7 Amazing Perks of Luxury Cruises

by John Roberts

7 Amazing Perks of Luxury Cruises

by John Roberts

All cruises deliver at least some measure of a luxury experience. You have people bringing you meals, cleaning your stateroom, and placing chocolates on your pillow every day. Plus, formal nights. But some cruise lines are all about the luxury experience. Here's what you can expect when you splurge on one of these cruises:

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Oceania Concierge Level Veranda stateroom / Oceania
Beef tournedos at Signatures on the Seven Seas Mariner
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Gourmet Dining

The best food on mega vessels has migrated away from the main dining room to the specialty restaurants, which tack on an extra fee. The experience on luxury lines, however, includes a special focus on the cuisine, and you won't pay extra for top-notch meals.

The best food on mega vessels has migrated away from the main dining room to the specialty restaurants, which tack on an extra fee. The experience on luxury lines, however, includes a special focus on the cuisine, and you won't pay extra for top-notch meals.

Deluxe stateroom with veranda on Crystal Serenity
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Posh Staterooms

Bigger cabins (many with balconies) are the norm on luxury cruise ships. Décor and amenities are upscale too, and could include high-end sheets from Pratesi and toiletry products by Bulgari.

Bigger cabins (many with balconies) are the norm on luxury cruise ships. Décor and amenities are upscale too, and could include high-end sheets from Pratesi and toiletry products by Bulgari.

Some lines include airfare
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Your Transportation

Regent Seven Seas cruise fares include airfare and airport transfers as a standard benefit, and you can find regular promotions from other luxury cruise lines like Oceania Cruises, which offers free airfare from select gateway cities.

Regent Seven Seas cruise fares include airfare and airport transfers as a standard benefit, and you can find regular promotions from other luxury cruise lines like Oceania Cruises, which offers free airfare from select gateway cities.

Sky Bar on the Seabourn Odyssey
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Cocktails

This is a biggie for many. Most luxury cruise lines include soft drinks, wine, and spirits. Although some restrict complimentary alcoholic drinks to mealtimes, other lines offer unlimited open bar service, even from your stateroom's minibar. Cheers!

This is a biggie for many. Most luxury cruise lines include soft drinks, wine, and spirits. Although some restrict complimentary alcoholic drinks to mealtimes, other lines offer unlimited open bar service, even from your stateroom's minibar. Cheers!

Regent Suite on the Seven Seas Explorer
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Other Amenities

Luxury lines typically offer a wide range of goodies at no cost. For example: laundry facilities, Wi-Fi minutes, access to the spa, and 24-hour room service.

Luxury lines typically offer a wide range of goodies at no cost. For example: laundry facilities, Wi-Fi minutes, access to the spa, and 24-hour room service.

On deck with Seabourn
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Intimate Experience

Luxury cruise ships generally carry from 300 to around 1,000 passengers, which means you can get to know many of your fellow travelers while sailing, and the service is more personal as well. Ships this size can also stop at smaller ports closer to city centers and in exotic locales in the Mediterranean or in French Polynesia that are off limits to oversize vessels.

Luxury cruise ships generally carry from 300 to around 1,000 passengers, which means you can get to know many of your fellow travelers while sailing, and the service is more personal as well. Ships this size can also stop at smaller ports closer to city centers and in exotic locales in the Mediterranean or in French Polynesia that are off limits to oversize vessels.

Prime 7 steakhouse on the Seven Seas Navigator
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Gratuities

No tipping is expected on these trips. The crew is paid through the service fees built into the fares, yet crew members still go the extra mile to make you happy on board.

No tipping is expected on these trips. The crew is paid through the service fees built into the fares, yet crew members still go the extra mile to make you happy on board.

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