Many may have this on their Bucket Lists and for all the right reasons. Cruises are a perfect composition of leisure, pleasure, relaxation, travelling and time well-spent. In many ways, a holiday spent on deck is better than a usual holiday where you board a flight to visit places and just have to be on that one seat for hours together with or without a view.
This is a list that will inspire many of you to save for a worthwhile holiday. So read on for the list of world’s most luxurious cruises-
10. Hebridean Island Cruises
Star Cruise ship-Hebridean Princess
This ship that travels between the Scottish islands was awarded “Best for Royalty” by Cruise Critic in its Editors’ Picks Awards. The Queen of England has a soft spot for this one as is clear from her repeated bookings of the cruise. This ship is relatively small and therefore, fit for those who want a quiet and not very crowded environment. The interiors of this ship are very countryside with all the touches required to make it a lavish one at that. The service on deck is much personalised due to the limited passengers and a fairly large crew on board.
9. Orion Expedition Cruises
Star Cruise ship- Orion
Do not be fooled by the word ‘expedition’ in the title because though this cruise makes its way through Antarctica from the Australian island of Tasmania and wild destinations in the Pacific, it is as luxurious as a mobile palace. This is evident from the rich wood corridors all thick carpeted; all cabins having windows and marble bathrooms (some suites even come with French balconies) and meal menus created by Australian celebrity chef Serge Dansereau. It visits over 94 destinations which is easier because of its compact size. Coming to the expedition aspect of the ship, it is fully equipped with sea exploration tools, additional snorkeling gear, a SCUBA program and an on-board National Geographic photographer on most departures.
8. Uniworld River Cruises
Start Cruise Ship- River Beatrice
This cruise experience is confined within the European boundaries but gives no room for complain regarding the limited area it covers. It is among the world’s most famous boutique, hotel-style ships. This cruise is for those who love history, food and wine, architecture, music and diverse cultures and one may fall in love with its Silk-lined hallways, impressive art collections and French balconies very easily. This ship is not just fashionable designed but is also well-equipped with audio headphones, and local English-speaking guides for all-shore excursion information. The rooms are furnished with top class interiors and services and the guest will never fall short of their lavish beauty. Bicycles and Nordic walking sticks are provided for on-shore activities. Cultural enrichment programs, special lectures, and visiting entertainers are presented on board.
7. Windstar Cruises
Star Cruise ship- Wind Spirit, Wind Star or Wind Surf
Are you adventurous but not very adventurous? Then this would be the cruise for you. Windstar is known for its modern computer-controlled sailing ships. Though the ship travels to an unusual set of ports, it duly compensates the risk by providing leisure on board. The rooms are not too expansive but are very well-furnished with comforters, flat-screens, DVD players and modern bathrooms. Dining options are unarguably elegant and the food, delicious. So for a causal laid-back holiday, this can be a great pick.
6. Paul Gauguin
Star Cruise ship- Paul Gauguin
This is specially recommended for a romantic holiday because of its course which covers some of the most beautiful and picturesque locations of the South Pacific. This ship has the elegance of French ways evident from its classy interiors to its delectable food. But that’s not even its best characteristic. This ship has something to offer to everyone. The water sports enthusiasts can enjoy the ship’s retractable water sports platform, offering windsurfing, water-skiing, kayaking, snorkeling and a PADI diving program. If you prefer exploration and nature, there are day trips to private beaches in Bora Bora and Motu Mahana (a small island off Taha’a), in addition to your regular ports of call. There is an enrichment program that is presented by fascinating lecturers, anthropologists and biologists. From a dip in the on-board pool to relaxing in a deck chair with a good book, this ship is luxury in Polynesian style!
5. Seabourn Cruises
Star Cruise ships- Seabourn Odyssey and Sojourn
Seabourn was awarded Cruise Critic’s 2009 ‘Best Luxury Dining’ and ‘Best New Luxury Ship (Seabourn Odyssey). All cabins are suites (of which 90% have a balcony) and are well equipped with some of the best amenities available at sea. All cabins are suites (of which 90% have a balcony) and are well equipped with some of the best amenities available at sea. During sea days, spend two hours dining and chatting with newly-met friends, and you can make your own entertainment though one can join tour talks, cooking demos, bridge, a matinee movie, galley tour, and ACBL-sanctioned bridge competitions, spa massages, fitness treatment, gymnasium and kinesis Wall. Each vessel provides an array of water activities, including its own water ski boat, sea kayaks, snorkel equipment and windsurfers. If all that is not enough, Seabourn has an all-inclusive complimentary beverage and no-gratuities policy. No chance you would miss it now, would you?
4. Regent Seven Seas
Star Cruise ships- Seven Seas Voyager, Mariner and Navigator
The most attractive factor to go on a Regent Cruise is that your cruise fare includes all beverages, gratuities, meals in all onboard dining venues, shore excursions and airfare from select gateway cities. Seven Seas’ fleet visits over 300 ports and exotic locations on around-the-world cruises. Accommodations are elegantly appointed all-suites, with an in-suite bar, and the large majority have balconies. Superb enrichment programs are tied to itineraries and services include wireless capabilities, cell phone at sea, plush new bedding and toiletries, flat-screen TVs and other state-of-the-art electronics. Apart from all this, the Voyager is considered to take its passengers on a genuine ‘discoverer’ voyage.
3. SeaDream Yacht club
Star Cruise ships- SeaDream I and SeaDream II
“It’s yachting, not cruising.” Is their motto but do not be fooled. No matter how casual, sophisticated and unpretentious this cruise experience is, it is still a cruise experience and a luxurious one. The most unique and popular feature of this experience is sleeping under the stars, either on the double Balinese loungers facing the sea, aft of the Top of the Yacht Bar, or, if you put in your request early, on the big, eight-person bed on the forward deck. Duvets and pillows are provided. SeaDream is known for its service that’s attentive, proactive and friendly without being obsequious. SeaDream’s yachts are equipped with casino, lounge, fitness centre and a spa, as well as a popular water-sports marina, snorkeling being the most famous.
2. Crystal Cruises
Star Cruise ships- Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity
Flexible dining complements its traditional seating in the main dining room. Numerous services are complimentary. The ships are known for their extravagant butler-manned penthouse suites, gorgeous staterooms, irreproachable service, lavishly staged production shows, a floating Caesar’s Palace casino and a collection of gorgeous boutique restaurants. One may relax in the library, or join one of the Creative Learning Institute programs that range from foreign languages to computer skills. The menus are varied and the food is of the highest quality. Cocktails in the Palm Court, karaoke in the Pulse Disco, piano music in the Avenue Saloon and Crystal Cove, it’s all plush it’s all classy!
1. Silver Sea
Star Cruise ships- Silver Wind, Cloud, Shadow, Whisper and Spirit
With French elegance done, it’s time for the Italian beauty! Their ships offer highly personalized on-board service, and a life-enriching travel experience to rarely-seen harbors. Silversea provides an option called Personalized Voyages that allows guests to choose their own embarkation and disembarkation ports, thus creating their own voyages. All accommodations come with Butler service. Nothing a guest could wish for is missing. Basically, this cruise is number 1 because it includes almost every feature that we saw in the above nine in one place. However, this epitome of luxury comes with a justified yet exorbitant price tag.