This certainly isn’t cruising as you’ve imagined it. A voyage with one of these cruise lines means smaller, more intimate ships that can dock in the heart of a destination, and a host of luxurious extras like free-flowing Champagne, butler service and gourmet dining. Add exceptional service where nothing is too much trouble and you have the ultimate cruise experience.
If an intimate and exclusive vibe onboard is important to you, then opt for an ultra-luxe cruise. All our featured partners have a fleet of small to medium-sized ships, with all-suite accommodation for fewer than 1000 guests. As ultra-luxury ships are smaller, they can reach more secluded ports, plus the cruise lines can create more in-depth and ground-breaking itineraries. Fewer guests also means that service is personalised, with staff really getting to know you and what you like.
These cruise lines pride themselves on their culinary offerings. All restaurants onboard have an open seating concept, meaning you can dine when and with whoever you wish. There are usually plenty of tables for two but also larger tables if you’re looking for a more sociable experience. Another area where these high-end cruise lines stand out is their speciality dining, with all restaurants usually included in the price of your cruise. You may have to make reservations for the most popular restaurants but you can enjoy gourmet meals ordered from menus designed by some of the world’s most famous chefs and dining institutions. Celebrity chef Thomas Keller has a restaurant on each of the four Seabourn ships and Silversea features the only Relais & Châteaux restaurants at sea.
Like the style of the ships, the entertainment is often quite low key. There’s plenty of live music to enjoy throughout the evening as well as shows, from full-scale dance productions to comedy gigs, which take place in each ship’s theatre or show lounge. Enriching lectures focus on the regions you visit, and often guest speakers that are experts in their field will come onboard to share their knowledge.
All of our ultra-luxury cruises are all inclusive with all meals included, even at speciality restaurants, as well as free-flowing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, gratuities and sometimes