A cruise is one of the most relaxing ways to see the world – but a luxury cruise will have you doing it in style. With a multitude of cruise lines, ships and itineraries to choose from as well as fantastic deals from Iglu Cruise, there is a luxury cruise for everyone. Here we list five great reasons to book one right now
1. Impressive ships
The launch of ships in 2016 such as Regent Seven Seas’ Seven Seas Explorer, dubbed the world’s most luxurious, and Viking Ocean Cruises’ Viking Sea, plus the upcoming arrival of new vessels such as Seabourn’s Seabourn Encore and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s S.S. Joie de Vivre in 2017 herald a new standard in luxury cruising. You can delight in lavishly designed staterooms while enjoying state-of-the-art facilities, from luxury spas to fitness suites. On board Seven Seas Explorer you will find Versace plates, an impressive Murano glass chandelier in the Compass Rose restaurant and walls adorned with artwork by celebrated artists such as Picasso and Chagall. Its sister ship Seven Seas Mariner is equally sumptuous, offering all-suite cruising for only 700 guests. Try the nine-night Tropical Discoveries from Miami fly-cruise itinerary on board Seven Seas Mariner, departing 17 April 2017 from £3,079pp. With an overnight at Havana in Cuba and calls at Belize’s Harvest Caye and Costa Maya in Mexico, you can indulge in six-star cruising that offers unlimited shore excursions, allowing you to make the most out of the exotic ports of call.
2. Impeccable service
Luxury cruise ships often have a high staff to guest ratio, ensuring that your every desire is catered to by friendly and attentive crew members. This meticulous level of personalised service is one of the most appealing aspects of a luxury cruise and is vital for helping to make you feel pampered at sea, from butlers remembering your name to bartenders knowing your favourite cocktail and how you like it served. As gratuities are already part of your cruise fare, you are not always required to tip, but you can rest assured that each and every staff member are rewarded for providing such outstanding service.
3. Exciting destinations
The world really is your oyster when you embark on a luxury cruise, whether you decide to explore scenic waterways or take to the open sea. Luxury cruise lines often offer fantastic pre- and post-cruise packages so you have the chance to immerse yourself in a destination and get to know its history. Included excursions mean you won’t have to worry about planning your own tours or guided walks on shore, or even how much you spend on them, so you can just sit back and relax knowing that every detail is taken care of. This allows you more time to take in exotic ports of call and unspoilt destinations and soak up their fascinating culture.
4. Exquisite cuisine
Food on board is generally fantastic and on a luxury cruise it’s even more sumptuous – especially in the speciality restaurants. Get a taste of Michelin-star standard food, from delectable fusion recipes to tantalising desserts. Luxury lines often team up with globally renowned chefs in order to bring exquisite dining on board, such as master chef Jacques Pépin who is Executive Culinary Director for Oceania Cruises. And, as there is usually no cover charge due to it being included in your cruise fare, you can enjoy sensational food every night without worrying about overspending.
5. Superb value for money
A luxury cruise is more affordable than you might think and can offer fantastic value when you consider everything that is included in your cruise fare and when you compare it to other standard cruises. The majority of luxury cruises offer free drinks packages, which include alcoholic beverages. Transfers to and from departure ports are also often included and you may find that some cruise lines, such as Silversea, offer complimentary transportation into the centre of your ports of call. Dining, gratuities, entertainment and guest talks may also be included in your fare, meaning you can kick back and relax knowing you won’t incur extra onboard costs. If you have always wanted to explore Europe on a luxury cruise, try Silversea’s Rome to Barcelona itinerary on board Silver Spirit. Departing from Rome (Civitavecchia) on 23 March 2018 from £2,279pp, you can explore the historic city of Rome and call at cultural ports such as Portofino, Nice in France, Calvi in Corsica and Marseille. Other highlights include Sete and, of course, Barcelona, where you can sample outstanding Mediterranean cuisine and lounge on its relaxing beaches.
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