Luxury Cruises are no longer something solely reserved for the upper classes. These days it seems there is a plethora of cruise options available to a much wider market than ever before, where the world is promised and expectations from those who book them are still just as high. And who wouldn’t want to cruise the world? Apart from waking up in a new destination each day with a different attitude and ambience, there’s a whole world of fun to be had on board. Stories of cabaret dancers, sumptuous dining, lounging by the pool with an out-of-this-world ocean view and countless other activities that range as far as imitation rock climbing are just some of the options available to ensure incredible memories are made. Whether you’re in the Caribbean, hopping from European city to Mediterranean Riviera, or taking in the awe-inspiring Galapagos, getting on board a boat is still one of the best ways to travel and one of the finest ways to make you feel you’re worth a million dollars.
Arguably the most sought after of luxury cruises still remain those that allow you to sail along the Nile in Egypt. And fortunately there are still some companies who offer the highest standards and quality of service where you really can feel as if you were part of the Royal Family. Luxury Egypt holidays that include Nile Cruises have to be seen to be believed. But even if you’re in a felucca with the locals, Egypt cruises are an experience unrivalled. Watching years of ancient history move past you as you float down the Nile from Aswan to Luxor brings moments of the past to life that have set the precedent for over five thousand years. Passing the Philae Temple, Temple of Horus at Edfu, and the Temple of Kom Ombo can’t help but take your breath away. No train ride could ever encompass such diverse scenery all in one go. The journey has remained the same; it is only the people on it who have changed – each one contributing further to the rich tapestry of travellers who continue to make this once-in-a-lifetime trip.
Even in times as hard as those of late, demand for this type of thing remains strong. Perhaps this is owed to a greater emphasis being placed on life experiences rather than material goods – even if those experiences are of the highest quality. After all, luxury doesn’t have to mean decadence or staying in luxury lodges – to many it can simply mean the ability to be away in the first place, or sharing stories with an interesting local. But perhaps the biggest luxury of all when cruising the world is the intrinsic sense of relaxation that comes from being on board and the increasingly rare chance to pause and reflect, or, at the other end of the scale the blood you can feel pulsing through your veins at the excitement of arriving somewhere new. Docking into an unknown harbour still gives way to an incredible sense of discovery that no airport arrivals lounge can beat – something akin to how Columbus must have felt upon landing in South America for the first time. Moments like these are nothing short of priceless.