Tuesday, February 06, 2007

World's Most Expensive Cruises

Most Expensive Private Yacht Charter $120,400/day

Coming in at the top of the list this year (as it has for the past several), the Annaliese a 280-foot superyacht, will run you $120,400 a day. That includes access to onboard amenities such as a business center, movie theater, 24-hour hot and cold buffet and bar service. Should you wish to accommodate more than 36 guests (the vessel's maximum capacity), her sister ship, the Alysia, has the same specifications and goes for the same daily rate.

Most Expensive Heli-cruise $36,000/day

You can choose summer in Alaska or winter in Costa Rica--or both, aboard the Absinthe, a private 201-foot heli-yacht with a set seasonal schedule. For $36,000 a day, guests can settle into the 12 staterooms, outfitted with Frette linens and L'Occitane toiletries, and take advantage of the onboard crew of 20, including a helicopter pilot and a professional masseur. Shore excursions, like heli-hiking a Costa Rican rain forest or exploring remote Alaskan glaciers, are included.

Most Expensive Asia Cruise $6,496/day

This segment of the Regent Seven Seas' world cruise embarks from Hong Kong and ends in Singapore, with stops in Vietnam and Bangkok in between. The all-suite Seven Seas Voyager features balconies in every suite, and the Master Suite, which costs $90,949 for the two-week voyage, has 1,403 square feet of space, a nearly 200-square-foot balcony, two bedrooms and marble bathrooms. Butler service is included.

Most Expensive Health & Wellness Cruise $5,912/day

This seven-night cruise aboard Silversea's Silver Shadow, an all-suite luxury ship with lush rooms and an onboard casino, starts in Stockholm and finishes in Copenhagen. The Owners' Suite, which goes for $41,390 for the week, has a 200-square-foot teak veranda, Lavazza espresso maker and a Bang and Olufsen sound system. Silversea Cruises has introduced a new emphasis on wellness, and guests receive a new schedule of optional healthy activities and seminars every day of the voyage. Available classes include Pilates, circuit training and yoga, and low-carb menu selections round out the trip.

Most Expensive Indian Ocean Cruise $5,672/day

This 19-night tour of Australia, Mauritius, France and South Africa was the most expensive leg of Crystal Cruises' around-the-world cruise itinerary this year; top-notch accommodations cost $107,779 for the two-and-a-half-week voyage. The Crystal Serenity accommodates 1,080, has a sushi restaurant designed by Nobu Matsuhisa and offers guests onboard art lessons and butler service.

Most Expensive Transatlantic Cruise $3,900/day

For cruising the Atlantic in style, it doesn't get better than Cunard's Queen Mary 2 ocean liner. The ship has an onboard Canyon Ranch spa and even a kennel program, supervised by a kennel master who will feed, walk and cuddle your pooch while you relax at sea. The six-day crossing in one of the ship's Grand Duplex suites costs $23,399.

Most Expensive North Pole Cruise $3,375/day

A 16-day cruise on the Yamal, a monster of a ship with 75,000 horsepower and a steel hull for plowing through ice, costs $54,000 per suite (or $27,000 per person, if you're sharing). Temperatures outside hover at 20 degrees Fahrenheit, but the ship's inside is considerably more hospitable; suites have large windows, and there's a volleyball court and indoor heated swimming pool on board. Helicopter excursions are included in the price.

Most Expensive New Year's Cruise $2,699/day

Ring in the new year on the the Seabourn Pride, which cruises St. Maarten, St. Barts and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. The Owners' Suite costs $18,895 for seven nights, and shore excursions can include horseback riding on St. Croix, snorkeling in the pristine Buck Island and swimming with the dolphins at Virgin Gorda.

Most Expensive Antarctica Cruise $932/day

The owners' suite on the Abercrombie & Kent vessel Explorer II goes for $13,055 for a 14-night Antarctic cruise. The ship carries 12 auxiliary craft for navigating icebergs up close, and passengers can expect scenery to include seals and plenty of penguins. A lecture lounge, library, health club and spa are all available, and prices include an open bar.

Most Expensive River Cruise $853/day

The Road to Mandalay is a converted river cruiser that Orient-Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises, a luxury travel operator, purchased and upgraded specifically for multiday excursions on the Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar. The ship is decorated throughout in Myanmar style, with classic fabrics and wicker furnishings. A Superior stateroom costs $2,560 per person for three nights.