The Direct Line Cruises' Luxury Collection is composed of an elite group of cruise lines that represent the pinnacle of luxury cruising. A voyage on one of these extraordinary ships combines the refinement of a sophisticated world-class hotel, with the adventure associated with visiting the world's most unique ports of call.
Some people equate luxury with a certain level of finery, but it is in fact, much more than aesthetics. That's not to say that grandeur is not important, because to some extent, it is. However, what really sets a luxury cruise line apart from the rest is the unique combination of splendid facilities, gourmet cuisine, exotic locales, and above all else, unparalleled customer service. Highly personalized service is the hallmark of the luxury cruise experience. This is achieved through a highly favorable staff-to-guest ratio and a carefully selected crew that takes pride in anticipating your every need.
While this all sounds very expensive, luxury cruising need not be synonymous with outlandishness. Consider that the five-star accommodations, epicurean cuisine, enrichment programs, entertainment, and often gratuities, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are all included in the price! It may surprise you to discover that a luxury cruise will not only offer you much more in comfort and lavishness, but will actually offer excellent value.
Cruise lines represented in the Direct Line Cruises' Luxury Collection:
Launched in 2007, Azamara Club Cruises remains a comparatively new name in the luxury cruise market. The fleet's two ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest, are beautifully designed mid-size vessels carrying only 694 passengers. Like the name suggests, the ambiance onboard is much like that of a country club, and it doesn’t take long to feel the camaraderie between guests and crew. Azamara ships are destination oriented, and visit a variety of intriguing ports in the Mediterranean, Northern and Western Europe, Asia, South America, the West Indies and North America. Ships stay in port late into the night, and often, overnight. Beginning with the Europe season in 2013, Azamara will be offering guests a complimentary AzAmazing Evenings event on every voyage. Imagine a night at the ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg or a polo match and reception in Saint Tropez! Read more about Azamara Club Cruises.
Oceania Cruises provides a profoundly pleasurable cruise vacation for discerning travelers by offering meticulous attention to detail, a warm and inviting country club-casual ambiance, and the finest gastronomy at sea. Each ship has several distinct restaurants and exquisite cuisine with its menus crafted by Jacques Pepin, the world-renowned master chef and Oceania’s executive culinary director. Every one of their five luxury vessels boast sumptuousness and elegance one would only expect to find in a grand, world-class hotel. Guests are encouraged to enhance their voyage with indulgent services, enlightening presentations, nurturing wellness services and exercise classes that promote resilience and restore serenity. Combine that with the world's most alluring destinations for a luxury cruise vacation that is an enriching, rewarding travel experience.
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Regent Seven Seas is a cruise line that understands the finer points of hospitality and luxury. Their top-rated all suite ships, the Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner, and the Seven Seas Navigator cater to the discriminating few, where first class service is a norm rather than an exception. From the moment you are welcomed aboard, it feels as if you are being welcomed onto your own private luxury yacht. Within a richly appointed backdrop guests will indulge themselves in a lifestyle of luxury and the unparalleled comfort that is elegant, but never stuffy. Unlimited complimentary shore excursions allow guests a way to experience the history, culture and cuisine of hundreds of extraordinary ports of call, including destinations in Africa and India. Read more about Regent Seven Seas.
Silversea Cruises artfully combines distinct style and modern conveniences with a personalized yet unobtrusive service, to create an inviting backdrop of absolute luxury. Guests are quick to discover and appreciate the spacious public spaces, sumptuous suites, generous amenities and all-inclusive lifestyle. Carrying between 296 and 540 guests, the line's five cruise ships are the ideal size for luxury; not so big that you're one in a crowd, not so small that you feel obligated to socialize if you don't want to. Contrary to other options a traveler may consider, time on a Silversea ship offers evidence of the restorative powers of cultivated luxury. Adventure-seeking cruisers with discerning tastes are thrilled to discover Silversea Expeditions. Journeying to remote lands, this ship offers voyages that are just as exhilarating as they are luxurious.
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Cunard's three ships, the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria are actually ocean liners, built for the rigors of the North Atlantic, and are therefore quite larger than other luxury vessels. These lovely Queens are reminiscent of the golden age of ocean travel, yet they provide one of the most modern luxury cruise travel experiences on earth. With a variety of luxurious amenities and unique activities, days aboard are sure to match the splendor of the stunning surroundings. Evenings are enchanting as guests, dressed to the nines, mingle amidst the many onboard social venues. Cunard offers tradition, luxury and a British atmosphere; retaining many Old World touches that appeal to passengers who enjoy classic transatlantic travel, as well as cruises throughout the world. Read more about Cunard Cruise Line.
Crystal Cruises' two luxury ships, the 940-guest Crystal Symphony and the 1,080-guest are among the largest ships in the luxury market. Although some may find the loss of intimacy dispiriting, the positive is that more space allows for more options, in terms of entertainment, casinos, spa services and fitness facilities. Crystal attracts guests who are accustomed to visiting the finest hotels and restaurants when traveling on land, and expect that same level of service and quality when vacationing at sea. Crystal ships offer a unique combination of discreet sophistication, world class cuisine, and impeccable service. Such attributes have earned Crystal Cruises the title of World's Best Large-Ship Cruise Line by the readers of both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure magazines, a multiple of times. Read more about Crystal Cruises.
A Seabourn ship is like a private yacht, where guests share expansive open decks, inviting social spaces, and the pampering of an exceptional crew. Their fleet of six lithe ships carries between 208 and 450 guests each. The experience is luxurious, yet relaxed; elegant, yet casual; sumptuous, yet understated. Seabourn offers gourmet cuisine, exceptional service and the world's most exotic and unique ports of call. The intimate size of the Seabourn fleet allows them to cruise into the heart of landmark cities, as well as to hidden gems where larger vessels cannot follow. Active guests will take pleasure in the retractable water sport marinas that unfold from the stern of each ship, allowing passengers direct access to the sea for water-skiing, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, banana-boat riding, kayaking, and swimming. Read more about Seabourn cruises.