Avalon Waterways - Specialist
Azamara Club Cruises - Five Star Agent
Bermuda Board of Tourism - Bermuda Specialist
Carnival - Bachelors of Fun
Cayman Islands - Dive & Nature Master Specialist
Cayman Islands - Master Specialist Family Travel
Celebrity - Five Star Agent
Costa - Training Academy Graduate
Cunard - Commodore
InnerSea Discoveries - Adventurist
Norwegian Cruise Line - Freestyle Certified
Oceania Cruise Specilist
Princess - Commodore
Regent Seven Seas Univerity Graduate
Saint Lucia Specialist Graduate
SNG Certified Accessible Travel Advocate TM
About Luxury Cruise Lines
What makes a Luxury Cruise line Luxurious?
Luxury cruises are a great way to enjoy your cruise vacation. The level of service, amenities, food, inclusions, and stateroom is all nicer than you find on the average cruise ship. Many of the crew remain on these ships for many years before retiring, which helps keep a consistent high level of service for the guests.
By including many of the things that cost extra on other cruises most of the luxury lines are able to cut down on the nickel and dime spending aboard the ship that typically annoy passengers on other cruises. The luxury lines find unique ways to make you feel more at home while aboard the ship. This can be anything from facilitating sleeping out on deck under the stars to a champaign toast on a beach devoid of other humans. Cooking classes by celebrity ships is another thing that set apart the luxury lines, on special sailings. Some of the ships are even designed with specific kitchen areas for cooking classes.
You may miss out on the rock walls, ice skating rinks, and full size sports courts found on the largest cruise ships but the luxury service and surroundings typically make up for the difference. Some luxury ships will remain very active while others are a bit more serene.
Fellow passengers on luxury cruise ships tend to be a bit more homogenous than you may find on the very large cruise ships where the passengers can be very diverse. Your fellow passengers tend to be successful, well traveled, well educated, and typically are not too young. By too young I mean you generally won't find a lot of passengers in their 20s or many in their 30s who are traveling without other older family members with them. There are of course exceptions.
What is interesting for many is the comparison of prices between suites and extras on mainstream cruise ships and a similar cabin on a luxury ship with many of the extras already included. Alaska is a prime example of where often the price is the same or even less using the luxury line for your cruise.
Who are the Luxury Lines?
Here are several of the Luxury Cruise Lines
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