Like us, cruise lines have their own personality; some could be more suited to your vacation style than others. For instance SeaDream may not offer the best sized rooms, but its intimate yacht services can tour you through such hidden gems for an island that your gigantic ship will never be able to!
So, considering all the stellar expectations of cruisers, here are the top 5 cruises that steal the show in all respects. Checkout which one resonates with you:
1. Regent Seven Seas Explorer
The Regent Seven Seas cruise line launched this baby in July, 2016, boasting it to be the most luxurious voyage ever! The cruise line manages to maintain its flagship of impeccable food and all-inclusivity. Those seeking extraordinary accommodations shall look nowhere else- all rooms are suites and all balconies downright spectacular.
The chandelier and artifact collection speaks for itself beside the specially commissioned paintings of Picasso. Premium alcohol, wines and spirits can be accessed along with unlimited WiFi, shore excursions.
This voyage summers in the Baltic and Northern Europe, winters in the Caribbean and can be spotted in the Mediterranean in the spring and fall time. Itineraries usually last from 10 to 14 nights.
2. Seabourn Encore
Seabourn is an established brand among experienced and cultured travelers who prefer smaller, high-end ships. Intuitive spaces and impeccable interiors are a signature of Seabourn. In addition to its expansive spa facilities, there is The Retreat, a private access-only VIP lounge on the 12th deck with a hot tub right in the center.
Seabourn is a label for excellent service and friendly staff. It offers sailings through Australia, Asia, New Zealand, Middle East, Greek Isles and the Mediterranean. Tipping is a no-brainer here, so the loyal clients are regular repeaters onboard. Don’t miss its ‘Caviar on the Beach’ beach party, complimentary on-deck massage and water sports!
3. Crystal Serenity
If you are seeking a journey with the most knowledgeable and interesting personalities across the globe, try Serenity. Its solid enrichment program routinely hosts eminent authors, politicians, experts and luminaries as Guest speakers. PGA golf veterans are available in most of the sailings to share their prowess with you.
Apart from these literary benefits, the cruise is home to a lot of entertainment too. For music buffs, there’s too much to handle. Talk about a classic Quartet player at your service during High-tea or a Broadway singer in the lounge as you sip in a pre-dinner cocktail- there’s something for every occasion. Pulse Disco has karaoke and dancing for you after dinner.
Dining area is an excellent masterpiece in itself. Talk about elegance or comfort, or the impeccable food and beverages served here, everything is downright fantastic.
It rides through Canadian Artic, Antarctica, The Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, Alaska and the Northwest Pacific.
4. Viking Star
Launched recently in 2015 is this Scandinavian design that has managed to gain kudos around the world. Catering mostly to the upper premium class is Viking Ocean Cruises, a line that beats a bunch of luxury cruises when it comes to all-inclusivity, spa facilities and design aesthetics. The care and thought put into the design of every space onboard is amazing; it’s so airy and open!
All accommodations offer a veranda; even the tightest quarters are adequately spaced and comfortable. Manfredi’s, arguably the best Italian restro onboard rests in the Star. If you are bored of the freebies, register yourself for The Kitchen Table. Offered twice per journey is an experience where you can accompany the chef onshore for a market visit in the morning, and help him prep a gourmet meal in the evening.
The Star covers almost of all Europe, including the Baltic and Mediterranean. It is an unmatched ship that lets you stay longer on the port, sometimes even overnight, so you can experience the place like a local instead of having a cursory look. Complimentary Wine and Beer during meals, FREE unlimited Internet and excellent service- it’s all in on boat!
5. Norwegian Breakaway
This one’s for those seeking a laid-back, free styling cruising entourage. There’s too much entertainment happening- adults can grab their award-winning live performances like Rock of Ages Musical while the youngsters explore the water parks and kids programs. In fact, the list of onboard restaurants is such that one holiday would seem too little. Most of the eateries are free to chow down at, but the specialty restaurants can leave a hole in your pocket.
Breakaway sails across Europe and the Caribbean. And the size? Well, the ship is gigantic! So long queues for dinner and theatre are inevitable. Don’t miss out on the nightlife, it’s rare to be able to party so hard while sailing!
Cruises are practically a home away from home. So take your pick and Bon Voyage!