which also includes all bar drinks and decent wine poured with lunch and dinner.Ports: Luxury Caribbean
cruise itineraries take you beyond the standard Eastern and Western Caribbean
routes. For passengers who want the very best, and can afford it, luxury Caribbean
cruises provide a floating world of first-class amenities, fine cuisine and elegant accommodations. If there's a formal night, feel free to dress to the nines.Feeling fancy. You'll visit places frequented by the yachting set, such as fancy St.
For passengers who want the very best, and can afford it, luxury Caribbean cruises provide a floating world of first-class amenities, fine cuisine and elegant accommodations. Your drinks and crew gratuities are included in your cruise fare ? and so is service that matches your desire to be pampered.
Here are 10 reasons you want to do a luxury Caribbean cruise.
Champagne: When you arrive in your stateroom, a welcome bottle of bubbly on ice will likely be waiting. If not, head to the open-bar and have the bartender pop a cork. It's part of your complimentary drinks deal ? which also includes all bar drinks and decent wine poured with lunch and dinner.
Ports: Luxury Caribbean cruise itineraries take you beyond the standard Eastern and Western Caribbean routes. You'll visit places frequented by the yachting set, such as fancy St. Bart's and laidback Virgin Gorda. Your cruise may include a free event or tour on shore. Regent Seven Seas Cruises, for instance, includes shore excursions in the cruise fare.
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Caviar: Craving a little treat? If you don't get your fill of caviar at the Captain's cocktail party or as a featured appetizer at dinner, you can order up a tin complete with all the traditional trimmings via room service (a fee may apply). You may even have opportunity to enjoy caviar on the beach ? a feature of both Seabourn and SeaDream Yacht Club cruises.
Pampering: Luxury ships operate with a large number of crew for the number of passengers. Service will be beyond the norm. Don't be surprised if you are addressed by name (crew may be required to memorize passenger photos). You can expect to have your shoes meticulously polished, your pillows fluffed, the bartender to know your favorite drink, your needs intuited sometimes even before you know you have a need.
Fancy accommodations: All the little things have been thought of including fine Egyptian cotton linens, a bathrobe and slippers, a complimentary mini-bar, a marble bathroom with waterfall shower, a flatscreen TV with DVD player (and movies you can borrow) and designer bath amenities ? such brands as Bulgari, L'Occitane and Hermes. You will have a sitting area that can be curtained off, and on some ships including Crystal Cruises you can luxuriate in an apartment-sized penthouse with butler service.
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Space: None of that getting up early to mark your territory stuff on luxury ships. There are plenty of intimate spots to hang out, and you won't feel part of a big crowd. It should be easy to find a cushy lounger around the pool or in the shade ?? if you need one to be moved, the crew will be on hand to help. At dinner, you'll find a table to your liking whether you want to sit alone or join a group.
Sophisticated socializing: Whether a deck-side BBQ with a huge spread and opportunity to dance around the pool, a fun beach-side gathering, a leisurely dinner or a cocktail hour with tasty hors d'oeuvres there will be fun and easy socializing time with your fellow passengers ? a well-heeled, well-traveled bunch most likely with stories to tell. On some lines, including Silversea Cruises, you can book a private dining room or other spot for your own dinner party.
Glamour: Even cruises that stress casual luxury, such as Regent and SeaDream, attract a glamorous crowd. Expect some women to wear flowing designer cover-ups over their swimsuits, and jewelry even to the pool (if you didn't pack what you need you can find enticements in the ship's duty-free boutique) and to glitz up a little more at night. If there's a formal night, feel free to dress to the nines.
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Dining: You'll find fancy ingredients featured on menus, from gorgeous fresh Caribbean fruit at breakfast to fresh fish, dry aged beef and truffles at dinner ? served on fine china and crystal, of course. And forget about those skimpy room service menus. Order a meal 24/7 from the regular restaurant menu and it will be delivered course by course to your stateroom.
Free watersports: On the Seabourn and SeaDream yachts, a built-in marina provides easy access to swimming (you can dive from the ship into the sea) and water toys. Borrow a kayak or sailboard, go water skiing or take a ride in a banana boat.
LUXURY LOVERS: Plan your next pampered vacation
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