Who wouldn’t love a holiday in which you pack and unpack once, see an array of amazing destinations, dine in Michelin-star quality restaurants and enjoy VIP treatment? If all of this sounds like your kind of wonderful, you’re sure to enjoy browsing through this selection of our favourite luxury cruise holidays, as provided by TravelManagers’ Naomi Liss.
Having just ventured into the ocean cruise market after many years of providing luxurious river cruise holidays, Viking pride themselves on offering destination-focused, culturally enriching itineraries and an award-winning, onboard experience. During your time afloat, the toughest part of your day will be choosing which restaurant to visit each night – there’s everything from degustation menus to Italian fare, and all with excellent table service. Although there is no formal dining, a “casual elegance” dress code means you can be as fancy as you choose. You’ll find plenty to satisfy your appetite for entertainment and enrichment too, thanks to the onboard planetarium, a resident historian, astronomer and a variety of guest speakers and Ted talks.
This fleet of six luxury yachts has a passenger capacity of just 148 – 310 guests, depending on the individual vessel, and because of their relatively small size, they can visit the smaller harbours which the larger ships can’t access. Their ships feature a unique Water Sports Platform, which allows easy access to the ocean for unlimited use of a variety of water sports, including stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, sailing, swimming, water skiing, and windsurfing. After a day packed with adventures both ashore and on the water, you’ll be treated to a variety of high-end dining experiences, whether it’s a romantic dinner for two under the stars or a gourmet barbecue.
Caption: Fancy a dawn paddleboarding session? The Watersports Platform makes getting out on the water to enjoy your surroundings easy and enjoyable.
This is a fabulous option if you’re longing to try expedition-style cruising but would prefer to do it in comfort and style – Antarctica, Greenland and the Northeast Passage are among the more adventurous destinations to be visited by Silversea’s luxurious ships this year. All of Silversea’s cabins are suites and come with butler service – now that’s fancy! The smaller ship size (100 to 608 passengers, depending on the vessel) means a more intimate atmosphere, plus you’ll be treated to a variety of amazing dining experiences that will leave you wanting to stay onboard permanently.
The high guest to staff ratio on Oceania’s ships means that you will always feel well looked after. Despite the smaller ship size, guests can choose from an amazing range of wellness options onboard, thanks to their partnership with the Canyon Ranch luxury wellness brand. Treat your body to a revitalising Thai-style massage or join a complimentary yoga, pilates or fitness class, then treat your appetite to a range of healthy but delicious dining options including an extensive and tantalising selection of vegan dishes. Oceania have a range of itineraries all over the world, taking you to exotic destinations from Athens to Zanzibar.
5. Crystal Cruises
Offering both ocean and river cruises, Crystal is a sound choice if you’re looking to combine both into one itinerary. They pride themselves on providing a memorable onboard experience, with a variety of high-quality dining experiences plus onboard enrichment activities such as learning a new language or trying your hand at learning the piano. Whether you choose the Mediterranean or the Mexican Riviera, Silversea pride themselves on offering endless choice and personalised luxury.
Whichever of these luxury cruise lines you choose, you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable experience. To start planning your amazing luxury cruise holiday, contact personal travel manager, Naomi Liss, here or follow her on Facebook.