The World’s Top Luxurious Cruises
Getting on board a luxury cruise is an experience not unlike checking into a five-star hotel. The elegant architecture, the pleasing interior design, the colourful décor together with the aesthetic installations all make for a one-of-a-kind travel experience not found elsewhere on the high seas. From impeccable service, awesome restaurants and classy bars to theatres, sporting facilities and luxurious cabins, to name a few of the many attractions that you can get on a luxury cruise, one can truly have a whale of a time. Here, Top 10 of Malaysia shares its list of the world’s most luxurious cruises that will surely take your breath away when you get on one.
Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
This luxurious cruise has been christened by Princess Charlene of Monaco. Being spaciously intimate and elegant, this beautiful cruise also provides luxury accommodations, a constellation theatre, observation lounge, culinary arts kitchen, gourmet explorer tours, a beautifully decorated card room, destination services, a library, pool deck and an infinity-edge plush pool. Meanwhile, exclusive night time entertainment is also available at the Meridian Lounge where there is an expensive bar for a cocktail gathering, a casino and connoisseur club while fine dining is available for guests at the Pacific Rim, Chartreuse, a modern French restaurant, Prime 7, La Veranda, Sette Mari At La Veranda that serves Italian cuisine, The Café, Compass Rose and Pool Grill. Overall, the Seven Seas Explorer provides a perfect and memorable holiday for guests.
Regal Princess, Princess Cruises
This luxurious cruise with its 1,400 balconies portrays a magnificent view of the ocean. A stroll on the SeaWalk’s glass-floor walkway extending 28 feet beyond the tip of the ship is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Guests could explore the tranquil sanctuary as a retreat and witness the amazing dazzling Princess WaterColour Fantasy Light and water show. Spacious suites with a balcony of a Club Class Mini-Suite are also among the luxurious amenities provided on the Regal Princess. Guests could enjoy extra mini space, a sofa bed and separate seating areas to a complimentary mini bar setup. Movie fans could also enjoy hit films at the poolside under the stars with soft-served ice-cream nearby. During meal time, guest could enjoy a dazzling dining at the Chef’s Table Lumiere and a sumptuous multi-course romantic meal at the ship’s balcony.
Marina, Oceania Cruises
One of Asia’s magnificent cruises, Marina offers luxury and multiple dining settings which include six open-seating gourmet restaurants with no additional charges to guests. The Culinary Center offers hands-on cooking tutorials by master chefs while talented artists-in-residence provides step-by-step instructions in arts and crafts in the Artist Loft. The Baristas, Marina’s signature coffee bar, serves espresso, coffee and freshly baked pastries. Meanwhile, the accommodations are also extremely roomy with grand bathrooms attached. For cuisine indulgence, The Grand Dining Room serves European-inspired cuisine while guests could also enjoy dining at the steakhouse at Polo Grill. For French cuisine lovers, Jacques is the perfect place to enjoy rotisseries. A pool or sports deck is also available for poolside relaxation.
Diamond Princess, Princess Cruises
Diamond Princess provides a refreshing cruising retreat. At the mid-ship deck 5 lays the dazzling atrium where freshly baked pastries, cappuccinos are served in the Lobby Bar together with a collection of boutiques reaching up to deck 7. At the above deck, there are 4 sparkling freshwater pools which are the Lotus Spa Pool, Neptune’s Reef and Pool that features the outdoor theater sensation called Movie Under the Stars, the Calypso pool with a retractable roof and the Terrace. The most interesting pool is the world’s largest outdoor Japanese Bath at sea, indoor and outdoor saunas and a breathtaking ocean view. During the night, guests could enjoy traditional dining at the Fiesta Deck in the International Dining Room or retreat to the theatre where hallmark production shows are performed on stage.
Aria Amazon, Aqua Expeditions
This luxury cruise is similar to a floating 5-star sophisticated boutique hotel in the midst of wildlife. Designed by Peruvian architect, Jordi Puig, this cruise with 16 Design Suites across the first and second deck was designed specifically for guests to enjoy the tour through the Peruvian Amazon with style and comfort. The Aria’s floor to ceiling panoramic windows and observation deck are equipped with a jacuzzi made for watching pink river dolphins while indulging on Pisco Punch. Besides, en-suite bathrooms with rain shower and organic bath amenities of the latest eco-sensitive technology are provided. Guests could also relax on California king size beds and gaze at the amazon or lounge beside the cozy window with a pair of binoculars. Guests could also dine to Executive Chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino’s Amazonia-inspired cuisine in a stylish and elegant room filled with Peruvian art and crystal glassware.
Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises
Built by Fincantieri, this modern luxurious cruise with 8 dining venues and spacious outdoor areas could accommodate around 596 guests. On board this ship lies 9 grand suites and fanciful places of dining such as the Asian-accented exotic Indochine, La Terrazza, Spaccanapoli, The Grill, La Dame by Relais & Châteaux, Atlantide, Kaiseki and Silver Note. Meanwhile, guests could also visit the Arts Café where various exhibitions of paintings and sculptures will be portrayed and also indulge in daytime cuisine at a café and deli-bar. At the Panorama Lounge, guests could get a peaceful retreat and also socialise while listening to piano music. Meanwhile, the Pool Deck and Jacuzzi Area allow outdoor lovers to bask in the sun, dip and relax in one of the refreshing whirlpools or even lie on a sunbed while the spa allows visitors to rejuvenate while enjoying the sea view from floor-to-ceiling windows, guests would also feel pampered with invigorating therapies.
Cunard, Queen Elizabeth
A ship fit for a queen, this glamorous and elegant cruise has fine wood paneling, shiny chandeliers and exquisite marble flooring. Its luxurious interior combined with the best restaurants at sea, comfortable lounges, spacious suites and staterooms. The Grills offer the finest luxury and relaxing experience with best British and French cuisine. For entertainment, guests can relax and unwind while watching West-End style shows and enjoy live music all day and night. An elegant evening could also be anticipated as guests dressed their best in ball gowns and dinner jackets, all ready for the dinner ball, a night at a theatre or even enjoy signature cocktails in the Commodore Club while book lovers could also enjoy their paradise in the ship’s library. Other wonderful places to explore would be the Garden Lounge and Kew Gardens Conservator, a perfect place to sit back and relax.
Seabourn Ovation, Seabourne Cruise Line
This world’s number one finest beautiful ultra-luxury cruise has her guests awestruck with their Wintergarden Suite, Signature Suites, Owners Suite, Penthouse Suite and Penthouse Spa Suite and Verandah Suite. At the serene The Retreat, tranquility and serenity prevails. Its flower-shaped canopy shields guests from the sun and wind. Fifteen private cabanas are designed as luxury living rooms with HD flat screen televisions and refrigerators. Meanwhile, guests could also enjoy themselves at the Grand Salon where various onboard performances from professional entertainers, local, cultural productions and engaging guest speakers are available in a dramatic, expensive theatre. At the Seabourn Square, a library and handsome sitting room with a computer center, coffee bar and even an open deck terrace are found in this comfortable ‘living room’. On the other hand, for guests who love drinking and socializing, the Sky Bar, The Patio would be a relaxing place to relax and enjoy the surrounding scenery.
MSC Seaside, MSC Cruises
MSC Seaside is a luxury cruise which combines indoor and outdoor platforms for a greater experience of sea travel. At the Waterfront Boardwalk, guests could dine in any of the restaurants and bars while from the glass skywalk, a spectacular view of the sea could be viewed. The inside of the ship is furnished with four decks atrium with creative two glass-walled atriums that stretch over the four decks. This venue houses live entertainment and a magnificent view of the ocean. Two full-sized bowling alleys are also found on board for bowling fans and for guests who love adventure, they would enjoy the largest interactive Forest Aquaventure and Adventure Park. Consisting of five different water slides and two high-speed racing slides with clear loops, all slides are equipped with slide boarding technology combining interactive games, lights, music and a 112-meter water slide which are suitable for guests from all age groups.
Azamara, Azamara Club Cruises
At the Club World Owner Suite, guests could enjoy the spacious room and beautiful view. At the Aqualina, specialty dining is offered to guests where Italy’s most celebrated dishes are served. For guests who enjoy casual dining and snacks, The Patio and Swirl & Top would be the best place to indulge. This casual day-time ‘pool’ grill will be transformed into a perfect night-dining experience with flickering candles and delicate tablecloth. A self-served yoghurt station is also provided with variety of flavours and toppings. Meanwhile, the Nights in Private Places is suitable for couples who would like to enjoy champagne, canapés and a deluxe buffet with fresh seafood and meat while at night, outdoor beds would be turned down to enable guests to gaze at the starry sky.