Guide to ultra-luxury cruise lines

Luxury cruise lines offer a heightened cruise experience, with gourmet cuisine, more spacious accommodations and services which are a cut above the standard offering. This feeling of luxury has, over time, paved the way for a new sector within the industry known as ultra-luxury – which delivers to a specific clientele who expect the very best.

There are currently four lines which claim to offer passengers this feeling of ultra-luxuriousness. Spacious ships with a higher crew-to-passenger ratio and fewer other passengers on board collectively create a sense of exclusivity. This is then taken to another level with on board restaurants that have been endorsed by some of the finest celebrity chefs in the world – ensuring your culinary on board culinary offering is nothing short of spectacular.

But what differentiates one ultra-luxury line from another? Understanding what each line has to offer and what sets them apart will be highly advantageous when it comes to trying to sell them to your customers. So, without further ado, Cruise Franchise has compiled a short guide to the ultra-luxury sector and what makes each individual line different.

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony

Ship size

Tonnage: 51,044 GT

Length: 238 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.69)

Crew: 545

Passengers: 922

Crystal Serenity

Ship size

Tonnage: 68,870 GT

Length: 249 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.63)

Crew: 655

Passengers: 1,070

 

Service

Sophisticated, with traditional formal nights and seated dinners creating a feel that is similar to that of an exclusive club. Every fine detail is taken into account on board, resulting in immaculately clean ships and a crew that understands your desires before you feel the need to ask.

USP

Crystal Cruises offers the largest ships in the ultra-luxury sector, with each ship providing a wider range of amenities than her competitors. Crystal Cruises also has an exclusive partnership with celebrity chef, Nobu Matsuhisa and guests are able to enjoy one complimentary visit to the superb Silk Road and Sushi Bar restaurant.

 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Seven Seas Voyager

Seven Seas Navigator

Ship size

Tonnage: 28,550 GT

Length: 170 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.44)

Crew: 340

Passengers: 490

Seven Seas Voyager

Ship size

Tonnage: 42,363 GT

Length: 206 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.56)

Crew: 447

Passengers: 700



Seven Seas Mariner

Ship size

Tonnage: 48,075 GT

Length: 216 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.57)

Crew: 445

Passengers: 700

Seven Seas Explorer

Ship size

Tonnage: 54,000 GT

Length: 224 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.35)

Crew: 552

Passengers: 750

 

Service

Some of the most modern vessels in the ultra-luxury sector, complete with elegant interiors. All guests on board can enjoy the spaciousness of their own suite as they float from one destination to the next. This is one of the key selling points of Regent Seven Seas Cruises, is that you can enjoy the spaciousness of larger ships, but with fewer passengers on board.

USP

Uniquely, Regent Seven Seas offers everything included in the cost of the fare – which means passengers can enjoy unlimited excursions, speciality dining, drinks and much more at no extra cost.

 

Seabourn

Seabourn Odyssey

Seabourn Odyssey

Ship size

Tonnage: 32,346 GT

Length: 200 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.34)

Crew: 335

Passengers: 450

Seabourn Sojourn

Ship size

Tonnage: 32,346 GT

Length: 198 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.36)

Crew: 330

Passengers: 450



Seabourn Quest

Ship size

Tonnage: 32,346 GT

Length: 198 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.34)

Crew: 335

Passengers: 450

 

Service

With approximately three crew members to every four passengers on board each ship, Seabourn offers one of the best crew to passenger ratios in the ultra-luxury sector. The crew will take the time to get to know your personal preferences and will even get to know you on a first-name basis.

USP

Established in 1986, Seabourn was one of the first lines to deliver ultra-luxury cruising experiences and this shines through on board each of the line’s ships today. Furthermore, on board the ship, you can enjoy a range succulent meats and seafood in The Grill, by world-renowned American Chef, Thomas Keller. Off the ship, you can visit a range of spectacular landmarks around the world thanks to a partnership with UNESCO.

 

Silversea

Silver Spirit

Silver Cloud

Ship size

Tonnage: 16,800 GT

Length: 157 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.33)

Crew: 222

Passengers: 296

Silver Wind

Ship size

Tonnage: 16,800 GT

Length: 156 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.41)

Crew: 208

Passengers: 294



Silver Shadow

Ship size

Tonnage: 28,258 GT

Length: 186 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.29)

Crew: 295

Passengers: 382

Silver Whisper

Ship size

Tonnage: 28,258 GT

Length: 190 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.29)

Crew: 295

Passengers: 382



Silver Spirit

Ship size

Tonnage: 36,000 GT

Length: 196 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.43)

Crew: 376

Passengers: 540

Silver Muse

Ship size

Tonnage: 32,346 GT

Length: 198 metres

Capacity (Ratio 1:1.45)

Crew: 411

Passengers: 596

 

Service

While other ultra-luxury lines offer the services of a personal butler for an additional surcharge, Silversea is the only ultra-luxury line to include it in the fare. Every want and need you could possibly have during your cruise will be catered for by on board experts and this is also reflected in the low crew to passenger ratios.

USP

Butler services and the smallest-sized ships of the ultra-luxury sector combine to create a truly intimate style of cruising. This also enables the ships to visit a range of smaller destinations that are inaccessible to larger vessels. After each day of exploration on-shore, you can enjoy outstanding French cuisine in one of the only Relais & Chateaux restaurants at sea.

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