Usually attached to price tags of one, two, three, sometime more, thousand pounds, luxury cruises are not for everyone. However, in recent years more and more people have come to realise that, while expensive, you do get a lot for your money with a 5- or 6-star cruise. Plus, some of the savings that come with them are pretty hefty, too.
Second-to-none customer service:
One of the big selling points of a luxury cruise is the exceptional customer service, usually as a result of the low crew-to-passenger ratio. In the case of Silversea Cruises, you get one staff member for every guest on board, and the planned Seven Seas Explorer by Regent is set to have the best staff-to-passenger ratio of any modern ship.
There has been no shortage of luxury cruises in the awards round-up this year. For the 18th year in a row, Crystal Cruises was voted the World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line in the Travel + Leisure 2013 World's Best Awards, while Celebrity Eclipse was listed as the number-one ship in eight out ten large-ship categories at the Cruise Critic Cruisers' Choice Awards.
Many of the 6-star cruise lines are now all-inclusive, and by "all-inclusive" we really mean all-inclusive. Think free-flowing champagne, freshly cooked food paired with top-notch wine, and even private butlers serving you hors d'oeuvres in some cases. All-inclusive board also often includes unlimited drinks, all shore excursions and gratuities, which can often really make the cost worth it.
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