Cruising aboard a luxury ship is the sort of rarefied travel experience most of us can only fantasise about. There are only a few cruise lines the priciest afloat where one finds caviar and bubbly served before dinner by a white-glove butler or very seasoned room steward. Men in black tie and women in elegant gowns dine in intimate restaurants on the finest food afloat, served by the most experienced crew in the world. And these ships cruise to the most exotic parts of the globe, with top lecturers aboard who are experts in
the areas visited.
So what do you actually get for the extra you pay for a luxury cruise?
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What's so special about LUXURY cruises?
OV and Carnival are popular for a reason.
The cruising lifestyle described above sounds surrealistic, and frankly quite unreal
- not suited to 80% of normal humanity. ;)
I don't own a tux and won't be buying one to cruise.
I don't mind throwing on a blazer for the odd Formal/Elegant Night here and there
but to be paying Big Bucks to have to dress up every evening..
...I don't think so!
Last edited by Aplmac, Barbados; 13th July 2009 at 04:55 PM.
13th July 2009, 05:37 PM #3Midship Man Member
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I'm not sure why you've posted a photo of OV2 AplMac, but as you can see I spotted her in Curacao docked in what I thought was an appropriate spot.
Despite studying the ship carefully I couldn't work out how passengers see the sea without looking through a window - unless they stand at the very top and use binoculars! Where's the promenade deck?
Dave (the cruise snob)
13th July 2009, 06:03 PM #5Midship Man Member
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"The promenade deck is a deck found on several types of passenger ships and riverboats. It usually extends from bow to stern, on both sides, and includes areas open to the outside, resulting in a continuous outside walkway suitable for promenading, (ie, walking) thus the name.
On modern cruise ships with superstructures as high and broad as the hull, the promenade deck is often largely enclosed, with railing-lined "cutouts" and wooden decking to recall the old days. The promenade may be used for jogging as well as walking, and signs indicate the mileage." (Wikipedia - My bold italics.)
Got it! I can spot the 'cutouts' now...
Dave (Fred. Olsen fan) ;)
Last edited by Dave, Whitstable; 13th July 2009 at 08:46 PM.
13th July 2009, 08:27 PM #6
This to me is the ultimate of what cruising is really about. Being treated like a princess.....oh Yes!;) Being served tea by men in white gloves. Caviar and Champagne ... oh Yes. I'll just carry on dreaming...
18th July 2009, 04:26 AM #7
18th July 2009, 11:21 AM #8
Luxury versus days at sea
We love both Silversea and Seabourn and all the attendant luxuries but for us they are either a cruise for a special occasion or one that is a real, "can't miss that" bargain.
The main deciding factor is that for every one day aboard a luxury cruise ship I can have two and often three on a very good cruise ship. So it's no contest really.
I can appreciate what Aplmac is saying but to be honest Ocean Village and it's style has never suited me nor can they give me what I want so I have never even thought of using them. Secondly although I agree that Ocean Village is cruising there is no way it comes into any catagory approaching Luxury Cruising. ......Neil
-right out of our home port, ten minutes away from the house.
That's a huge factor! ;)
Indeed OV's a far cry from Luxury Cruising...kinda basic
but what the heck..all part of life's learning experience!
The food was good, and because our cruise was Jan. 2-9
the ship was still decorated for Christmas, so it looked passable.
OV2 pulls away from St.Kitts.
We liked OV2 enough to book again
-this time for a Western Med cruise, with un-decorated ship.
Again it was 'OK' and the food was good
and we got to see the Med!
Would I book it again? Maybe Maybe not.
Having also cruised on Carnival ships, OV2 seems rather basic.