Smooth Sailing: 5 of The World’s Most Luxurious Cruises

Airport lines, flight delays and jet lag can take a toll on even the most savvy of travellers. Sometimes, it’s nice to just sit back, relax and enjoy the breeze. Hop on board any of these über luxurious cruises. With plenty of legroom, sweet suites, on-and-off board entertainment and delicious food, why fly when you can sail? Endless ocean views are a given.

#1 Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity

The Crystal Serenity’s 1,345 square-foot, butler-serviced penthouse suite

Consistently acknowledged as one of the best cruise ship in the world, the Crystal Serenity recently went through a $17 million facelift that’s made it even more luxurious. Boasting stylish contemporary interiors, the style update even includes a chef’s herb garden as part of a vibrant vertical wall — a cruise industry first! There are chic boutiques for on board retail therapy, spa rooms with ocean views for the ultimate relaxation, a driving range and putting green for the golfers and a Dolby-equipped theatre — you won’t want to leave!

#2 Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Seven Seas Mariner

Unlimited WiFi on board? We’re sold!

As the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ship, you can bet that it’s going to be a luxurious experience — should you need a breather from your spacious suite, simply step out to enjoy the sweet ocean breeze in the privacy of your own suite. One of the biggest ships in the Regent fleet, the Mariner can cater to up to 700 guests on board and still have a staff-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.6, and with four restaurants, four lounges, a constellation theater for stargazers, a casino, a library and a pool deck amongst the list of things to do, you might even forget to use the free unlimited WiFi.

#3 Seabourn Sojourn

Stylish open spaces go so well with the surrounding views

Having won numerous accolades since 2007, the Seabourn fleet is recognised for their luxurious accommodations, five-star services and amenities, exceptional dining, and unrivaled spa facilities — the Seabourn Sojourn’s spa is the largest on board any luxury cruise ship in the world, taking up 11,400 square feet of indoor and outdoor space over two decks. Want to go for a dip? The ocean might be off-limits while the ship is on the move but there are six jacuzzis and two pools to choose from. The all-inclusive on board experience means guests can eat wherever and whatever they want for free — plus open bars throughout the ship!

#4 Silversea: Silver Spirit

A butler at our beck and call? Yes, please!

With a fleet of 8 small luxury cruise ships keeping services personal whilst sailing to destinations around the globe, Silversea’s smaller-than-most size allows its ships to take passengers to places bigger cruise ships aren’t able to access. The Silver Spirit, their newest yet biggest member of the fleet boasts six dining options, spa, beauty salon and casino amongst its many entertainment options. There’s also an on board staff to guest ratio of nearly one to one so guests are guaranteed prompt attention. Want to explore beyond the shore? No problem. They’ll also provide an extensive choice of land adventures.

#5 Sea Dream

With its retractable marina, guests can truly experience the yachting lifestyle

Ever dreamed of having your own luxury mega yacht? It’ll feel like that dream came to life aboard SeaDream I and SeaDream II. With a maximum of 56 couples being pampered by a crew of 95, SeaDream cruise yachts strives for the level of attention and “casual perfection” service that makes each guests feel like they’re on their own private yacht. The fares are also all-inclusive so guests enjoy a wide variety of on board, water and land activities alongside luxurious ocean view accommodations (plus flat-screen TVs and DVD players), Bvlgari bath amenities, gourmet meals, premier wine with lunch and dinner and even laptops for on board usage.

Ready to set sail? Which of these would you pick?

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Sasha Yusof

This tiny nomad packs a punch, especially when it comes to weekend getaways, high fashion and hunting down the best local eats and coffee spots. She also loves cats. With a vengeance.

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