Ultimate Guide to Luxury Cruising
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It’s all in the details on a luxury cruise – from minibars restocked with your favourite tipples and handcrafted beds draped in the finest linens to the towels (warm and cold) that appear as if by magic when you’re reclining by the pool.
As you might expect, staterooms are superlative: think boutique hotel chic with exquisite furnishings, carpet, marble and premium products. From the enormous multi-room suites such as the heavenly Regent Suite on board new ship Seven Seas Explorer, with its garden, in-suite spa and wrap-around balcony, and the divine and spacious Scandi-style staterooms on Viking Ocean Cruises’ ships, to the bathrooms with proper baths on Hapag Lloyd’s Europa 2, accommodation on a luxury cruise ship is sophisticated and swish.
“The difference really is in the details,” says Kathryn Beadle, Managing Director of Uniworld UK. “From in-suite butlers trained to the exact standards required by Buckingham Palace, to exquisitely designed one-of-a-kind ships, exceptional onboard entertainment and personalized onshore excursions, our main focus to is provide guests with an experience like no other.”
Luxury cruise lines know their guests want to spend lazy days relaxing on deck with a cocktail or two, so think state of-the-art pools, whirlpool spas, private hideaways with comfortable sunbeds, and even the odd putting green.
Holland America’s new MS Koningsdam’s stunning dual-level Lido Pool area features a gorgeous pool, water jets and a trio of whirlpools with a retractable glass roof, and Viking Sea’s stunning glass backed infinity pool extends off the back of the ship for a unique experience that feels like you’re literally swimming out into the ocean.
Winner of the Best Boutique Cruise Line at the 2015 Cruise International Awards, Seabourn continues to innovate with new Seabourn Encore, featuring a marina deck which transforms into a private beach resort with kayaks, pedal boats and windsurfers.