Luxury Ocean Cruises are a great means of luxury travel with some fantastic benefits. They make it easy to visit several places in a single trip without the hassle of packing and unpacking; they enable easy access to virtually every continent on earth; and they are the epitome of luxury travel.
For those who have not experienced the joys of luxury cruising, imagine your favourite five star resort. Now, picture waking up each morning and finding your resort has arrived as another exotic or sun-drenched location – all without the challenges of international air travel. Add to that attentive service and you get the picture of what it is like to travel on a luxury cruise.
Popular destinations include: the coasts of Alaska, Scandinavia, South-East Asia, Europe, Australia, and New England; China, Egypt, North America; and numerous other places.
As for ship facilities, all luxury ships have at least one swimming pool and comfortable deck chairs aplenty. Cruise ship entertainment includes: comedians, Vegas style musical shows, magicians, new release movies, etc. Most ships have a complete gym and some ships now offer putting greens, golf simulators, and basketball/tennis courts. For travellers who enjoy a bit of pampering, extensive spa facilities are available on all cruise ships.
All luxury cruise ships have high guest to staff ratios – to ensure discrete attentive service and response to your every whim and need. You also find luxury cruises have greater private space for guests, greater numbers of tables for two as well as on-board hosts to ensure all women guests never are in need of a dance partner to dance the night away.
A daily roster of activities is planned for each ship. These might include art auctions, cooking schools, lectures, language lessons, book clubs, arts and crafts, plus much more. All ships have extensive libraries to while away the hours in comfortable chairs enjoying great novels and non-fiction books.
With regards to food, luxury cruises have exceptional dining choices. You can choose to dine at the main dining room, or one of the more exclusive speciality restaurants on board ship. There are also a number of coffee shops and juice bars on most ships to help cater to those needing high tea or a latte.
Cabins on luxury cruises tend to be generously proportioned, with multi-room suites available with private decks and balconies, exquisite bathrooms, lounge and bar areas, and your own private waiter.
When onshore, the shore excursions office offers a variety of sightseeing tours and activities such as cultural tours, snorkelling, museum tours and more, at each port of call.
There are many fabulous luxury cruise lines to select. Cunard Lines are the most well known for their liners which allow people to travel in supreme luxury.
The Queen Mary 2, the Queen Victoria and the Queen Elizabeth provide the highest class of ocean travel. The interior design and fit outs of each of these cruise ships hark back to a bygone era and complement the on board experience where people dress for dinner in black-tie and cocktail gowns and enjoy elegant soirees with some of the premiere world entertainers. Priceless art works enrich the senses, while Oxford Professors and guest expert lecturers enrich the mind with their seminars and lectures.
Cunard voyages include Transatlantic, the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Northern Europe and luxury Around the World cruises and range from as little as 4 days to extended stays.
For more relaxed elegance you may enjoy travel on Crystal cruises, with all of the amenities of a luxury resort. Teak decks, silk wall hangings, crystal chandeliers and polished marble all add to the ambience.
Silversea Cruises have a well deserved reputation for exquisite dining and all inclusive fares. The meals on Silversea Cruise lines rival the top Michelin starred restaurants in the world, with a non-sell atmosphere common on many other cruise ships.
The Holland America line also provides classic luxury, fabulous food and understated elegance. Teak desks, impressive state rooms, and exceptional service define the Holland America line. It cruises to destinations including Alaska, Panama Canal, Northern Europe, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia and the Asia Pacific.
North Star Cruises offers luxury cruises around the remote northern parts of Australia through the Kimberley region, and comes complete with its own private helicopter to allow guests to explore this rugged wilderness in comfort.
Other exceptional luxury cruises can be found on Fred Olsen Cruise lines, The World of Residensea, Wings Nile Cruises, Princess Cruises, Hebridean International Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and Orion Expedition Cruises.