Luxury Cruising Ships


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Luxury Cruising Ships

There are different classifications of cruise lines ranging from bare bones to the ultimate in luxury and services.  The high end cruise lines offer different packages.  Some offer round-trip air fare included in the price, some offer all (or partial) alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included in their fares, and some offer some or all excursions included in their fares.  These cruise lines tend to have more staff per guest in order to combine the premium accommodations with superb,  attentive service to enhance the cruising experience.  

These cruise lines are out of our budget but are on our wish list If you have the funds then by all means experience the luxury of being pampered on your cruise.

Above:  Seven Seas Mariner in Venice

Regent's Seven Seas ships have no inside staterooms and only the Seven Seas Navigator has a Window Stateroom (301+T) without a balcony. 

Understanding the footage tables:

+ T= has a bathtub    To see a larger text view: (Ctrl+ (plus) for larger) (Ctrl- (minus) for smaller

*stateroom footage (or range of footage) are the first numbers

**balcony footage or (range of balcony footage) are the second set of numbers



Crystal also has no inside rooms.

Oceania Nautica and Oceania Regatta seen above

Seabourn ships are smaller in size than many of the larger cruise lines.  They are more like sophisticated oversized yachts.  They pamper their guests with personal attention and superb cuisine.  The line was established in 1987 with three upscale ships and then sold to Carnival in 1991 and two more ships were added.

Wine is included in the cruise rate whether it be during dinner or served in a lounge.  Extra cost vintages are also available.  Daily afternoon tea service is a pleasant ritual and room service is available 24/7 and the meals mirror what is being served in the dining rooms including the china.

Cabin staff are all female and all gratuities are included in the rates.

Silver Cloud is seen in the photo above

SilverSea has no inside staterooms and the only ship with a porthole stateroom is Silver Explorer's "Expedition" stateroom which ranges from 175-185 square feet.  The other ocean view staterooms and suites have large or small picture windows.

Above:  Azamara Quest

Azamara Journey & Azamara Quest have a Club World Owner's Suite that is (560+233+T)  Both ships also have larger accessible staterooms in most categories that can be requested.



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