There are many luxury lines out there, each of which provides fabulous amenities, comfortable accommodation and excellent itineraries. There is a tier above this known as ultra-luxury, which is defined as providing an extremely high degree of luxury beyond what “luxury” would normally imply. There are four cruise lines that claim to offer ultra-luxury: Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas, Silversea, and Seabourn. The question remains, which of these lines offers the highest level of luxury?
We can’t answer that question directly, but we can give you all the facts you need to know to enable you to make your own mind up. If you have a customer seeking an ultra-luxury cruise but are uncertain which line to suggest, hopefully, this week’s Cruise Franchise blog can point you in the right direction.
Since being sold to Genting Hong Kong, Crystal Cruises has announced phenomenal expansion plans that will see yacht cruises, river cruises, luxury air packages and ice class vessels. So already, it would appear that Crystal Cruises is looking to bring ultra-luxury to previously untapped areas of the industry, such as expedition cruising.
Crystal Cruises has been awarded as the “World’s Best” more than any other cruise line, and guests are provided with unparalleled space, dining options and service on board. Guests are provided with several dining options, including Nobu Matsuhisa’s Silk Road and The Sushi Bar; and Prego, where Mediterranean flavours are brought together in exquisite fashion. Complimentary drinks are available throughout the duration of your cruise, with guests also being able to choose from over 200 vintage wines and gain advice from an expert sommelier during meals.
Another unique factor of Crystal Cruises is the range of supervised activities offered for children and teens between the ages of three and 17. This means the whole family can travel together in luxury, with parents safe in the knowledge that their children are having a fantastic time.
Who wants to purchase a cruise, only to get stung by a range of additional charges later down the line? This is where Regent Seven Seas excels above other ultra-luxury cruise lines, as literally everything is included in the price you pay. Everything from flights and transfers to dining in speciality restaurants and complimentary beverages is included.
Guests sailing onboard any Regent Seven Seas ship can even take advantage of all-inclusive excursions. This means guests can choose an unlimited number of excursions from a range that includes: a tropical jungle trek through Phuket on elephant back and walking the ancient pathways of Ephesus and Jerusalem. Anyone keen on exploring everything the world has to offer will certainly find a cruise with Regent Seven Seas very appealing.
Staff onboard Regent Seven Seas are understanding when it comes to passenger needs and space. Guests may take advantage of in-suite dining and 24-hour room service, both of which are included in the price of your cruise. A personal butler will adhere to any requests or desires you may have during your time onboard.
The “Seabourn Difference” is what keeps drawing guests back to the cruise line time and time again, but what does that mean exactly? Well, the itineraries are significantly different to those of other ultra-luxury lines because of the size of the ships. Intimate sized ships enable guests to experience unique destinations and remote ports of call that are considered unreachable by the larger ships. Crew members will take the time to get to know your individual tastes, needs and desires during your time onboard and tipping is neither required nor expected.
Each Seabourn ship offers spacious all-suite accommodation, with each suite offering fantastic panoramic views of the ocean. Your luxurious suite will compliment your journey, ensuring the highest level of comfortability. You’ll have plenty of space and be provided with Egyptian cotton linens, feather pillows and L’Occitane bathroom products. Additionally, your suite stewardess will attend to your every want and need during your cruise, from champagne and canapés upon arrival to booking excursions on your behalf. All that’s left to do is sit back and relax.
When it comes to service, Silversea has gone to extreme lengths to ensure you are truly pampered throughout the duration of your cruise. Every crew member has been handpicked by the Leading Hotel Schools of the World and with a crew-to-passenger ratio of almost one to one, your request will be handled before you even have time to think about it.
Undoubtedly, you’ll want the opportunity to share your experiences with friends and family back home. Silversea offer passengers at least one hour of complimentary Wi-Fi per day, whilst selected suites offer unlimited Wi-Fi.
During most days on board your ship, you will have the option to attend a talk from an experienced lecturer who will tell you about the upcoming destination. This will provide you with a truly enriching experience, going above and beyond just visiting a destination and looking at the most significant landmarks. If you want the opportunity to try something new, such as learning bridge or golf, there is the opportunity to partake in unique activities on select days whilst on board.
As previously stated, it is not our position to declare which of the ultra-luxury cruise lines mentioned above offers the finest experience, but hopefully, this blog will have provided enough insight to help your customers to decide what they would like. There is currently a lot of competition for the highest level of luxury in the world of cruising, and this looks set to be debated further in the years to come.
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