For many, the idea of cruises conjures images of traditional indulgence: elegant dresses paraded in exquisite dining rooms, lavish spa treatments, cocktails in chic bars and lounging beside the pool on a sun-drenched deck. However, did you know that there are also luxury cruises on offer, taking all of this to the next level? But what more can you expect from a cruise holiday? Below we’ve put together a selection of the highlights offered on luxury cruises, which are guaranteed to transport you to cruising paradise:

Intimacy

Some of the largest ships in the world have capacity to hold more than 3,000 people, with decks numbering 15-plus and lengths measuring more than 300 metres. This might sound fantastic, but truly luxurious operators tend to prize the small and intimate nature of their boats, for example, the Xpedition by Celebrity Cruises. This “boutique” ship takes just 92 passengers around the Galapagos Islands, allowing a wonderful get-back-to-nature approach with regular stops to witness birds, sea lions and a variety of other creatures. When you arrive back on board, staff await you with a towel and cooling refreshments – sheer bliss.

Day Trips

Many operators run day trips as part of the price of cruise packages – another symbol of luxury cruise holidays. Look out for unusual itineraries if you want a cruise that’s activity focused, from waters sports to shopping to cooking with the chef. For a touch of personalisation, ask if you can organise something you would love to do and it can probably be arranged, from picnics on glaciers to helicopter flights!

Impeccable service

Staff-to-guest ratios tend to be lower on luxury liners, meaning you will enjoy the utmost attention and have every wish fulfilled. Cunard in particular pride themselves on offering the unique “White Star Service”, a training method for their staff that provides them with the expertise necessary to cater to every passenger demand, ensuring you have “the most enjoyable, memorable and luxurious experience aboard”.

All-inclusive cruise packages

Many top-quality cruise operators are now dedicating attention to providing all-inclusive packages, meaning you can turn your thoughts to on-board indulgence instead of worrying about spending cash. Drinks, gratuities, shore excursions and credit for your journey are quite often billed in advance so that you can simply sit back and enjoy the cruise. Several operators still take a more traditional approach with fixed dining times and additional on-board costs, but, on ships like Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth other perks are offered instead, including ballroom dancing and afternoon tea served by waiters in white gloves.

Comfort

A key part of your cruising experience is the place where you sleep each night. Individual balconies are considered the height of sophistication, pioneered by Princess Ccruises during the 1980s, while some operators also provide everything from dining room tables to glass-walled solariums and butler service for each room. You know you’re on a luxury cruise when you have a private veranda outside your window.

Sailing away in style comes in many forms and whether you’re looking for casual dining, exceptional evening entertainment, a wide variety of activities, or an all-inclusive trip, choose your luxury cruise with care to suit your own tastes or give us a call to find the one to suit your perfectly.

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