There is nothing quite like boarding a luxury cruise ship for the first time, and anyone who enjoys cruising will know firsthand just how addictive this form of holidaying can become.
These magnificent vessels decorated to the highest standards, are much like luxurious five-star hotels, and they have every modern convenience one could possibly wish for, so they make the perfect choice for those looking for a completely relaxing holiday at sea.
The real “all-inclusive” cruise lines such as Regent Seven Seas, ensure that once you have paid for your voyage, there is simply nothing else to pay unless you decide to treat yourself to a few souvenirs in port. All dining, including fine dining venues are included, as are all drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic), shore excursions, and gratuities, so there is no need to sign for every beverage, and no need carry any cash.
Once on board you simply need to unpack and then start exploring the many different bars, restaurants, fitness studio, spa, theatre and pool decks, as you sail off into the magnificent ocean in search of your first port of call.
Dining is a big thing on cruise ships and I challenge anyone to take a 7-night voyage without gaining at least a pound or two! Unlike the self-service buffets found on some cruise ships, luxury liners offer elegant dining venues where silver service comes as standard. Lavish – yes, but this is your holiday after all!
We find that we always meet new friends when we head to the bar for pre-dinner drinks. An opportunity to meet up with people from all over the world, we have made numerous friends on the cruising holidays we have taken, and since the wonderful invention of Facebook we can share photos and stories without writing out an email.
Luxury cruising is, for me, all about relaxing, meeting new people, enjoying great food, and visiting several new countries on one trip – and when you combine those four elements you cannot help but have an amazing holiday!