For those of you who have been on a cruise before, you know how time slows down and your electronic devices are mostly off the radar, bringing you back to the fundamental essence of enjoying travel. For those of you who have not tried it, what are you waiting for?
Top 5 Luxury Cruise Destinations in 2015
Now is the perfect time to start thinking about booking your 2015 luxury cruise holiday. The best offers are available along with the chance to hand-pick your stateroom or suite and of course once booked, you have another wonderful adventure to begin looking forward too.
I decided to take a look at what our customers were planning and came up with a list of the top 5 cruise regions (so far) for 2015 based on our booking trends. I suppose it is no surprise that the tropical beaches and lush clear waters pinned the Caribbean as the firm favourite! Next in line is the beautiful Asian region followed by the colourful Mediterranean, culturally awesome South America and last but not least Northern Europe with its deep historical roots.
I have also highlighted some voyages for each region that I am sure will get you in the cruise mood.
Source: The Cruise Line
“The tropical Caribbean, it draws thousands of us to its Islands every year and we keep going back for more. Overflowing with natural beauty, the temptation of delicious and exotic cuisine and of course the chance to snorkel in some of the best waters in the world, we are not surprised that our customers rate it as the number one cruise destination. Destinations on Caribbean itineraries can include: Aruba, Antigua, St Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada, Tobago, Barbados, Mexico, St Maarten, St Thomas, Grand Turk, St Vincent, Tortola, Roatan Island and St Bart’s.”
“2015 and 2016 are shaping up as exciting years for travelers seeking fresh and even more luxurious ways to explore the globe. Several of the world’s leading luxury lines – including AmaWaterways, Ponant, Regent Seven Seas, and Viking, which will be offering ocean voyages for the very first time – are scheduled to launch at least one new vessel during that timeframe. These ships will offer passengers an even greater array of indulgences (more specialty dining, more accommodation options, and more opportunities for personal enrichment) while retaining the comfortable, intimate ambience that luxury cruisers have come to expect and adore. “
“There is no one-size-fits-all cruise ideal for everyone, but U.S. News’ Best Cruises 2015 rankings make the decision-making process easier by identifying the lines that consistently deliver exceptional experiences. This year, we evaluated 15 cruise lines in five categories, taking into account key factors, such as health evaluations, traveler approval and reputation among critics, to determine the best cruise lines of 2015. For our second annual rankings, there have been some shake-ups. While some industry heavyweights reclaimed the “Best Cruise Line” crown in their respective categories for the second-year running, a few newcomers climbed the ranks. Before you book your cruise, explore the lines that came out on top.”
“The Century cruise line offers luxurious services that include professional European concierge service. Passengers can select from Western-style dining and Chinese buffets, and can upgrade to sumptuous, 4-course Western-style meals for dinner. Other luxury offerings include live entertainment and a choice of onboard leisure activities, such as cultural performances, calligraphy classes, and Chinese cooking lessons.”
“The winners of the 2015 Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards have been announced, naming the best cruise ships of the year, based solely on member reviews posted to the Cruise Critic website. Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Dream was named Best Large Ship; this is the third year in a row a Disney ship has received top honors in Cruise Critic’s annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards. The ship also took the top spot in the Best Entertainment and Best Cruises to the Bahamas categories. “
9 Mistakes Not to Make When Booking a Cruise
1. Packing Oversized Suitcases
Standard suitcases and duffel bags can be stowed under the beds, but oversized suitcases are too thick to fit there, or in slim closets. You’ll have no place to stow them except out in the open.
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In 2015, Mosturflot Cruise Company will bring new luxury “Suite” ships to the Russian market for the first time ever. Thenceforth, Russian tourists will be able to take a cruise between Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Voyages on board those ships in Russia will be an alternative to cruises to foreign countries. Tourists will be able to visit Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yaroslavl, Kizhi, Uglich, Goritsy, Mandrogi on board all “Suite” cruise liners.
“”2015 is set to be a big year for the cruise industry, marking the milestone birthdays of two major lines. Not only are the anniversaries incredible achievements for the companies but they are also a prominent reflection of the ongoing public appreciation for their services. Passenger numbers increasingly on the rise The cruise industry is booming as more and more vacation savvy customers turn to the ease, comfort and cost effectiveness of cruise packages. Rather than spending weeks organising accommodation, activities, food and entertainment, cruise packages offer guests smooth and all-encompassing getaways that cater for all tastes, budgets and timescales. From three nights mini-break escapes to multi-month expeditions, there truly is something on offer for everyone.”
“Oceania Cruises, an award-winning upper premium cruise line, will embark on its first-ever cruise around the world on Jan. 10, 2015 and include stops in 89 ports in 44 countries – returning 180-days later on July 8, 2015. This impressive once-in-a-lifetime journey (approx. six months) sails round-trip from Miami, Florida aboard the 684-passenger Insignia. Fulfill your traveler’s bucket list and explore all of the world’s greatest treasures in one spectacular voyage! Back onboard, enjoy Oceania’s casually elegant atmosphere, world-class cuisine and dedicated staff.”
“As the name suggests, Celebrity Cruise, the luxury cruise ship promises to treat each passenger on board like a celebrity. Their policy of one staff to two passengers’ ratio has won them several awards and accolades for their service and hospitality. The spa facilities that this luxury cruise liner has to offer are the best among all cruise liners. In fact, luxury and personal care is the trade mark of this splendid luxury cruise liner.”
Cunard Cruise Line
“The enormous Allure of the Seas offers the usual Royal Caribbean luxuries like a spa, a fitness center, multiple pools and a movie theater. But it also goes steps beyond with an ice skating rink and a wide range of retail stores on board, including a Coach outpost.”