Jacqui Ridler, regional manager, The Luxury Cruise Company.
What’s the attraction?
“On a premium ship you get more space, fewer people, no big queues and a higher quality of food, plus impeccable service. Much more is included in the original price with no hidden extras. The luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas published a price comparison on the same itinerary – a 10-night Baltic cruise in July – contrasting its 700-passenger ship, Seven Seas Voyager with Holland America’s 2,104-passenger Eurodam, including flights, pre-cruise hotel, transfers, tips, drinks and excursions – and claimed a fare of £329 less than the Eurodam . With smaller ships they are also able to offer more interesting itineraries. For example, the premium line Oceania has a new two-week Pacific Exploration cruise, starting and ending in Seattle and taking in some little-visited parts of Alaska.”
See for yourself
Oceania Cruises’ Nautica departs on 28 September for a 10-night trip starting at Istanbul (with an overnight stay on board) and taking in Ephesus (Kusadasi), Mykonos, Marmaris, Rhodes, Santorini, Crete, Nauplion and Athens (Piraeus) from £1,094pp, through The Luxury Cruise Company (0800 6123 354; theluxurycruisecompany.com).
Demand is weak, so the cruise lines have some excellent deals to entice us on board next year. When comparing cruises, take into account the extras.