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Luxury cruising is…all-inclusive cruising!

Your luxury cruise fare may cover all the extras you’d normally pay for at the end of your cruise: gratuities, alcohol, spa treatments, airfare, internet usage, shore excursions, specialty dining options, or all of the above!

See the chart at the bottom of this page for a breakdown of what’s included by each cruise line.

Which cruise lines are considered luxury?

Oceania, Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal, Viking (ocean cruises), Sea Dream, Regent Seven Seas, Azamara

What makes a cruise line a luxury line?

A luxury cruise line has smaller more intimate ships, with larger staterooms, and a large amount of staff members to attend to your needs. These ships are able to travel to more exclusive places, and the decadent food and drink available on board is of a more exclusive higher caliber as well. Alcohol and gratuities and many other extras are included in the price of many of these luxury lines.

Are there different grades of luxury or all they all the same EXTENT of luxury?

There are luxury cruise lines such as Regent, Seabourn, Silversea, Sea Dream, Crystal and Paul Gauguin and then there are the luxury “lite” cruise lines such as Oceania, Windstar, Hapag Lloyd, and Azamara.

Luxury cruise lines include more extras in the initial price for a complete all inclusive experience.

Luxury “lite” lines also have gourmet dining and exquisite service, but they are less expensive since they are not quite as “all inclusive” as the Luxury lines.

Does a luxury cruise include more things than a regular cruise?

Luxury cruise lines include FAR more extras than a regular cruise. There are lectures, onboard cooking classes, cultural events, caviar and champagne toasts, tea times, snorkel equipment and water toys for use, zodiac outings, and dances under the stars. Crystal cruises has even recently purchased a private jet and submarine for further exploration.

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Zodiac taking passengers to look at walruses on Hapag Lloyd. Scuba Diving with sea turtles on Paul Gauguin.

Are the cruise cabins on luxury cruise ships really much better?

Oh yes. It’s like the difference between a $120 a night hotel, and a $300 a night hotel - the luxury cruise being the $300 a night hotel.  The furniture, fabrics, finishes, details artwork, bedding, pillows - everything is better quality on a luxury line.  The vast majority of the cabins are balcony cabins, and they are usually at least twice the size of the cabins on non-luxury lines.

Is the food and service better on a luxury cruise ship?

While all cruises are known for excellent service and tons of food, the luxury cruise lines definitely step it up a notch.

Champagne will be brought to you as you are ushered into your suite.

Turndown service will include the option to select your pillow and have fresh flowers.

24 hour room service is complimentary and your mini bar will be restocked with your favorite beverages each evening.

Everyone on the ship knows your name and greets you with a smile, and with a high ratio of staff members to guests your wishes will be attended to immediately.

You can expect gourmet, high-quality food in all locations without paying extra for “specialty dining”. On luxury cruises all dining venues are included in your cruise fare and you can rotate through them dining when and where you wish.

Be ready to enjoy perfectly grilled steaks, small plate tasting menus, scrumptious lobster, margherita pizza, or regionally inspired dishes. Oceania can even boast Jacques Pepin as their head chef!

On most luxury lines, most cabins have an assigned butler who’s available to the guests to handle almost any request. A butler is different than just a room steward, who is basically just someone who cleans your room. A butler will make dinner reservations, run a bath for you, take out your luggage and shine it the night before your cruise ends, bring ice and your favorite drink at 5 p.m. without being asked, etc.

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Dining at Prime C on Azamara. Personal butler pouring your wine on your private balcony on Silversea.

What are the people like on a luxury cruise? Are they all older couples, or are their any younger couples or families?

Generally, it’s couples over the age of 40. Just because that’s who’s got the desire and ability to take a luxury cruise, of course.  

Kids are usually rare. If you are embarking on a luxury cruise with kids consider Crystal cruises or Hapag Lloyd cruises. These are the cruise lines with year-round dedicated kid’s areas and activities.

Is there anything for kids to do on a luxury cruise ship?

Most say flat out - no, don’t bring children. Crystal Cruises and Hapag Lloyd cruises however do have dedicated kids areas and activities. These two cruise lines do actively accommodate and encourage family cruisers.

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Come enjoy the kids club on the MS Europa by Hapag Lloyd.

Even those that don’t encourage kids will make accommodations for your little ones such as Star Clippers and Silver Sea. On my Silver Sea cruise, a couple of families were aboard, so there were a total of about 6 kids under the age of twelve.  They actually assigned a couple cruise members to these kids, and created activities to do with them in various out of the way places around the ship. It was charming to watch.

Do luxury cruises go to more exotic or better destinations or ports?

Absolutely.  Usually, luxury cruise ships are smaller than large ships, and go for longer itineraries, so they have the time and ability to get into smaller, far-away ports. There are Galapagos tours, Antarctica tours, and extended world tours to take advantage of.

Since luxury ships are smaller they also are able to dock right at the port rather than far away with a tender. Many of the luxury cruise lines also provide you with a complimentary shuttle to the town center if it isn’t easily accessible from the port.

When can you get the best deal on a luxury cruise?

Like any other cruise line, off season is off season - typically October, early November or early December (non-holiday weeks)

What’s the secret to getting an upgrade on a luxury cruise?

If you book a luxury cruise during these off-season times, often about a month before your cruise, you’ll start getting upgrade offers to higher categories.  For example, they’ll offer to upgrade your regular suite to a penthouse suite or something for a few hundred more per person.  It’s almost always worth it. Do it!  You’re worth it!


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Check out the owner’s suite on the Oceania Marina.

Are there any luxury experiences on the mainstream cruise lines?

Yes! MSC has the Yacht club, Norwegian cruise lines has the Haven, Royal Caribbean has the Suite Class and Cunard cruise lines has the Grills experience. These cabins are all large spacious suites, with private pools, private concierges, and a private dining room. They are separated from the rest of the large ship for a more serene experience and are attended to by a butler just like the suites on the luxury lines.

Royal Caribbean even has “genies” that learn details about you before you board to personalize your experience and better attend to your needs.

What is included on a luxury cruise line?

Luxury

Luxury Light

Gratuities included

Regent, Seabourn, Silversea, Seadream, Crystal, Paul Gauguin

Azamara, Hapag Lloyd

Stocked Mini Bar with Water and Soft Drinks

Regent,Seabourn, Silversea, Viking, Paul Gauguin

Azamara, Oceania, Hapag Lloyd, WIndstar

Included Beer and Wine

Regent, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking, Seadream, Paul Gauguin

Azamara

Open Bar

Regent, Seabourn, Paul Gauguin, Silversea

Azamara

Free snorkeling equipment and marina toys for use

Regent,Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal, Seadream, Paul Gauguin,

Hapag Lloyd, Windstar, Star Clippers

Onboard lectures and enrichment classes

Regent, Seabourn, Silversea,Crystal, Viking, Paul Gauguin

Azamara, Oceania, Windstar, Hapag-Lloyd, Star Clippers

Use of the spa

Regent, Seabourn

no

Gourmet meals at all locations

Regent, Seabourn, Crystal, Viking, Seadream, Paul Gauguin

Windstar, Oceania, Hapag Lloyd, Star Clippers

Shuttles to city centers of ports

Regent, Silversea

Azamara, Oceania, Windstar

Smaller ships that do not require tendering

Regent, Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal

Windstar, Star Clippers, Hapag Lloyd

Unlimited internet

Viking, Regent (2016)

none

Near 1:1 staff to client ratio

Regent, Seabourn, Silversea, Crystal, Paul Gauguin

Azamara, Windstar, Oceania, Star Clippers

24 hour room service

Regent, Seabourn, Silversea, Viking, Paul Gauguin,

Azamara, Oceania, Windstar, Hapag Lloyd

Kids activities

Regent, Crystal

Hapag Lloyd, Star Clippers

Airport Transfers

Regent

none

Shore Excursions

Regent, Viking,

none

Airfare

Regent, Paul Gauguin (can decline for lower fare)

Oceania (can decline it for lower fare)

Port Charges

Regent, Silversea, Crystal, Viking, Seabourn

Hapag Lloyd, Oceania, Windstar, Star Clippers

Taxes

Regent, Silversea, Crystal, Viking, Seabourn

Hapag Lloyd, Oceania, Star Clippers


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