World Spa & Travel shares with you 9 luxury cruises that will change your cruising experience and expectations forever…
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It is true that luxury cruises can cost up to five times the price of a normal cruise,but the luxurious accommodation, complimentry fine wines and premium spirits, top-notch service, Michelin-star cuisines and exotic onshore tours will definitely make your spent worth.
Word Spa @ travel shares with you 9 luxury cruises that will change your cruises that will change your cruising experience and expectations forever.
For the intimate luxury experience
Silversea Cruises: Aboard the Silver Cloud Cruise itinerary: 9-Day Italy, Malta and Greece. Monte Carlo to Piraeus
Explore the Mediterranean region in style. From yacht-spangled harbours to sun-dappled ancient ruins, the silver Cloud brings you up close with these exotic destinations. Arrive at Livorno, the gateway of the beautiful and artistic Florance. Disembark at Civitavecchia, and explore the lesser-known side of the Romanian beauty. Other ports of call include Sorrento, Messina, Valletta, Nauplia and Myknonos. Optional shore excursions like wine tasting in Tuscany, helicopter flight over Amalfi Coast and a visit to Elia Beach from Mykonos are all yours to experience as well.
Featuring sumptuous ocean-view suits and personalized butler services, the Silver Cloud is the first elegant and intimate 296-guest fleet of the Silversea Cruises. Each Silversea cruise reflects a distinctive European styling in every detail, from uncompromising service to exquisite gourmet dining. Onboard facilities include lecture rooms, golf course, fitness centre and Steiner- managed spas. However. As there are on organized childern’s programs, Silversea Cruises might not be suitable for families with young kids.
Silversea Cruises: Aboard the Silver Galapagos
Cruise itinerary 7-Day North Central (Roundtrip Baltra)
Discover the Galapagos wonderland of wildlife and natural history in a degree of luxury that is unmatched. Enjoy up-close encounters with iguanas, giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins and Darwin’s famous finches. Visit Genovesa, one of the most unusual islands in the Galapagos, where you can see both red-footed and Nazca boobies nesting. Go on a land tour at Espanola for a chance to see the waved albatross. Other port of calls include El Junco Lagoon, Osborn, Frigatebird Hill, Bahia Gardner, Isolte Gardners and Isolte Osborn. Choose from a variety of land and seas activities such as kayaking, hiking, birding, swimming or snorkelling at the various islands. Non-swimmers can also enjoy underwater view from a glass-bottom boat.
Silver Galapagos is the newest addition to the Silversea’s fleet of ultra-luxury ships. With guest capacity capped at 100, Silversea ensures that the needs of every passenger onboard will be met with utmost efficiency and attention. Guests will also get to enjoy a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, such as complimentary beverages, wines and spirits, stocked in-suite beverage cabinet and gratuities.
Paul Gauguin: Abroad MS Paul Gauguin
Cruise itinerary: 7 to 14-Night cruises through Tahiti, French Polynesia, the South Pacific or Southeast Asia
Designed specially to sail the shallow seas, the Gauguin offers stopovers at various exotic islands that larger ships can’t reach. Submerge yourself in the warm French Polynesia culture at the Society Islands such as Bora Bora or Tahiti, or marvel at sight of pristine beaches at Aitutaki of Cook Islands. In summer you might even get to see whales swimming in the waters near the Astral Island.
Beside unique onshore excursions, the 332-guest Gauguin also has facilities that will keep you entertained throughout the trip. Feeling hungry? Enjoy a luxurious meal at La Veranda, with signature dishes prepared by Michelin- starred Chef Jean-Pierre Vigato. Up for some fun at sea? The Gauguin features a fully equipped water-sports marina for activities like paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. Feeling tired? Pamper yourself at the Deep Nature Spa by Algotherm, an award-winning luxury spa. For those who love to drink, complimentary fine wines and premium sprits are also served throughout the ship.
For the exquisite elegance experience
Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Aboard the Seven Seas Navigator
Explore the ruins of Chacchoben, a fascinating ancient Mayan pilgrimage location at Costa Maya. Explore the pristine natural beauty of the Cerro San Gil rainforest and the lifestyle of its local residents at Santo Tomás de Castilla. Experience the scenic beauty of Almond Hill Lagoon during your stay at Belize City. Go snorkelling at one of the world’s most premier snorkelling destinations at Cozumel. Take a unique perspective of Puerto Rico during a treetop canopy tour in the La Marquesa Forestry Reserve. Participate in a photography trail with a professional photographer at St. Thomas and learn inside tips to shoot better pictures. Finally, come back to the sunny Florida state and enjoy the buzzing nightlife in this cosmopolitan city.
All accommodations in the Seven Seas Navigator are suites with ocean views, the majority with private balconies. Her 490 guests enjoy an unusual level of luxury and some of the highest space and service ratios at sea. Built for the luxury market, the ship has amenities and facilities that meet your every need, from dining, entertainment to spa and wellness. In 2004, the Seven Seas Navigator was also featured in the movie, “After the Sunset”, starring Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek.
Oceania Cruises: Abroad the Marina
Cruise itinerary: 20-Day South American Cruise. Rio de Janeiro to Valparaiso
Tour the exoti South American islands with style. Spend a night at the stunning ports of Rio de Janeiro and Bueno Aires. Watch Uruguay unfolds before you in the abstract art of Joaquin Torres-Garcia in Montevideo and the sands of Playa Brava in Punta del Este. Marvel at the raw and rugged majesty of Chilean Fjords as you let your heart be captured by the Chilean culture of Puerto Montt. When you arrived in Valparaiso, take a cable ride to the hills and enjoy a glass of local wine by a sidewalk café.
Built in 2011, the Marina is a relatively new ship with a guest capacity of 1,250. Featuring suites designed and furnished by Ralph Lauren Home and noted interior designer Dakota Jackson, guests can expect to cruise in comfort and elegance. Palate-wise, the Marina has six restaurants that serve a variety of Asian, French, Italian and Continental cuisine. The Marina also features a culinary centre and an artist loft to quench your learning thirst. Fancy a workout? The ship has a fitness centre, activities court and a running track on board to serve your needs.
Oceania Cruises: Aboard the Regetta
Cruise itinerary: 9-Day “Alaskan Summer” (Roundtrip Vancouver)
Explore the Alaskan wilderness in summer when the days last longer. Be awed by the exotic wildlife in the 17-million acres Tongass National Forest and its unspoiled beauty. At Ketchikan, take a fascinating look at Alaskan history through a gold rush trail camp and enjoy the Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show as hardy lumberjacks compete in events like chopping, sawing and tree climbing. In Hoonah, guests will also get to feast on local specialities as they are taught how to grill freshly caught seafood during a hand-on cooking class. Against the backdrop of snowcapped peaks and glaciers, take a catamaran tour of Auke Bay near Juneau for a chance to see humpback and orca whales up close. Finally, go on a zip line ride through the Herring Cove rainforest to experience the Alaskan wilderness.
Compared to its Marina sister ship, the Regetta is significantly smaller with its guest capacity maxed at 684. Sleek, elegantly charming, the Regetta is the flagship of the Oceania Cruise. With luxurious, neo-classical furnishings, Regetta offers every luxury one can expect.
Crystal Cruises: Aboard the Crystal Symphony
Cruise itinerary: 12-Day “Tangos and Tapas” Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires
Experience South American beauty with overnight land stays at Rio and Buenos Aires. This “Tango and Tapas” cruise is the perfect getaway for honeymoon romance. Learn tango and samba dancing at Buenos Aires and then show it off at the Tango Nightclub. At Rio Grande du Sol, go on a Breakers Sail Wagon Ride. Enjoy a gourmet afternoon of Wine and Olive Tasting at Uruguay, then move on to the ranch for some farm fun. When you disembark at Buzios, go for a scuba diving trip or snorkel at the blue lagoon and get close up with Mother Nature. By the time you arrived at Paraty, learn how to prepare exotic Brazilian dishes from the noteworthy Master chefs.
A well-known name in the luxury cruise industry, travellers of the Crystal Cruises often raved about its exceeding service standards and outstanding facilities. With a guest capacity of 922, the Crystal Symphony is a mid-sized luxury cruise ship known for its world-class entertainment, quality cuisines and exciting enrichment programmes such as language classes, golf lessons from PGA pros and wellness seminars sponsored by Cleveland Clinic.
For the all American voyage experience
Norwegian Cruise Line: Abroad the Norwegian Breakaway
Whether it’s snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Bermuda’s shoreline or exploring the famous shipwrecks of The Constellation and The Montana, adventure-seekers will definitely be intrigued by the myriad of offshore excursions in this cruise. Spend your day lounging in the sun, swimming, playing volley ball, snorkelling or indulging your appetite at a buffet style barbeque. At Orlando, take a tour to the Kennedy Space Center, where space history and technology came alive and still exists today. Back at the Big Apple, marvel at the bright lights of Times Square, take a stroll along Fifth Avenue, or look upon the city that never sleeps from the towering Empire State Building.
Commencing her inaugural cruise in May 2013, the Norwegian Breakaway is the latest ship to join the fleet of Norwegian Cruise Line. Besides lavish accommodations, mouthwatering cuisines and world-class entertainment, the 4,000 guests of Norwegian Breakaway will also get to see the first Aqua Park at sea. With stunning multi-storey water slides, vast rope obstacle-course sports complex and a 9-hole miniature golf course, you can be sure that there will never be a dull moment; onboard or onshore.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises: Abroad the River Queen
Cruise itinerary: 13-Day “Legendary Rhine & Moselle” Amsterdam to Basel
Food and wine connoisseurs shouldn’t miss this. Tantalize your taste buds with samples of exceptional Riesling wine in Ediger-Eller and Bernkastel. Explore the elegant Rieslings of Alsace, the only area in France permitted to grow these grapes. During visits to vineyards, talk to the artisans who make these discriminating products. History and nature lovers will also get to discover ancient Roman ruins and revel in the unmatched natural beauty of Moselle. Experience vibrant Amsterdam from the vantage point of bustling canals, or stop by a tavern in Germany for an ice-cold beer. Finally, indulge yourself in the ravishing art, architecture and landscape of romantic Rhine.
The regal, art deco River Queen is an exquisite 130-guest river cruise ship of the award-winning Uniworld Boutique River Cruise. Guests can indulge themselves in the sumptuously decorated river-view staterooms and suites, while taking in the stunning surrounding scenery. All rooms are also furnished with handcrafted Savoir® England beds, along with a menu of pillow options, to ensure that you wake up feeling energized every morning during the voyage.
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