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Iceberg floats in Andord Bay on Graham Land by jo Crebbin

Everything you need to begin planning your luxury cruise

The evolution within the cruise industry has been amazing. We see our favourite cruise lines continue to improve and find more ways to develop eco-friendly ships while always improving the luxurious designs

Ultimate guide to planning your own luxury cruise in all corners of the world

The evolution within the cruise industry has been amazing. We see our favourite cruise lines continue to improve and find more ways to develop eco-friendly ships while always improving the luxurious designs, amenities and offerings so as to provide a more personalised service each year. Regardless of which major city you are in the world, there is a luxury cruise option waiting for you to explore and make your own.

In recent years we have seen many of the small to mid-size ships focusing more on the quality of the cruise experience, over the number of cruisers that can be packed onto a single ship. Several of these cruise lines have managed to create unique opportunities for a ‘cruise ship’ within the cruise ship, which provides an elevated level of services, and is often an excellent option for many travellers seeking all of the conveniences of a large ship, but with the personalized services of a bespoke luxury cruise experience. The Haven, for example, is a beautifully designed option with Norwegian Cruise Line and the Royal Class Suites with Royal Caribbean International brings all the elements of luxury and home together for this suite experience.

Arctic courtesy Quark
Arctic courtesy Quark

There is still something nostalgic about a transatlantic cruise, and while it might take a few days longer than a direct flight from New York to London, the experience on a ship like the Queen Mary 2 by Cunard provides cruisers with an unmatched level of luxury travel – upgrading to the Queen’s Grill provides guests with the ultimate in elevated services and excellence from start to finish. Those looking for a unique luxury cruise option in other parts of the world, consider one of the exciting opportunities with AmaWaterways in Africa that just gets better every year; or a river expedition cruise with Aqua Expeditions along the Amazon River onboard the Aria Amazon; or perhaps explore the bespoke itineraries with travel operators that take care of every detail beyond compare such as a barge cruise in Europe with Abercrombie & Kent, or a small ship cruise with Tauck.

Portal Point
Portal Point

Antarctica

When looking for an adventure cruise, along with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the local penguins and other wildlife, Antarctica is a dream come true. The luxurious elements of travel are … Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

Aurora borealis Lofoten islands by Denis Belitsky
Aurora borealis Lofoten islands by Denis Belitsky

Arctic

For the seasoned cruisers, a visit to the North is a must-do in their lifetime – the abundance of wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and a fascinating culinary scene provides a destination prime for the luxury cruise lines and small ship expeditions. …Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

Polar bear walking between ice floats in the Arctic Circle by DonLand
Polar bear walking between ice floats in the Arctic Circle by DonLand

Mediterranean

There is so much to love about cruising the Mediterranean, and being able to visit all of the amazing ports of call, while knowing that you only have to unpack once is ideal – allowing you to return home at the end of every day spent taking advantage of all the local culture and activities at every port of call. Regardless of your travel motivations, …Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

Cityscape view of Venice from cruise ship at Grand canal by Littleaom
Cityscape view of Venice from cruise ship at Grand canal by Littleaom

Caribbean

The Caribbean provides opportunities for all ages, and while many cruises are only three to five nights, there are longer journeys available for those with the ability to extend their cruise to include a more significant …Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

Beautiful view of El Morro by Venturelli Luca
Beautiful view of El Morro by Venturelli Luca

European Rivers

The sheer fascination and pleasure of cruising the rivers of Europe has led to a surge of travellers, and fortunately, even more luxury options that are setting the standards of hospitality. Large staterooms with balconies are perfect for a leisurely …Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

View from Landshut Castle to the old town Bernkastel Kues with vineyards and river Mosel
View from Landshut Castle to the old town Bernkastel Kues with vineyards and river Mosel

Asia

When it comes to cruises that provide a cultural immersion unlike anywhere else in the world, cruising in Asia is unmatched. There are contrasting opportunities in Asia, as East Asia focuses on the urban centres that are complete with a …Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

View over beautiful turquoise lagoon of bungalows, island and boats by Mark Skalny
View over beautiful turquoise lagoon of bungalows, island and boats by Mark Skalny

South Pacific

When dreaming of a cruise in the South Pacific, many immediately gather mental images of French Polynesia – often referred to as one of the most beautiful areas of the world. Throughout the entire South Pacific region, beauty awaits …Subscribe to the magazine to read the full article

Ships on the Yangtze River by Daniel Doerfler
Ships on the Yangtze River by Daniel Doerfler

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© This article was first published in Dec-Jan 2019 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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