For that ultimate experience and sheer indulgence, why not take an ultra-luxury cruise holiday? It is cruising at its most elegant and sophisticated and you’ll cruise aboard the world\'s most stylish ocean liners complemented by unparalleled service levels, sumptuously appointed suites, wonderful onboard facilities and delicious cuisine.
Finding just the right balance to create an atmosphere of easygoing elegance without an ounce of pretension the overall atmosphere onboard is much like a private club.
Among the things that set ultra-luxury cruising apart is the exceptional and unprecedented service levels offered on board. This is
achieved through some of the highest staff to guest ratios in the industry and a specially selected and highly trained crew that are on hand to ensure that your expectations are not only met but exceeded.
The cuisine often rivals that of respected shoreside restaurants and inspired by internationally acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs such as Relais & Chateaux and Le Cordon Bleu where fine wines and spirits are impeccably served to complement each course. Wash down your filet de boeuf in truffle sauce with a \'98 Bordeaux while sailing to St Barts, or order jumbo shrimp from the room service menu. Dignified entertainment ranges from enjoying cocktails and conversation in a piano bar to watching small-scale Broadway-inspired reviews.
Sumptuously-appointed mostly all-suite accommodation- Your home away from home comes in the form of an extremely spacious and superbly appointed luxury suite on most ships. Here, you can revel in sublime comfort as the world passes by. The sea is always in view, framed an expansive picture window or the doors to your balcony. Fine cotton linens, a fluffy duvet and king-sized down and feather pillows encourage the indulgence.
Intimate ocean liners are able to visit the most exclusive destinations Ships in the ultra-luxury class are specifically designed for fewer guests and more space and vary from the larger Crystal Cruises ships accommodating 1,000 guests to the mid-size vessels of Regent Seven Seas and Silversea, which carry between 300 and 700 guests; and the small boutique yachts of Seabourn, which accommodate around 200 passengers. The ultra-luxury cruise ships tend to be smaller, their intimate size allowing them to slip into more exotic and exclusive ports that the larger mainstream liners simply cannot get to. The ultra-luxury ships do however incorporate the same favourite amenities found on larger ships but more elaborate and stylish, such as a show lounge, casino, spa, swimming pool and state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
Many extras are often included. For instance, Silversea and Seabourn include unlimited wine, spirits, and beverages, along with gratuities, and a stocked in-room drinks cabinet. Regent Seven Seas include tips, plus unlimited wine, spirits and beverages. Crystal includes all soft drinks in its fares. Many of these lines also include other free perks such as chocolates on your pillow at night, cotton pyjamas and luxury bathroom amenities from names such as Molton Brown and Acqua di Parma.
Entering service in 2003, Seven Seas Voyager is the newest ship in the Regent Seven Seas Cruises fleet and at the time of her launch was the second all-suite, all-balcony ship in the world after her sister, Seven Seas Mariner. Carrying only 700 guests, she is extremely spacious and in the six-star tradition of Regent Seven Seas Cruises offers a high staff to guest ratio to ensure the highest level of personal service are maintained. From a Deluxe Suite to a Master Suite, each accommodation is exquisitely appointed and offers an ocean view private balcony.
Seabourn Sojourn launched in June 2010 and is the second of three new identical ships on order for Seabourn, joining sister ship, Seabourn Odyssey. Seabourn Sojourn offers some of the highest guest to space ratios in the industry whilst maintaining the sophisticated and relaxed ambiance and same personal feel as her smaller fleet cousins but with expanded guest services and facilities. Of the all-Suite accommodations, nearly 90% will have private verandas and each is designed for your exquisite comfort with touches such as fine Egyptian cotton linens and down pillows to a complimentary in-suite bar filled with your favourite beverages.
Experience for yourself the ultimate in travel indulgence Silversea\'s latest addition to the fleet, Silver Spirit makes her maiden voyage. With more verandas, more dining choices and more onboard amenities, Silver Spirit will offer the ultimate in luxury cruising. Silver Spirit will also feature a complimentary butler service in all accommodation when launched in December 2009. The butler come from some of the world\'s finest hotels and grandest homes, already highly trained in the art of recognising guest preferences and anticipating their needs.
Launching in 2003, Crystal Serenity is the larger second ship in the Crystal Cruises fleet of mid-sized luxury cruise ships. Larger than her six-star ultra luxury counterparts, she is unusually wide for her relatively short length allowing her to offers some of the highest guest to space ratios in the industry. In terms of accommodations there are large, private verandahs in more than 85 percent of staterooms whilst the remainder have large picture windows.
January 2011 sees the exciting and highly anticipated debut of Oceania Cruises newest flagship, Marina, which is scheduled to join the fleet in January 2011. The first of two brand new mid-size Oceania Class ships that the company has on order, Marina is larger than her three fleet cousins, Regatta, Insignia and Nautica and will feature more dining options, larger staterooms and other enhancements whilst maintaining the sense of intimacy, luxury and elegance for which Oceania Cruises is renowned. Sophisticatedly, stylish she is still small enough to slip into more remote ports of call, and provide her 1,258-guest with an intimate cruise experience whilst offering superb cuisine, outstanding facilities, thoughtfully designed accommodations and extraordinary levels of personalised service.Accommodations in every category are incredibly spacious and Marina has 629 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, 96% of which having a private balcony. All are beautifully appointed with designer fabrics and fine furnishings whilst amenities include a flat-screen television with DVD player, mini-bar with complimentary unlimited soft drinks and bottled water replenished daily, thick cotton robes and slippers, and French toiletries. Suite guests benefit from a whole host of additional amenities including a welcome bottle of champagne, upgraded Bvlgari toiletries and 24-hour butler service.