With seemingly endless dining options, fancy on board features and countless cabin types, it’s a struggle to know where to begin when it comes to choosing a cruise. That’s why I’ve decided to help you find the perfect ship for you. And, if you’ve already sailed the high seas on big names like P&O and Royal Caribbean, you might be surprised to find that this year’s top picks are actually better-kept secrets…
Cabins fit for royalty
Oceania’s Marina offers the ultimate in cabin luxury, so much so, that they’re actually referred to as suites and staterooms. With original artwork, rich wood and an earthy colour palette, you’ll feel like royalty in no time at all. Or maybe you’d like to treat yourself to a stay in an opulent Owner’s Suite, which showcases everything you’d expect from a 5-star hotel. Each has its own bedroom, dining area and so much more, plus they feature iconic furnishings from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection.
From the lavish San Remo Casino to the panoramic Pasha Club Disco, MSC Sinfonia has plenty to keep you entertained during your sailing. There’s also the San Carlo Theatre which is home to spectacular Cirque du Soleil-style shows in a lovely setting, with a pretty starlit ceiling and comfortable red and gold seating. It’s also a popular venue for early evening dancing, late-night cabaret singing and magic acts.
If you’re a fan of stage and screen, Viking Sun has a wealth of live performances and cinematic classics. There are unique shows, ranging from folk dancers to cabaret singers. Plus, with two on board movie theatres, you can see Golden Age favourites like Roman Holiday or the first appearances of Hollywood’s biggest starts. Or, if your idea of entertainment is more active, there’s also a walking track, an aquavit terrace and a spa and fitness facility.
The finest dining
From the skyscrapers of Shanghai to the streets of Paris, Oceania Riviera will transport you around the work with its incredible choice of restaurants. Red Ginger serves contemporary interpretations of Asian classics, while Toscana will indulge the taste buds of those who love Italian cuisine. Or there’s Jacques, decorated with heirloom antiques and serving French fair, or the Waves Grill for All-American BBQ favourites.
Windstar’s Wind Spirit boasts The Amphora restaurant, giving you the very best of the Med’s flavours. The sample menu features mouth-watering dishes like Turkish lamb kofta, braised beef moussaka and crisp apple strudel, plus an international cheese trolley for those that have less of a sweet tooth. It’s the perfect place to dine with your loved one, sipping a special glass of bubbly while looking out to sea through the grand picture windows.
Read more about 2019 cruises in our latest edition of Cruise News.