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Luxury Cruises

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Luxury or ultra-deluxe cruising is best described as "an uncompromising commitment to flawless service". The crew and staff are highly trained to anticipate your every need and respond quickly and courteously to every request. The staff to passenger rate is exceptionally high.

On an ultra-deluxe ship you are apt to find rare woods, fine fabrics and leathers, expensive art, Lomoges, Villeroy or Boch china, Christofle silverware, Frette linens, hand-cut Hadeland crystal, expansive wine cellars, down pillows and comforters, personalized stationery, fully stocked in-room bars (on some vessels), well-appointed public areas and larger than average accommodations or suites.

What can I expect on an ultra-deluxe cruise ship?
What kind of people will you find on an ultra-deluxe cruise?
How much will it cost?
What about destinations?
How do I choose the right ultra-deluxe cruise?
What about accommodations?
How do I find the best prices on an ultra-deluxe cruise?
What are the profiles of an ultra-deluxe cruise ship?

What can I expect on an ultra-deluxe cruise ship?

Impeccable service and fine dining in luxurious accommodations and surroundings. The staff to passenger ratio is exceptionally high, for example, Radisson Seven Seas' vessel, Song of Flower, carries only 172 passengers - but has 144 staff onboard.

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What kind of people will you find on an ultra-deluxe cruise?

Successful people, whether it is an active entrepreneur, executive, retiree, or someone who has saved well for the trip of a lifetime. They seek an unparalleled cruise vacation experience and have a taste for the "finer things in life".

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How much will it cost?

Per diems can be significantly higher on an ultra-deluxe cruise - ranging from $300 - $2,000 per person per day, depending on the ship, length of cruise, destination and type of accommodations. Obviously, ultra-deluxe cruising is not for everyone!

Keep in mind that many ultra-deluxe cruises are truly all-inclusive, including roundtrip airfare, gratuities, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, meals, entertainment and perhaps some shore excursions are provided.

Expect more and better of everything on an ultra-deluxe cruise - the best caviar and scotch salmon, the finest champagnes and wines, gourmet cuisine, the best service known to mankind and exotic and unusual destinations and itineraries. 

When you put all the ingredients together, ultra-deluxe cruising can be a real value - especially compared to land based resorts.

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What about destinations?

Ultra-deluxe cruise ships literally span the globe. Many go to ports that are rarely visited by other cruise ships. Throughout the year, you will find extensive itineraries in Africa (including African land safaris), Far East, Southeast Asia, South Pacific, and Caribbean. The Mediterranean is a favorite stomping ground during the summer months.

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How do I choose the right ultra-deluxe cruise?

Ultra-deluxe ships come in all shapes and sizes. Small ships like the Sea Goddess I and II, Silver Cloud and Silver Wind, Seabourn Pride, Spirit and Legend are more intimate or private yacht-like experience. They tend to be laid-back and service-intensive. Larger ships like the Crystal Symphony, Crystal Harmony, Royal Viking Sun and QE2 offer more variety and choices in dining, entertainment and onboard activities. 

While even the smaller ultra-deluxe cruise vessels have state-of-the-art design and stabilizers, if you are prone to motion sickness, you may want to consider a larger vessel. The Radisson Diamond may be another good alternative. Although she carries only 350 passengers, her unique twin-hull design makes her particularly stable in rough seas.

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What about accommodations?

Accommodations in general vary according to the size of the ship. Some ultra-deluxe ships do not offer cabins with verandahs. Others, notably Silversea's Silver Cloud and Silver Wind are almost entirely oceanview suites with verandahs. The larger ships mentioned above offer a combination of inside, oceanview and balcony cabins.

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How do I find the best prices on an ultra-deluxe cruise?

The old saying that "everyone loves a bargain" is no different when it comes to ultra-deluxe cruising. After all, if you can cruise 2-for-the-price-of-1, why not!!! Cruise Brokers International's strengths lie in knowing where to find the best bargains at any given time, and our expertise in assisting consumers with their choice of the right ship at the right price.

Below is a general description of some of the exceptional ultra-deluxe cruise bargains available through Cruise Brokers International. 

Crystal Cruises
Look for rates up to 25% off the brochure prices on most sailings. The "Crystal Value Collection" program includes select sailings and destinations where you can receive a 50% discount. Other savings programs excluding the "Crystal Value Collection" may include early booking discounts, 5% past passenger discounts, and 5% discount if you pay for your cruise in full six months in advance.

Cunard has a program called "Simplicity Pricing". On select sailings you can receive a 30-45% discount off the brochure price. Past guests receive an additional 10% savings.
Another way to save is through Voyage Combination Fares, where you can enjoy two consecutive cruises aboard any ship at additional savings.

Radisson Seven Seas
Additional savings on select sailings. 2-for-1's on the Radisson Diamond for select sailings. Past Passengers receive an additional 5% discount.

Early Booking Discounts of 10-20% are available on select sailings if booked at least six months in advance. Past Passengers receive a 10-20% discount on select sailings. Refer a friend on the same sailing as you are on and receive a 5% discount on select sailings. Combination cruise savings may also be available.

Receive a 15% early booking discount if paid in full six months prior to sailing.
Past passenger discounts on select sailings are offered at 5-15%. Combine one of these discounts with a Venetian Society Sailing discount (for past passengers) to receive up to a 30% discount on select sailings. The more you sail with Silversea, the higher your discount.

Windstar frequently offers last minute 2-for-1's on select sailings that are unadvertised and unpublished. Select sailings may have reduced air add-ons.

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What are the profiles of an ultra-deluxe cruise ship?

Crystal Cruises
Crystal Harmony (Built 1989, 49,400-tons, 960 passengers)
Crystal Symphony (Built 1995, 50,000-tons, 960 passengers)
Excellent entertainment. Crystal Enrichment Series feature internationally known guest speakers. Two alternative dining rooms in addition to the main dining room. Computer labs at sea with onboard training classes.

QE2: Built 1969, Refurbished 1996, 70,327-tons, 1500 passengers. Gentleman host programs on select QE2 sailings. 
Royal Viking Sun Highlights: Built 1988, 38,000-tons, 758 passengers. Single seating dining. Large ship ambiance. Large staterooms. Golf simulator, practice area and putting green. Lectures and enrichment programs.

Sea Goddess I & II Highlights: Built 1984/1985, Refurbished 1995, 4,250-tons, 116 passengers. With only 116 passengers, the all-suite Sea Goddess ships are more like intimate, private yachts. Complimentary shore excursions in selected ports. Unlimited champagne and caviar. Complimentary wine, liquor and cigarettes. Single seating dining. Private fully stocked bar and refrigerator. Course by course in-stateroom dining. Retractable sports platform.

Vistafjord: Built 1973, Refurbished 1997, 24,492-tons, 675 passengers. Classical and more traditional cruise ship accented by teak, mahogany and polished brass. Single seating dining. Spacious cabins including duplex penthouses with private decks off both levels.

Radisson Seven Seas
Paul Gauguin: Built 1997, 18,800 tons, 320 passengers. Operates 7 night cruises, year-round, in French Polynesia. Cuisine designed by Michelin-rated French master, Jean-Pierre Vigato. Retractable watersports platform. Fares include gratuities, complimentary wine with dinner, complimentary soft drinks.

Seven Seas Navigator: Built 1999, 30,000 tons, 490 passengers. Newest ship with all-suite layout, 90% with private balconies. Single, open seating, with elegant tables set with fine linen, crystal and gleaming silver. Complimentary in-suite bar set-up upon embarkation. Complimentary wines served with dinner. Complimentary soft drinks, mineral waters and juices throughout the voyage. Gratuities included in cruise fare. Free economy-class airfare. 

Radisson Diamond: Built 1992, 19,000-tons, 354 passengers. Unique twin-hull design offers greater stability in rough seas. Fares include gratuities, wine with dinner, soft drinks, and in-room bar set-up. Single seating. Retractable watersports platform. Official cruise line of the PGA of America with select golf-theme cruises. All cabins oceanview - 70% with balconies. Low cost air add-ons on many sailings.

Song of Flower: Built 1986, Refurbished 1989, 8,282-tons,172 passengers. Fares include gratuities, complimentary wines, liquor and soft drinks. Retractable watersports platform. Guest lecture series. Single seating dining. All oceanview staterooms. Radisson Seven Seas Golf Academy. Low cost air add-ons on many sailings.

Seabourn Legend/Seabourn Pride/Seabourn Spirit
Built 1992/1988/1989, 10,000-tons.
212 passengers
All oceanview-all suite (277-575 sq. ft). Single seating dining. Exceptional reputation for service, cuisine and overall cruise experience. Retractable watersports platform. Course by course in-suite dining. Guest lecture series.

Silver Cloud/Silver Wind
Built 1994, 15,000-tons, 296 passengers
Fares include gratuities, roundtrip economy airfare, port charges, transfers and porterage, 1 night pre-cruise deluxe hotel accommodations and a complimentary shore event, and 
select wines, champagnes and spirits throughout the ship. Single seating dining. All suite (240-1300 sq. ft) - most with private balcony. Large showroom with nightly entertainment. Guest lecture series including National Geographic Society special voyages. BVLG ARI gallery at sea.

Wind Star/Wind Song/Wind Spirit/Wind Surf
Built 1985/1985/1988/1990, 5350-tons/14000-tons (Wind Surf)
148/386 (Wind Surf)
While Windstar may not be considered by some to be ultra-deluxe, we include it here because we think it offers an exceptional cruise experience. Windstar vessels are actually cruise/sail ships - a unique hybrid of cruising and sailing. Cabins are large, atmosphere is relaxed and casual (leave your tux at home), and cuisine is excellent and orchestrated by renowned chef, Joachim Splichal. Open seating dining. No tipping policy. The Wind Surf's large size offers additional choices to guests including a world-class spa facility. All ships have retractable watersports platforms. Guest lecture series

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