The recent spree of lottery jackpots around the world got us thinking: if you were to win the US Powerball jackpot and be able to afford pretty much any imaginable trip, which would be the luxurious world cruise befitting a man of your stature?
Here are the top rated cruise lines, each with their own twist on what luxury cruising is all about:
Crystal Cruises – Around the World in 89 Days – $197,810
Cited as the best large-ship luxury cruise line of 2013, Crystal Cruises will supply you with a 1345 square feet suite. The balcony may be a bit small, but everything about the suite is first class. The suite contains a dining area seating 6 people, complete with a separate entrance for the butler. A living room, a master bedroom and bath (the shower has a heated floor and a heated marble bench for you to rest on), a media room with a Bose surround sound system, flat screen TV and an iPod docking station; an exercise room and a guest bathroom with shower. All these accompany the aforementioned balcony, for those times you wish to lay in the sun and enjoy some of the ocean’s breeze. The décor is lavish with handmade Italian marble tiles, Swarovski crystals and unique art designed to give every suite a unique look and feel. All this and more is readily available for what amounts to $2,222 a day.
Oceania Cruises – Around the World in 180 Days -$312,000
In order to enjoy 180 days at sea, you must have the proper accommodations. Winner of the Cruise Critic Editors’ Pick Award for best suites, Oceania’s owners’ suite will not disappoint. The 1000 square feet space is divided beautifully to give a spacious feel while providing guests with Cashmere blankets and wallpaper, a private whirlpool hot-tub, living room, dining area, a huge teak balcony and 2 bathrooms. Oceania also provides you with around the clock butler service, bringing you your choice of newspaper printed daily, shining your shoes and delivering food from your restaurant of choice if you are not inclined to dine out. The in-suite bar will be stocked with 6 full-sized bottles of your favorite premium spirits, to go along with the complimentary bottle of champagne.
The lavish suite tops off with a high tech Bose surround sound system, 2 flat screen TVs, complimentary laptop and iPad, and internet access.
All this and more is available to you for $1,733 a day. All you have to do is show up, and enjoy.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Sydney to London in 121 Days – $205,249
The 2002 square feet master suite is nothing short of spectacular, for those who are looking for a spacious living area. The suite comes with 2 balconies, a large one to serve the living area (guests and children) and a smaller private balcony accessible from the master bedroom. The living area and dining area are undivided, adding to the immense feel of the space. Marble bathrooms, 2 king size beds, a butler, iPad, iPod docking, and a satellite phone all round up the package we have to expect from a luxury cruise liner, and for $1,696 a day, it is on par with the other offerings.
SilverSea Luxury Cruises – Around the World in 115 Days – $171,250
The SilverSea offering is unique in the atmosphere is provides. There are far fewer passengers than in the previously mentioned cruises, and the ship is entirely populated with suites; Making this cruise a more intimate way of touring the world. The owner’s suite spans 1264 square feet, with a teak balcony, a dining area and a bar with a selection of your favorite liquors. 2 queen size beds with Egyptian cotton linens and your choice of pillows, a living room, marbled bathrooms with a full-sized whirlpool hot-tub, flat screen TVs and telephones with satellite reception, built-in Bang & Olufsen audio system, and of course the service of an attentive butler. At $1489 a day, this is by far the cheapest of the master suites, but every last bit as indulging as the others.
It would seem that with most luxury suite offerings being fairly similar in nature, the difference makers when choosing your luxury cruise should be the course the ship is planned to take, and the on-board entertainment and facilities. These range from casinos and cigar rooms to fitness centers, pools and spas. Some even go as far as to hold lavish productions of plays and classical recitals. Pick the offering that best suits your heart’s wishes, to ensure you enjoy your luxurious months at sea.