From the dining room maître d' to your friendly stateroom steward, the staff onboard a luxury cruise ship is trained to put your needs first. Spoil yourself silly by booking a suite and enjoy the unparalleled services of a butler who will act as your personal cruise concierge. He'll make you a memorable martini, handle your dry cleaning, and arrange for spa services or shore excursions. He might even draw you a bath after a vigorous day in port.
Many luxury brands include a variety of perks in their pricing that mainstream lines do not. Costs like gratuities, sodas, and alcoholic beverages add up quickly on a standard voyage, while all-inclusive luxury rates cover dinner, drinks, and more. So while you might pay more upfront for a luxury sailing, you'll often save more in the end.
Everything on a luxury ship--from the shampoo in your stateroom to the real marble flooring in the foyer--should be of the finest quality. High thread-count sheets, flat-screen TVs, and comfy bathrobes come standard, and comprehensive fitness and spa amenities are often available.
Award-winning cuisine and menus devised by world-renowned chefs are commonplace on luxury ships. Alternative dining options are fantastic, full room-service menus are available, and main dining meals cater to a wide variety of discriminating palates. Some ships even offer course-by-course in-room dining.
Unique Itineraries and Excursions
Smaller luxury ships can squeeze into ports that mega-ships are simply too big to visit (for example, the fashionable ports of Capri and Portofino). Plus, some of the shore excursions offered by luxury lines are simply mind-boggling. Take a MiG fighter jet flight over Moscow, or test drive a Cayenne on the Porsche factory's racetrack in Leipzig, Germany. The options are limitless.
Luxury ships may be smaller, but their staff-to-guest ratios are higher than mass-market brands, meaning that deck chairs are plentiful and you won't have to wait long for someone to refresh your drink or assist you with your bags.