Sunday, December 9, 2012

The World's Most Luxurious Cruise Ships



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Just because you're in the middle of the ocean doesn't mean you should sacrifice luxury. 
These luxury cruise liners will sail pretty much anywhere, but the finest staterooms will cost you.
From learning how to play a piano, male escorts for the single ladies at dinner or apartment-style lofts, these cruise ships show that sailing can be quite luxurious.

THE NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY: The 4,000 passenger ship will set sail from New York to Bermuda in 2013.

THE NORWEGIAN BREAKAWAY: The 4,000 passenger ship will set sail from New York to Bermuda in 2013.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruises

The staterooms have private balconies attached.

The staterooms have private balconies attached.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruises

To stay in a stateroom on the seven-day round trip from New York to Bermuda will cost $1,349 per person.

To stay in a stateroom on the seven-day round trip from New York to Bermuda will cost $1,349 per person.
Courtesy of Norwegian Cruises

THE CARNIVAL SPIRIT: There's a casino, a steakhouse, a spa, a theater, and several clubs on board.

THE CARNIVAL SPIRIT: There's a casino, a steakhouse, a spa, a theater, and several clubs on board.
Courtesy of Carnival Cruises

The atrium's rich wood and glass accents make the ship feel like a luxury hotel. And the single ladies won't have to walk to dinner alone; escorts are provided.

The atrium's rich wood and glass accents make the ship feel like a luxury hotel. And the single ladies won't have to walk to dinner alone; escorts are provided.
Courtesy of Carnival Cruises

To stay in the suite on a nine-day trip from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera will cost $1,649 per person.

To stay in the suite on a nine-day trip from San Diego to the Mexican Riviera will cost $1,649 per person.

THE CRYSTAL SERENITY: Condé Nast Traveler lauds the ship as the best on the seas.

THE CRYSTAL SERENITY: Condé Nast Traveler lauds the ship as the best on the seas.

While on board, learn how to play the piano in the Creative Learning Institute or perfect your golf game in a clinic given by PGA pros.

While on board, learn how to play the piano in the Creative Learning Institute or perfect your golf game in a clinic given by PGA pros.

For a round trip from Los Angeles to Hawaii, staying in the penthouse will cost $15,490 per person.

For a round trip from Los Angeles to Hawaii, staying in the penthouse will cost $15,490 per person.

THE DISNEY DREAM: Designed with families in mind, the ship has the world's first water-coaster at sea. There are three pools on board; one for kids, one for families, and one just for adults.

THE DISNEY DREAM: Designed with families in mind, the ship has the world's first water-coaster at sea. There are three pools on board; one for kids, one for families, and one just for adults.

There are five night clubs and lounges, as well as several gourmet restaurants.

There are five night clubs and lounges, as well as several gourmet restaurants.

There's also a theater for watching Disney films in 3D, of course.

There's also a theater for watching Disney films in 3D, of course.

THE HERBIDEAN PRINCESS: This cruise only carries 50 guests around the islands and highlands of Scotland. It will feel like your own private cruise!

THE HERBIDEAN PRINCESS: This cruise only carries 50 guests around the islands and highlands of Scotland. It will feel like your own private cruise!

On board, have a drink near the inglenook fireplace in the Tiree Lounge.

On board, have a drink near the inglenook fireplace in the Tiree Lounge.

The ship is described as "luxury fit for a queen." Seven nights to the Inner Isles will cost $6,790.

The ship is described as "luxury fit for a queen." Seven nights to the Inner Isles will cost $6,790.

PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES: While sailing near Tahiti, go scuba diving, kayaking, or try your hand at the casino.

PAUL GAUGUIN CRUISES: While sailing near Tahiti, go scuba diving, kayaking, or try your hand at the casino.

Feel free to spread out; the ship has a space to guest ratio of 58 to 1, the highest in the North American market.

Feel free to spread out; the ship has a space to guest ratio of 58 to 1, the highest in the North American market.

Staying in the owner's suite for seven days to Tahiti costs $8,727 per person.

Staying in the owner's suite for seven days to Tahiti costs $8,727 per person.

OASIS OF THE SEAS: The Royal Caribbean's luxury liner has now partnered with Starbucks, so you can have your caramel frappuccino while on board.

OASIS OF THE SEAS: The Royal Caribbean's luxury liner has now partnered with Starbucks, so you can have your caramel frappuccino while on board.

Chef Michal Schwartz helped develop the menu for the restaurant, 150 Central Park.

Chef Michal Schwartz helped develop the menu for the restaurant, 150 Central Park.

The staterooms are described as New York-like loft apartments. A seven-night stay from Florida to the Caribbean in this room will cost $9,830 per person.

The staterooms are described as New York-like loft apartments. A seven-night stay from Florida to the Caribbean in this room will cost $9,830 per person.

THE SILVERSEA WHISPER: Aboard you'll find boutique shopping, a multilevel theater, a beauty salon, spa and fitness center. When staying in the high-priced suites you get a complimentary butler.

THE SILVERSEA WHISPER: Aboard you'll find boutique shopping, a multilevel theater, a beauty salon, spa and fitness center. When staying in the high-priced suites you get a complimentary butler.

Full-fledged performances in the theater provides great entertainment while the ship is at sea.

Full-fledged performances in the theater provides great entertainment while the ship is at sea.

For a 16-day cruise from Florida to Brazil, it will cost $7,720 per person.

For a 16-day cruise from Florida to Brazil, it will cost $7,720 per person.