For a start, these ships are at the top of the scale when it comes to luxury, but thanks to growing competition all-inclusive fares it means that many of the extras you normally pay for on the high seas are covered. To start with you can book the cheapest stateroom on the most expensive ships; on these floating resorts that doesn’t mean resorting to inside accommodation with no windows, and on a few you will have a private balcony. Beyond that, each cruise line has different offerings. Take Regent Seven Seas Cruises, for example, which currently has three small to mid-sized ships, with a new one launching later this year. Cruise on either Seven Seas Voyager or Seven Seas Mariner, the world’s first all-suite, all-balcony ships, and you don’t pay any extra for a room with your own private outdoor space. However there are other alluring perks including open seating dining, free unlimited drinks including fine wines and premium spirits, open bars and lounges, an in-suite mini-bar stocked with your preferences and replenished daily, free prepaid gratuities, no extra fees for specialty restaurants, and complimentary transportation into town in ports of call where needed. Penthouse suite and higher guests also enjoy butler service, an in-suite iPad, an iPod® docking station, and an espresso machine.
Seabourn Cruise Line also has three ships with another in the offing, all of which offer all suite accommodations with ocean views, open seating dining, fine wines poured at lunch and dinner, complimentary soft drinks, beer and mineral water, and specialty coffees, open bars throughout the ship, an in-suite mini-bar stocked with your preferences and replenished daily, gratuities included, no charge for any specialty restaurants, and complimentary transportation into town in most ports of call. What’s more, guests in premium suites have additional perks including fresh orchids or potpourri in their bathroom, all-natural Molton Brown bath and beauty products, a large basket of succulent tropical fruits, free internet usage, a large bouquet of fresh flowers on embarkation, an espresso machine, and free private car airport transfers. Meanwhile the Italian line Silversea Cruises has seven ships, with features including all suite accommodations with ocean views, open seating dining, complimentary drinks served throughout the ship, including fine wines, champagnes, spirits, beer, bottled water, specialty coffees and soft drinks, an in-suite mini-bar stocked with your preferences, gratuities included, butler service for all guests, and no charge for most specialty restaurants.