What is a boutique cruise
A boutique cruise is a unique sailing experience that will take you to places you never imagine on a comfortable home-like ship. Boutique cruises take place on small and medium vessels and therefore accommodate only a small limited number of travelers. Therefore the atmosphere on board is relaxed and the service is exceptional. A boutique cruise ensures a direct connection to nature and maximum proximity to the sea.
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Are you asking yourself – what exactly a boutique cruise is and how it differs from a regular cruise? In broad terms, a boutique cruise is a unique adventure that will take you to the remotest places on earth on a comfortable home-like ship.
Unlike modern day-cruise liners or ‘city giants’ inhabit thousands of passengers, boutique cruises take place on small and medium ships. Thanks to their smaller size, boutique cruise ships accommodate only a small limited number of travelers (maximum 30 persons in small vessels and up to 200 persons in medium ones). Therefore, on a boutique cruise, the atmosphere on board is relaxed and the service is exceptional.
Only a boutique cruise can ensure a direct connection to nature and maximum proximity to the sea. In big cruise ships, you may sail for days without feeling a tiny splash of the ocean. Boutique cruise ships’ decks are relatively close to the water line. Therefore, during your sailing experience on a boutique cruise, you don’t only observe the beauties surrounding you but also become a part of the never-ending views and wonderful nature.
A boutique cruise can take you to places that you can not simply reach in any other mean of traveling. The small size of boutique cruise ships is suitable for docking and sailing in some places that are blocked to big cruise ships; such as anchorages in small villages and towns or bays with small isolated beaches, where the water is too shallow or space is too narrow. Therefore, on a boutique cruise, you can see and experience more.
Boutique cruise itineraries are typically more flexible compared to the cruises on big ships. If you avoid traveling with large groups because you hate the feeling of being like a part of a herd, boutique cruising is a good alternative for you. First of all, excursions in sailing destinations are up to your desires; you can choose to travel in a small group, with your partner or by yourself. Boutique cruise participants tend to be well-traveled and sophisticated. On such cruise, you can get the chance to meet fellow passengers who share similar interests as you.
Boutique cruises involve many activities that aim to maximize your connection to sea and nature. During your boutique sea holiday, you can choose from snorkeling, kayaking, supping and many other water sports.
While sailing 2 to 4 hours a day will allow you to enjoy the fresh breeze of the sea water and views of the magnificent landscape, docking your boutique cruise ship near sailing destinations’ central ports close to city squares will make you feel like staying in a boutique hotel. You can leisurely explore the new towns, experience local cultures, cafes, nightlife, food etc. on your itineraries and come back to eat, sleep and rest and anytime in your centrally docked boutique hotel. Occasionally, you can use a tender boat to reach nearby shores as well.
The key aspect of any boutique cruise is the emphasis on personal service. Boutique cruises are led by a small but a dedicated and knowledgeable crew consists of a captain, chef and service personnel. The crew makes sure that you feel at home as soon as you step on the boutique cruise ship. On a boutique cruise, meals are served either on full-board or half-board basis; the cabins are organized and cleaned once a day, and most importantly – the crew always accompanies you to taking care of all your needs. They think of everything, including a spontaneous mid-day snack, drinks and even live music. Without disturbing your privacy, the crew stays at your disposal all the time.