Luxury cruises versus ultra-luxury cruises: What’s the difference?

Cruising is one of the most service-oriented holiday experiences in the world. Many cruises can be classed as ‘luxurious’ because they provide a level of service that you won’t find during most land-based holidays, save for perhaps the best 5-star hotels. However, to earn the title of ‘ultra-luxury’, cruise lines really do have to go above and beyond what passengers expect from a luxury cruise. The ultra-luxury, ‘six-star’ service is something very special indeed.

Seabourn sojourn

Here are some of the main things that make ultra-luxury cruises stand out…

Everything is included

With an ultra-luxury cruise, once you’ve paid your cruise fare you won’t be faced with the unpleasantness of being charged for things like drinks, gratuities or dinner reservations. This leaves you free to relax, knowing that everything is already paid for. Whilst the initial price of an ultra-luxury cruise may seem expensive, you’ll find that they offer great value for money once all the extras are accounted for.

Seabourn Stewardess

Dining is flexible

On ultra-luxury ships, you’re generally not required to sit at the same table each night, arrive at a specific time or dine at a table with strangers. You’re free to enter the dining room whenever you want and sit at your choice of table, either alone, or with people you want to get to know.

Dining in the various restaurants is all included in your fare, leaving you free to eat what you fancy, without considering your wallet. If you prefer to dine in your stateroom, you can order from the full dining room menu and have it delivered to you course by course.
Regent Room Dining

The service is unbeatable

The crew on board ultra-luxury ships are so highly trained that you’ll find them to be almost telepathic when it comes to servicing your desires. The high staff to guest ratio means that they’ll know your name and remember your preferences. Order a drink at the bar one night, and the next night you’ll be asked if you’d like the same again? Can’t decide which dish to have for dinner? Your waiter will probably suggest bringing both dishes out for you.

Seabourn Waiter

Even the smallest ships are spacious

Ultra-luxury ships come in all sizes, but whether your ship is large or small, you’ll find it to be exceptionally spacious. You’ll have no trouble finding a place to lounge by the pool, and your stateroom or suite will have plenty of space to stretch out and relax.

Seabourn

Ready to try an ultra-luxury cruise?

The best ships on which to experience an ultra-luxury holiday are offered by Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn and Silversea Cruises. Each of these ultra-luxury cruise lines offers different things which appeal to different people. Speak to one of our Six Star Cruise Concierge if you’d like some help in deciding which ultra-luxury cruise line is right for you. You can call us on 0207 980 2848.

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