Nothing screams luxury like a decadent cruise around some of the world’s most beautiful tropical islands, but with an abundance of options out there it can be difficult to distinguish which cruise company and cruise ship to choose. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned vet, it’s always good to know who’s at the top of their game when it comes to providing the most luxurious Caribbean Cruise ships around, so here's our guide to the best cruise experiences at sea.
There are many reasons why Celebrity Cruises remains a favourite among jetsetters and holidaymakers looking for something extra special in the Caribbean. Could it be their extremely high standards of service? Or access to one of the largest wine collections at sea? Or maybe it’s the fact that guests can enjoy lawn club antics in the middle of the ocean with Celebrity Cruises’ unique lawn space, located on its upper decks. Whatever the reason, and there are many, the overriding sense of enrichment and fun on board makes Celebrity Cruises one of the best carriers at sea.
Not only do the four and five-masted ships of the Star Clippers fleet look spectacular, but they also offer an authentic sailing experience. If you doubted whether there were any real opportunities to get active aboard, think again. Apart from a wide variety of waters sports, which range from mild to daring depending on your nerve, there’s also the chance to climb the crows nest and pull at the ropes from high above the deck. All that action will no doubt stir up a big appetite, which is why the ship’s premier chefs serve up culinary feasts that take you on a gastronomic tour around the world.
Of course one of the main reasons for choosing a Caribbean cruise holiday should be the magnificent view of the expansive ocean – which is why Silversea’s ocean-view suites hold such appeal. The fleet’s glitzy Art Deco interiors hark back to sailing’s glamorous heyday, when cruising was seen as the ultimate experience in luxury travel. Silversea also offer a touch of modernity with ships kitted out with all the mod cons a contemporary traveller could wish for.
Ever wonder what it would be like to experience the joys and benefits of a private members club out at sea? Well Seabourn have managed to do just that with their extravagant fleet of ships. With 25 years of experience under their belts, Seabourn have mastered the art of creating intimate and interesting travel memories for their guests. Their smaller sized ships also allow for more adventurous routes in and around the exotic shores of the tropics.
Sailing aboard an Azamara ship is like staying at a beautiful 5* boutique hotel on water. When stunning views and fresh sea air no longer keep you occupied there’s a variety of activities to fill the void – from kicking back and enjoying the AzAmazing showcases, which feature singing, dancing and show stopping performances each night, to channelling your inner art connoisseur by picking up a new print or two at the specially hosted art auction. Then there’s the all-important aspect of relaxation, something that will come easily amidst the high tech spa and fitness facilities, where indulging in a few holistic treatments is a must.
Crystal Cruises has two of the highest rated ships in the world and it’s certainly not difficult to work out why. From the lavish spa, complete with Feng Shui design, to the only on-the-water Ceasars Palace at Sea Casino, luxury is at the centre of every holiday. There are lots of opportunities to try something new too — improve your knowledge of fine wines in a masterclass, or participate in a spot of Tai Chi and enrich your travels whilst expanding your mind.
Established over 140 years ago the Holland America Line is one of the pinnacles of luxury cruising. Their award-winning, 15-strong fleet excels in all areas and the sheer choice of interesting and fun things to do during your trip will keep the fussiest of traveller happy. Classes, shows and even an art gallery offer the chance to immerse yourself in some cultural pursuits.
Everything about the Regent Seven Seas exudes “upscale but not uptight”. The first class suites make cruising the ultimate enjoyment for those who wish to be transported in the lap of luxury, while their personalised approach to service means you’ll never feel like anything less than a valued guest.
If an elegant yet casual approach to cruising is more your style Oceania Cruises are an attractive option. Here everyone will know your name and you’ll be immersed in fine dining, views and culture throughout your trip.
Virgin Atlantic operates direct flights to the Caribbean from London. Book your flight today. To book a cruise package visit: www.virginholidayscruises.co.uk, or call 0844 488 3084. Or visit one of the 110 stores located in Debenhams and House of Fraser stores nationwide across the UK.
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Written by Chantelle Symester
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Chantelle Symester is a writer and editor based in London. When she’s not chained to her laptop working she can be found hopping on a plane to far flung places across the globe. Trips so far include adventures to Mexico, South America and North Africa and she now has her heart set on discovering the East. You can find her @csymester