The journey itself may become a relaxed vacation while traveling on world’s largest, most elegant and stunning cruise ships. Add to it the exotic islands of the Caribbean, and you get a mind-boggling blend of tropical, sunny and vibrant destinations mixed with the finest cuisine, exclusive accommodations and superb services offered by the best cruise operators.
See below several of the best cruise companies, learn what is the largest cruise ship, and find out how it will soon be conquered.
5. Celebrate the Caribbean with the Celebrity Cruises
Celebrity Cruises, a company established in 1989, was the first luxurious cruise operator available at reasonable prices. Today the big blue "X" is a symbol of sophisticated journeys, without pomposity, to world’s most stunning places from Alaska to Europe.
One of the company’s main destinations is the Caribbean islands, and the best vessels to voyage around the tropics are Celebrity Century and Constellation Celebrity.
The upgraded Celebrity Century has it all: private verandas, personalized stationery, luxurious pillow menu, and the spas…yes, it is the spa that deserves special attention. Excellent treatment facilities, considered to be one of the world’s largest floating spas, offer another great way to find relaxation during the trip. The spa provides aromatic body therapies, facial treatments and many other services your body may desire along the journey to white sands and azure waters of the Caribbean.
In turn, the highlight of the chic and glamorous Constellation Celebrity is cuisine. The Ocean Liners restaurant offers superior food inspired by the French art of cooking. Until 2007 the menu was consulted with a famed chef, Michelle Roux, who updated the menu every six months. At present the master is not aboard, but the food has remained so excellent it could rival the world’s best restaurants.
4. Make your Caribbean fantasy journey a reality
The experienced cruisers agree that the Regent Seven Seas Cruises have the best value for money, great service and excellent cuisine. The liners offer the highest space-per-person and staff-per-passenger ratios among cruises ships. Add to it the gourmet meals served by Le Cordon Blue school of Parisian cooking, and the company’s motto, "make fantasy a reality", is becoming convincing.
Among most interesting, exotic and adventurous voyages is the 65-day journey around the South America and the Caribbean on the Seven Seas Mariner, one of the best ships in the medium-size category that accommodates 700 guests. The vessel was the first all-suite, all-balcony ship in the world. She was awarded "Ship of the Year" in 2002 by Ocean and Cruise News.
3. Feel like a queen on Queen Mary 2 ocean liner
As befits a queen, the Cunard Line’s ocean liner under the name of Queen Mary 2 is elegant, sophisticated, luxurious and simply magnificent. The vessel was the longest, tallest and widest liner at the time of her construction in 2003. Queen Mary 2, which cruises around exotic islands and splendid ports of the Caribbean, carries 2,620 passengers and 1,253 crew. The liner houses several outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa, a winter garden, over a dozen dining room, and the magnificent Illuminations Theater with the first ever Planetarium at sea.
Whether on board or off, there is no chance to get bored during a Caribbean journey. While at sea you can choose from plenty of sports options, night entertainment, lectures, spa treatments or cinema and theater shows. While on land the passengers have an opportunity to explore cane plantations on Barbados, visit great cities shaped by the colonial tradition and exotic Caribbean vibrancy, stop by the floating market in Curacao, or enjoy afternoon diving and snorkeling in the c
2. Escape to tranquility and beauty of the Caribbean
"Escape to blissful tranquility, where gentle trade winds caress the senses and sandy white beaches are wrapped in turquoise waters"…well, how not to be tempted by the Crystal Cruises slogan that advertises the Caribbean voyages?
The Crystal Cruises offers one of the most diverse and exotic voyages around the Caribbean. Among highlights is the Caribbean Combination trip. The 14-deck Crystal Serenity, a luxury ship which carries 1080 guests and has one of the highest space-to-passenger ratios, is crusing around the islands for 22 days, visiting the best exotic Caribbean destinations such as St. Barts, Aruba, St. Maarten, Antigua, Costa Rica, and Turks & Caicos.
Cruising the Caribbean is great, but cruising the Caribbean on Crystal Serenity is more than great – it’s awesome. The ship is a queen among world’s exclusive vessels. The staterooms are chic and spacious, with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, feather beds and plush duvets; the service is unbelievably helpful and the cuisine is beyond-the-imagination tasty – including specialty restaurants by a famed chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, and a wine expert, Piero Selvaggio. The vessel’s facilities such as the movie theater, two dining venues, the fitness and spa center, the computer center and language schools make the trip a virtually interesting experience.
1. The Caribbean by the world’s largest cruise ships
When established in 1969, the Royal Caribbean International was fully dedicated (as its name indicates) to journeys around the Caribbean islands. Today the RCI sails to Europe, Hawaii, Alaska and Canada, but the tropical destinations of the Caribbean have remained the apple of the company’s eye.
Among the most breathtaking vessels exploring the Caribbean is the Freedom of the Seas. It is currently the largest ship in the world with the capacity of 3,600 passengers, but it will be soon overtaken by the company’s newest ship: the Oasis of the Seas.
Traveling by Freedom is like exploring a city at the sea. The ship is a huge playground for both kids and adults: a rock-climbing wall, ice-skating rink, onboard surf park, open-air nightclub, Casino Royale, mini golf course and conferences halls are to be found.
In December 2009 the new player and the world’s largest vessel will enter the water stage. The Oasis of the Seas, which will be cruising around the Caribbean, will be 40% bigger than the Freedom liner.
The 16-deck giant will be 1,187 fl long and 240 ft high. It will be able to carry more than 6,000 passengers and 2,000 staff. It will not only be the biggest, but also the most luxurious ship ever. The amphitheater that will sit at the stern of the ship will seat 750 people and allow amazing views of the ocean.
It will have a basketball court, a miniature golf course and surf simulators, an ice rink and a rock climbing wall, swimming pools, an open air space with own micro-climate containing living trees and plants.
The cost of the Oasis exceeds one billion dollars.
It seems almost indecent to wallow in such luxury, and I’m not rally sure I want to know how filthy rich one needs to be to at least set a foot on board of those. Anyway, enjoy the images and, meanwhile, I’ll go get my EuroMillions ticket.