American writer Bill Bryson said that “the greatest luxury of traveling is, every day, to be able to experience things as if it were the first time.” Imagine having a glass of champagne on the deck watching the sunset. Imagine personalized attention 24 hours a day, that has details like that in your suite every day there are fresh flowers and that on the second day of the cruise you already know how to drink coffee or what type of pillow you prefer. These are some of the small details that you will experience aboard a luxury cruise. This is to sail big.
And precisely these ‘premium’ experiences make luxury tourism an upward trend. According to the study carried out by the consultant Allied Market Research on its behavior, this segment is expected to grow almost 8% annually until 2026.
Whether you want to soak up the cultures that flourished on the shores of the Mediterranean or the Adriatic as if you want to travel to the antipodes to discover the vastness of Australia or New Zealand. If your desire is to swim alongside the turtles in the Galapagos Islands or sunrise in front of a glacier in Alaska or Patagonia, luxury cruises are your ideal choice. They are perfect for travelers who do not settle for exploring our planet but want to live it by immersing themselves in destinations, sailing on ships wrapped in a halo of comfort and exclusivity.
Japan, Alaska, Canada, Patagonia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Norwegian Fjords… are some of the options offered by Kayak. There are also cruises that are major words, those that make transatlantic crossings for several days sailing through seas and oceans and that remind us of the journeys of yesteryear; or the unique experience offered by sailing in luxury mega yachts such as those offered by the Star Clippers shipping company.
If you have an adventurous spirit, a cruise around the world with more than 100 days of sailing will be your dream come true. The shipping companies that offer this type of travel take care of all the details so that their passengers put themselves in the shoes of those discoverers who went to the sea to explore the planet by drawing the contours of the continents. A way to feel explorer but without giving up the comfort offered by ‘premium’ or luxury cruises.
Culinary experiences, select cuisine
Both shows and gastronomy change every day onboard. In relation to the kitchen, the traveler demands uniqueness, and innovation, as well as tradition, with dishes prepared with great care using proximity products, as well as sustainable.
The level of culinary demand makes the shipping companies incorporate renowned chefs and restaurateurs into the kitchens of their restaurants, some of the Michelin stars. Imagine the level of creativity they have to have in order to satisfy the culinary experiences and delicacies that passengers demand throughout the cruise, not only in their main restaurant but in the different thematic restaurants, where travelers choose to have dinner whenever they want and with whom they want.
Many luxury cruises, with the aim of approaching you more directly to gastronomy, teach cooking classes, gastronomic workshops, wine tastings, etc. during the crossing. Even on a cruise, during one of their stops, the passenger can go with the chef to buy at a local market and then cook their own dishes and share them with other passengers. You might not get a Michelin star, but you will surely have fun.
Do you want a massage on the deck or an aesthetic treatment in your own suite? Done! The shipping companies compete to offer the greatest exclusivity and innovation in all their services. This also affects the ‘Beauty, Spa & Wellness’ spaces that, in most cases, are managed by leading brands of luxury cosmetics with treatments that involve true sensory experiences to make us feel good. You know, let yourself be pampered!
Three luxury proposals
From New York to New Zealand and Australia, through Canada. We propose, with Kayak, three routes to learning about the particularities of each of these countries from another perspective, one where ‘premium’ comfort is what guides your steps:
1. New York-Southampton
A seven-night cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2, the flagship of Cunard Cruises and the most emblematic ocean liner in the world, where you can take advantage of the time in what you most want. From savoring the exquisite cuisine in one of its six restaurants, food that competes with the best restaurants in the world, to enjoy its many entertainment options. Also take care of your body and mind by relaxing in its exclusive pools, enjoying a massage, or receiving one of its special treatments.
2. Australia and New Zealand
A 20-night trip that will give you the chance to visit cosmopolitan cities like Sydney with its iconic Opera House or Wellington, the New Zealand capital famous for its cuisine; wonders of nature such as the 15-kilometer Milford Sound canal, located on the south island of New Zealand, and different cultures such as the city of Hobart in Tasmania with its original forests. The crossing will take place onboard the Holland America Line Noordam ship for 15 nights, plus two pre-cruise nights in Sydney and one post-cruise night in Auckland.
3. Canada and New England
For 14 nights, you will tour the East Atlantic coast, visiting Montreal, Quebec, Saguenay, Charlottetown, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Halifax, Harbor, Boston and as a final climax, the iconic city of New York. Discover the beauty of the landscape of Canada, its modern city of Montreal, the historic French-style center of Quebec, declared a World Heritage Site, to end the trip in Boston and the city that never sleeps. A perfect fusion between the lush nature and vibrant cities that will not leave you indifferent. The trip will take place aboard the Caribbean Princess for ten days, two pre-cruise nights in Montreal and one post-cruise night in New York.