Everybody deserves to indulge in a little luxury from time to time, and there are a range of cruise lines that can give you the opportunity to sail like a king or queen for a week or two. These extravagant journeys will anticipate your needs and desires, pamper and rejuvenate you and take you to lush corners of the world few other ships can explore, all in ultimate style and comfort. What more could you want? Here are four reasons why luxury cruising makes for the perfect getaway.
1 - An intimate experience
Luxury cruises usually take place aboard smaller ships, ranging from a capacity of 100 to several hundred guests. To put that in perspective, larger cruise ships can accommodate thousands. Harmony of the Seas can sail with up to 7000 passengers and more than 2000 crew members, while in contrast, the luxurious Celebrity Xpedition caters for up to 92 passengers. In smaller ships, there’s more emphasis on interacting with your fellow guests in beautiful communal areas. Not to mention, fewer passengers means more attentive staff ready to go the extra mile to make your trip unforgettable. Most ships will also have incredible onboard facilities for you to enjoy - Paul Gauguin has its very own watersports marina so you can kayak, paddleboard and splash around wherever your ship stops without even having to disembark.
2 - Exclusive ports
Smaller, luxury cruise ships can get to those exclusive, hard-to-reach locations that many bigger ships cannot. Visit more intimate spots across the globe, from the Galapagos Islands to Portofino, the Panama Canal, Komodo Island or the remote reaches of Alaska. If you want to get even more adventurous, you can cruise in luxury to intrepid destinations like the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. Even if you are visiting the bigger and more bustling ports, it’s usually during a quieter time, so you won’t have to contend with crowds from other ships. You might even overnight in certain places so that can you can experience your destination from day to night. Bliss.
3 - Delectable dining
You can expect the finest quality fare on a luxury cruise, where gourmet is always on the menu. There will be a range of dining venues to choose from to suit your tastes, and many ships boast top celebrity chefs. Meals aboard the Paul Gauguin have been designed by top chefs like Jean-Pierre Vigato, Chef Propriétaire at Apicius, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris. What’s more, all your food and beverages on a luxury cruise is usually included in the price of your fare - even the alcohol.
4 - Plush accommodation
Luxury cruises are all about travelling in comfort, so of course your accommodation will be nothing less than exquisite. Some luxury cruise ships exclusively feature suites, while others, such as Azamara, offer up both staterooms and suites. Whichever you choose, you can still expect plenty of space, stylish decor, fully stocked minibars, heavenly beds and linen, slippers and robes and high-quality toiletries just for starters. Each passenger on a Silversea cruise can even look forward to their own personal butler service. If you’re after a larger-than-life holiday and have a larger-than-life wallet to boot, don’t miss the opulent Regent’s Suite on the Seven Seas Explorer. With two private balconies, an outdoor jacuzzi, marble bathrooms, an in-suite spa with a sauna and steam room and all the special treatment you could dream of, this suite is one for the record books.
So go on, treat yourself to a once-in-a-lifetime luxury cruise you’ll never forget. Which cruise line, ship or destination takes your fancy? Let us know what you think in the comments.