We’re as guilty as anyone of whiling away the hours deciding what we’ll spend our lottery winnings on and funnily enough holidays always come top of the list! They say money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy the cruise holiday of a lifetime and that’s kind of the same thing. So where would you go if money was no object? Here are our top picks to inspire a little wanderlust.
Regent Seven Seas – Seven Seas Explorer
Monte Carlo to Venice ‘Inaugural Cruise’ (July 2016)
Regent Seven Seas Explorer has been billed as the most luxurious cruise ship ever built and the opportunity to experience the ship on its inaugural cruise has proved a popular one; you will need to join a waiting list AND drop £42,799 to bag a coveted spot in the Regent Suite.
Set to be unlike any other owner’s suite at sea, the Regent Suite will provide guests with incomparable levels of luxury, including:
» Private vista garden
» Wraparound balcony with two separate balconies
» In-suite spa and unlimited spa services
» Two and a half marble bathrooms
» Walk-in wardrobe
» Free personal car and guide to explore ashore
» Personal butler
» Hermes and L’Occitane amenities
» King-size Savoir bed
» Complimentary use of iPad
» Daily canapés delivered to suites
» Personalised bar replenished daily with your favourite beverages
» Priority shore excursion and dining reservations
Realistically and waiting lists aside, you’re looking at October 2016’s Athens (Piraeus) to Istanbul cruise before the Regent Suite becomes available. Fret not however; the 1,114 sq. ft. Master Suite comes a close second!
Silversea – Silver Galapagos
Baltra to Baltra ‘Galapagos’ (December 2016)
Sometimes luxury isn’t as much about your accommodation as it is your experiences. Enjoy a whole host of once-in-a-lifetime moments as Silver Galapagos travels from Baltra to Baltra on a Silversea Expedition to the Galapagos Islands.
Your expedition through the Galapagos archipelago will take you across spectacular lava fields, through serene tidal pools and into caves decorated with art and inscriptions dating back to the 1800’s. You’ll swim with sea turtles, sea lions and manta rays; encounter the world’s largest colonies of Marine Iguanas and Galapagos Penguins; and see wild flamingos and giant tortoises in their natural environment.
Your adventures on land will be shared in stunning surroundings aboard the Silver Galapagos and you’ll slumber in the luxury of the Silver Suite; an opulent contrast to the wild and untamed scenery of the Galapagos Islands.
The £7,150 price tag seems a small price to pay for adventures AND luxury.
Azamara – Azamara Quest
5 Night Monaco Grand Prix Voyage (May 2017)
The Monaco Grand Prix brings the thrill of Formula 1 to the most glamorous destination in the world. Head to the city of fast cars, luxury yachts and beautiful people, calling at the French Riviera’s chicest ports along the way. Sip champagne on the sidewalks of St Tropez, shopping the designer boutiques in between bars. Cannes is your next destination; a glitzy haunt of Hollywood’s rich and famous.
Finally you will arrive in Monte Carlo and head to the tiny principality of Monaco to experience the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix; the star-studded highlight of the racing calendar.
The cost of 5 nights of unadulterated glamour and evenings spent in the comfort of your luxury Club Suite? £2,779.
Star Clippers – Royal Clipper
Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao (March 2016)
Star Clippers’ tall ships evoke a sense of Old Hollywood glamour like no other and sailing around the Caribbean aboard one of these stunning vessels is the stuff of dreams. If a private luxury yacht is just beyond reach, a Star Clippers voyage is the next best thing. Set sail from Bridgetown and spend 14 nights visiting sun-soaked destinations including Isla Margarita; Willemstad; Isla De Coche; Testigo Grande; Captain’s Best; Tobago Cays and Soufriere, to name but a few.
Your time at sea will be just as inspiring as your time ashore. The majestic Royal Clipper inspires the nostalgia of a time when such magnificent vessels ruled the waves and sailing the shores of the Caribbean with her 42 sails billowing overhead is a truly unforgettable experience.
£6,290 for 14 nights of chilled Caribbean days and elegant luxury nights? Count us in.
Seabourn – Seabourn Encore
60 Day Asia, India and Arabia Exploration (March 2017)
If you’re looking at spending £34,500 to secure a Penthouse Suite aboard Seabourn Encore’s Asia, India and Arabia Exploration, you’re probably not in a position limited to 20 days annual leave each year!
Make the most of your freedom with a mammoth 60 day voyage around some of the most fascinating destinations in the world. Explore the beaches of Mooloolaba and Hamilton Island in Australia; spend a night in the vibrant city of Cairns; search for real life dragons on Komodo Island; slumber on the serene beaches of Lombok; sip cocktails in the rooftop bars of Singapore; take in the sights, sounds and smells of Mangalore and Mumbai; and experience ultimate luxury as your discover the jewels of the Arabian gulf. Next you’ll voyage along the iconic Suez Canal; visit the history drenched city of Jerusalem; gaze across the whitewashed walls and blue rooftops of Santorini; and end you journey in beautiful Athens.
They say that travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, and this incredible voyage promises to be one you’ll remember forever.