Seeking a holiday at sea? Our luxury travel experts have put together five inspiring suggestions below to tempt you to take a break on the ocean waves…
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 is an excellent choice for a luxury cruise with kids, offering three dedicated programmes: for little ones, kids and teens. A free welcome package, with essentials such as nappies, is waiting in each cabin for under-threes, and family apartments with bunk beds are ideal for families with older children. It’s the thoughtful details which make Europa 2 such a hit with parents though, like the ‘late-riser’ service where children are collected from their suite and taken for breakfast (so parents can have a lie-in), and the movies at the 3D cinema so teens can safely have a little independence.
Luxury cruise ships can take you on a journey into some of the world’s most eye-opening destinations; places you simply couldn’t get to overland. Setting the standard for this kind of cruise is Silversea’s Silver Cloud expedition cruise ship. The most spacious ice-class vessel in expedition cruising, it boasts 16 new Zodiac landing craft, a pole to pole expedition itinerary and the only Relais & Châeaux restaurant at sea. Designed to navigate remote waters and with an on board team who offer knowledgeable insight, Silversea Expeditions has three other ships in its fleet, meaning a range of off-the-beaten track itineraries in both intrepid destinations such as the Galapagos, and more mainstream locations like the American west coast.
SEADREAM YACHT CLUB
“It’s yachting not cruising” is the SeaDream motto, ensuring the experience on board is very much about life above deck, with the feel of a private yacht and the stature to explore smaller ports, yet the amenities of a ship of a much larger size. So whether you’re sunbathing by the swimming pool, kayaking from the watersports marina, sipping a cocktail at the Top of the Yacht Bar, watching a movie on the deck, or even sleeping under the stars on a Balinese Dream Bed, you’ll find a place to relax and enjoy the passing scenery.
Personalised service, stylish interiors, world-class dining, breathtaking destinations and the newest ultra-luxury fleet in the industry… it’s no surprise Seabourn is considered one of the top names in luxury cruising. All-suite accommodation is a leading characteristic of its five-ship fleet, but it’s the guest experience that ensures Seabourn’s award-winning status, with thoughtful gestures like a cool sorbet by the pool and an in-suite mini-bar stocked with your personal preferences. A collection of hand-selected partnerships – including with UNESCO and celebrated chef Thomas Keller – enhances the Seabourn experience; for more entertainment try the Seabourn Conversations series, in which a variety of experts host lively discussions and debates.
REGENT SEVEN SEAS
Deemed The Most Inclusive Luxury Experience™ at sea, guests truly want for nothing during their voyage with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Firstly, there are the unlimited beverages, fine wines and spirits, a daily replenished in-suite mini-bar, pre-paid gratuities, Wifi, 24-hour room service and first-class fine dining as standard. The jewel in Regent’s all-inclusive crown though is that all guests are treated to fully-inclusive and unlimited shore excursions, so exploring each wonderful port of call on the carefully created itineraries won’t lead to additional expense.