4. Azamara Pursuit

Best for: Destination immersion

Azamara Pursuit

Taking its maiden voyage in 2018, the Azamara Pursuit offers luxury in an intimate way, holding 702 passengers. Though it’s smaller than your average luxury ship, the Pursuit provides all you can expect from a seabound getaway, with beautiful destinations to boot. Being smaller luxury cruise ships, they can land in smaller ports and pride themselves on spending more time on land.

At Azamara Club Cruises, they take you to remarkable destinations where you can stay longer and experience more of the local life and culture. Giving you the time to fall in love with them. That’s why they call them ‘Destination Immersion’ experiences.

It’s not only onshore you’ll be immersed though. Dining onboard incorporates the flavours of the destinations you’ll be travelling to as well, where you’ll further be able to dive in to an exclusive, local and personalised culinary experience.

Each cruise includes a glamourous White Night deck party, with further entertainment at the Cabaret Lounge, Card Room, and Spirits.

Though cruises are open to everyone, families with members under 18 are discouraged as there is no children entertainment or baby-sitting services on board.

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3. Cunard Queen Anne

Best for:  A contemporary yet modern experience

Cunard Queen Anne

Feel like you’ve taken a step back in time on board Cunard’s Queen Anne ship. The blend of classic and contemporary interiors take inspiration from the past to define a striking new design. Modern yet timeless, the ship offers both nostalgia and something new.

Due to take its maiden voyage in 2024, Cunard’s 249th ship will make up a remarkable quartet alongside Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Holding up to 3,000 passengers with a host of everlasting designed rooms.

For the ultimate in luxury relaxation, take a trip to the Mareel Spa, then tantalise your tastebuds at their signature Afternoon Tea. In the later hours feel extra special as you dress to the nines for the Gala Evening.

Take advantage of prime sea views with your own private outside space within the Britannia Club Balcony Staterooms. If that isn’t enough to convince you, access to the exclusive Britannia Club Restaurant, and a variety of other features are included with your stateroom.

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2. Celebrity Apex

Best for: Extra luxurious rooms and dining

Celebrity Apex

Apex, one of the newer ships to join the Celebrity Cruises fleet, was designed by the award-winning Kelly Hoppen, and can hold up to 2,900 passengers.

Wine and dine at 29 restaurants including speciality dining at the Fine Cut steakhouse and Raw Bar, as well as other cuisines including Italian, French and Mediterranean.

There’s a myriad of entertainment on board for every mood, whether you want to get lucky at the casino, relax at the spa, float in the adults-only Solarium pool or listen to beautiful live music at the Magic Carpet. The ship is geared more towards adult guests; however, the Toddler Time and Teen Club areas are kid-friendly, plus a few educational spaces.

With a host of stunning cabins to choose from, you’ll really be spoilt for choice. Our favourites include the Iconic Suite, which is the largest suite and offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, floor to ceiling panoramic windows and your own private deck. Or the innovative Edge Villas, featuring two stories, your own private terrace and plunge pool.

The ship’s Staterooms start at 181 square feet and reach up to 243 square feet, all offering smart TVs, customisable air conditioning and plenty of storage space, so you can rest in comfort. Many rooms also offer private verandas for those epic sea views.

If you’re looking for an extra special treat, consider booking a room in The Retreat. An exclusive section of the ship that features luxury accommodations as well as access to the private restaurant Luminae, created by their culinary ambassador, Daniel Boulud.

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1. Seabourn Venture

Best for: Ultra-Luxurious and immersive expeditions

Seabourn Venture

Having taken its maiden voyage in April of this year, this latest ship features a brand-new innovative design, created specifically for the ultra-luxury expedition traveller, and includes many features that have made previous Seabourn ships so popular.

A unique offering is the two custom-built submarines carried onboard, providing an unforgettable view of the mystery of the ocean’s surface. The ship is also designed to carry a complement of double sea kayaks as well as 24 Zodiacs that can accommodate all onboard quests at once, allowing for a truly immersive experience.

The ship holds 264 guests, with 132 all veranda, all ocean-front rooms, to take advantage of those breath-taking views. The largest suite called the Grand Wintergarden Suite holds 6 passengers with 2 staterooms, at a huge size of 1,400 square feet, there’s plenty of space to make yourself at home. Other suites such as the Signature Suites include perks such as wraparound balconies and outdoor Jacuzzis.

Dining is a critical aspect of the Seabourn experience, offering a range of options to suit every mood and taste. All dining experiences are complementary, as are the fine wines selected by their top-end sommeliers. Our favourites include the Constellation Lounge, the spot for early-risers’, offering pastries and beverages, lavish afternoon tea and cocktail-time tapas. Or if you fancy more private meal, 24-hour in suite dining can be served from The Restaurant menu.

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