Recently I was invited on board Azamara Quest for a few hours while she was docked in my hometown of Southampton and I took this opportunity to take a full ship tour and, most importantly, check out the accommodations on board.
Azamara is well-known for being a fantastic premium cruise line with immersive itineraries and great onboard dining experiences, making them a great introduction to small ship luxury cruising.
Oceania Cruises is the epitome of elegant but casual travel and offers an experience exactly like nothing else. Created for artisans of leisure and exploration, the sassy ships are renowned for their debonaire ambiance that encapsulates fine living, impeccable cuisine and intuitive service. Imagine The Savoy at sea and you’re getting close. These qualities have been at the forefront of the company’s ethos since its inception 20 years ago. Their six ships are not too ostentatious, nor too hip; they are simply sublime.
I have been to Greece many times but only to the islands and my first visit to the mainland did not disappoint. Athens is a beautiful, vibrant city with so much to see and do. I decided to fly in a couple of days before my cruise to see as much of Europe’s oldest capital city as possible.
There are plenty of excellent hotels and accommodation options in Athens and the city is really well connected via metro links. I opted for an apartment that had a rooftop terrace with a fantastic view of the Acropolis which is even better at night when it illuminates the city below.
Sales Development Manager Joe spent five days on board Regent Seven Seas Explorer as she sailed from Istanbul to Rhodes, and was blown away by how luxurious the whole experience was. Here's what he had to say about it...
Introducing Oceania Vista – Your World from a New Perspective.
With new innovative dining experiences and dramatic new signature spaces, Vista will offer guests a distinctive and sophisticated level of luxury on some of the most exciting cruise itineraries available.
What makes Explora Journeys different from your usual cruise holiday?
We know that cruising isn’t for everyone, and you might have a pre-conceived idea about luxury cruising – stiff upper lipped clientele, overly formal dining, an average age of 80+.
If that style of cruising isn’t for you, then check out Explora Journeys. The brand-new luxury cruise line from the founders of MSC Cruises.
Oceania Cruises is one of our fantastic elite ocean cruise line partners and we are proud to work closely with them to curate the most memorable and luxurious cruise holidays for our customers.
There are many reasons why Oceania Cruises is the epitome of luxury cruising, which we want to share with you!
Luxury cruise lines are seeing an unprecedented boom in bookings and this looks set to continue well into the future. Perceiving this specific demand, Explora Journeys are breaking new ground with their novel iteration of opulent cruising. While lavish suites on all-inclusive ships are topping the charts, there’s a penchant to splash out on multi-day city stays as part of evermore extravagant and far-flung itineraries.
Perfected luxury, but whispered in a relaxed way, is a hallmark of Silversea Cruises who has been refining cruising as an art form since its founding in 1994. The vision was simple: to launch a cruise line that offered guests the chance to navigate sea lanes less travelled in unprecedented comfort. That ambition has been realised with ten incomparable ships offering a cornucopia of immersive travel experiences in over 900 destinations – more than any other cruise line.
"Nothing can elevate travel quite like cuisine."
We really enjoyed our time on board Seven Sea Voyager, especially with the variety of restaurants on offer and overall dining experience. The food was exceptional and mealtimes on the ship were made easy with flexible sitting times and a range of formal and informal restaurants, including dining in your suite which was a firm favourite for myself in the mornings. My butler soon became used to my regular order of Eggs Benedict, followed by the most delicious Brioche French Toast!