We think there’s no such thing as too much pampering while you’re on a cruise. It’s your chance to disconnect from the hustle and pressures of daily life; to enjoy great cuisine, fun activities and new sights while the crew and captain take care of transportation and so much more.
If you love that carefree and pampered feeling, consider taking a luxury cruise. Luxury lines take all the wonderful services and amenities provided by mainstream, family-oriented cruise lines step it all up a notch (or several). Luxury cruises also tend to be more inclusive of “extras,” such as beverages and shore excursions; so, you may find that the cost is not much more than your last mainstream cruise.
What are the differences you can expect when you choose a luxury ship? Here are a few:
There are more crew members per passenger, and the crew is trained to anticipate your needs. They will often provide what you’re thinking of – such as drawing hot bath, refreshing your drink or polishing your shoes – before you even ask.
The ship will probably be smaller, but every inch will be full of comfort and style. Generally, luxury ships carry 200 to 600 passengers. This is great for getting to know your fellow travelers, and many luxury cruisers make friendships that last long after the cruise. The ship can also visit ports that can’t accommodate large ships – so, even if you cruise in a familiar region, you may see places you haven’t seen before.
Many luxury ships offer all-suite accommodations with ocean views – no inside cabins. There is usually a balcony or verandah, too (unless you’re on a river cruise ship, where you’ll have expansive windows and perhaps a Juliette balcony). You can expect high-end amenities and finishes, including top-of-the-line toiletries and linens, fresh flowers, black-out curtains or shades and granite or marble tops in the bathroom.
For many itineraries, luxury lines offer great pre- and /or post-cruise land-based experiences. These packages give you the chance to explore the port where you’re embarking or disembarking, or an inland sight – places like the Taj Mahal, Machu Picchu, or the Australian Outback. Sometimes, these pre- or post-stays are included in your cruise fare.
Interested? Talk with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert about sailing with a luxury line.
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