Are you a king or a queen - or at least, do you like to be treated like one?
Here are a few luxury cruise line options from Australia which might just catch your royal fancy. We think they are fit for any monarch, whether they reside over a kingdom or a household. From all-inclusive amenities to jawdropping decor and delicious dishes, they have a lot of different and wonderful things to offer. With the Australia cruise industry growing so fast, it might just be time to try something a little different.
This line is well-known as one of the most luxurious small-ship lines, and it offers several itineraries departing Australian ports on the Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. A typical Azamara cruise is focused on the exotic destinations it visits, but not to the detriment of the onboard experience: service is impeccable, wines, beers and spirits are included in the cruise fare, the food is gourmet and the surroundings plush.
Their signature "AzAmazing Evenings" cultural events are a favourite amongst passengers and a great bonus for any traveler who loves to get to know their destination. Onboard entertainment is also top of the line, with port-of-call lectures and other enrichment opportunities, a spa, health and fitness program, pools, a library, a theatre and plentiful bars and lounges.
A little more accessible than the very boutique lines, Celebrity can nevertheless offer an incredible and unforgettable experience. Billed as a "premium" line, they have a few features which set them above the mainstream: Beautiful, stylish and spacious ships, elegant decor, above-average service will take a cruise to the next level. What's more, the Celebrity Solstice is one of the gems in their fleet and spends seasons Down Under so it's easy for Aussie cruisers to get onboard.
Choice is a big factor in deciding on a Celebrity cruise. Although the line is not all-inclusive, guests can opt for drink packages, prepaid gratuities, onboard credit and even high-speed internet packages to make sure they don't need to worry about racking up charges onboard. However they choose to book their holiday, every passenger will benefit from the top-notch food, service, surroundings and all aspects of living like royalty - or at least, like a celebrity.
North Star Cruises
Australian owned and operated, this luxury adventure cruise line is a fantastic choice for a queen. Their cruises are true expeditions, and take place mostly along the Kimberley Coast of northwestern Australia.Their small ship, the True North, carries just 36 passengers for an intimate cruise which revolves entirely around onshore adventures - it is equipped with expedition boats, a helicopter, fishing and snorkeling equipment and anything else that could be needed to explore the amazing coastlines and landscapes of the Kimberley.
Included in the North Star fare are most shore tours, excluding only those which require air transport or the helicopter. Although small, the ship features a licensed bar, several lounges, an internet cafe, a dining room serving gourmet fare and deck space for soaking in the sun. This is real expedition cruising in comfort!
Regent Seven Seas
This luxury line shows its face in Australia and New Zealand reasonably often, as their gorgeous boutique ships make their way around the world. They are known as one of the most inclusive cruise lines (and one of the most luxurious), and it's this "all taken care of" experience which makes a Regent cruise so amazing. We think the Queen would be keen on this one!
Unlimited shore excursions, specialty restaurants, all beverages, WiFi, 24-hour room service: it's all part and parcel of a Regent Seven Seas cruise. Every stateroom is a suite, the cuisine is always amazing. Your every whim will be catered to with Regent, and that's all while you travel to some amazing destinations which bigger ships can't visit.
Another boutique and inclusive line, Seabourn is an elegant way to travel and to discover the world. Their itineraries are spectacular, as are their ships. Seabourn cruises in the South Pacific visit not only the usual spots but smaller towns and scenic spots around New Zealand and Australia such as Picton, Timaru, Darwin, Phillip Island and more, allowing a more in-depth look at the region than your average cruise.
Onboard, passengers benefit from impeccable service, all-suite accommodation, complimentary fine dining in all venues, fine wines poured with meals, open bars throughout the ship and even an in-suite minibar stocked with their preferences. The line calls this the "Seabourn Difference" and it's fit even for royal tastes.
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