For a holiday that is truly relaxing and fuss free, nothing can beat the organised nature of cruising, where there is always someone on hand to help out. But what difference does choosing a luxury cruise make, and is there any point? We’ve compiled a guide to what you can expect from luxury cruising, and how it’s the attention to detail that makes it worth the splurge.
One of the major aspects of luxury cruising that sets it apart from other holidays is the high level of service. Luxury cruise ships are often more intimate, with a higher crew-to-passenger ratio, than most cruise vessels. This ensures that each passenger can be greeted by name, and service can be personalised to their preferences. From your favourite beverages in the mini-bar, to a bottle of wine delivered daily in time for sunset, the crew will get to know what you like and make sure that you get it.
People who are regulars on luxury cruises often cite the service as the quality that keeps them coming back. Stories of crew members taking passengers to different parts of the ship rather than just directing them, delivering a bottle of wine they enjoyed at dinner to their suite afterwards, and even stocking the mini-bar with treats that aren’t usually served on board, are common. If you crave the service and attention to detail that defines the celebrity lifestyle, luxury cruising is the perfect way to get a taste.
Forget about interior cabins without a view, luxury cruising means truly indulgent accommodation. Most luxury cruises offer only ocean-view accommodation, and the majority of staterooms have balconies, so you won’t have to miss a single moment of your cruise, whether it is around the majestic Norwegian Fjords, idyllic paradise islands, or beautiful coastal cities.
The rooms themselves tend to be spacious and offer extra touches, such as marble-finished bathrooms, high-end toiletries and top-of-the-range mattresses. Choosing a luxury cruise often means you can expect extra details, such as fresh flowers in your room, indulgent chocolates on your pillow, and a fully stocked mini-bar included in the price.
One of the great joys of cruise holidays is the indulgent food you can expect on board. Luxury lines are taking this even further, teaming with renowned chefs to create stunning restaurants that showcase local products and innovative cookery. Spectacular à la carte menus can be expected in many of these restaurants, along with exquisite tasting delights at the chef’s table.
Again, service is a standout aspect of dining on a luxury cruise, with the maître d’ always on hand to take care of your every request. With dining’s often included in the price, except for a few high-class exceptions, there is no reason why you can’t treat your taste buds to a range of outstanding cuisines whilst you’re on board.
Luxury ships are often smaller, allowing them to visit a wider range of ports that can’t accommodate their larger counterparts. This allows passengers to visit more exclusive ports, that aren’t teeming with tourists from large cruise ships, and get a more authentic sense of the region. Luxury lines also tend to stay overnight in popular ports, so travellers can enjoy the port during both daytime and night time shore excursions.
Excursions and special shore events are usually emphasised on luxury lines, and as they are often included in the price, passengers can really explore the history and culture of the area. Unlike larger ships, luxury lines regularly feature a special event, such as a gala, reception, theatre visit or sporting event at a famous landmark or city. These outings set luxury cruising apart, offering a unique experience that feels a little more intimate, and a little more special.
Many cruise deals include inclusive extras, but these are often restricted. On a luxury cruise, however, there are fewer restrictions, with alcoholic beverages, no matter whether you drink them in the bar or take them from your mini-bar, included in the price.
If you have expensive tastes and drink nothing but the finest champagne you might find yourself having to pay a little extra, but most people’s tastes will be covered. Gratuities are also included on luxury cruises, so, in spite of the outstanding service, you won’t find yourself having to tip every waiter that mixes you a drink. If someone really goes above and beyond, however, feel free to show your gratitude with a little something extra.
Pre and Post-Cruise Pampering
Rather than bus transportation and long check-in queues of some holidays, luxury travellers will find themselves able to choose from taxis, private cars and other options to transport them between airport and port. Passengers are usually checked in on the ship, rather than having to queue, allowing you to begin your holiday as soon as you arrive. The crew member that checks you in will often offer to unpack for you, which can include steaming and ironing clothes and shining shoes. Travelling on a luxury cruise ship means that you can expect the best service, from start to finish.
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