Luxury cruise holidays are becoming increasingly popular with the younger generation. The sheer range, scale and variety of luxury offered by the worlds best cruise lines has ensured that there is something for everyone. With voyages around the world from elite Mediterranean luxury, to remarkable expeditions in Antarctica, and lavish retreats in the Caribbean, no dream holiday destination is out of reach. Outdated notions about luxury cruises being boring, old-fashioned, or stuffy, certainly do not apply here, and as the world reopens there are some incredible deals for 2021 and beyond!
Since Sir Richard Branson announced that he was launching his own luxury cruise line in 2020, there has been an incredible amount of interest. 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, showcased in the UK in 2020 before sailing to her port in Miami. After spending a day on her in Liverpool, we can assure you she is very special indeed and offers a different type of cruise. 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.
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.
One premium luxury cruise company which excels in its ability to create exceptional experiences is Silversea. With an all-inclusive offering, Silversea specialises in the extraordinary sailing to over 900 destinations. Take the Galapagos luxury cruise expedition for example, in the daytime you will have the opportunity to watch sea lions and hike along lava tunnels. But in the evening you can retire to your elegantly appointed suite, with a discreet butler, and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout your stay. Thus, even when sailing past one of the world’s most remote islands, Silversea proves that luxury is something that you never need to compromise on.
For Silversea size matters and its fleet of nine intimate luxury cruise ships are designed for the most discerning travellers. Silverseas Silver Discoverer cruise ship only accommodates up to 116 guests on each voyage. This allows every guest to fully experience the authentic beauty of each destination, the world-class facilities and on-board dining, without ever feeling overwhelmed. Silver Discoverers shallow draft also allows her to navigate closer to shore, and with a fleet of 12 Zodiacs (inflatable boats), guests can land on isolated shores to explore wetlands and submerged ecosystems. Moreover, Silverseas land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre-, or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover the hidden treasures of the lands you visit with overnight stays in various locations.
For a truly one of a kind experience embark on one of Silversea’s luxury Antarctica cruises. You’ll cruise across vast seas as giant icebergs roll past your window. Naturally, you’ll share the landscape with elephant seals and penguins, however there are worse ways to spend a Monday! Even on the world’s southernmost continent Silverseas team will still provide the highest standards of comfort, safety, and excellence.
But Silversea also boasts an extensive range of options if you would like to embark on a luxury cruise closer to home.
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 Cond Nast Travelers Readers’ Choice awards. With a vast array of luxurious touches and spectacular elite level 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 a relaxed leisurely cruise holiday AmaWaterways is the perfect choice. In 2020 it featured on Channel 5’s Cruising with Jane McDonald, showcasing how every detail is meticulously executed. Luxury river cruises in Europe are undoubtedly the jewel in the crown of this cruise line with voyages on the Danube, Rhine and Garonne to name a few. On each cruise guests can expect an extensive line-up of immersive tours included in the price. This means that there will be plenty of activities to enjoy each day in some of Europe’s most spectacular towns and cities.
With on-board dining, unlimited beverages, regionally inspired cuisine and restaurant The Chefs Table, dining will be a gastronomic adventure which tantalises all the senses.
However, AmaWaterways also recognises the importance of maintaining ones well-being during each voyage. The luxury cruise lines Wellness Programme means that there is a Wellness Host on-board providing a variety of exercise classes and relaxation sessions. Ships are also equipped with a fleet of bicycles, a fitness room, massage services and either a whirlpool or swimming pool.
Last, but certainly not least is Uniworld. On a Uniworld cruise, the beauty and history of the destinations you will visit on your voyage are reflected in the decor of the ship. Take the S.S. Joie de Vivre, Uniworld’s newest Super Ship featuring handcrafted furniture, fine antiques and signature accents inspired by 20th-century Parisian design. As you would expect, this luxurious ship sails along the Seine!
Perhaps two of Uniworld’s most exciting cruises, however, are in the East. On a 13-night luxury cruise in India from New Delhi to Kolkata expect a diverse memorable cruise holiday as you immerse yourself in Indias fascinating rich culture.
Whilst Uniworld’s 15-night cruise exploring the wonders of Vietnam, Cambodia, and The Mekong is a unique way to explore Asia. This enlightening adventure through some of the most beautiful and friendly places in the world will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.
Although all three of these luxury cruise lines provide exceptional experiences, Uniworld truly excels in its speciality cruises created with care and attention to detail. Uniworld is the perfect choice for a luxury LGBT holiday on calm waters. The Generations Collection, Uniworld’s all-inclusive family river cruises, include special programmes, events and excursions designed specifically for children. And in 2018, Uniworld collaborated with R Family to offer LGBT luxury family cruises throughout the year. On an LGBT luxury family, cruise enjoyed group dinners, cocktail parties and excursions led by R Family co-founders Gregg Kaminsky and Kelli Carpenter.