no better experience than Viking. The Norwegian owned vessel provides an amazing Nordic experience to all the travelers with luxury and comfort.
Viking Cruises offers a couple of world cruise options including the longest continuous world cruise that will encompass a whopping 245 days. The journey takes place onboard the Scandinavian-inspired, 930-passenger Viking Sun. Viking is known for its great value and all staterooms have a balcony. The cruise line also provides a complimentary tour in every port. Another included Viking perk is one of the best spas at sea with a thalassotherapy pool, steam sauna, dry sauna, snow room, and hot and cold plunge pools.
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