Cruise ships are a dream holiday - relaxing, luxurious and loads of fun. Who wouldn't love an exciting sail through the sunny Caribbean or the beautiful fjords of Norway? In this piece, we give you an inside look at some of the most luxurious and exclusive cruise ships in the world and tell you about what makes them so special.
Regent Seven Seas Explorer
When luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises launched the palatial Seven Seas Explorer in July 2016, it told the world that she was the "most luxurious ship ever built" – a claim that the cruise ship has lived up to, and how. To start with, all cabins are luxurious suites with swanky balconies, so you can say goodbye to stuffy cruise rooms. You’ll be awestruck by the design and architecture of the ship – it features almost 500 chandeliers made of crystal as well as 2,500 pieces of art displayed throughout the vessel, including some by masters such as Picasso. The fare of the cruise may be on the higher side but includes business-class intercontinental flights for all passengers. The cruise ship also has an excellent and highly rated thermal suite for spa experiences. All this, while you are sailing around the world – doesn’t get any better, does it!
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The Crystal Serenity cruise ship is known to often host the who’s who from different fields, so don’t be too surprised if you find yourself rubbing shoulders with several celebrities on board. A highlight aboard the ship is the range of entertainment on offer. There are music performers all around the ship, from a classical quartet playing during afternoon tea service to a jazz or Broadway singer in the lounge as you sip a cocktail. You will also enjoy the Broadway-style productions are staged at the on-board lounge. A fun fact: The cruise has a very formal yet luxurious feel to it – think old world charm and grace, so it will feel like a world apart.
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This cruise ship first set sail in December 2016 and since then has defined the benchmark for luxury liners. The rooms are all suites, with a balcony that is perfect for an al fresco meal. Marble bathrooms and private verandas underline the luxury of the 300 all-suite cabins. Apart from the impressive on-board facilities, a highlight is the top-notch service and exciting itineraries. Shore excursions include adventures on Zodiacs and visits to ancient Balinese villages
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Silversea Silver Muse
Silver Muse is cruise ship is synonymous with the best food spread on the high seas. Its approach to dining is unique since the ship lacks a traditional main dining room and instead has eight smaller restaurants at which passengers can dine any night. The choices span from Asian-fusion Indochine to tapas and more. For those who value personalised service, the Silver Muse ensures that each suite comes with a personal butler. The butlers provide assistance when it comes to unpacking and packing your luggage, serving breakfast on your balcony, making arrangements for shore tours and dining times, and even serving dinner -- course by course -- in your suite. The great, personalised service also is evident in the lounges where the bartenders quickly memorize your drink preferences and always have your favorites waiting for you.
Thanks to a limited number of cabins, SeaDream Yacht Club's SeaDream II offers an intimate and luxurious yachting experience. For many, the highlight of this cruise ship is the all-teak deck that features numerous Balinese sun beds (perfect to get some sun), and the aft retractable marina. The marina offers glass-bottom kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, banana boats, snorkel equipment and Laser sailboats. You can even go water skiing or ride a Jet Ski.
That apart, this liner’s success lies in focussing on the little things. For example, Passengers always get a kick out of the monogrammed pyjamas that are laid out in their room upon arrival. SeaDream also offers several signature experiences across its two-ship fleet. One is spending an evening "sleeping under the stars" amid twinkling candle lights. A bucket of chilled Champagne waits, along with a tray of chocolate truffles. Another highlight is the signature "Champagne and Caviar Splash" on Caribbean voyages. This decadent spread includes a Champagne toast and buffet loaded with caviar, to be enjoyed during a shore-side beach barbecue.
So what are you waiting for? It's time to book a cruise holiday today!
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