When it comes time to book a vacation, luxury cruises are an extremely popular choice for families, couples and friends looking to spend culture-filled days in different cities.

From ice rinks to floating restaurants to luxury spas and designer stores, today’s cruise ships come equipped with a number of rather impressive amenities designed to provide their guests with the ultimate onboard experience. And, of course, there are also plenty of opportunities for cruise passengers to take advantage of everything the ship has to offer during those relaxing days at sea.

If you’ve never experienced a luxury cruise before, you’re in for a range of pleasure, and if you’re a regular cruise traveler, then you may be looking for new experiences thanks to the upgraded itineraries and luxurious new ships that are regularly launched. If your next vacation is going to be on a cruise, then you’ll want to make sure your ship comes equipped with a range of amenities to suit your needs: here are some of our favorites.

A glamorous casino area

One of the most popular amenities of any luxury cruise line is its onboard casino. Because these ships are often hundreds of square feet in size, they are equipped to contain state-of-the-art gaming tables and dozens of different high-tech slot machines. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice, as you’ll be given the help you need to learn and enjoy the variety of games available to you.

At the very least, if the luxury line you end up settling for doesn’t have an onboard gaming center, make sure the ship’s Wi-Fi is fast and reliable so you can access the virtual casino games and accompanying welcome rewards from the comfort of your coastal suite.

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A planetarium on board

In addition to casino games and comfortable tanning, we believe that all luxury cruise lines should be equipped with a magnificent planetarium space where passengers can take advantage of the serene atmosphere and gaze at the stars. 

World-class dining experiences    

Any cruise line that calls itself a luxury provider should have five-star dining options in addition to its daily dining options. As prices rise on luxury lines, so does quality, and you should have no trouble finding a variety of specialty dining options that cater to a variety of tastes, from sushi to steakhouses to Italian to Indian cuisine. Passengers should expect thoughtful dish presentations and gourmet selections in beautiful settings throughout the ship to create memorable dining experiences.

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