Gone are the days when cruising holidays meant standing in the buffet line with a bunch of old folks. The industry has evolved. Cruises are actually cool these days. Here are six of the world’s best cruise lines.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Regent Seven Seas Cruises operates a five-ship fleet that visits more than 450 destinations around the world. The final phase of Regent Seven Seas’ US$125 million fleet-wide refurbishment has been completed, elevating its ships to the standard set by the all-balcony, all-suite Seven Seas Explorer, which entered service in 2016. Seven Seas Explorer is joined by all-balcony, all-suite sister-ships Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, and all-suite, 90 percent-balcony Seven Seas Navigator. In early 2020, Regent will launch Seven Seas Splendor. With headquarters in Miami, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is owned by Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings.
Tel: +852 2165 6020
Celebrity sails to Alaska, Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Bermuda, California, Canada/New England, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Pacific Coast, Panama Canal, South America, and year-round in the Galapagos Islands. It is recognised as an industry leader, providing spacious, stylish interiors; high-quality dining experiences; and personalised service, with a guest-to-staff ratio of nearly 2:1. The company’s Solstice Class vessels exemplify Celebrity’s emphasis on vacationers who appreciate the finer things. The ships feature the industry’s first “Lawn Club” – an outdoor, country club-like venue featuring a lawn of real, growing grass where guests can practice their putting, play croquet or lawn bowling.
Dream Cruises’ itineraries aim to bring clients the best of Asia, with everything from beach retreats and exclusive designer stores, to gourmet cuisine and offbeat cultural escapes. Passengers embark from Hong Kong, Singapore or Guangzhou to destinations including Vietnam, Malaysia and Japan. The all-suite ships – Genting Dream, World Dream, and Explorer Dream – feature the concept of Asian hospitality, offering a wide variety of authentic Asian food, a glamorous Chinese dining venue and halal food options. Exclusive rejuvenating experiences are available with Crystal Life service, including traditional and modern Asian spa services.
Tel: (62-21) 2992 2890
Silversea’s small luxury ships are designed for those who delight in the thrill of discovery while indulging mind and body in the most lavish surroundings. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites that include butler service, and most include private verandas. Silversea voyages and cruise expeditions sail to over 900 destinations on all seven continents. Passengers breeze through embarkation and step into the warm welcome of white-gloved staff. They enjoy a flute of champagne as they are escorted to their suites. Renowned for culinary excellence, the ships offer a choice of open-seating dining options, as well as several speciality venues.
Tel: 61-2 9255-0600
Royal Caribbean International
Royal Caribbean International has been a leader in cruising since 1969. Besides the Bahamas, the cruise line sails to destinations in Europe, Alaska, South America, the Far East, Australia and New Zealand. Each successive class of ship is designed to push the envelope of what’s possible on a cruise ship. Transatlantic and transpacific cruises offer relaxing days at sea, punctuated by port stops. Royal Caribbean provides “first at sea” experiences, including surfing and skydiving simulators, and entertainment complexes. Cruising to the Bahamas is to be elevated with the launch of CocoCay, a private island exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests.
Tel: (62-21) 3199 1312
Princess Cruises is part of Carnival Corporation, one of the world’s largest vacation companies. The line is the third-largest in the world, with more than 1.7 million passengers sailing every year on its 18 ships. More than 150 different itineraries literally cover the globe, with sailings to six continents that call at more than 300 ports and destinations around the world. Destinations include the Caribbean, Alaska, Panama Canal, Europe, Mexico, South America, Australia/New Zealand, South Pacific, Hawaii, Tahiti/French Polynesia, Asia, India, Africa and Canada/New England. Passengers can enhance their experiences with a wide array of in-port excursions.
Tel: (65) 6922 6788