Cruising is back – so let’s push the boat out! The most decadent things to do on the high seas, from a £ 700 dinner to a £ 1,700 chopper ride
- Enjoy a sensual overnight stay under the stars on board the boutique ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest
- Book a suite on board the Celebrity Apex and you have an exclusive lounge, pool and restaurant at your disposal
- The Scenic Eclipse, which cruises to Antarctica, has a submarine, helicopter, and ten restaurants
Cruises are back. And like never before, ocean travel embodies total enjoyment – all that we have missed. Fine dining, theater visits and smiling strangers who anticipate our every whim and are waiting for us on hands and feet.
There is a new appetite for extravagant extras. Cunard (cunard.com) is the grande dame of cruise ships: Her three queens – Mary 2, Elizabeth and Victoria – exude the glamor of the golden age of ocean voyages.
These ships are the perfect choice if you love to dress up and throw at least one fabulous OTT themed ball on every trip while dancing to the ship orchestra in the Queens Rooms.
Party time: dress up every night on Cunard. Its three queens – Mary 2, Elizabeth and Victoria – exude the glamor of the golden age of ocean travel with themed balls on every trip
Practice your Charleston and Foxtrot for the Roaring Twenties gala evening and start an intrigue behind a jeweled mask at the masquerade ball.
For a real “night” you can spend a sensual night under the stars in a secluded spot on the spa deck aboard the boutique ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest (azamara.co.uk).
Surrounded by candles, your butler fills your champagne glasses and offers canapés – in the thalassotherapy pool if you wish – while your private chef heats up the grill.
After a sumptuous meal, the staff, after having pointed out a well-stocked minibar, threw the bedspread down and laid the Frette bathrobes on a double bed, will show until it’s time for breakfast in bed. Nights in private locations cost £ 283 per couple.
For a real “night” you can enjoy a sensual overnight stay under the stars in a secluded spot on the spa deck aboard the boutique ships Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest
The wood-paneled Vintage Room can be booked on Crystal Cruises for private dinners with top chefs and fine wines. The cost is from £ 143pp
Book a suite on board the Celebrity Edge and the new ship Celebrity Apex (celebritycruises.co.uk) and you have an exclusive lounge, pool and restaurant at The Retreat.
Meanwhile, the Ultimate Vintage Room Experiences are as rare and special as the wines served on board Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity (crystalcruises.co.uk), as they only happen once or twice a year.
For around £ 720 pp, you can enjoy an eight-course dinner prepared by a guest chef (three Michelin stars Heinz Beck and Japanese fusion master Nobu Matsuhisa both presided over them) and paired with fine wines like a 1959 chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac.
The Scenic Eclipse, which cruises to Antarctica, has a submarine and a helicopter. To top it off, there are ten restaurants on board
Or use the wood-paneled Vintage Room for a private dinner for you and up to a dozen friends to dine with fine wines over a feast. The cost is from £ 143 pp.
24/7 daylight in Antarctica means you can make it a memorable evening just for two, with a daring twist in a helicopter soaring over blue icebergs, glaciers and bubbling whales before heading to one of ten restaurants in Scenic Eclipse for dinner (sceniceclipse.com).
After dinner, board the Scenic Neptune, the ship’s submarine that slides onto the ocean floor. The exclusive rental of a helicopter and a pilot for 20 minutes costs £ 1,700. And for the sub? It’s £ 2,600. Well, that’s what the boat really expresses.