The upper echelon of cruise travel is the luxury category, but just what does “luxury” mean? Does it merely mean such a cruise will cost a pretty penny more than a standard sailing, or is there more to it than that?
The reality, to begin with, is that the very word luxury has been watered down in the industry. As lines outside the category employ it as a description of wares approaching luxurious, genuine brands – those like Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Silversea Cruises and Seabourn – are forced to use terms like ultra-luxury to even get the point across accurately.
As with everything, you get what you pay for, and the perceived value received from said cost is as subjective as art connoisseurship. At its simplest, ultra-luxury is all-inclusive, which itself has become a relative description as some brands are more so than others. However, luxury lines are