Are you thinking of upgrading your next cruise? It is currently difficult to choose the ideal cruise with the variety of options available in the market. Booking a luxury cruise represents certainly a higher expense, but sometimes it’s worth it if you consider all the added values you can get.
Before you book your cruise, stop to do some calculations and maybe you will be surprised. It calculates the extra expenses in excursions, drinks or restaurants of specialties, that in a luxury cruise would be included. Perhaps you will be surprised to see that the cost difference is not as much as you think.
And not everything is a matter of money, if you want to live an unforgettable experience, a luxury boat offers you smaller boats, with a more personalized service, without agglomerations, nor waits.
Here we leave you 10 reasons to book a luxury cruise on your next vacation:
1. Enjoy a pre-cruise stay included
Forget to go by public transport or taxi to reach the port. With many luxury companies you will have included transfers, or as in Regent even a pre-cruise stay in a luxury hotel if you book a concierge suite or superior.
2. Luxury Suites
Book the category you book, you will not stay in a cabin, but in a suite, more spacious, with more amenities and most of them with private balcony and even dressing room and marble bath.
3. Attentive Service
Each crew member has followed rigorous training courses in specialized schools to offer a white glove service. Even many companies like Silversea include butler service, which will prepare you a hot bath, unpack your suitcase, polish your shoes, or even book your excursions.
4. Tips are included
Although the service is exceptional, gratuities are not expected on a luxury cruise, they have already been charged in the price of the cruise, so you will not have unexpected expenses.
5. Drinks Included
Most luxury companies offer all the drinks included, from the best wines and spirits, to specialty cafes like capuccino or expersso, to refreshments and cocktails. This is a big savings at the end of the cruise.
6. High-End Gastronomy
On board a luxury cruise, you can eat at michelin star chefs restaurants without paying any extra charges for it. For example in Seabourn you will taste the dishes of Thomas Keller, in Crystal Cruises the delights of Nobu Matsuhisa or in Oceania by Chef Jacques Pepin.
7. Less crowded itineraries
When sailing in smaller boats, these can reach ports where large ships can not enter. That’s why you can visit smaller, more exclusive ports, as well as less crowded ports.
8. Excursions Included
Some luxury companies are starting to offer free excursions on board, this is an exceptional saving for the passenger. For example Regent offers unlimited excursions at all ports of call, and Crystal River Cruises offers a tour at each port.
9. Unique experiences on land
Many luxury lines offer exclusive experiences designed just for their passengers, such as a private concert in the arena of Verona with Silversea or a classical concert in the ruins of Ephesus with Regent.
10. Meet new people
In small luxury boats it is easier to get in touch with other passengers who have our own tastes and values, since the atmosphere on board is more familiar and relaxed than in a big boat.