Travel has become about experiences and bragging rights, nowhere more so than when it comes to cruising. The crème de la crème of ships can no longer earn their stars by merchandising an illusion. As travellers become more sophisticated, top-notch vessels have upped the ante to appeal to them, so a butler and headline entertainment no longer cut it. Seagoing luxe aboard this rare breed of ships is about more than generous thread counts and premier cru wines; it manifests itself in fine detail and revels in its distinction.
Connoisseurs of cruising have never had it so good. Aboard these trendsetters palatial penthouses guarantee the ultimate in stylish living, a quality that’s also in abundance in the array of sumptuous suites and staterooms that boast a private veranda and well-appointed marble bathroom. When it comes to cuisine, the seaborne temples to gastronomy often surpass much-hyped establishments on land. Personalised yet unobtrusive service and up-to-the-minute technology are a given. Any voyage aboard this esteemed selection offers a passport to a privileged world, one that epitomises seagoing serendipity.