What exactly is luxury cruising? It’s part experience, part hardware, defined by small ships (less than 1,000 passengers, generally far less) with the ability to anchor in less-visited, intimate ports of call. Personalized and attentive service, spacious deluxe staterooms, fine cuisine and wine served on board, interesting, unique itineraries and all-inclusive or nearly all-inclusive pricing are all things you will find on a luxury cruise. Lindblad Expeditions, Silversea, the Yachts of Seabourn, Regent, SeaDream Yacht Club, and Oceania are hallmarks of the luxury cruise set, and all have a knack for getting the “little things” just right, whether they be Bvlgari toiletries in your marble bathroom (separate shower and tub, of course), fresh flowers in your suite each morning, or a bottle of your favorite champagne delivered on your birthday. These are not the monster ships that flood coastal cities with hoards of tourists and force you to mingle at mealtime with assigned seating and buffet fare. This is sophisticated cruising, allowing guests the greatest degree of flexibility in how, when and where they spend their time on board and ashore while unpacking only once.
However, no two cruise lines are alike, and the dynamics and demographics of each luxury cruise line, be it Silversea, the Yachts of Seabourn, Regent, SeaDream, or Oceania, differ in subtle ways. This is when you need the guidance of an experienced travel agent, someone who has sailed there and can compare the nuances and “personalities” of each cruise line, vessel, and itinerary. At Frontiers’ Elegant Journeys, we consider knowledge from first-hand experience paramount to offering qualified guidance and making recommendations based on your individual expectations. Our agents travel frequently to stay apprised of what is new in the luxury cruise world and maintain our close relationships with the top cruise lines. The contacts we have made, as well as our affiliation with Virtuoso and their Voyager Club Program, frequently translate into extra savings, upgrades, and amenities for our clients, additional value you’d never receive booking direct with the cruise company.
Virtuoso’s Voyager Club offers travelers complimentary benefits on select departures with the world’s best cruise lines. It provides guests with the services of a dedicated onboard host throughout the cruise, a special welcome cocktail reception, and a choice between shipboard credit (approximately $150 per person) or the opportunity to participate in an exclusive shore excursion, generally valued at $250 per person. These benefits are available only to those who book their cruise through a Virtuoso-affiliated travel agency, such as Frontiers’ Elegant Journeys. For excellent added value, superior destination and product knowledge, customized pre- and post-cruise itineraries, privately arranged shore excursions, and attentive, personalized customer service, contact the Elegant Journeys Department for your next cruise.
Photos Courtesy of: Lindblad, Regent, Seabourn, SeaDream and Silversea