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List of Best Luxury Cruise Ships to See Which One Resonates With You
By Sharon
Pushed April 24, 2017
List of Best Luxury Cruise Ships to See Which One Resonates With You
List of Best Luxury Cruise Ships to See Which One Resonates With You
Luxury cruise lines are supposed to be the best way to spend a vacation at sea. After all, money is supposed to give you the best service, right? Well, with the rates on offer, these ocean experiences better be good. To have an idea whether luxury equals comfort and to know whether passengers really do get their money's worth from these liners, we examined the services and accommodations provided by several luxury cruise providers.

Silversea Cruises - Is a medium size luxury line that is known for having top flight inclusive packages. Of course, the price is still high since it's a luxury liner, but considering the offerings, the rates of this cruise company are still considered reasonable. It appeals to well-traveled, well-monied passengers who like understated, casual and refined atmospheres.
 
Catering to 596 guests, Silverseas’ luxurious Silver Muse, launching in April 2017, will offer the highest number of large upper category suites, as well as more connecting suites, than any other ship in its fleet. Each of the suites will have a dedicated butler, while the owner’s suite - one of its most luxurious - will feature a veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a dining room seating six people.
 
MV Viking Star is the lead ship of the Viking Star-class of cruise ships, and the first such ship operated by Viking Ocean Cruises, a division of Viking Cruises. She entered service in April 2015.  Viking cruise line also known  best luxury cruise line for value.

MV Viking Sky is a cruise ship operated by Viking Ocean Cruises. Viking Sky is the sister to two ships, Viking Star and Viking Sea, and was delivered on January 26, 2017. The result is a 930-passenger ship that carries some of the spirit of river cruising onto the high seas. As is the case with the line's river cruises, Viking Star is destination focused with port-intensive itineraries. Calls are longer than average, with frequent overnights. Cruisers receive a choice of included tours in every port; for-fee options are also available. Port talks are in-depth, focusing on sights and history as opposed to shopping opportunities.Viking Star was the first of several “state-of-the-art” sister ships to be unveiled by Viking River Cruises two years ago, the first new ocean cruise line to launch in nearly a decade. Designed with a “barely-there Scandinavian approach” the ship is like a “chic Nordic ski lodge on water”,
 
The ship’s sleek yacht-style bow hints at what's to come: inside is miles of clean-lines and light woods – pine, birch, white ash and juniper. The spectacular Wintergarden, covered by a magradome roof that extends to cover the adjacent main pool area in bad weather, features blond-wood ‘tree branches’ that form a delicate ceiling tracery – and a dramatic skylight canopy under which to read a book or have afternoon tea.
 
Viking Sky and Viking Sun will be delivered in May and October this year, respectively, while two more sister ships are expected by 2020.
 
Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Named as the "Best Small Cruise Line" by the periodical Travel + Leisure, this cruise company is best known for its refined, but laid back ambiance. It has four ships. Seven Seas Explorer is a cruise ship built by Fincantieri of Italy for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. She entered service in July 2016, and features all balcony suite accommodation. Carrying only 750 guests (while many large liners carry over 5,000), the Explorer boasts one of the highest space ratios in the cruise industry. The line is also spearheading the trend of luxury cruise lines toward all-inclusive pricing.
 
Regent's Seven Seas Explorer, the subject of a Channel 5 documentary airing tonight, was billed as “the most luxurious cruise ship ever built” when it was unveiled last year. “From the window curtains in the tender boats to the top suite’s bespoke £112,000/$144000 US bed, It features inventively glamorous restaurants, statement suites and luxe interiors. There are 5,000 glittering (tastefully so) chandeliers and 2,200 pieces of art on board, including a Chagall and a Picasso or two hung at the double-door entrance to the 3,875 sq ft Regent Suite, which has a balcony that loops around the front of the ship, its own therapy room with ocean-view shower, a pair of heated marble loungers, and a sauna and steam room.
 
Crystal Serenity is a cruise ship owned by Crystal Cruises. Crystal Serenity was built in 2003 by STX Europe in St. Nazaire. She operates together with her older fleetmate, Crystal Symphony, offering around the world voyages.
 
Serenity is described as “a well-tuned, professionally run, service-oriented vessel, roughly the equivalent of a Four Seasons or Ritz Carlton hotel, It is the extra attention to detail that makes a cruise with this ship so special. The decor in most areas is warm, inviting and contemporary. Some of the most elegant public rooms include Palm Court (evoking images of Colonial-style grand hotel lounges); the Avenue Saloon (a favourite watering hole of the late-night crowd and a throwback to the gentlemen’s clubs of yesteryear); the Connoisseur Club (for cigar and cognac enthusiasts); and the Stardust Club (cabaret entertainment lounge).
 
Two whole decks of accommodation are designated as suites (which include four Crystal Penthouses with balcony, 32 Penthouse Suites with Balcony, 72 Penthouses with balcony) and offer butler service.
MS Europa 2 is a cruise ship operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, a German-based cruise line. She entered service in May 2013, and has since been named the number-one cruise ship in the world by the Berlitz.
 
At over 1,000 sq ft, the Owner's Suite on Hapag Lloyd's MS Europa 2 is nothing if not spacious - with bedroom, living room, private balcony, two lavatories and a walk-in wardrobe. It also comes with butler service and a free, well-stocked mini bar. What's more, the suite's amenities offer something of a spa experience, with the shower doubling up as a steam sauna and a private relaxation area attached to the bathroom. 
 
Onboard helicopters, opulent suites, and a butler for every guest – Scenic Eclipse is a cruise ship like no other. But wait – it’s not a cruise ship. It’s a ‘Discovery Yacht’ – the world’s first – a floating haven of six-star luxury and world-class comforts, with an army of staff to satisfy your every whim.
 
Taking its maiden voyage in August 2018, Scenic Eclipse will ply the waters from Istanbul to Venice, before embarking on a world tour which will take it through the Caribbean, South America and Antarctica – then heading north to the Mediterranean and Polar Arctic. It’s the kind of itinerary that dreams are made of – but sightseeing isn’t really this vessel’s main draw. It’s the unashamed opulence, palatial interiors and Champagne-on-tap lifestyle that makes it one-of-a-kind.
Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner was the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship when it first launched in 2001.All grades of accommodation have private, marble-clad bathrooms with bathtub, and all suite entrances are neatly recessed away from the passenger hallways, to provide extra quietness, Seven Seas Mariner particularly outstanding huge theatre, the library and a proper observation lounge on the top deck, with 180° views. The airy Horizon Lounge, with its outdoor terrace, works well for the breakfast buffet, although less so when half of it becomes a rather gloomy trattoria at night.
 
Uniworld's S.S. Maria Theresa, launched in 2015, is decorated in the style of an 18th century Viennese palace, and the centrepiece is a portrait of Maria Theresa herself, last of the Habsburg rulers of Austria.
 
Sanctuary Ananda, built in the Thein Phyu shipyard in Yangon, so supporting the local economy, has 21 spacious suites with large private balconies, accommodating up to 48 guests. All combine authentic interior furnishings made of local fabrics, teak and lacquerware with contemporary luxuries, including an iPod docking station and iPad television connectivity. Luxury suites have an additional indoor seating area.
 
MV Seabourn Ovation is an upcoming cruise ship for Seabourn Cruise Line. Modeled on the award-winning trio of ships introduced with Seabourn Odyssey in 2009, Seabourn Encore represents another welcome stage in the evolution of small-ship cruising, which Seabourn pioneered and has consistently expanded and enriched
The construction started on 7 June 2016. The keel was laid on 2 December 2016 in Genoa.

Ovation is sister ship of Seabourn Encore is an ultra luxury cruise ship and alsi built by Fincantieri of Italy for Seabourn Cruise Line. The first of a new class of ships about 26% larger than Seabourn's three Odyssey-class vessels, she holds about 34% more passengers, based on double occupancy. She was delivered on November 30, 2016. The company's newest luxury cruise ship, Seabourn Encore, was named in Singapore last year by British soprano and West End star Sarah Brightman. It is its fourth ship, and also its biggest, built to accommodate 600 passengers. Both sisters will deliver a wealth of new concepts, a fresh vision and a host of illuminating ideas to delight the world’s most discerning travelers
 
In 2018, Seabourn will introduce Seabourn Ovation. The new ship is as strikingly beautiful and as excitingly innovative as any Seabourn has ever debuted. It will crown a fleet that is already the newest, most modern and most acclaimed in the ultra-luxury segment. It will carry just 600 guests on board, based on double occupancy, featuring spacious suites each with private veranda.

Luxury cruise lines all aim to cater to the needs of their customers who can afford their rates. If you have the money to spend for it, you can get all the luxury you want from these cruise liners.



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