An ordinary vacation on land can certainly be a treat, but a cruise on the water enjoying excellent cuisine, fun activities, and seeing the world like never before is vacationing on a whole other level. The service, food, and exotic destinations that you can experience aboard cruise lines are all apart of what makes this form of travel incredibly unforgettable. Luxury cruises are the cream of the crop, and they take the word "luxury" seriously. It's not a moniker carelessly slapped around, but a standard that certain cruise lines pour their every effort into achieving. The payoff for guests is accommodation and attention to detail that you simply can't find anywhere else.
Here are five luxury cruises that you should try at least once during your lifetime.
1. Silversea, World Cruise
Bulgari toiletries, fine linens and furnishings, and butler service are just the beginning of what Silversea Cruises have to offer. Silversea's most spectacular offering is its 116 day world cruise, which tours 62 ports in 25 countries. Rates for this mammoth cruise adventure start at $61,550 per person.
Anyone who has ever had a sense of wanderlust will have it completely fulfilled after taking this extensive voyage. The all-inclusive trip is designed to help you relax while allowing you to indulge in exquisite service and wonderful custom excursions. From Auckland New Zealand to Monte Carlo and Manila, guests on the Silversea World Cruise get a once in a lifetime chance to visit some of the world's most popular and sought out vacation destinations all in one go.
2. Crystal Cruises, Antarctic Adventure World Cruise
Antarctica is one of the least traveled destination in the world and is ideal for anyone who really wants to reach some of the globe's most remote places. The Antarctic Adventure World Cruise from Crystal Cruises will take you there and provide amazing experiences, starting at $10,200 per person. The ocean view themed trip lasts for nearly a month and includes a three-night land program in Machu Picchu. Stops to Argentina, Uruguay, and the Falkland Islands are also part of the itinerary.
While admiring the natural views, guests aboard this cruise get to enjoy top level service and amenities such as daily delivery of fresh flowers, nightly turndown, room service, and the chance to partake in enrichment programs, language classes, and golf lessons from PGA professionals.
3. Seabourn, 30 Day Jewels of Southeast Asia Voyage
Did you know you can ride elephants in Thailand, walk through the ruins of Pompeii, and ride on horseback in Patagonia during a luxury cruise? Seabourn is one cruise company that aims to offer incredible excursions to its guests such as these. Its fleet of six ships aren't huge, but that's not necessarily a disadvantage -- less people on board means more chances for you to enjoy a relaxing, peaceful getaway. All suites on Seabourne ships have stocked minibars that match your drink preferences, and the furnishings are gorgeous. Seabourne's 30 Day Jewels of Southeast Asia Voyage starts at $10,999 per person for an Ocean View Suite and goes up to more than $23,999 per person for an Owner's Suite. During the cruise, guests travel from Singapore to Hong Kong, China. Stops include Port Blair, Ho Chi Minh City, and Malacca.
4. Regent Seven Seas, Grand Crossing Cruises
Regent Seven Seas is known for their cruises that feature opulent settings, Canyon Ranch Spas, luxury bath products and toiletries, private balconies, and excellent restaurants. They also offer penthouse suites with personal butlers and concierge level suites that come with a host of perks. One of their most notable cruises is the Regent Seven Seas signature Grand Crossing, which includes a tour across the Atlantic Ocean. Grand Crossing Cruise 2-for-1 fares start at $4,999. There are a selection of destinations to choose from, including Miami, Rio de Janiero, Bangkok, and Abu Dhabi. Each stop comes with its own exclusive excursion and sightseeing opportunities.
5. Celebrity Xpedition, Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands have enchanted people around the world ever since Darwin wrote of his travels there back in 1835. Celebrity cruise line offers a 10 day round trip tour of the Galapagos aboard its Xpedition mega yacht. Xpedition can host up to 100 guests and provides the chance to see a truly exotic locale and get a taste of natural history. Guests also get to enjoy Celebrity's world class amenities, food, and service. The Xpedition is designed to impact the environment as little as possible, and naturalists certified by the Galapagos National Park are onboard to provide insightful information to guests about the area while ensuring the Islands aren't adversely affected by the cruise. Highlights of this Celebrity cruise include the panorama deck, Discovery Lounge, and Darwin's Restaurant, which offers open seating and the freshest, local food available from the Galapagos. The ocean view rooms are most coveted, and will give you a stunning look at the sea. The price per person for this trip starts at $6,999.
Written by Garrett Parker
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