Ultimate Guide to Luxury Cruising

Want a butler catering to your every desire, a spacious stateroom, the finest cuisine and a boutique hotel vibe? Here’s everything you need to know to choose, book and plan that exclusive escape.

From multi-room suites and divine staterooms to bathrooms with proper baths, accommodation on a luxury cruise ship is sophisticated and swish.

If you thought luxury cruising was beyond your reach, think again. Not only can it offer superb value for money, with lots of inclusivity within the price, but it’s also an incredibly relaxed way to explore the world.

“Luxury cruising continues to surge ahead as it becomes more attainable to a wider audience that would normally travel on the premium cruise lines,” explains Bernard Carter, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, EMA, for Oceania Cruises. “Empty-nesters, in particular, are interested in upgrading their cruise to the more intimate and inclusive experiences that are available at the top end of the market.”


“The luxury cruise market is evolving,” agrees Andy Harmer, Vice President of Operations, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), Europe. “The extremely high attention to customer service remains of course, as do the luxurious and spacious ships with their exceptional design and cuisine. But luxury is now also about the ability to deliver unrivalled memories in amazing locations.

“I’m sure the arrival of two new luxury ocean ships this year – Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Seven Seas Explorer and Seabourn Encore – will not disappoint.

“Luxury is not limited to just ocean cruising either. This year also sees the launch of a number of luxury river vessels from river cruise lines including Ama Waterways, Scenic, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection offering guests new destinations and unforgettable experiences.”

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