Hey, everybody! Laura here! Recently, I’ve been working with quite a few clients who are ready to up their cruising game. These are cruisers who typically choose Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Virgin Voyages, or comparable premium lines, but they’re looking for something even more extraordinary. So, we’ve been chatting about Oceania, Windstar, Viking, Azamara, and other affordable luxury lines. We’ve also discussed the ultimate in cruising indulgence with lines like Seabourn, Silversea, and Regent Seven Seas.
What do all of these lines have in common? I’m glad you asked!
If you’re planning your next cruise, here are ten convincing reasons to give a luxury cruise a chance on your next voyage.
- Space, Space, and More Space: If you dislike feeling cramped in small living quarters, a luxury cruise could be the perfect option for you. Most staterooms on luxury cruise ships are spacious suites that provide ample room for relaxation, the majority of which have their own private veranda. Many of these suites also feature separate bedrooms (great for families) and living areas with a dining room table for private, in-suite dining. So, if spacious accommodations are a priority for you, a luxury cruise may be an ideal choice.
- Smaller Ships: If you’re looking for a more intimate and exclusive onboard experience, consider smaller luxury cruise ships. They offer a unique and personalized atmosphere that larger ships simply can’t match. Also, if you enjoy meeting new people, the smaller size of these ships creates a social atmosphere that encourages friendly conversations with other passengers.
- Unique and Exotic Destinations: Are you tired of visiting the same Caribbean ports on every cruise? Luxury ships have the advantage of being smaller, allowing them to access more unique ports that larger ships cannot. Moreover, they often spend more time in port and sometimes even offer overnight stays, providing you with ample time to explore and enjoy each destination fully.
- Personalized Service: The key to an unforgettable cruise lies in the small details, and the hard work of the staff is often responsible for those details. One of the advantages of luxury cruise ships is their better guest-to-staff ratio, which ensures a more personalized experience. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to experience a luxury cruise, it’s difficult to fully appreciate the level of service provided. However, the differences in service are readily apparent and will leave a lasting impression on you.
- Exclusive Excursions: Do you want to make your travel experience exceptional and unforgettable? Sometimes, the usual tours don’t meet your expectations, and you seek something extraordinary. High-end cruise ships aim to please their guests and will go the extra mile to ensure that you have an outstanding and unforgettable experience. Your Extraordinary Adventures travel advisor can often arrange exclusive and customized tours at different ports of call directly through the cruise line.
- Fine Dining and Wine: Have you ever been disappointed with the food on a mass-market cruise? Preparing delicious meals for such a large number of guests can be a challenging task. However, luxury cruises have fewer guests, which enables the culinary team to give ample time and attention to each dish. Each meal is a genuine fine dining experience paired with exceptional wine, ensuring an unrivaled culinary experience.
- Wellness and Fitness Programs: Many luxury cruise ships offer extensive wellness and fitness programs, including yoga and meditation classes, personal trainers, and spa treatments. For those who enjoy maintaining an active lifestyle while on vacation, a luxury cruise can prove to be an excellent choice.
- Enrichment Programs: Opting for a luxury cruise is an excellent way to enhance your knowledge about the places you plan to visit. With the help of experienced specialists – historians, naturalists, and others – you can attend informative lectures that shed light on the significance of each location on your itinerary. These experts will allow you to appreciate and comprehend the culture, history, and natural wonders of the destinations you explore. Luxury cruise lines also provide a wide range of enrichment programs on diverse topics that guarantee to keep you both informed and entertained on sea days.
- Stress-Free Travel: Luxury cruising offers a stress-free way to see the world without worrying about the hassle of packing and unpacking, navigating unfamiliar locations, or arranging transportation. You can be at ease knowing that all of your needs and concerns are being tended to with the utmost care and attention, allowing you to unwind and enjoy a worry-free experience.
- All-Inclusive Pricing: Are you tired of the surprise expenses that come with cruises? It’s frustrating to think you’re paying one amount only to have it double or even triple with add-ons like beverage packages, Wi-Fi, tips, and shore excursions. However, many luxury cruise lines include almost everything. Gratuities, laundry service, beverages, Wi-Fi, and dining, including specialty restaurants, are typically included in the package price of a luxury cruise. Some even offer transportation from your home to the airport and business-class flights! Plus, unlimited shore excursions are also included with some luxury cruise lines. When comparing the costs of these all-inclusive packages, luxury cruises are actually more affordable than you might think.
Considering all these excellent reasons, it’s hard not to think about a luxury cruise for your next vacation. At Extraordinary Adventures, we’re the experts in providing unforgettable, top-of-the-line experiences that cater to your every need. So why not let us guide you in exploring your options? Contact us today to discuss your preferences, and we’ll ensure that your cruise is nothing short of extraordinary!
(If you like what you read here and are considering an affordable luxury cruise line, especially one with an intensive destination focus, then check out this blog post next: “Savoring the Seas: The Azamara Mediterranean Cruise Experience.” If you are wondering, “So, what’s the best cruise?” We’ve got you covered there, too!)