Premium luxury cruising is one of the best travel experiences, allowing you to explore the world in comfort and style. The standards of food, service and quality on the ships have gotten better.

Premium luxury

You’ll be sailing on cruise ships, designed to be elegant, yet offer all the conveniences of the modern day. From lavish designer interiors to high-tech suites, you won’t find a single thing out of place. These ships are smaller in size, but not in the amount of facilities they offer. From award-winning luxury spas to expansive recreational facilities, the possibilities on how to spend your days aboard are endless.

All-inclusive experience

Many premium luxury cruise lines now offer the ultimate all-inclusive experience, where you’ll discover that there are no costs for the majority of your alcoholic or nonalcoholic drinks, no cover charges for specialty dining venues, and gratuities are included in your cruise fare. Shore excursions also may be included, as well as high-speed internet. And you will experience exquisite cuisine meal service provided by world-renowned master chefs.

Unique locales, smaller ships

Because of their smaller size, premium luxury cruise ships are able to visit destinations that the mega-ships can’t. These picturesque, unspoiled destinations are just another reason why a premium luxury cruise is perfect. When selecting different destinations, you choose to tour with the ship passengers or go on your own with a customized shore excursion. Activities vary by voyage and itinerary, though many excursions promote culture through art, history and cuisine. Port-intensive itineraries may feature overnight visits and extended port stays.

Outstanding service

No premium luxury cruise would be complete without receiving a minimum five-star-plus service and an exemplary level of personal attention, where there is an extraordinarily high staff-to-guest ratio and where the bartender won’t just remember your martini, but that you like it shaken and not stirred.

Casual ambience

Today, many of the premium luxury cruises have shipboard atmosphere of casual ambience, so the tuxedos and gowns may never be required. Rather, dress as you were going out to a fine restaurant in country club casual.

No-cost air flights

Many premium luxury cruise lines offer no cost for economy-class air flights and even discounts for business-class fares. And if you prefer to book your own flights, you will receive a generous reduction in your cruise fare package.

Value for your money

You may think that premium luxury cruise costs are unmanageable, but that is not necessarily the case. If you compare them to mega-ships and factor in what you get for your money, you will see why premium luxury cruises are so popular.

See the world in comfort and style

And last, a world expedition, where your premium luxury ship becomes your lavish home away from home for 180 extraordinary days from an approximate $223 per day per person, with boarding and disembarking from your ship in the United States. Discover all of the world’s greatest wonders on an unforgettable journey while creating memories that will last a lifetime – from magnificent cities and quaint coastal towns to soaring mountains and islands of paradises.

Arlene Goldberg is president of Action Travel Center in Solon.

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