The World’s Top 4 Luxury Cruises
4. Regent Seven Seas Cruises
In 4th spot on our list of the world’s top 4 luxury cruises we have Regent Seven Seas Cruises. What makes this cruise line stand out above the rest? There are only three ships within the line, all mid-sized and able to host 490 to 700 guests at any one time. For those who prefer to book a concierge-level suite or higher, there are additional benefits such as priority dinner reservations and reasonable discounts on the top-shelf range of liquors. Guests who book penthouse suites (categories B and higher) can expect a personal butler service, providing everything from packing to unpacking, laundry pressing, afternoon canapés, in-suite bar set-up, as well as special requests. Regent now offer their guests a pre-cruise hotel stay for a night or on-board credit should the guest prefer to pass on the complimentary hotel booking.
Regent Seven’s choice cruise features an 18-day Atlantic crossing from Barcelona in northern Spain to Rio de Janeiro in south eastern Brazil. The cruise ventures around Africa before undertaking the three-day Atlantic passage to Recife, Brazil. Travel dates scheduled for 2013 are November 20 to December 8. Prices start at $8,299 per person.
3. Seabourn Cruise Line
3rd place on the top 4 luxury cruises list is awarded to the Seabourn Cruise Line. The six ships belonging to the Seabourn line are relatively small in comparison to other cruise ships, with only between 104 to 225 suites on board. In-cabin touches include minibars that are stocked to the preferences of individual passengers and marble and granite bathrooms furnished with toiletries by Molton Brown, Hermés, and L’Occitane.
The choice cruise with Seabourn is arguably the 32-day voyage adventure throughout Asia and the Middle East. Setting sale on March 4, and ending April 5, 2013, the cruise visits a variety of cities including Singapore, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam, Mumbai in western India, and finally Dubai in the Middle East. Prices begin at $10, 116 per person.
2. Crystal Cruises
At 2nd place on our list we have Crystal Cruises. There are only two ships within the line, both of which are sizeable vessels offering space for 940 guests. The line has won virtually every award in this industry with regards to “best large ship cruise line”. They prize their dining service standards and the Prego Italian restaurants are said to be one of the very finest dining experiences to be had at sea. During 2012, Crystal Cruises introduced “inclusive” drinks and gratuities as part of the overall fare. This now matches both Silverseas and Seabourn, but still falls short of Regent who provide a pre-cruise hotel stay or on-board credit at the discretion of the guest.
The choice cruise with Crystal Cruises is the 98-day Pacific Rim venture. Starting in Auckland, New Zealand, and anchoring in Los Angeles, the vocation visits a number of destinations along the seafaring-way, including Sydney, Bali in Indonesia, Hong Kong, as well as Alaska. Travel dates each year are from late January to early May (specifics should be obtained from the company). Prices start at $33,135 per person.
1. Silversea Cruise Line
Taking top spot on our list of the world’s top luxury cruises is Silversea. They have six luxury ships in the fleet each capable of holding up to 300 passengers, which in turn means that the smaller sized vessels may visit a range of ports that are off limits to larger cruise ships. Similar to the other top cruise lines, Silversea are intent on providing less formal dining options. Nevertheless, they are still the most conventional. This is still recognized as the line of champagne and caviar, nothing less will do.
The top-of-the-range 115-day world cruise with Silversea sets sail from Los Angeles and culminates at Fort Lauderdale. The itinerary includes Barbados, Hong Kong, Tahiti in French Polynesia, and many other stopping points along the way. Prices start at a mere $49,999 per person.