Our world is made up of many natural wonders, from aged rainforests and mammoth rock formations to cities steeped in history, yet these wonders, all situated on land, only take up about a third of the Earth’s surface. The rest is an intriguing, sometimes aquamarine, sometimes neon-blue expanse of ocean. To traverse this vast sea does not mean you have to sacrifice luxury.
Allure of the Seas Royal Caribbean
Standing sipping a Starbucks coffee and taking in the scenery, you could be forgiven for forgetting you are actually on a cruise, and not at the shopping mall. At 1,187 feet long and 16 decks high, with 2,384 crew and a capacity for 6,318 passengers, luxury on this scale has to be experienced. Another reason to think you are on land is when you go to bed. There is no rocking of waves or any movement at all. 91 different activities are on offer each day on this mega ship. Allure is definitely above and beyond.
The Crystal Serenity
Suites and staterooms are sanctuaries of comfort and style with 100% cotton linens, Villeroy & Boch china, Jacuzzi tubs and Riedel crystal. Unforgettable dining experiences are enhanced by Royal Doulton and Wedgewood china and an extensive cellar offering more than 300 vintages, including rarities such as Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Screaming Eagle. Whilst on board the Norwegian cruise line, learn how to play the piano at the Creative Learning Institute, attend a wellness seminar sponsored by the world renowned Cleveland Clinic or attend a golf clinic given by PGA pros.
Paul Gaugin Cruises Tahiti
This cruise sails all year round and specialises in warm weather destinations with the emphasis on delivering unique itineraries unavailable to the larger ships. It offers five star service with comfortable and luxurious staterooms. All staterooms feature an ocean view and come with a full-size bathtub and shower, bathrobes and slippers. Local Tahitians make up the professional and efficient staff, adding to the uniqueness of this cruise. Only 332 guests will be on board and the ratio of crew to guest is 1 to 1.5. Complimentary in-room dining and 24 hour room service is available for your convenience. The Paul Gaugin has been recently enhanced by undergoing a $7million renovation.
The Silver Whisper
With 382 guests and 302 crew members and an all-luxury suite with your own butler, this is flawless service and elevated dining at its best. This is said to be the most luxurious cruise in the world, which comes with all the trimmings. Helicopter transfers and airport collection in a Rolls Royce Phantom are all part of this luxury package. This cruise offers boutique shopping, a multi-level theatre, spa and fitness centre.
All luxury cruises will have a broad selection of freshly made gourmet delicacies, boutique shopping, indulgent spas and numerous activities, but there is always that little something extra or a thoughtful touch that puts them in a category above all others. A luxurious cruise will meet all your needs, from learning to play the piano to providing escorts for single ladies at dinner. Gracious service is provided by intuitive staff; it’s all about pleasing the guests.