Taking to the seas with a world of luxury at your fingertips; only the preserve of rich oligarchs? Think again. Or maybe you think that cruises are just for the elderly, but again, think again. Trapped on a boat, sea sick and stir crazy? Thrice over, think again.

Luxury cruises, in fact, have it all. And more. Such a trip requires very little planning on your part, are actually pretty affordable when you look at the nightly cost compared to staying in a hotel offering similar amenities, and on top of that, because fares tend to be all-inclusive, they’re easier to budget for. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Sure does, and with that in mind, here are 5 IDEAL luxury cruises around the world.

IDEAL FOR AN ADVENTURE ON YOUR OWN TERMS – THANDA CLASSIC YACHT CRUISE CHARTER EXPERIENCE

If you’re looking for a truly personalised and exclusive cruise experience where all the attention is on you, then why not charter a luxury boat all of your own? The beautiful 115 foot Over the Rainbow of London four-berth yacht is entirely at your disposal to explore and enjoy the stunning islands of the Indian Ocean.

Destinations covered include Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zanzibar to name but a few, so this cruise also makes the perfect accompaniment to an African safari holiday. Whether you’d like the chance to swim with whale sharks, go scuba diving or snorkeling, try your skills at windsurfing or simply island hop between the stunning tropical islands which dot the ocean here, it’s difficult to find a better experience than this.

IDEAL FOR A DESTINATION FOCUSED CRUISE – VIKING OCEAN CRUISES

What sets these cruises apart is the smaller size of their vessels, which allows them access to more exclusive ports and destinations.  Focused on providing their guests with the opportunity to really engage with the culture and traditions of each destination they visit, they’re especially popular with the Millennial traveler who seeks that once in a lifetime travel opportunity (and free ship wide Wi-Fi of course!)

Another attractive feature of Viking’s cruises is their versatility, ranging from 8 to 64 days long and covering all the popular cruise regions like Europe, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean and South America. Each cabin also comes with its own private veranda, a real luxury which allows guests to enjoy the sun and beautiful views in relative privacy, which can be a bit harder to come by on larger cruise ships.

Each Viking cruise includes a complimentary excursion in each port of call designed to let guests immerse themselves in local experiences, from art, culture, history and architecture, to agricultural and wildlife experiences. So if dry ground is your thing, this seabound adventure is the one for you.

IDEAL FOR FAMILY FUN – CARNIVAL CRUISE LINES BERMUDA EXPERIENCE

If you’re looking for a luxury cruise experience where the kids will get to have as much fun as the grown-ups, then Carnival Cruises have got you covered. Mum and Dad get the chance to relax and unwind in complete style and comfort, while kids aged between 2 to 15 are entertained and well looked after. The 114 foot long water slide and onboard kid’s menus are another great selling point. On their popular Bermuda route, parents and little ones alike will love the chance to visit King’s Wharf, a magical green-hilled island which was discovered over 500 years ago.

IDEAL FOR LUXURY AT A DISCOUNT – OCEANIA CRUISES: VENICE TO ATHENS PACKAGE

With free unlimited internet access, 6 free shore excursions, a free beverage package and $600 shipboard credit, who says luxury has to cost the Earth? This glorious 10 day cruise which starts in Venice, Italy and covers destinations including Croatia and Montenegro eventually winds down in Santorini, Greece. This one is definitely our favourite discount option!

IDEAL FOR A ROUND-THE-WORLD CRUISE – REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES

If you’ve got the option of ditching reality for 131 nights spent exploring the world and ticking every item off your bucket list in one fell swoop, then surely there is no better way to do it than with a luxury round the world cruise. With routes that let you call upon 66 ports in 30 different countries (visiting 36 UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way), it’s easy to see why Regent has become the lner of choice for those wishing to go big, and not go home.