The allure of the open seas captivates many a traveler. Upscale Living magazine brings you the most opulent seafaring vessels, whether you favor luxury cruise ships or superyachts, we have it covered.

Aria Amazon cruise

Aria Amazon

Experience the world as it was at the very beginning of time by sailing the waters of the mighty Amazon. Throughout the year, Aqua Expeditions’ award-winning luxurious Aria Amazon takes a maximum of 32 passengers on 3-night, 4-night, and 7-night expeditions deep into Peru’s Amazon wilderness to places only ever visited by only a fortunate few. Daily water-based excursions on comfortable skiffs allow guests to experience such wonders as pink dolphins and six-foot-wide water lilies or to fish for sharp-toothed piranha.

All guests aboard the 147-foot-long Aria Amazon enjoy fine wine and haute cuisine, in all-inclusive comfort equivalent to a five-star boutique hotel. The 16 oversized staterooms all feature en-suite seating areas, generous beds, and wall-to-wall panoramic windows.

Delfin Amazon Cruises

Delfin Amazon Cruises

Delfin Amazon Cruises, the first to bring upscale river cruising to the most remote and spectacular tributaries of the Upper Peruvian Amazon, is offering two new four-day voyages in 2020 on March 2020 and April 28 featuring Ph.D. Marine Biologist, Dr. Joanna Alfaro. Aligned to Relais & Châteaux’s mission to promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisine and traditions of hospitality, Delfin prides itself on its world-class hospitality, combining authentic Peruvian gastronomy and understated luxury.

Launched early in 2006 by its founder and CEO, Aldo Macchiavello, Delfin Amazon Cruises is the culmination of a dream shared with his wife Lissy Urteaga – to run a boutique travel business that should showcase the natural beauty of their country, Peru.

Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Bach

Crystal Bach

Crystal River Cruises’ Crystal Bach offers guests enclaves of elegance when it comes to accommodation. Their deluxe suite with a panoramic balcony window is sophisticated, offering spectacular views from the comfort of your king-sized bed, or you can choose to stay in and watch movies-on-demand.

Taking to the river less traveled, Crystal features 10-day “Enchanting Moselle” itineraries aboard Crystal Bach, round-trip from Amsterdam through Germany and the Netherlands in 2020 and 2021. The voyages feature five ports along the vineyard-flanked Moselle River, considered to be one of the most breathtaking rivers in Europe. The itinerary featured destinations along the Rhine River, including Bonn, Dusseldorf, Arnhem, and Koblenz, with overnights in Amsterdam and Trier.

Inspirato Silver Spirit cruise

Inspirato

In addition to its newest brand offer, Inspirato Pass, and offering its members access to a curated collection of luxury vacation homes worldwide, Inspirato also offers Inspirato Only Experiences. These member-only cruises, culinary adventures, and small group journeys remove the guesswork of planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip as all itineraries are carefully designed by Inspirato’s in-house team of travel experts.
Barcelona to Lisbon Cruise (June 18 – June 25, 2020): Set sail on the luxurious and newly renovated Silver Spirit while discovering the cosmopolitan coastal centers of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal. Indulge in Barcelona’s tapas, Lisbon’s port wine, Mallorca’s paella, and Casablanca’s savory tajine on this family-friendly voyage.

Meridian Adventure Sail

Meridian Adventure Sail

Meridian Adventure SAIL is a new, ultra-exclusive private explorers club creating tailor-made and meaningful voyages in the world’s most remote ocean locations aboard a fleet of exclusive luxury sailing catamarans. Each journey immerses guests in an authentic ocean adventure in nature to encourage appreciation of the beauty of a sea, as well as the human role as custodians of the ocean.

A Meridian Adventure SAIL itinerary encompasses the beauty of the destination above and below the water, taking guests deep within the interiors and along the shorelines for natural and local cultural immersion. For 2020 the catamaran fleet will be based in Raja Ampat, Indonesia, an epicenter of unspoiled natural beauty and coral and marine diversity.

Jumeirah Vittaveli - MY Vittaveli at East Shore

My Vittaveli

Launched in Summer 2019, the 85-foot superyacht, “MY Vittaveli” is Jumeirah Vittaveli’s exclusive yacht accommodation, with room for up to eight guests for overnight stays and up to 20 guests for day-time cruises. Each deck boasts spectacular amenities, including a jacuzzi, lounges, open-air dining areas, and four bedrooms – two master cabins and two twin cabins.

All en-suite bathrooms include hydro-sonic massage bathtubs and full-sized Hermes amenities, while the Azimut superyacht also boasts sophisticated exterior design, modern noise suppression technology, air conditioning, a Bluetooth enabled music system and WiFi. Guests staying aboard “MY Vittaveli” can enjoy four hours of complimentary cruising, including exclusive excursions and experiences like a private beach BBQ dinner or stops at uninhabited islands.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

With a one-of-a-kind, opulent 3,875 square-foot suite, extravagantly designed lounges and showplaces, and elaborate gourmet restaurants, Regent Seven Seas Cruises sets a new standard for luxury vacations with the launch of Seven Seas Explorer in summer 2016. At 56,000 gross-registered tons and carrying just 750 guests, the all-suite, all-balcony ship boasts the highest space ratio in the cruise industry.

Designed to be the most luxurious ship ever built, every inch of the vessel evokes elegance and grace. The meticulous level of craftsmanship and lavish detail is what guests will first notice upon boarding the ship. With a promise of the highest luxury standard throughout the vessel, Seven Seas Explorer is truly in a category of its own.

Seabourn cruise

Seabourn

Seabourn represents the pinnacle of all-inclusive, ultra-luxury travel with intimate ships offering key elements that set the line apart. Guests can enjoy spacious, thoughtfully appointed suites, many with verandas and all with oceanfront views. All suites come with a walk-in closet and beautifully designed five-fixture marble bathrooms with double vanities.

Award-winning cuisine and gourmet dining onboard Seabourn starts with the finest quality ingredients, infused with authentic regional flavors, and served with pride. The ships travel the globe to many of the world’s most desirable destinations, including marquee cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways. Seabourn currently operates a fleet of five modern ultra-luxury ships and is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines.

About The Author

Helene Ramackers

Heléne Ramackers is a freelance journalist who enjoys interviewing local and international celebrities but thinks she has found her calling amongst the travel writing fraternity. A creature comfort girl at heart, she loves all things opulent. Her first taste of the bushveld was all it took to get bitten by the ‘bush-bug’, an absolute life-altering experience. She now longs for the expanse of wide open spaces, a pollution-free sky and the roar of a lion lulling her to sleep. When she’s not fantasizing about her next leopard sighting, she thrives on taking photographs of her family and loves capturing the beauty of sunrises, sunsets, rainbows and the magnificence of the full moon. Born and bred in Cape Town, this wife and doting mother love visiting the beauty that is right on her doorstep – the splendor of Table Mountain, the crashing waves at Bloubergstrand and the alluring scenery of the Winelands. To add Upscale Living to her portfolio is a dream come true!

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