There’s a lot to be said for space. It’s what you look for in a new home, despite it being invisible and effectively non-existent. It’s that thing around you that makes you feel comfortable during a face-to-face chat. And it’s also the biggest difference between a cruise and a luxury cruise.
Personally, I love space. I like as much of it as I can get. Luxury cruises are all about it, and that’s why I’m in love with the idea of luxury cruising. It’s why so many people, year after year, decide on a luxury voyage as their holiday of choice.
Now luxury cruise ships aren’t just about having a whole lot of beautiful nothing between you and the walls. They’re about exclusive itineraries, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and some of the best food, wine and personal service in the travel and hospitality industries. But having a bigger suite, a shorter wait to disembark and more square footage on deck to stretch and relax in the sun is definitely a large part of the appeal.
And since luxury cruises tend to take place on smaller ships with bigger suites and lounges, it stands to reason that you can’t fit as many people on board – meaning that you’re in the company of a more intimate hotel-sized crowd, rather than the numbers of people you’d find at a large resort. Some people love being around lots of people, and some don’t. We’re all different like that.
It’s not just life on board a luxury cruise ship that gives you more space. Shore excursions on these voyages can take you to some of the most secluded places on Earth, from peaceful islands in the Pacific to the uninhabited shores of Antarctica.
Some people just like more space, especially when they travel. If you’re the kind of person who steps forward in a queue to give yourself more distance, or if you step back during a conversation because the other person’s just too darn close, a luxury cruise could be your new favourite holiday.