Top five luxury cruise lines

Jo Hall helps us to dream with the top five luxury cruise lines.

Top five luxury cruise lines

When choosing a cruise, the overall cost is a deciding factor, but what if money was no object? Jo Hall helps us to dream with the top five luxury cruise lines 

At the luxury end of cruising there’s plenty on offer, with small ships, bigger ships, all-inclusive fares and perks including balcony suites and butlers from which you can choose. So what bang do you get for your buck when you go five-star? Here’s our top five in a snapshot.

One. Crystal Cruises

Crystal Serenity, Crystal Symphony

It has the biggest ships at the luxury end of the scale, and since 2012 has been all-inclusive, including gratuities. However, unusually for a luxury line, it operates a mix of fixed seating and flexible dining, and attracts families looking for something a little special. Highlights include all-ocean view accommodations, complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and there’s no extra charge for specialty restaurants or the sushi bar.

Two. Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Seven Seas Navigator, Seven Seas Mariner, Seven Seas Voyager

These are beautiful mid-sized ships, with Seven Seas Voyager and Seven Seas Mariner all-suite, all-balcony vessels – the world’s first. Regent has all-inclusive fares, including gratuities, no charge for specialty restaurants and plenty of extras. Highlights include all-suite accommodation with ocean views, open seating dining, complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, complimentary in-suite mini-bar, interactive flat screen television with movies-on-demand, and complimentary transportation in most ports. Extras include two-for-one fares, free unlimited shore excursions, luxury hotel packages and ground transfers.

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    Steph54
    22nd Mar 2014
    5:33pm
    I am surprised that one of your selections was not the Cunard Line. The 'Queens' are the only 'Liners' in the world and the very word in luxury. The 'Queens' certainly attract a lot of senior travelers.
    superboy
    23rd Mar 2014
    8:03am
    Personally, I like Princess Cruises. However being an Aussie I dislike the gratituity charges. i know we can opt out of them (not charged if the ship is stationed in Australia) but the mere existence of them is poor form. The lines should pay their staff a fair wage. Seabourn looks good but I have not seen any promotions for them. Got caught with RCCI once but never again.


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