“Luxury abounds every vessel as you elegantly sail upon seas, oceans and rivers”
At Rich Vein Travel we have a reputation for creating bespoke tailor-made travel experiences. Our luxury cruise holidays are no exception. We work with a handpicked selection of luxury cruise and expedition cruise lines. Luxury abounds every vessel as you elegantly sail upon the world’s oceans, rivers, and seas. The same degree of attention to detail and passion that we devote to selecting luxury hotels of the world, resorts, and holiday destinations is also evident in every cruise experience that we recommend. By working with the world’s best cruise lines, we can help you find a cruise voyage that you remember for all the right reasons.
Until you consider embarking on a luxury cruise journey it is often difficult to imagine exactly what such an experience can offer. Outdated myths and misconceptions have undoubtedly impacted perceptions of what a luxury cruise entails, and who they are for. Today however, amid a renaissance, a luxury cruise transcends age, and offers the opportunity to explore new environments in the daytime before returning to an elegantly appointed ocean view room in the evening. Depending on the cruise line, your evenings can entail an intimate gathering of like minded individuals for dinner as you sail along the Danube, or can conversely be filled with live entertainment, music, and exhilarating performances. However, with journeys across seven continents to over 900 fascinating destinations our cruise partners cater for all needs, desires, and interests. They are truly worlds apart in their approach, and the personalised discreet service on board elevates each extraordinary voyage to unimaginable heights. With the majority of luxury cruises being all-inclusive, you can relax, unwind, and indulge in gastronomic excellence throughout your journey.
At Rich Vein Travel, to select your perfect luxury cruise, we will take the time to understand your interests, preferred dates for embarkation and the occasion, as there are an extensive range of cruises available depending on the season. In the winter, you can cruise along the Mekong and the six countries that the river flows through as you are transported back in time to another era. In the spring, visit several beautiful Caribbean islands such as Antigua, Barbados, and St Lucia with Crystal Cruises, a cruise line renowned for world class dining and unparalleled service. Lastly, in the summer, take in the sights and local cultures of Europe with either a Mediterranean cruise journey where you will discover vibrant cities and golden beaches, or a luxurious river cruise with Uniworld through charming towns, rolling hillsides and lush vineyards. For a particularly special trip abroad, combine a cruise voyage with one of our luxury holidays, or combine a luxury cruise with a luxury rail journey.
If you’re looking for expedition cruises visit our expedition cruise holiday page.
Since 2002, AmaWaterways has offered premium river cruise experiences around the world. The fleet of award-winning ships sail along the legendary rivers of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The Danube, the Mekong, the Rhine, and the Chobe, are just some of the rivers that AmaWaterways cruise ships sail upon. With AmaWaterways, luxury travel is more than just the destination, it’s the journey that you experience along the way. It’s the greeting that you receive as you board the ship, it’s the luxury touches in your room, and the sunrises and sunsets from your private balcony. Every single interaction on and off the ship combines to make your luxury cruise holiday unforgettable.
River cruising is one of the most popular types of cruises. River cruises are particularly common in Europe and the continent has five primary rivers (the Danube, the Volga, the Loire, the Rhine and the Elbe). Discover local culture and sights on the complimentary tours, and once you’ve immersed yourself in the region, return to your luxurious cruise ship for your adventure the next day. With all AmaWaterways river cruises, shore excursions, all dining on board (including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant); fine wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; internet access, Wi-Fi, and bicycles, are included in the price. This means that there are no hidden or unexpected fees.
Family-owned and operated, AmaWaterways prides itself on impeccable service, fine dining, and unparalleled luxury on board. AmaWaterways cruises typically carry fewer passengers than other river cruise lines, with a maximum of 164 passengers on any one ship. This means that the staterooms are typically more spacious, and the shared areas are rarely, if ever, crowded. The latest river cruise ship – AmaMagna, boasts four unique dining venues, an exclusive concierge golf programme, and a Zen wellness studio, amongst several other innovations. All designed to ensure that every luxury traveller has the most incredible experience on board.
With the highest-rated ships in Europe according to the third edition of Berlitz: River Cruising in Europe & the USA, AmaWaterways has received countless accolades and awards. This makes the cruise line the perfect choice for a luxury river cruise holiday.
Azamara Club Cruises
Indulgence, immersion, and inspiration await, when booking a luxury cruise with Azamara Club Cruises. With this cruise line, expect complete and utter destination immersion on a one of a kind voyage. On an Azamara cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to discover new places, interact with the locals, and truly broaden your understanding of the world. Try a range of excursions and activities hand selected from independent local tour operators to deepen your understanding of the arts, culture and history of each destination. Use their expert knowledge to uncover hidden gems that most typical cruise shore excursions would miss. And when one day of exploring isn’t enough, enjoy overnight stays in luxury hotels to continue your adventure tomorrow. Azamara Club Cruises give you more time in ports and overnight stays than other cruise lines, so you can spend more time immersing yourself in the culture and cuisine of each location.
There are currently three ships in the Azamara fleet, Azamara Quest, Azamara Journey and Azamara Pursuit. On board, Azamara Club Cruises are the perfect indulgent luxury cruise experience. During your time on-board you will experience a dedicated butler service, fine cuisine, luxurious spa facilities, and with a 1:2 guest-to staff ratio, you’ll always know where to go, or who to speak to should you require any assistance.
One of the other benefits of Azamara Club Cruises, is the uniqueness of the itineraries. Due to each cruise ship being mid-size, you are able to stop in ports where larger ships won’t fit, such as the heart of Venice, Crete, and Bangkok.
With Celebrity Cruises the world is open. With routes to over 300 holiday destinations around the world across every continent – no location is off limits. Whether you’re keen to explore the furthest corners of the earth, or would like to explore islands and cities closer to home, on a Celebrity Cruise, you are a guaranteed to find the perfect route and itinerary for you. With Celebrity Cruises, it’s even possible to set sail from the UK. This makes it incredibly convenient for travellers keen to avoid flying. You can start your cruise holiday from Southampton (2 hours away from London), on board the Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship.
The award-winning ships in the 13-strong Celebrity Cruises fleet are equipped with high quality facilities. Over the last three decades the line has crafted a reputation for being one of the world’s most modern luxurious cruise lines. Each and every ship has the impressive range of amenities that you would expect from a luxury cruise line including bars, lounges, restaurants, swimming pool, fitness centre, theatres, boutiques, solarium and more.
However, each ship also enjoys its own unique personality. This makes every experience on board one of a kind. One of the newest Celebrity Cruises ships – Celebrity Edge is complete with the Magic Carpet (the world’s first cantilevered floating platform) and private plunge pools in the elegantly appointed Edge Villas. Celebrity Solstice, on the other hand, features a unique Lawn Club – half an acre of grass on the top deck, where a casual country club atmosphere is the norm.
If you are a lover of delicious food, and fine wine, Celebrity Cruises will undoubtedly have additional appeal considering it’s foodie credentials. Recently voted Ocean Cruise Line of the Year, by readers of Food & Travel Magazine, the menus are crafted by Michelin-starred chef, Cornelius Gallagher. Celebrity Cruises also boasts the widest selection of wine of any other cruise line at sea.
Above all else, Celebrity Cruises champions diversity and inclusion. Awarded LGBT Friendly Travel Company of the year for 2016 at the TTG Travel Awards, and Best Large Ship Cruise Line for LGBT Passengers at the Cruizie Awards for four years, a Celebrity Cruises voyage is a fantastic choice for LGBT travel. Since 2017, same-sex marriages performed onboard our ships have been legally recognised. So whether you sail with Celebrity Cruises for a luxury holiday, honeymoon, or wedding, you can enjoy everything on offer, expect a welcoming atmosphere, and relish the cruise of a lifetime.
Discover the Crystal difference by booking your Crystal luxury cruise today. With 890 voyages and 2000 excursions, there’s bound to be a Crystal cruise for you. Crystal Cruises has been named the world’s best mid-size cruise line on countless occasions in the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice awards. With a vast array of luxurious touches and spectacular amenities it is clear to see why. On every ship, guests will undoubtedly be impressed by the industry leading 1:1.6 staff-to-guest service ratio, butler service in every suite, twice-daily housekeeping with nightly turndown service, complimentary launderettes, and concierge service. All of this, is designed to ensure that every single need is taken care of as and when required.
Each impressive ship is elegantly appointed, with Crystal cruise ships lauded for their understated contemporary design. Despite Crystal ships carrying fewer guests than other cruise lines, this allows for more spacious accommodation, with many boasting sweeping views. Lavish suites and penthouses all include generous private verandas, whilst most of the staterooms feature a private veranda too. With 24 hour-room service, and everything that you could possibly need, you may never want to leave your elegantly appointed suite or stateroom. However, it will be difficult to resist spending a relaxing afternoon at one of the Feng Shui-inspired spas, breaking a sweat at one of the state-of-the-art fitness centers, and admiring the views from the 360º Promenade Decks.
With three types of Crystal cruise available – ocean, river and yacht and expedition, Crystal cruises covers all of the bases. However you choose to cruise, this is luxury cruising unlike any other. If choice is the ultimate luxury, then Crystal is the ultimate choice.
For over 175 years, Cunard have occupied a premier position as one of the world’s most famous luxury cruise lines. The current fleet consists of three modern ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria, and Queen Elizabeth, with a fourth ship due to set sail in 2022. When cruising with Cunard, expect opulent Art Deco design on board, impeccable service and grand ballrooms and theatres which will transport you back to the heyday of transatlantic travel. Incredibly popular amongst the most famous and glamorous names of the past and present, Cunard have become renowned for the comfort, style and elegance. Cruising with Cunard is the quintessential British cruise experience.
Cunard is the perfect option for travellers who prefer to cruise from the UK. Sailing from the UK with Cunard Line opens up a whole world of itineraries, from the inviting Mediterranean, to the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords, to the exotic islands of the Caribbean. Throughout the year, luxury travellers also have the chance to experience Cunard’s world famous Transatlantic Crossing cruise. These seven or eight night itinerary cruises will take you across the Atlantic Ocean, during which time you will experience a life of extravagance aboard the truly regal Queen Mary 2. With every transatlantic crossing commencing or finishing in New York, you may want to extend your stay with a longer luxury holiday in New York.
Holland America Line
For over 140 years Holland America Line has sailed travellers around the world. Many years ago, the Holland America Line was famous for taking travellers from the Netherlands to their new lives in America. Today, it takes travellers on traditional premium cruise holidays. The fleet of 14 midsize to large ships sail to all seven continents and have a country-house-at-sea style.
When on board, enjoy delicious dining options as part of your full-board package as well as a range of excellent speciality restaurants which you can enjoy for a cover charge. Under the guidance of exceptional chefs, guests can experience fine dining at the Pinnacle Grill, Tamarind and Canaletto to name a few. You can even learn a new trick or two in the kitchen as guests have the opportunity to hone their culinary skills at one of the America’s Test Kitchen shows and workshops. However, the excitement doesn’t stop there. In addition to the Holland America Line’s partnership with America’s Test Kitchen, there are also partnerships with O, The Oprah Magazine; BBC Earth Experiences and Digital Workshop powered by Windows.
The Explorations Central programs and live entertainment mean that you can also immerse yourself in the cultures, and destinations that you travel to. Through a series of talks, and encounters with your Explorations Central Guide, you’ll be able to learn more than you could ever imagine, as you discover the connections that unite us across across borders, cultures, and oceans.
Sister to Regents Seven Sea Cruises, an Oceania luxury cruise oozes country club casual. From the moment you board an Oceania luxury cruise you’ll be made to feel at home. Gowns, tuxedo’s and smart clothing are never required, as you’re encouraged to make Oceania feel like your home away from home.
Every Oceania cruise is an intimate, personal experience. The Oceania fleet contains six ships in total. Regatta, Insignia, Nautica and Sirena cater to just 684 luxury guests, whilst the larger Marina and Riviera ships cater to 1,250 guests. Due to the small size of each ship, you’ll be afforded the opportunity to visit boutique ports and seaside villages that large ships cannot access. There is never any crowds, or the need to wait in line, and in the restaurants on board, you can dine, where you like, when you like, with whom you like at your own pace. Take life at a relaxed leisurely pace whilst sailing on your home away from home.
All Oceania cruises also include a host of other amenities. Every suite and stateroom features the Prestige Tranquility Bed (an Oceania Cruises exclusive), free and unlimited soft drinks and bottled water replenished daily in your refrigerated mini-bar, 24-hour Butler service in all suites, free Wi-Fi, free room service dining 24 hours a day, and luxurious Bulgari amenities. Enriching activities on board include hands-on cooking classes at the Culinary Centre, talks from world-renowned guest lecturers, exclusive shows, performances from live orchestras, Monte Carlo-style casino action, jazz nights, and golf.
Personal touches on Oceania Cruises are key. The industry leading high staff-to-guest ratio (1 to 1.6) ensures the finest personal service, with dining room and galley staff chosen from internationally acclaimed restaurants, butlers formally trained by members of the Guild of Professional English Butlers, and suite and stateroom attendants carefully selected from the world’s best 5-star hotels.
Regent Seven Sea Cruises
Exclusive and all inclusive, Regent Seven Sea Cruises specialise in six star luxury cruise experiences. With every luxury included, you can indulge in delicious high quality meals, enlightening excursions, and lavish thoughtful amenities. Every member of staff on board a Regent cruise embodies the brands values. With an emphasis on the small details that make a big difference, attentiveness, discretion, and friendliness create an inviting atmosphere on board.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises are the only luxury cruise line to offer free unlimited shore excursions allowing travellers to fully explore each destination without any limitations. Take as many tours as your heart desires. Learn about the history, experience the culture, and sample the unique cuisine of every exciting place you visit. By partnering with knowledgeable local guides in every destination, you can live like a local for a day.
Like its sister line Oceania Cruises, the enrichment programming features something for everyone – from interesting lectures to competitive games of bridge to delectable culinary demonstrations.
From embarkation on a Silversea luxury cruise, you will be treated to a cruise experience like no other. Breeze through embarkation, with a warm welcome from the experienced white-gloved staff, and enjoy a flute of champagne as you are shown to your elegantly appointed suite. On a Silversea cruise, all guests benefit from European-style butler service within their luxurious home away from home, complete with Bulgari toiletries, personalised stationery and a mini-bar stocked with your favourite drink. Every guest will receive at least one free hour of Wi-Fi per day on all Silversea Cruise ships, with select suites receiving unlimited free WiFi. With boutique-style luxury ships, all-inclusive itineraries to over 900 destinations and the highest standards of service, a Silversea cruise is a fantastic experience from beginning to end. Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings imaginable.
Should your heart desire the adventure of a lifetime, Silversea also offer a range of luxury expedition cruises around the world. These cruises are the perfect choice for discerning travellers seeking an adventure, without compromising on luxury. Combining the best of both worlds, on a Silversea expedition cruise you can see penguins, hike mountains, and search for whales by day, then retire to your elegantly appointed suite at night. Visit our expedition cruise holidays page to learn more about expedition cruises with Silversea.
Since Sir Richard Branson announced that he was launching his own luxury cruise line, there has been an incredible amount of interest. From February 2019 you’ll be able to book your place on a Virgin Voyages luxury cruise. Designed by artist Toby Tinsley, her likeness appears on Virgin Atlantic and Australia aircrafts as well as the Virgin Galactic spaceline. Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady, will arrive at Port of Miami in 2020 for her inaugural sailing season, where she will sail to the Caribbean hosting more than 2,700 sailors and 1,150 amazing crew from around the world. Virgin currently has three more ships under order with master shipbuilder Fincantieri.
Virgin Voyages promises a pared-down sailing experience; an “escape from the chaos”. A Virgin Voyages luxury cruise is strictly adults-only. Sailors (passengers) will be encouraged to try all 20 dining options on board from casual to haute cuisine (all included in the fare). The ship’s top deck will be an exclusive outdoor lounge and private club reserved for suite guests. Whilst all guests will be able to enjoy the wellbeing programme called Vitamin Sea. Expect a vast range of group fitness classes, and fitness spaces including spin rooms and a boxing ring. All of this is designed to promote the need to stay fit and healthy every day.
Virgin Voyages is also a pioneer in being green. Plastic is banned on board all Virgin Voyages cruises. The brand is also developing green energy technology, with every cruise ship featuring Azipod propulsion technology, which, unlike conventional propulsion, pulls a ship through the water rather than pushes it. This technology is set to reduce fuel consumption by 15% – making Virgin Voyages perfect for environmentally conscious travellers.
Uniworld and U by Uniworld
Voted the #1 river cruise line in the Travel & Leisure World’s Best Awards 2018, Uniworld are the world’s only authentic boutique river cruise line.
Uniworld’s all inclusive luxury river cruises are a truly unique experience. Uniworld river cruises are adventures that span the globe with cruises to France, Portugal and Russia, Vietnam, Cambodia and more. Each cruise is designed to focus on the unique culture and beauty of your chosen destination – and promises to bring you as close as possible to every highlight of the regions through which you travel. Unpack once as your floating luxury boutique hotel transports you peacefully along the world’s great rivers, taking you to the heart of grand cities and picturesque villages. Uniworld is truly an all-inclusive brand and steps have been taken to create a welcoming environment for all guests including LGBT travellers seeking an LGBT-friendly holiday.
Guests on board a Uniworld cruise, will appreciate the discreet personal service from specialty trained, in-suite butlers that is available to all guests staying in suites onboard the European fleet (except Russia, Portugal and Spain). The luxurious amenities on board include Hermès bath and body products in all suites and Asprey bath and body products in all other staterooms.
For a unique river cruising experience, why not try a luxury cruise on one of Uniworld’s U by Uniworld cruises? U by Uniworld launched its first river cruises in 2018 with two ships, the A and the B. Part boutique hotel, part yacht, and part local hotspot, both ships are incredibly well equipped and sail through central Europe travelling to 22 ports of call, in 5 countries, along 3 rivers. On a U by Uniworld cruise, you can discover the Netherlands, Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. Aimed at travellers who are young, and young at heart, there is a keen focus on celebrating individuality and uniqueness.
This all-inclusive cruise brand is dedicated to creating memorable river cruise experiences. In 2019 U by Uniworld will be doing a river cruise first with a drag queen-themed cruise and a tattoo-themed cruise. For its “U in Drag” cruise departing in July 2019, U by Uniworld has teamed up with celebrity drag queens Jiggly Caliente, Darienne Lake and Phi Phi O’Hara from RuPaul’s Drag Race. In addition to onboard performances throughout the sailing, the itinerary also includes a karaoke night, drag makeup lessons and an exclusive bar crawl at one of the ship ports with the drag queens.
For the “Tattoo on U” cruise which sets sail in August 2019 U by Uniworld has collaborated with celebrity tattoo artists Steven Tefft, winner of Season 2 of the show Ink Master; Reese Hilburn, seen on Spike TV’s Tattoo Nightmares Miami; Bobby Moss and his wife, tattoo model Heather Moss; and tattoo expert Paul Gambino.
Book your luxury cruise holiday today. Sail to beautiful holiday destinations upon the world’s premium luxury cruise lines such as AmaWaterways, Uniworld and Silversea. Contact our travel experts for more information.