We asked our editorial team to create their perfect cruise using elements from different sailings that they have been on. This is what they said.
Rebecca Barnes, Editor, Cruise Trade News: “If you’re going to cruise, do it in style; Silversea’s one-bedroom silver suites feature marble bathrooms, walk-in wardrobe, a separate dining area, Illy espresso machine and much more. Marella Explorer has a diverse range of eateries to suit every taste. I love Kora La for pan-Asian cuisine, and The Market Place, which offers an unbelievable buffet featuring food from around the world.
“Viking’s LivNordic Spa is a Scandi haven of pampering – with complimentary access for all guests. Highlights include a snow grotto, heated loungers and thalassotherapy seawater pool. Tauck excursions get you exclusive access to attractions before they’ve even opened for the day. You may even get to dine at a castle or chateau. Homeporting in Seattle, Norwegian Bliss offers everything from a Beatles cover band in the ship’s own Cavern Club, to Jersey Boys and Happy Hour Prohibition – The Musical.”
Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor, World of Cruising: “My perfect cruise would be sailing around the Med on a ship that had the junior suite from Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas – with its marble bathroom, huge balcony and bar – the Michelin-style food from Silversea’s Silver Spirit and the incredible and great value-for-money Viking drinks package. Frozen margarita on the top deck, anyone?
“For entertainment it has to be P&O Cruises for its sheer multi-generational variety acts and exclusive collaborations with iconic TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, while the ‘luxury of the mind’ and award-winning enrichment programme from Voyages of Antiquity will ensure I know everything about the destinations we’d visit.
“I’d need a butler from the sublime Crystal Cruises, the Champneys Spa from Marella Cruises’ Marella Explorer and for the atmosphere it can only be the party-loving-no-matter-what-your-age Saga, who also have the best pool.”
Gary Peters, Deputy Editor, Cruise Trade News: “I would start with the cabin/service on Silversea’s Silver Cloud. Marble bathroom and Bulgari amenities – a great combination. The staff are also so meticulous, down to the very fine details, such as delivering a body pillow late one night for a curious cruiser.
“When it comes to food, I’ve found each restaurant on Oceania Cruises to be incredibly varied – from steakhouse to Asian-inspired delights – and the quality of ingredients right up there. It also has a great pool bar and grill for more informal dining.
“And who doesn’t like a good surprise element? The Crystal Debussy river ship has a small, yet tempting, indoor pool. Obviously restricted by width and height dimensions, and unable to rival the size of ocean-going ships, but this is a lovely addition. The panoramic balcony windows are also wonderful, opening up to reveal the sights and sounds of wherever you happen to be in the world.”
Josh Stephenson, Feature Writer, World of Cruising: “My perfect cruise? Hmm. Well, I’d drop my bags off in one of Viking Cruises’ ever-so-stylish veranda staterooms before speeding off to speed around Norwegian Bliss’ racetrack – the most fun you can have at sea.
“I’d have my chopsticks at the ready to devour the sushi served at Roy Yamaguchi’s delicious Asian Market Kitchen on board MSC Seaview or maybe Sushi on 5 aboard Celebrity Silhouette or even Bliss’ Teppanyaki. There’s so much good Japanese food at sea.
“You can’t go wrong with the entertainment found on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas: I’d enjoy a few craft lagers in Playmaker’s Sports Bar catching up on the football scores, belt out some karaoke in the On-Air club and, of course, go see one of my favourite musicals, Hairspray.
“Finally, I’d unwind with a nightcap to the musical stylings of MS Seranade’s (Titan Travel) resident piano man, Pavel, who never heard a Frank Sinatra song he didn’t want to cover. And, after all of that, I think I’d have earned a good night’s sleep.”