Doing incredible luxury cruises is another very interesting way to travel and see different places. In this case, luxury is maintained in the accommodation of the best trips in the world for 2021 and the convenience of not having to travel when making a route is added. Going from one destination to another is always a tedious thing, especially if we have to take internal flights. However, with cruises, it is the same as with luxury train travel, your own accommodation takes you from one place to another.
There is a different way of traveling through luxury cruises that we wish to share with you with these seven very, very special itineraries.
1. Cruise through South Africa and Namibia
This tour is one of the most interesting for a private Africa cruise. With departure and arrival in Cape Town, visit the most interesting places on the Namibian and South African coast. There are different companies and ships that make the tour, but if what we want is an incredible luxury cruise, the best option is Regent Seven Seas Cruises with its emblematic Seven Seas Voyager cruise.
This ship is characterized because all the rooms are suites and, in addition, exterior. So even if you have the most humble cabin, it will be a great cabin. In fact, there are six different types of suites ranging from 33 square meters to 130 for the Master Suite. The cruise route goes first from Cape Town to the two Namibian cities that are visited: Lüderitz, in the south of the country, and Walvis Bay, in the central area and from which you can visit the Namib desert or see the colonies of sea lions.
Afterward, head back to South Africa to visit Port Elizabeth, Durban, Richards Bay and a final stop in Maputo, Mozambique, before heading back to Cape Town. This tour allows you to discover the most interesting places in the country with the exception of the Kruger Park, with the possibility of doing a safari at one of the stops and seeing the Big Five.
2. Cruise on the Nile
Another of the best cruises in Africa, which is also perfect if you are looking for exclusive trips for singles is the luxury cruise on the Nile. In a route that usually goes from Luxor to Aswan, the most interesting area of the south of the country is crossed at an archaeological level. From the Tombs of the Valley of the Kings, including the tomb of Tutankhamun, to Abu Simbel and the mausoleum of Ramses II or Nerfertiti, the temples of Karnak, Luxor, Kom Ombo or Filé.
In an area where temperatures tend to be very high, touring it on a cruise with a pool and air conditioning is a much more pleasant way to get to know these corners. Together with a first stop at the pyramids of Giza, we can enjoy a complete Egypt. As for the incredible cruises to take the tour, perhaps the most interesting is the Oberoi Zahra. This luxury river cruise has 27 oversized exterior rooms, a pool, a luxury restaurant and even a spa. Everything you need to spend unforgettable days crossing the desert.
Another option that was going to premiere in 2020, but was delayed to 2021 is the S.S. Sphinx. In this case, with the advantage that the 12-day tour begins and ends in Cairo. With 42 rooms, it seems that it will be one of the favorite choices of luxury travelers in the future, although for now we will have to wait for it to get going before we can enjoy it.
3. Cruise through the Amazon
Another river cruise that offers unforgettable luxury travel experiences is cruising the Amazon. In this case, in addition, there is the possibility of making incredible luxury cruises both in the Brazilian Amazon and in other countries such as Peru and Ecuador.
Any option we choose will be very interesting and will allow you to see for yourself the lung of the Planet, one of the natural wonders of the world and a World Heritage Site. Brazil is the Amazon country par excellence and Manaus the first city that comes to mind. In addition, it is the place that has the largest floating hotel to discover the corners of the jungle.
We are talking about the Iberostar Heritage Grand Amazon. With two restaurants, a bar, an outdoor pool and a spa, it is a luxurious way to explore the jungle, enjoy the shows and the most amazing natural places in the area. In Peru, the city of Iquitos stands out, the second tourist capital of the Amazon after Manaus. This city, which can only be reached by boat or plane, has two interesting luxury cruises in which to explore this part of the jungle.
The first of these, the Aria Amazon is probably the most luxurious of all the incredible cruises that ply the Amazon basin. It has only 16 suites with panoramic views by having ceiling-to-floor glass windows, a Jacuzzi and a massage area.
The other, somewhat more humble but equally exclusive, is the Dolphin II, whose main interest is that you can make excursions with National Geographic. A different way of getting to know the jungle, going through unique places and meeting local communities, more ideal for adventurers. This boat is also part of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux accommodations.
Finally, in Ecuador we also want to mention the Anakonda Amazon Cruise. This option allows you to see the Ecuadorian jungle, which despite having only 2% of the total Amazon is the one with the greatest diversity.
4. Greenland and Arctic Cruise
Greenland is another nearby destination that allows incredible luxury cruises that are very different from the usual ones. In this case, there are two options that we recommend, either a cruise through Greenland and Iceland or a trip through Greenland and Canada.
I’m going to tell you more about the latter because it is a more unknown but equally interesting itinerary that crosses two different continents. In this case, you travel and return to Kangerlussuaq (Greenland), also visiting the capital, Nuuk, Sermilinnguaq, Maniitsoq, Upernavik, Qeqertarsuaq and Ilulissat in the Greenlandic part, with different expeditions and excursions included.
For the Canadian part it stops at Iqaluit, Lower Savage Islands, Monumental Island, Lady Franklin Island and Isabella Bay. Walruses, polar bears and, of course, the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights makes this itinerary a very interesting option.
The boat to do so that we recommend is the Silver Cloud, a boat built expressly to offer luxury in the polar regions. Pool, four restaurants and luxurious exterior staterooms with butler included make this option a comfortable way to travel through the Arctic.
5. Cruise through the Greek Islands
The Greek islands are another of the most interesting destinations for a luxury cruise. There are endless possibilities and tours here. Depending on what interests us the most, we can also do only Greek islands or combine it either with Italy or Croatia in the western area or with Turkey or Cyprus, in the eastern area.
For this occasion we propose a tour only through Greece, but as we mentioned, in this destination the options are practically endless. One of the most interesting is the route that starts and ends in Athens, stopping at the islands of Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos, Kos, Chania and Santorini. As for the ship, one of the luxury cruises that make this tour and has very good facilities is the Azamara Pursuit.
6. Cruise through French Polynesia
Another option, instead of the best hotels in French Polynesia, is to tour Tahiti and the Society Islands on an incredible luxury cruise. There are quite a few options between the different archipelagos that are part of French Polynesia, although due to the pandemic it will be necessary to wait at least until 2022, since for now the ships have docked in port.
The Paul Gauguin cruises are the most interesting option for touring the Pacific, although there is a difference to take into account compared to the rest of the ships on the list. Here only 70% of the cabins have an outside balcony, so it is important to have a luxury travel agency making the reservation to guarantee it. Winners in 2019 for the best cruise line award, it is an ideal line to go to Tahiti, Society Islands or the Cook Islands, among other places in Polynesia.
7. Cruise to Antarctica
Finally, speaking of incredible cruises, we could not forget the cruise to the most remote place on the planet, Antarctica. One of the destinations that we already highlighted in our article on luxurious places to travel and that has become a must for the luxury traveler looking for a true adventure.
A very interesting option is the so-called Aero-cruise Antartic XXI. It is a luxury expedition in which, from Punta Arenas, in Chile, you fly to the Frei base, on Rey Jorge Island. At the base, already in Antarctic territory is where you embark on board the Ocean Nova. This boat has capacity for 68 passengers and all cabins and suites have exterior views. In this case, it is a reconstituted scientific ship, but for this trip we do not have an outdoor pool or anything similar.
From there you can visit the most interesting places in Antarctica, with zodiac excursions to visit them on foot and see the penguins. If you want to enjoy an incredible luxury cruise, ask us. Not only if you are interested in these destinations but many others such as the Western Mediterranean, the Baltic States, the Caribbean, Norway or the Middle East, among other options.