Luxury Cruising in 2017 and 2018

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Luxury Cruises avoid the large masses of people that are normally associated with the cheaper end of the cruise market.These cruiselines are best thought of as comparable to your  top end 5* and 6 * hotels. Normally the customers of these cruiselines are looking for exceptional cuisine and hotel faciliries on board, enjoy the select company of others and are well travelled.  

With these cruiselines, there is a very personal touch with plenty of space, staff are very aware of individual customers needs very quickly. Six Star cruising is  like a private member's club, with affluent cruisers comparing travelling and life stories over drinks or delicious Asian, Mediterranean , Italian or French cuisine. Wonderful high quality waiters serve your every whim. If you would prefer to dine in your cabin then naturally a complete dinner with drinks would be served to your requirements, with no loss of quality.


Entertainment is more subtle than on the larger cruiselines, organised activities are more dignified. Enjoy yourself in the music bar, drinking cocktails and chatting to your new friends. Quality lectures, singers and musicians feature highly on luxury six star cruises. Quality smaller ships can frequent ports that the larger ships have to avoid ; Bequia, Portofino, Sinop, Jost Van Dyke, and the list goes on.



As a rule ships in the ultra luxury cruise market are smaller allowing visits to smaller ,less crowded ports. Most ultra luxury cruiseships are substantially smaller allowing visits to ports that are not defined for the mass market.  Some of the smaller vessels carry 100 -200 passengers, and the largest would only carry between 600-1100 passengers. The top end luxury cruise market has been rejuvenated by the introduction of new cruise ships, like Regent Seven Seas Mariner. Refurbishment of 6 star ships is more often than usual and the latest fashions and tastes are abundant. 


The ultra luxury cruises  have adjusted their fares and inclusions to add value to their itineraries. You can expect to pay at least £1500pp for a week's cruise without flights and this may well  double for peak period cruising. The balance of high fares in this type of cruise is met by the fact that a lot of added value is included within the fare .Most of these ultra luxury cruises include unlimited branded wines and drinks.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises goes even further to include the majority of shore excursions as complimentary, also. Also included are other nice touches, from gorgeous chocolates on your pillow at night (Silversea) to cotton logo pyjamas (SeaDream) and top class bathroom facilities from names such as Bulgari, Molton Brown, Bronnley, and Ferragamo.

6* cruises are not really set up to cater for children.  Crystal cruises probably are the most child friendly if you are taking children. Babysitting services can be arranged.


Dress Code for Ultra Luxury Cruises -- The luxury cruise line operators have moved towards a more casual approach towards dress, with smart casual and resort  casual being the new popular dress codes. Regent as an example In 2009, the line went to an "elegant casual" policy, with the only formal nights being on longer cruises. One can nowadays getaway with a dark suit as being the only formal attire required while on board.


Pre and post luxury hotel required, business or first class flights with stopovers can be arranged, naturally, through Blue Skies Travel.

Whatever your requirements The Cruise Service at Blue Skies Travel has the experience to cater for your every whim.