If they’re not renting or buying secluded islands in remote locations around the globe, the super rich go on a luxury cruise. And with Silversea’s latest $1.5 million per couple offering, vacation for the rich just got even more luxurious. The Silversea Whisper is set to sail on January 2013, and it may just be what you need to relax and get away from the humdrums of our daily lives.
The 124-day epic getaway has all details covered. First, the vacation-goers will be whisked away from their residence by a Sikorsky helicopter. On the way to the London airport, they will feast on Beluga Caviar (costs $6,320 per kilogram), very rare Da Hong Pao Tea (costs $3,160 per kilogram), and a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose.
A private charter will fly them to the United States. During the flight, the couple will get to enjoy a ten-course tasting meal prepared by a Michelin chef. A chauffeured Rolls Royce ride will then bring them to the Beverley Wilshire Hotel in Beverley Hills, LA for a 4-night pre-cruise stay. There will also be a pre-cruise gala at the Peninsula Hotel.
Once at sea, the couple will stay in the exquisite Royal Suite aboard the Silver Whisper. The suite features two bedrooms, two marbled bathrooms, spacious verandas, and a dining area. The package includes champagne, fine dining prepared by Relais and Chateaux chefs, afternoon canapés, and a personal butler. The suite will be the couple’s home for the next four months. The itinerary includes 28 ports of call from around the world, including New Zealand, Australia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, and Barbados.
Back on land, the holiday makers will be chauffeured to an $11,342-per-night apartment complete with cinema and butler. They will stay there for four nights before flying back to London on a private jet.
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Luxury cruises, like shoes, are varied. When choosing a luxury cruise, there are some things you need to consider. First is the size of the liner. While bigger ships provide a wider range of facilities and accommodation, a personalized service will likely elude you. The bigger the ship, the more impersonal the service becomes. The best luxury cruise has higher crew-to-passenger ratio and provides you with a personal butler. The butler takes care of all your needs, from unpacking your bags to making reservations at restaurants, etc. A big ship can also provide you exclusive services, but lining up for security check at ports of call 5000 other passengers. I prefer smaller ships with a maximum of 600 passengers.
The elements of luxury should be in the details, from toiletries to linens to dining wares. Staff should be professional and trained in the art of European hospitality. Find out the perks they are offering. Regent Seven Seas, for instance, offers shore tours in all ports of call. Seabourn has Venetian-style boats for shore expeditions.
The quality of food service can make or break your vacation. Imagine being served bland foods day in and day out for three weeks. You will want haute cuisine prepared by industry-rated chefs using fresh ingredients – no canned soups or fish. The menu should feature variety and should excel in taste and presentation. You will want the dining experience to be as memorable and enjoyable as your tour of the Balkans or the view of the Northern Lights.
Accommodation should approach the level of comfort and convenience provided by first-class hotels. It is typical among luxury cruises to provide passengers with a choice of pillows and soaps. You will be given your own basket of fruit, bottles of champagne, slippers, and bathrobe. Suites are spacious and include separate bedrooms, lounge area, dining area, and veranda. Older cruise ships typically don’t offer verandas. For me though, a veranda is a deal maker. It can set the tone of your cruise experience. There’s something romantic about sitting on a couch and having an unhindered view of the ocean and sky. You can also get a massage or your meals in the veranda.
Luxury cruise is not only for the super affluent, but for any traveler who wants to experience the best sea voyage. Cost of luxury cruises may be sky-high, but you get everything you pay for.