Choosing to cruise with a Six Star cruise line means more than simply getting a better stateroom, or a higher quality food, or even just cruising with like-minded people looking for a more tranquil, relaxing cruise than a more family-oriented line can provide.
There’s much more that makes luxury cruises that extra bit special, and it’s these smaller touches that go towards more of the complete package. Different cruise lines offer different things, but here’s a few of the best extras or added touches that make luxury cruises stand out:
#1 Butler service
Having a butler attend to you, and your suite, is something really impressive. While any cruise will have a stateroom attendant, professionally-trained butlers go above and beyond. From offering to unpack your suitcase, and then repack it for you again at the end of your holiday, to booking spa treatments and restaurant reservations on your behalf, and even simple things like shining your shoes, you’ll feel spoiled. They can even organise a cocktail party for you and your friends in your suite, and serve you room service course-by-course.
Simple enough really, but champagne seems to be flowing almost constantly on luxury cruises. On some cruise lines, actual champagne is included in your fare, so you can order a glass to arrive with breakfast, or simply while you’re sunbathing on the deck. If you like your sparkling wines, and find champagne to be that cut above, this can be the factor which swings a luxury cruise into your favour.
#3 Small ships
There are a lot of people out there who always want the biggest, newest and so-called ‘best’ things in life, including cruise ships. But with luxury cruising, bigger isn’t always better, and you’re extremely unlikely to ever find an announcement that a new six star ship is being built that’s bigger than the Oasis-Class ships for Royal Caribbean.
Small ships are more intimate and quieter too, and they can access smaller ports that larger ships cannot reach. This lets you explore destinations less-spoiled by the influences of a large tourism market, which feels more exclusive.
Some of the cruise lines market themselves as being all-inclusive. Some are ‘more all-inclusive’ than others, but depending on your choice of cruise line you can enjoy all of your drinks with no charge, or speciality restaurants, or even shore excursions.
It makes your holiday all the more simple, as you don’t need to think about what you’re paying for. You can let go and just enjoy yourself as you want to, without some huge bar bill hitting you at the end of your holiday. It’s definitely one of the more luxurious touches you can enjoy.
By Ian Lewis