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Wittering Travel Counsellor talks about the benefits of luxury cruises

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What is luxury? It’s a tricky thing to define, because it means different things to different people, writes Wittering Travel Counsellor Emma Savage.

However, in the luxury cruising market, I think it means boutique style smaller ships, more space (because staterooms on a ship are usually quite small), attentive personal service (with a high crew to guest ratio) and authentic immersion in the local culture along the way.

In recent years, both river and ocean cruises at the luxury end of the market have gone back to scratch and attempted to perfect their product, adding luxury touches and unique experiences - partly driven by strong competition in the sector, which has forced the lines to elevate and differentiate their offering.

Endeavour. Photo: Travel Counsellors
Endeavour. Photo: Travel Counsellors

On a luxury cruise, you can enjoy a personal butler, private dining and extra special touches. You can enjoy as many high quality, unique experiences on land as you’d like to; and when you are back on board you’ll dine on gourmet food and sip top shelf spirits and champagnes. In fact, you’ll want for nothing, and have your expectations exceeded - and that is the cruise lines main aim. The repeat ratio on these luxury lines is high, because once you’ve experienced it, you want to do it again.

Expedition cruises

If you are keen on adventure, you should take a look at Silversea Endeavour; one of the world’s most luxurious expedition ships, designed specifically to take travellers to both Polar regions. The ship has a guest to crew ratio of 1:1, and all the creature comforts you might expect, together with an intimate atmosphere. Expedition experts are on hand, giving guidance and information on these most fascinating parts of our world.

Travel Counsellor Emma Savage
Travel Counsellor Emma Savage

Extended voyages

Luxury cruising doesn’t have to mean just going for a week or two. The options for exploring the world in style and comfort extend to many more nights if you want them to; maybe 79 nights around Europe piques your interest or how about a 150 night world cruise? Cruise lines such as Regent Seven Seas offer a range of beautiful itineraries, such as its Grand Asia Explorer itinerary, which will take you from Tokyo to Sydney in the lap of luxury.

River cruises

There are many river cruise lines competing for business but Scenic is up there with the best of them. Five-star service, innovative ships and unique itineraries are its key selling point. Explore the Danube, the Douro or the Mekong. Meet like-minded travellers and soak in the culture along the way. Its river cruisers offer every comfort and more.

While the initial price tag of a luxury river or ocean cruise might seem a little steep, factor in the inclusions (meals, drinks, entertainment, shore excursions etc) and it represents excellent value for money, for this standard of holiday. If you’d like to find out more, please do get in touch with me.

Happy travels!

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