Best of the Best 2018 - 38
9. ARE YOU A THRILL-SEEKER?
Sky-high adventures via new technologies and old-fashioned daredevilry.
* ICE, ICE BABY
Princess Cruises Alaska sailings
get you to the Juneau Icefield
via a breathtaking helicopter ride
over the Alaskan rain forest and
mountains. You'll be outfitted with
hard-shell boots, an ice axe and
crampons for your two-hour guided
* FLYING HIGH
On Royal Caribbean's Anthem,
Ovation and Quantum of the Seas,
you can soar to new heights in trapeze school, try the iFly skydiving
simulator, or board the North Star,
an enclosed observation pod that
rises 300 feet above sea level.
* SHIMMY ON UP
The Star Clippers 227-passenger
Royal Clipper is still the world's
only five-masted, full-rigged sailing
ship - and you can climb one of those
masts, with a provided safety harness,
of course, to take in the views over the
42 billowing white sails.
Visit the Mendenhall Glacier
in Alaska via helicopter with
Princess Cruises, and hang out
during trapeze lessons on select
Royal Caribbean vessels (inset).
On most ships, booking a top suite also gets you priority boarding and other line-busting privileges
throughout the sailing.
10. DO YOU APPRECIATE
THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE?
From white-tie evenings to well-dressed breakfasts in bed.
* LOOK SHARP
Renowned for its commitment to
the golden age of cruising, Cunard's
2,961-passenger Queen Mary 2 has a
formal dress code in the main dining
venues - which most guests are eager
to embrace. Each sailing typically
features three formal nights, such as
a masquerade ball or Roaring 20s-
Butler service is a must when
cruising with Silversea.
* THE BUTLER DID IT
On Silversea ships, each cabin has
dedicated butler service, and all
butlers are trained through the Guild of
Professional English Butlers.
* PERSONAL TOUCH
Guests checking into their cabins on
SeaDream yachts will find monogrammed pajamas waiting for them.
* ARTFUL SURROUNDINGS
Seabourn's 600-passenger Encore
was designed by Adam D. Tihany, the
creative force behind renowned spaces
such as The Beverly Hills Hotel and
Thomas Keller's Per Se.