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Depending on what you are looking for - thrills, finer things in life or intellectual stimulation - here are three cruise lines that are great choices.
Friday, July 14, 2017 - 05:50

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Royal Caribbean International’s the Ovation of the Seas features the North Star, a jewel-shaped elevating glass capsule that delivers 360-degree views at 90 metres above the ocean.

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Silversea Cruises provides a butler service, consisting of highly trained personnel who will offer you undivided attention.

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Cunard Cruise Line has a thoughtfully planned slew of entertainment options, including ballroom dancing.

SO they say going on a cruise can be relaxing. But choosing a cruise line to take care of your vacation can be tough - with the mind-boggling number of cruise companies offering myriad itineraries, which one do you go with?

We suggest three cruise lines that might be right for you.

If you are a thrill-seeker, go for: Royal Caribbean International

Global cruise brand Royal Caribbean International (www.royalcaribbean.com.sg) is known for cruises stuffed full of exciting activities. And, with the launch of its new liner the Symphony of the Seas in April 2018, it ups the fun stakes.

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Touted to take the title of the "world's largest cruise ship" when it starts sailing, the new ship will hold 6,870 guests over 18 decks fitted out with thrillers like the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea with a dramatic 30-metre plunge. There is also FlowRider, a 12-metre-long surf simulator for those who want to perfect their surfer-dude fantasies.

Prefer to stay dry? Two rock walls and a 25-metre-long, nine-deck-high Zip Line will give the same adrenaline-pumping effect.

The Symphony of the Seas will sail its inaugural season in the Mediterranean from May to October 2018 with itineraries that visit ports in Italy and Spain.

Closer to home, the cruise line's newest Quantum Class ship, the Ovation of the Seas, will be returning to Singapore for two special cruises next April, sailing to places like Phuket and Seoul.

This vessel features exclusive activities such as a RipCord by iFly skydiving simulator; the North Star, a jewel-shaped elevating glass capsule that delivers 360-degree views at 90 metres above the ocean; SeaPlex, where guests can experience bumper cars, roller-skating, basketball, Xbox games and parties at night; and a surf simulator.

For those who enjoy the finer things in life, go for: Silversea Cruises

Upscale Italian cruise provider Silversea (www.silversea.com) knows ultra luxury and the unparalleled amenities and services that guests enjoy on its boutique ships are proof of that.

For starters, the moment you board the ship, white-gloved staff will welcome you with a flute of champagne as they escort you to your suite, which, by the way, is ocean-facing, and possibly with your own private teak veranda. And then there is the butler service, consisting of highly trained personnel who will offer you undivided attention. With almost one staff member for every guest, it means you won't be kept waiting whether you have ordered breakfast in bed or simply want your ice bucket refreshed.

Dining-wise, gastronomic excellence on board is a given because of the cruise line's partnership with the Grands Chefs Relais & Châteaux. Two of its ships, the Silver Muse and the Silver Cloud Expedition, feature a Relais & Châteaux restaurant, La Dame, which serves a bespoke French menu by top chefs from the Relais & Châteaux team.

The cruise line also provides expedition trips, and together, its ships sail to more than 900 destinations on all seven continents, more than any other cruise line. The intimate size of its vessels means they can sail up narrow waterways into the heart of a city.

Its itineraries include many late-night and overnight departures, which give guests more time to experience the local colours and cultures at their ports of call. And if you want to extend your adventure on land, Silversea's concierge team will help with planning your trips, whether you are interested in insider access to popular attractions or exciting adventures in search of the unusual.

For those in pursuit of intellectual attainment, go for: Cunard Cruise Line

While some are content to spend their holiday paying homage to the sun on a deck chair, Cunard (www.cunard.com) understands that there are others who prefer to pursue intellectual stimulation even on their breaks.

And the Cunard Cruise Enrichment Programmes is here to help with that. On this programme, luminaries such as writers, actors, film-makers, politicians, explorers, scientists, historians and even Nasa astronauts are invited on board to host talks and discussions with guests on contemporary issues.

Celebrated English explorer Ranulph Fiennes, for example, will be on board the Queen Mary 2 in December 2017 on the transatlantic Southampton to New York journey. He will share insights about his incredible adventures with guests - he was the first person to reach both the North and South Poles by surface means and the first to completely cross Antarctica on foot, among many other achievements.

There is also The Cunard Book Club, which offers the opportunity for literary discussions among passengers.

And then when you're full-up on things intellectual, kick back and relax with the thoughtfully planned slew of entertainment options - culturally enriching ones, of course - such as live music, from jazz ensembles to classical recitals, singers and soloists, as well as ballroom dancing and West End-calibre theatre and dance productions.

Cunard's three vessels - the Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria - sail all around the world in a variety of itineraries that run from short trips to legendary journeys, such as its 35-night cruise that sails from Sydney to Singapore on the Queen Elizabeth in February 2018.

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