Forget everything you thought you knew about ocean cruises. Instead, set sail for shimmering new horizons on a modern breed of ship that’s setting the bar in luxury travel. Gone are the tired all-you can-eat buffets and forced fun. In their place are Michelin star-worthy culinary journeys, exclusive islands and perks a-plenty. From the Dalmatian Coast to the Seychelles, cruising just got personal with six-star facilities, huge swanky suites, butler service, envy-inducing cellars and drinks on tap. They even have mega toys like zodiac boats and two-man subs. Your key to the world, ocean cruising hasn’t just recaptured the spirit of its glamourous heyday, it’s elevated it to art form.
At a Glance
Ocean cruises for adventurous spirits: Far from deck, you can kayak in remote crystal clear coves, come ashore in places inaccessible by most boats to explore tiny islands or take guided hikes through nature reserves, dive pristine reefs…the list is endless.
Ocean cruises for culture vultures: Arrive by morning in some of the most iconic places in the world where you can visit art galleries and museums, take cooking classes with local chefs or meet vintners at the finest wineries. By night, bag the best seats at the opera, join the masquerade at a masked ball, or hobnob with the glitterati at private events. And when you’ve partied to your heart’s content the night-long shore to ship shuttle will deliver you safely back on board.
Ocean cruises for foodies: Gastronomic delights are a serious affair onboard these days with famous chefs, private tasting dinners that complement rare wines, and in-suite Champagne-stocked fridges. Some ships even have a live herb garden to ensure fresh flavors wherever you dock.