We’re talking about glamorous destinations onboard the most glamorous ships at sea –  these aren’t any ordinary cruises! Prepare for glorious days and glam nights, sumptuous surroundings and of course, the most attentive service imaginable.

Wherever it is you choose to explore, be it around these fair isles with its dramatic landscapes, further afield to breathtaking exotic continents, or up to the epic Nordic wonderland, just relax and take it all in.

You’ll not only discover the natural magic of our planet, you’ll be enjoying a standard of service seldom found on the ocean waves. Soak it up, and let your mind wander. Everything is in hand.

Why choose a luxury cruise?

Luxury cruises are the ideal choice if you’re looking for a getaway with a difference – something that’s just that extra bit special.

On many luxury ships there’s often a higher staff-to-passenger ratio, meaning you can look forward to impeccable service – whether you want to be waited on hand and foot or just be made to feel like royalty.

If you enjoy lavish surroundings, then you’ll be delighted onboard these flamboyant vessels – from elegant decor to swirling staircases and shimmering chandeliers, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported into a fairy tale.

Luxury cruises in particular are known for their excellence when it comes to fine dining, with top chefs from around the world cooking up the most mouth-watering cuisine in every flavour imaginable.

And when it comes to experiences, luxury cruise lines go all-out to deliver extraordinary memories. Tailor-made excursions, unique destination programmes and one-off events onboard, where you could come face-to-face with industry experts – and even the odd celebrity!

Luxury cruise lines and ships

With luxury cruising, there’s something to suit everyone. Whether you’re hoping to bag a last minute luxury deal or you’re ready to splash out for a special occasion, there’s a cruise line to suit you.

For traditional luxury cruising, say hello to Cunard. This cruise line has been around since ship travel was at the height of sophistication, and they certainly haven’t let their high standards slip. Honouring the golden era of cruising, you’ll get a feel for their rich heritage throughout their ships. Opulent décor, White Star Service and elegant evenings in the ballroom – make sure to pack your classiest outfit.

For modern luxury, Celebrity Cruises are the perfect choice. With over 300 destinations available spanning every continent, you can choose to live the life of luxury on a unique adventure to the Galapagos Islands or on a weekend away to Paris.

It won’t be long before you’re feeling like a real VIP – shop in the onboard designer boutqiues, relax in the adults-only solarium or enjoy a picnic on an acre of real grass lawn on the top deck. It’s the only cruise line to boast such a feature!

As well as offering the largest wine collection at sea, Celebrity Cruises are also known for their award-winning dining – especially as they source super fresh, local produce from the destinations you visit. So let the expert sommeliers and chefs take your taste buds on a journey, too.

For luxury personified, ultra-luxury cruise lines such as Silversea and Seabourn offer the best of the best. If you’re really pushing the boat out and treating yourself to an unbelievable escape, then you may as well go all out with one of these sensational sailings.

You’ll discover these ships all have Ocean View suites – with the majority including private balconies, and of course, butler service.

Everything’s taken care of – especially as you’re All Inclusive, with complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available onboard at all times. Add fine dining into the equation and you’re all set for a flavoursome experience!

These intimate ships will have you feeling part of an exclusive circle, where the captain and officers seem like old friends, and the staff know your name – and your favourite drink. You’ll never need to lift a finger – unless it’s to signal for another bottle of vintage wine!

What to expect onboard

As you’d expect from luxury cruise deals with all the trimmings, the range of indulgent facilities on-board is special. Many vessels come complete with spa facilities, for the ultimate in blissful travel, while you’ll often find hot tubs in which to wind down among the bubbles, taking in the incredible views. Sporting activities are a feature on some ships, too, with pool-based fun on-tap, along with sports courts, mini-golf and table tennis to enjoy.

Little travellers are catered for as well, with a comprehensive kids’ club a feature of many cruises, and there are also often wonderful boutiques and cafes to explore. Come the evening, the glamour continues, with live shows and even a casino on-board some ships.

These cruise lines offer amazing enrichment programmes to complement the destinations you visit – featuring everything from prima ballerinas on ballet voyages to whale watching and wine tours.

You’re guaranteed to have a spectacular escape on a luxury cruise. Prepare to be pampered from head to toe, treated to an array of delicious cuisine, and ultimately feel like royalty as you sail from one stunning destination to the next. It’s the crème de la crème of cruising.