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7 classy cruises around the world that are redefining luxury


Is your next holiday still on hold because you’re somewhere between planning and procrastination? If yes, we have put together a line-up of exotic luxury cruises that offer a 24X7 butler on call, stellar services, gourmet cuisines teamed with fine wines, and views straight out of a Monet painting. Come on board

1. Crystal Cruises

Indulge in pure pampering at Crystal Cruise. Its award winning ocean ships are known for their top-quality services, which include perks such as free golf and language lessons. The ship has nine decks with the high space-per-guest ratio that will make you feel like you are travelling aboard a boutique hotel on water.

Trip to Book: A 26-day voyage from Cape Town, South Africa to Monte Carlo, Monaco. You can enjoy the picturesque scenery along the West African coast with stops to the volcanic island of Georgetown and the stunning Santo Antão mountains.

Cost per person: Starts from $8,260

Silversea Cruise ship, Cruise lines, 7 continents, 900 destinations, private butler, ocean-view suites, unlimited beverages
2. Silversea

Silversea cruises take people to over 900 destinations on all seven continents—more than any other cruise line. That’s because it has smaller than average liners, making it accessible to most far flung ports. You can expect spacious, ocean-view suites with private verandahs, unlimited beverages, and a private butler on call.

Trip to Book: A 25-day culinary tour from Rio De Janerio, Brazil to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You can enjoy a gastronomical adventure along the South American coast with chef guided excursions, cooking demonstrations, and exclusive dinners that highlight regional specialties.

Cost per person: Starts from $8,900

Regent seven seas cruise, major luxury cruise liner, fine wines, premium spirits, specialty restaurants
3. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Cruises will give you the most inclusive experience among all other major luxury cruise liners. Once on deck, you will have an unlimited and free access to fine wines, premium spirits, and specialty restaurants among other amenities. The only time you’ll need to reach for your wallet is when you’re trying your luck at their casino or splurging on the on-board boutiques and spas.

Trip to Book: A cruise from Singapore to Auckland, New Zealand. Soak in the natural beauty of Thailand’s Koh Samui island, the beaches of Australia, and pristine volcanic hills of New Zealand, as this cruise covers a diverse topography in 48 nights.

Cost per person:  On request

4. Seabourn

At the Seabourn cruise, it’s all about you! Their mantra is personalization—with the staff delivering great service at par with a five-star hotel. They keep detailed preferences of all passengers in a dossier. So, if you are a repeat traveller, you would be surprised with cuisine and drinks of your choice.

Trip to Book: A 12-day wellness on the wilderness cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seward, Alaska.

Cost per person: Starts from $5,999

Oceania Cruise ship, Ralph Lauren furnishings, abundant dining venues, seven-course meals, 24-hour butler service
5. Oceania Cruise

The Oceania cruise has some knockout suites featuring Ralph Lauren furnishings, unlimited access to private spas, 24-hour butler service and more. The cruise also prides itself on its abundant dining venues on deck. Passengers can dine at its many amazing restaurants, which offer seven-course meals.

Trip to Book: Discover Hawaiian jewels and Cuban treasures on a 24-day voyage from Honolulu to Miami. You can take in the breathtaking beauty of Waimea Canyon in Hawaii and savour the spectacular vistas from the cliffs of Acapulco in Mexico, and see 9 more exotic locations when the ship docks.

Cost per person: Starts from $4,359

Viking Ocean Cruise ship, open and airy design, dock longer on ports, fleet of six ships, Start from Bergen, Arctic Circle
6. Viking Ocean Cruise

The first thing you will notice about the Viking Ocean Cruise is its open and airy design. Its fleet of six ships are sleek and modern, and their biggest USP perhaps is that they dock longer on ports, often even overnight, allowing passengers to a true taste of the destinations. They even specialise in a short cruise of 7 to 15 days, mostly in the European region.

Trip to Book: Cruise through the Nordic splendour where the ‘midnight’ sun through the day. Start from Bergen, Norway, as the ship sails across the Arctic Circle over 15 days covering the remote beauty of the North Cape and the windswept Shetland and Orkney Islands of Scotland before docking at London, England.

Cost per person: Starts from $5,999

Uniworld Cruise ship, museum on water, handcrafted furniture, oil paintings on the walls, Parisian royal holiday cruise
7. Uniworld River Cruise

The Cruise describes itself as a ‘museum on water’ as their ships are inspired by the colours and features of their travel-destinations. From handcrafted furniture to oil paintings adorning the walls—you will find a lot of European influence in their decor.

Trip to Book: Take an eight-day Christmas vacation on board their Parisian royal holiday cruise. You will be able to combine holiday festivities with French royal history. One day, you’ll see gloriously lit trees lining the Champs-Élysées while another time you will be visiting century old châteaux for some seriously good wine; the cruise starts and ends in Paris.

Cost per person: On request

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