Couples toasting with captain on a luxury cruise

The Major Benefits of Luxury Cruises

How Vacation Can Arrange the Ultimate Luxury Cruise for You

Sophisticated, luxury-driven travelers want it all – and cruise lines are delivering. Opulent suites filled with L’Occitane’s bath products and Frette linens. Gourmet dining options designed by celebrated chefs. First-class service that rivals 5-star resort. All-inclusive lifestyles where your every desire is within your reach. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect when you set sail in luxury. 

Upgraded Accommodations

Oh, what a view. Many high-end ships offer all-suite staterooms with expansive balconies or verandas, giving you a gorgeous sea view throughout your cruise. Spacious is often used to describe these suites, through voluminous might be more apt as some extend to two stories and can accommodate 12 guests And let’s  not overlook the bathrooms, where luxury lines provide the best of the best products including Bvlgari, Ferragamo and Molton Brown.

Stateroom suite on a luxury cruixe
upgraded accommodations

Gourmet Dining

Intimate  venues with locally-sourced ingredients are now the norm thanks to Thomas Keller, Nobu Matsuhisa, Jean-Pierre Vigato and other world-renowned chefs who have partnered with cruise lines. Each night brings you more choices, as you feast on their 5-star dishes in onboard specialty restaurants. You’ll also notice more attentive service while you dine, with professionally trained waiters and maître d’s who ensure your every need is met.

Gourmet salmon dish
gourmet dining

More Inclusions & Exclusives

On a luxury cruise line, you won’t be hassled by nickel and diming since more is included in your fare – like all alcoholic beverages, VIP events, gratuities, nightly entertainment, Wi-Fi and more. Some lines even include shore excursions and private tours at each port, such as a riverboat journey to a remote orangutan sanctuary or a helicopter ride to a secluded beach.

Helicopter near a secluded island
exclusive excursions

Pre and Post Additions

Most luxury cruise providers feature complimentary transportation to and from the airport or neighboring hotel. In addition, these luxury lines also offer pre- and post-cruise packages, for a nominal fee, that include hotel stays, tours and meals, giving you extra time to explore the port city. 

Bride and groom on a terrace on a Greek Island
pre- or post-cruise arrangements

Tips to Make the Most of Your Cruise

1. Before you leave home, explore the restaurants on the ship and book reservations in advance through your travel agent, when possible, or immediately when boarding. Specialty restaurants, particularly the more intimate venues, fill up fast.

2. Our agency has contacts in virtually every port of call and can arrange for private, customized experiences with elevated ‘wow’ factors. Likewise, we can arrange for truly special tours and hotel experiences before or after your cruise with upgrades and special amenities made possible through our Select Hotels & Resorts Program.

3. Ask our expert travel agents about Distinctive Voyages and Culinary Collection cruises. These two unique programs spice up your cruise with special bonus amenities at no additional charge. 

Let one of Vacation’s on-call travel experts match you with a cruise specialist, who can customize a luxury cruise itinerary that you deserve.  


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