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Best Luxury Ocean Cruises for 2016

By Elegant Resorts Travel Experts

Posted: 03 May 2016
Best of Luxury Cruising: Explore the World in Elegance

Best of Luxury Cruising: Explore the World in Elegance

Best of Luxury Cruising: Explore the World in Elegance Best of Luxury Cruising: Explore the World in Elegance Best of Luxury Cruising: Explore the World in Elegance Best of Luxury Cruising: Explore the World in Elegance Best of Luxury Cruising: Explore the World in Elegance Best of Luxury Cruising: Explore the World in Elegance

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At Elegant Resorts, we pride ourselves on being able to give our valued clients the definitive luxury travel experience, and to help uncover the world as never before. Ocean cruising has long been synonymous with high-class society and exploring the world in elegance, but our featured luxury cruise companies continue to raise the standard of exceptional travel at sea. Our dedicated Luxury Cruise Travel Consultants are experts in understanding the many essential elements of luxury ocean cruising and they have handpicked an inviting collection of the finest ships, boasting the best amenities and most alluring destinations.

Best for Foodies - Oceania Cruises

Designed to represent the traditional English country hotel at sea, Oceania Cruises has won the hearts (and stomachs!) of many travellers with their tireless dedication to providing the world’s finest wine and cuisine, with flawless finesse. Using only the finest ingredients, and the world-renowned expertise of lauded French chef, Jaques Pepin, Oceania Cruises deserves its reputation as the industry’s greatest gourmet cruise company. No expense or effort is spared in the desire to bring the most exclusive and exquisite flavours to guest’s plates. The ultra-luxury, highly-personal and bespoke standard of service on board each Oceania cruise is reflected in the epicurean excellence of each ship’s enticing array of first-class restaurants. Aside from the specialist ingredients, selected from only the highest quality international sources, the finer details make dining on board an Oceania Cruise so special. Everything from Versace crockery to flexible ‘your world, your way’ dining options ensure guests enjoy the unique ambience of the finest eateries, whilst exploring the world’s most intriguing locations. This dedication to the definitive luxury dining experience sets Oceania Cruises apart from others, but it is their pioneering culinary school at sea which really endears their incredible vessels to true food lovers. Learn to cook the same incredible meals you’ve enjoyed on board, under the instruction of world-class chefs in the ship’s state-of-the-art cookery school, or ask your personal butler to arrange a port-excursion to join the ship’s culinary team as they source the finest ingredients from local markets and exclusive partners. Finally, it goes without saying that Oceania Cruises’ team of expert sommeliers can pair each course you enjoy on-board with a fine wine that complements, not only the fabulous flavours of your food, but your overall luxury holiday experience. For a taste of the finest flavours and definitive luxury dining, Oceania Cruises is your only port of call.

Best for Families - Celebrity Cruises

Finding a luxury holiday that suits travellers of all ages is a task which challenges even the best-prepared parents. Long delays in airports and tedious transfers can test anyone’s patience, not to mention overshadow the sunniest of beach holidays! So it is no surprise to find discerning families choosing to enjoy the stress-free solution of luxury ocean cruises for the ‘have-it-all’ holiday. Not only does our fabulous selection of luxury ocean cruises allow families to explore some of the world’s most intriguing locations, comfortably and conveniently, but they also ensure a perfect balance of family time and independent activities for younger guests. Celebrity Cruises enjoys consistent accolades for their impeccable luxury family cruises that incorporate all the elements of exclusive ocean cruising with the first-class facilities of a family-focused hotel resort. Everything from comprehensive children’s activity programmes, to specialist teen amenities and, of course, the all-important expert childcare facilities for children under three years. A dazzling array of energising sports activities, dedicated Xbox gaming zone, an evening entertainment programme and babysitting services are sure to appeal to the entire family, and ensure you each get the most out of your on-board experience. With a vibrant selection of exciting destinations to explore with Celebrity Cruises, there is no better way for families to uncover all that luxury cruising has to offer. With no shortage of unforgettable experiences available both on board and in the ports, you are sure to return home with a wealth of valuable memories having toured the seas in style.

Best for Shore Excursions - Regent Seven Seas Cruises®

Cruise connoisseurs are quick to celebrate the impeccably high standards of Regent Seven Seas Cruises®. Their all-inclusive, all-suite accommodation boasts impressively spacious proportions, whilst the ultra-luxurious amenities on board surpass every expectation. Regent Seven Seas pride themself on their tailor-made approach to service and their ability to cater to guests every whim and want. Regent Seven Seas Cruises® set themselves apart with a definitive, dedicated desire to provide the most exclusive luxury cruise experience for each guest. With stunningly spacious interiors and flawless first-class facilities throughout, guests are forgiven for wanting to spend their entire luxury cruise experience exploring all that Regent Seven Seas Cruises ® has to offer on-board. However, the desire to excel doesn’t stop at the port, because Regent Seven Seas Cruises® selects only the most alluring destinations for their incredible luxury cruises, combined with exclusive shore excursions. For guests seeking an all-round luxury cruise experience, exploring the world with Regent Seven Seas Cruises® ensures you return home rested, rewarded and ready to plan your next incredible trip! As always with Regent Seven Seas Cruises®, shore excursions can be arranged to suit your personal requirements and allow guests to really enrich themselves in the culture and experience of the vibrant destinations these fabulous luxury cruises uncover. Furthermore, the all-inclusive definitive luxury of Regent Seven Seas Cruises® incorporates their comprehensive approach to exploring even after disembarking at port. The impressive catalogue of shore excursions is entirely complimentary for Regent Seven Seas Cruises® guests. Carefully designed and thoughtfully planned, each excursion aims to enrich guests’ overall cruise experience without additional fees or the hassle of having to organise anything. Each excursion is selected to complement and uncover the abundance of assets in each port, including culinary tours, private behind-the-scenes tours of world-renowned sites and exclusive cultural expeditions with knowledgeable local guides, away from the crowded tourist routes. Furthermore, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® offers unlimited shore excursions for each guest! If you’re seeking to make the most of your luxury ocean cruise, both on and off the ship, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® will help you uncover a world of culture and extravagance whilst enjoying an impeccable cruise experience.

Best for exclusive options - Crystal Cruises

Boasting an impressive array of over 2,000 shore excursion options, a premier portfolio of routes to some of the most exclusive ports and charming contemporary luxury ambience on board, Crystal Cruises are consistent winners of prestigious awards, including ‘Best Large Ship’. Their specialist service and sumptuous cuisine ensure guests can enjoy an unforgettable luxury cruise experience. However, Crystal Cruises distinguishes themselves with specialist theme cruises that are entirely exclusive and utterly remarkable. There is, quite literally, a luxury Crystal Cruise for every interest, from Big Band and Ballroom Dance cruises that bring together some of the most celebrated dance teachers and stars from across the globe, to Film and Theatre-themed cruises exploring classic and contemporary Hollywood as never before. Golf-lovers can enjoy cruising around the world to tee off at some of the best PGA championship courses, under the guide of pros and qualified instructors. Those seeking total rejuvenation and wellness can enjoy a Mind, Body and Spirit cruise, praised for encouraging guests to escape the rut of everyday life and be revived by embracing the tranquillity of the ocean and beauty of the natural world. Music-lovers can indulge in a ‘Jazz Days and Cabaret Nights’ cruise, which brings the world of music to life against stunning historically significant backdrops, such as New Orleans and the Caribbean. Our expert Travel Consultants can help you find your perfect luxury cruise, and with Crystal Cruises’ exemplary standards and unlimited experiences, you are sure to enjoy a luxury holiday unlike any other.

Best for Nature Lovers – Seabourn Cruises

There is, perhaps, no better way to explore vast regions of the world than with a luxury cruise. Not only can guests experience old-world luxury on board, but the gift of being able to uncover some of the planet’s most picturesque places at will is a true thrill. Add to this the rare magnificence of sailing at sea and enjoying exquisite cuisine, a thriving social scene and first-class service and you understand why ocean cruising remains a favoured pastime of the world’s most knowledgeable travellers. Those seeking to experience a vast array of cultural and historical sites can rely on cruising to bring them closer to nature as never before. Seabourn Cruises are famed for distinct quality and class on board their impressive fleet, but their partnership with the UNESCO World Heritage Convention is their crowning glory. Seabourn supports UNESCO’s essential work across the globe and allows guests to explore some of the oldest, rarest places on the Earth with knowledgeable guides and certified shore experiences which showcase the best UNESCO sites for Seabourn guests. Seabourn’s specialist UNESCO World Heritage Tours include over 170 different ports and bring guest’s closer to the one-of-a-kind treasures hidden within. We all dream of exploring ancient lands or experiencing lost empires; Seabourn can bring such wanderlust to life in the comfort of highly luxurious ocean cruising. With so many exclusive destinations available, the real challenge is deciding where to begin, but once you’re on board your luxury Seabourn cruise, you can rest assured that the finer details are taken care of and your only job is to immerse yourself in the mesmerising experience of discovering a world only the luckiest ever get to see; luxury cruising at its most culturally enriching.

For further information about any of our luxury cruise companies, or for in-depth itineraries of cruise routes, please call one of our expert Luxury Cruise Travel Consultants on 01244 897 200. Alternatively, visit our Luxury Cruise Holiday section on our website.

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