It’s no secret that cruises are expensive. According to Statista, the global cruise industry netted $23.3 billion in revenue in 2007 — and by 2027, that number is predicted to grow to $57 billion. Most cruise passengers in 2015 spent an average of $2,208 over the course of their vacation, with more than half of that going toward the ticket alone. Considering these numbers, most people spend their time searching out the least expensive cruises, hoping to save money and still get a great experience.
But sometimes, you just need to splurge. If you’re ready to write a check for the adventure of a lifetime, here are five cruises that are expensive, but also so fantastic that you’ll never have regrets.
PONANT Le Laperouse
This stunning French yacht is not only expensive (ticket prices range from $5,000 to $12,000 or more), it’s also exclusive — there are only 92 staterooms on board, so you’ll want to book fast. What makes this cruise so attractive? First of all, the places it stops. Because the boat is relatively small, it can stop at ports that big cruise ships can’t — such as New Zealand, Australia, New Caledonia, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Southeast Asia, Japan and a host of other locations that are every bit as exotic. And second, the boat is elegant and environmentally friendly. The marina platform (where you can swim right off the ship) and the Blue Eye (an innovative underwater space) will keep you occupied while onboard.
The Seabourn Ovation is an “ultra luxury cruise ship” that takes you on history-filled voyages through ancient cities such as Athens, Greece. Most of Seabourn’s cruises are extended, some lasting even as long as 56 days; a trip of this length starts at $22,999 per person for a veranda suite. Adam Tihany, one of the most well-respected designers in the world, was in charge of designing every detail of the ship. Like any cruise ship, the Ovation has restaurants, entertainment and a relaxing spa — but because you pay so much, everything seems just a little bit better.
Regent Seven Seas Explorer
The massive and luxurious Seven Seas Explorer is made by cruise company Regent and holds around 700 passengers. Upcoming cruise locations include exciting Latin American destinations such as Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Most cruises last around a month, and while Regent’s website doesn’t list exact prices (ask for a quote instead), The Travel says suites cost anywhere from $7,699 to $88,000. The Seven Seas Explorer offers a range of activities, from an Infinity-Edge Plunge Pool (which runs to the stern of the ship for endless views) to delicious cooking classes taught by expert chefs.
The Riviera by Oceania Cruises isn’t terribly expensive — rates start at just $999 — but if you want the best stateroom, be prepared to fork over $10,000 or more. The ship won the 2018 Cruiser’s Choice Critic Awards for best dining, best cabins and best overall. It holds 1,250 passengers and is practically dripping with luxury. Don’t miss the majestic Lalique Grand Staircase and the Artist Loft for a class in painting or photography.
Silversea Cruises Silver Muse
Most voyages on the Silver Muse, the biggest ship that Italian cruise line Silversea Cruises has, are one to two weeks and cost $5,000 to $8,000 per ticket. The ship holds 596 people and is a prime example of European luxury; it travels to a wide variety of locations, including Alaska and Japan. In many ways, Silver Muse is known for its food. The ship doesn’t have a main dining room — instead, you can choose from eight restaurants that serve Japanese food, French dishes, tapas and more. On all Silversea ships, each cabin receives a butler trained by the Guild of Professional English Butlers. And at some point on the voyage (if the weather’s good) you’ll get to experience a classic Silversea deck party, where the chefs outdo themselves serving dishes. That alone is worth the price of the ticket.