Cruising is conquering the world! No other form of vacation has gone through such changes in perception like going on holiday on a boat.
People´s associations have evolved from stiffly, boring and elitist to jaw-dropping, amazing and adventurous. In just a few decades, the boats grew bigger, the offerings became more and more diversified and the industry´s success literally exploded.
Unlike yesterday, today you will find toddlers and dodderers share the same railing, the same whirlpool and the same sun deck. Not on every ship in the same manner, but especially the larger resort ships cater to a younger, more family oriented crowd.
If you enjoy cruising in a more calm and serene environment, cruise lines such as Norwegian Cruise Line (also read about Norwegian here) or MSC offer a ship-in-ship concept: Luxurious accommodations with dedicated facilities in a reserved and separated location. Surcharges apply, of course.
Other high-quality lines like Celebrity Cruises, for instance, begin to offer extra amenities for their premium passengers in form of service enhancements and a dedicated restaurant.
But, of course, there is always room for more. And that is where the luxury cruise lines step in. Butler service, Champagne all day, Michelin stars, limousine service… You name it, they got it!
Brands like Crystal Cruises, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, SeaDream, Seabourn or Silversea have always offered unrivaled luxury to the affluent cruising community. And with the expansion to new markets and the growth of a younger wealthy crowd, luxury has never been sexier before.
So it comes at no surprise, that along with the increase of demand, there will be some exciting additions of ultra-luxury cruise liners to the oceans in the upcoming years. And the first one is to debut in just a few months time:
Le Lyrial (April 2015)
The 264 passengers yacht is the fifth ship to join the Ponant fleet, and the fourth of the same kind. With a length of only 142 metres, there is not too much room for architectural gadgets, but french elegance and culinary highlights are well-appointed to the newest addition of french-style yacht cruising. The size of the ship and the method of construction makes this type of ship predestined for expedition cruises and routes off the track, for intensive experiences far away from mass tourism.
For more information, visit Ponant Yacht Cruises
Viking Star (May 2015)
Between 1997 and 2013, Viking grew to the largest luxury river cruise operator worldwide. In 2015, the newly launched Viking Ocean Cruises will begin operation with the first newbuilt of three, the Viking Star. The ships will accommodate a maximum of 930 passengers in all veranda staterooms and suites. Highlights of the vessels will be the two-storey Explorers Lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows for breathtaking panoramic views, one of the very few, real glass-backed Infinity Pools at sea, a snow grotto inside the ship´s spa (snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling!!!) or the elegant and light infused Winter garden for tea ceremonies and calming afternoons.
For more information, visit Viking Ocean Cruises
Seven Seas Explorer (July 2016)
It is going to “exceed the loftiest expectations for luxury” and will be the “most luxurious ship to sail the seven seas”, Regent Seven Seas Cruises claims. And absolutely, what has been revealed so far leaves only one wish to be desired: Having the extra pocket-money to experience it for oneself. The ship is layouted for 750 passengers and will offer 1.38 crew members per guest, which will guarantee a highly exclusive level of intimate service. It will offer 16 different levels of suites, ranging from 28 to 360 square metres, eight exclusive restaurants to choose from, a culinary arts kitchen, where guests learn to prepare exquisite dishes from France´s top cooking schools, and, of course, the famous and worldwide only available all-inclusive service, that Regent stands for. And these are just a very few mouth-watering details to name. So, if you would like to be one of the firsts to experience the Seven Seas Explorer for yourself, better hurry, itineraries are open for reservations. But like everything in life, the good is always gone first!
For more information, visit Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Seabourn Encore (December 2016)
Together with her future sister ship Seabourn Ovation, Encore will be the largest of the Seabourn yachts built so far. She will provide contemporary luxury for 604 passengers in an elegant and chic environment created by hospitality designer Adam Tihany. Encore is set to climax Seabourn´s dedication for personalized and dedicated service at the highest level, while the ship goals to remain that oasis of rejuvenation and socializing, that guests of Seabourn are expecting from the luxury line.
There will be plenty of public spaces available, a generous resort deck, excellent fitness and spa facilities, masterful delivered gastronomical offerings, as well as the well-known watersports activity park, that Seabourn offers from the extendable Marina.
For more information, visit Seabourn
Project EDGE (2018)
One cruise line, that does not really fit classically into the ultra-luxury market, but whose “Modern Luxury” has set new standards in the big-ship cruising industry, has also “silently” signed a letter of intent for a new class of ships with French shipyard STX France (where all four ships of the so-called Millennium class were built). One Project EDGE is expected to be delivered in 2018, one in 2020. Even though Celebrity Cruises has made official announcements in December 2014, not many details of this new class have been revealed. Project EDGE is designed for roughly 2.900 passengers. With 300 metres length, the ships will be slightly shorter than the highly popular Solstice class, but with 38 metres beam, slightly wider. The ships are expected to combine iconic architecture with new environmentally friendly features in order to deliver new standards in premium world travel, as well as the next generation of modern luxury experiences with small-ship itineraries and large-ship amenities.
For more information, visit Celebrity Cruises
So you see, the upcoming years will hold lots of excitement and news for us! I don´t know, what you will be doing next, but I have started to save up…
Save travels, folks:)…