Get acquainted with these six distinct types of luxury cruises and their unique offerings.
We recently learned that The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is launching in 2019. So, it’s likely that other well-known hotel brands will soon take their business to the open sea. Still, luxury cruises are not limited to yachts and small capacity ships. CruiseCritic claims there are six different types of luxury cruises to consider when you want to sail in style.
First, when you think “luxury cruise,” you’re probably picturing traditional, tasteful luxury lines. These all-inclusive cruises aim to please their most loyal customers.
- Premium wines and spirits
- Spacious suites
- Fine dining
- State-of-the-art spas and fitness centers
These upscale lines are a step up from “premium class” cruises. However, they are more intimate than traditional luxury cruise lines.
- Cabins instead of suites
- A la carte services
- Focus on destinations rather than amenities
Mainstream Luxury is the solution for those who want high-end amenities but still enjoy the vibe on popular cruise lines.
- VIP treatment
- Nightlife and entertainment
- Family-friendly activities
European River Luxury
Of course, there’s nothing more luxurious than sailing down Europe’s scenic rivers. Although the European riverboats are smaller in size, they can still host between 100 and 200 guests at a time.
- Sophisticated facilities
- Butler service
- Port tours
- Focus on high-end experiences
Because these ships travel to the most exotic corners of the globe, they are ideal for hikers, bikers and adventure seekers.
- Unusual destinations
- High tech equipment
- Activities in the afternoon
- Fine dining at night
Finally, like Ritz-Carlton’s new venture, our final option is a more intimate, laid-back experience on a luxury yacht.
- Superb amenities, such as thick, plush bathrobes and king-sized beds
- Modern interiors
- Focus on on-board experiences rather than destinations
Source: Luxury Cruise Basics: The 6 Types of Upscale Sailings