Looking to get a taste of the good lives of the rich and famous on your next vacay? Well, get a whole chunk of it amidst the oceans on these celebrity cruise ships!
Seven Seas Explorer
From the fleet of Regent Seven Seas, they claim this £297 million 750 passenger ship is “the most luxurious cruise ship on the planet”!
Enjoy services like sunglasses cleaning by the poolside, being massaged with sea salts from the Atlantic Ocean and have someone carry your buffet plates for you.
This cruise sails from ports in Italy, Portugal, Monaco, Greece to the French Riviera, Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus and Israel.
Obviously! Every single room is a “suite” with the smallest being 219 square feet. Every cabin boasts of a 138 square feet balcony with 10 feet depth. While stone and marble bathrooms, rainfall showers, European sleep slumber beds and high-end linen are basic amenities, Regent Suite, the most expensive one at USD 5000 per person per night is a staggering 2,917 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, separate living room and a 958-square-foot wrap around balcony. USD 90000 Savoir Bed, USD 250000 Steinway piano, a couple of Picasso paintings, personal butler and driver and an in suite spa are add-ons.
Talk about fine dining! With every guest entitled to one dinner at every restaurant, you are sure to be spoilt for choice! Titillate your taste buds at the continental flagship restaurant Compass Rose, dig into sumptuous dim sums, miso glazed black cod and curried seafood laksa at Pacific Rim or pamper your palate at the French Chartreuse.
Still not satisfied? Head for their gourmet tours that combine wine tasting with meals prepared by Michelin starred chefs like Rene Berard. Or, why not try your hand at whipping up something delicious at Culinary Arts Kitchen, where you are trained in their professional kitchen.
Ranked the best amongst the best of celebrity cruise ships like Celebrity Infinity, Celebrity Millennium, Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Constellation as per celebrity cruise ships reviews by US News & World Report based on expert, guest and health ratings, this 3030 passengers luxurious beast was launched in 2012.
This luxury cruise sets off from Fort Lauderdale to St Lucia, Barbados and Antigua and from Rome to Mykonos, Athens, and Naples.
The staterooms on all the decks on board are 176-183 sq ft with two beds that can convert to one and come with pure Egyptian cotton linen, European pillows, luxurious pillow shams and thermostat controlled air conditioning. The Veranda rooms that are 192-575 sq ft with a 53 sq ft balcony also include all of that plus a sitting room, ceiling to floor sliding French windows that open to a private verandah, private bar and much more.
The class category rooms are 192 sq ft with 53 sq ft balcony and include all the above amenities; bathrooms with Hansgrohe showerheads, priority check in, baggage delivery, embarkation/disembarkation, welcome champagne, daily fresh fruits and flowers, personalized stationery and tote bags. Also, enjoy VIP invitations to events, hors d’oeuvres bottled water, selection of teas/juices, exclusive wellness treatments, and a shoeshine service.
The suites are 300 sq ft with a 77 sq ft balcony and include all the facilities of the class category plus 24×7 butler service, private portrait sitting, in suite spa therapies, automatic doors to enter the bathroom and vanity roll in shower.
You have a tough task on hand with 12 restaurants and six exclusive dining venues to pick from. Must-try is:
- The Lawn Club with open air grills on the top deck
- Opus, the main dining area with four-course meals that also serve vegan and gluten free
- Blu, which is the private restaurant with spa-inspired cleansing food like grilled tamarind-glazed quail, lemon soup with poached shrimp, steaks with truffle vinaigrette, coconut Crème Brulee meant only for the suites guests
- Luminae, another exclusive fine dine with an assorted selection only for the suite occupants
Oceanview Cafe, Mast Grill or Aquaspa Cafe for your share of junky burgers, fries, pizzas, healthy eggs, granolas, salads and spicy tandooris, seafood, pasta or stir-fried veggies, there’s something for everyone!
This upper-premium-line celebrity cruise ship is your answer if you are looking to spoil yourself silly.
Oceania Riviera departs from Rome, Barcelona and Venice in summers with transatlantic crossings.
Apart from 478 staterooms, there are 147 suites. The best of them is the 2000 square foot Owner’s Suites with Ralph Lauren furnishings throughout. Add to those priority check-ins, luggage delivery, restaurant reservations, 27×7 butler service, unlimited access to the private spa terrace and you will literally be living in the lap of luxury!
You’ll wish you had a bigger appetite to do justice to the diverse dining options on this celebrity cruise ship!
Apart from the Grand Dining Room, there is a French bistro, Jacques, with a menu designed by Jacques Pepin; a steakhouse, Polo Grill, that serves dry aged beef; Toscana, the Italian fine dine where tables are designed with made to order Versace china and Red Ginger serving the best of Asia on your platter.
That’s not all. Every evening, 24 guests can enjoy an exclusive seven-course meal at La Reserve by “Wine Spectator” at an additional fee starting at USD 95 per person or a table can be reserved at Privee for up to 10 guests at USD 250 per person.
Brush up on your cooking skills at the Culinary Center, the well-equipped cooking school with individual cooking stations.
So, pack your bags and dip into luxury on your next sea voyage! Bon Voyage!
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