Guest Author - Aaron Kirley
If you havenít had the time or inclination to research the cruise industry, then you are in for a pleasant surprise. While the cruise giants like Carnival and Royal Caribbean still offer one size fits all cruising and affordable elegance. However, luxury now comes in made to fit sizes for those who donít find anything elegant about assigned seating and spring break deck parties. This article highlights some of the companies that take luxury cruising to new next level by offering the very best combination of services, accommodations, destinations, and entertainment. Sit back as I take you on a select tour of todayís top cruise lines:
Seabourn Cruise Line
Seabourn's two lavish mega yachts offer elegance and etiquette for the discerning traveler. The staff on these small vessels will know your name when you embark and they will provide personal service throughout your stay. The itineraries include sought-after destinations inaccessible by larger ships. The intimate setting allows guests to mingle and enjoy entertainment including live piano and guest lectures. The all inclusive menu has the best of food, wine, and spirits available. If youíre looking for a quiet yachting experience with ultra-luxury service and very fine cuisine then Seabourn Cruise Line could be the right fit. Prices start at $2987 per week.
SeaDream Yacht Club
SeaDreamís two modern Sea Goddess mega yachts offer impeccable service combined with a casual and intimate yachting experience. The charm of these small ships means that the staff will take the time to learn your likes and dislikes. Youíll never have to wait in lines for food or drinks on these all inclusive ultra-luxury yachts and the captain has the flexibility to alter cruising itineraryís to avoid foul weather or catch an unexpected island festival. If youíre looking for a relaxing yachting experience without a regiment that requires your Tuxedo or Gown, then SeaDream Yach Club could be the right fit. Prices start at $2199 per week.
Silverseaís two modern mega yachts offer some of the finest amenities found at sea. Large staterooms, balconies, and marble bathrooms offer elegance which is complimented by the ultra professional staff which provides around the clock VIP service. Black tie dining and mild manners are a must aboard these plush yachts serving exquisite all inclusive cuisine. Even the neediest travelers will find complaints far and few between aboard these luxury vessels. If youíre looking for a reserved vacation with 5 start amenities the formal fine dining, then Silversea Cruises could be the right fit. Prices start at $2516 per week.
Windstarís three modern sailing yachts offer first class service in a casual nautical atmosphere. When weather permits the captain will cast the computer controlled sails and turn off the engines so passengers can enjoy the tranquility of the sea. No jackets are required on board and everyone is encouraged to enjoy the service and cuisine at their own pace. The itineraries are packed with high end island destinations too small for the larger cruise lines. If youíre looking for casual elegance aboard a sailing vessel then Windstar Cruises could be the right fit. Prices start at $2999 per week.
Hopefully this brief overview entices you to learn more about the luxury cruise industry embark on a board a first class mega yacht in the near future. You wonít need to look far before you find the one that fits you best. Bon voyage.