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Ever wondered what it would be like to cruise on one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world? Me too, so I decided to do some research about some of the best cruises in the world to find out exactly why they are called the best. Here’s why:

Silversea World Cruise


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This 115-day cruise from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale makes fifty ports of call and visits thirty different countries including Tonga, China, Seychelles, South Africa and Puerto Rico. It takes place on the intimate Silver Whisper Luxury ship which holds a capacity of 382 guests in a range of opulent one or two bedroom suites that have butler service, personalised stationery, down duvets, spa robes and slippers and your choice of pillow. Onboard, the cruise ship are a huge number of luxurious facilities including pools, a fitness centre, library, casino, designer boutique shops, a beauty salon and a spa sanctuary. Dine by candlelight with fine silver and crystal, take in a production show at the Show Lounge or take a dip in the pool before you are greeted upon exit with a towel and a cocktail. Fares range from $58,000-$173,000, depending on which suite you choose.

Crystal Cruises World Cruise                                         

This 108-day world cruise circumnavigates the globe from Miami, Florida and visits some magnificent countries including Brazil, South Africa, Madagascar, New Zealand and Peru. You’ll be cruising on the Crystal Serenity which has a guest capacity of 1,070 and has as many as 655 attentive crew, ready to fulfil your every request. There are five types of accommodations to choose from which are well equipped with 100 per cent Egyptian cotton linen, bathrobes and slippers, fresh fruit baskets, fresh flowers, complimentary beer and wine and 24-hour room service. Guests who choose to stay in the Crystal Penthouse will have a personal butler who is on call 24 hours a day and can undertake a range of duties including unpacking and packing your clothes, garment pressing, shoe shining or confirming your dining reservations. The Crystal Serenity has everything a large cruise ship needs such as a movie theatre, an atrium, tennis court, fitness centre, pool and numerous eateries. Fares range from $40,000-$212,000 depending on accommodation type.

Seabourn Africa and Southeast Asia Exploration

Starting in Barcelona Spain, this 116-day cruise around Africa and Asia stops in at over sixty ports including Casablanca, Cape Town, Phuket, Manila and Singapore on the Seabourn Sojourn. Seabourn cruise ships are small and intimate (the Sojourn has a guest capacity of 450), yet they still have a large number of impressive facilities that you’ll find on larger ships. It has six whirlpools, two swimming pools, a casino, designer shops, shuffleboard courts, a nine-hole putting green, a Grand Salon for cabaret performances and the largest Spa on any luxury ship. The exquisite guest suites are adorned with personalised stationery, daily fruit baskets, fine soaps and Aromatherapy, Egyptian cotton linen, a world atlas and a fully stocked fridge. Guests will also appreciate a personal suite stewardess who will ensure that any of their requests are promptly addressed. Prices range from $56,000-$101,000.

And don’t worry, if you can’t afford these cruises you’re not alone, so look out for my next cruising article coming soon – the most affordable cruises from Australia.

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