Best Private Luxury, River & Ocean Cruises

Best Private Luxury, River & Ocean Cruises

The types of trips you can take:

  • On your own
  • Private luxury tour
  • Group tour
  • River cruise
  • Ocean cruise
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Big Ben, London

On Your Own

A fabulous way to travel!  You set the pace, you set the destinations, and you arrange for all the amenities, details and fun.

By being your own “travel agent”, you have full control over your vacation.  If you enjoy doing this, it’s one of the best ways to travel.  

But, what if you’re not into this, and just want to travel, unwind and not worry about missing the train, or plane or next highlight?

Well, there are fabulous touring companies that offer you a trip of a life-time, your next vacation and the ability to enjoy yourself as they arrange everything for you.

Let’s go and see who they are, what they have to offer, and why you should consider checking these out further.

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Colorful hot air balloons over the mountains


Private luxury tour

If you have the means to go on a private tour, then you will LOVE the likes of Abercombrie and Kent, Butterfield & Robinson, and Kensington Tours. 

These touring companies are the finest in the industry.  They provide true tailor made travel itineraries that will knock your socks off.

Private luxury tours are offered to many exotic places.  Consider visiting South Africa and going on Safari, or India and visiting the Taj Mahal, Australia to see the great barrier reef, or New Zealand to see the great fjords. 

These touring companies will arrange exotic and once-in-a-lifetime experiences:

  • Cage diving with the great white sharks in South Africa
  • Private wine tasting and tours in the South of France
  • Private jets
  • Private helicopter rides over Victoria Falls
  • Scuba diving on private islands
  • Whatever else you could ever imagine, think or want. 

Just ask and it’s yours!

There’s so much to see and do!

Prepare yourself for your departure as these touring companies lavish you and provide you with, and arrange for, the most outstanding itineraries, points of information, luxury resorts & destinations, experiences and the most memorable travel adventure of a life time.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget — You will certainly not have to worry about carrying any of your luggage, or anything else for that matter.  (One baggage caveat – many exotic and private trips travel on smaller jet planes and they cannot handle large luggage.  So, be sure to check with your luxury travel agent for details).

But, there’s no need to worry, because where you’re going, they’ll have all the amenities you need, including same day laundry services and all the exquisite fine amenities to satisfy your every beckon need.  Looking for a private & tailored made trip?  This is it!

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Lovely Amsterdam


Group tour

A fantastic way to travel is on a group tour.

There are several touring companies in this industry, but the best, in my mind are:  smarTours, Trafalgar, and Globus.

These companies, in my experience, offer the best vacations in the world to some of the most amazing destinations. 

It’s a great way to see the world as these experienced travel companies take you to all the places you’ve ever wanted to go.

They offer local tour guides who have all the knowledge of the UNESCO sites, the best pubs to hit, the best local shopping areas, the finest restaurants, and things not to miss while there.

This is a very competitive space, so be sure to research and do your homework before booking with one of these companies.  Compare their itineraries, price and time of year.  While some may offer a cheaper price, another may offer more destinations.

These touring companies help with one piece of luggage throughout your entire trip; you take care of the rest of your bags.

So, bring that larger piece of luggage; they will handle it for you.  Typically, you leave your larger bag (one bag per person) outside your hotel room the night before, and the next morning it’s picked up by your tour guides and put on the bus for you. 

Since you’ll be leaving your bag outside your hotel room, be sure to bring your TSA lock!

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Banff National Park, Canada


River cruises

Love, love, love them!

The River cruising industry is very competitive.  The best river cruise companies are:  Viking, TauckUniworld, and Crystal.

These are some of the finest river cruise lines in the world. 

What I love most about them is, you arrive, unpack once, then go have a drink!  There’s something real nice about being able to settle in and not have to worry about packing that bag up again for the next destination.

River cruises are simply a wonderful way to travel.

There are local tour guides, just like the group tours, but the amount of people on a river cruise is significantly less.  

What you will love about river cruises:

  • See the sites, have dinner, drink a glass of wine, all while cruising down the river
  • Visit quaint towns
  • Go through the locks
  • Unpack once
  • Easy and fast hop on/off the boat for excursions
  • Calm river waters
  • Dinner served (no buffets), all you can drink wine, beer, etc.
  • Buffet lunches
  • Quiet, usually older crowd

A river cruise is a very nice way to unwind, turn your mind off, relax, and enjoy the scenery, towns, local customs, food, and on-board local entertainment.

You can bring as many bags as you want, pack as many things as you like, and bring your Beauchamp bag for all the goodies you will buy and bring home.  So, there is no limit to how many bags you can bring. 

Certainly, check with your airlines ahead of time to see if they will charge you for extra bags.

But, if you truly want to bring that striking dress, or sharp looking jacket, go ahead, bring it, and enjoy sipping on your glass of wine as your river boat navigates down the Danube from Passau to Budapest (the “Paris of the East“)!  A glorious trip!

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Ocean Cruise Ship


Ocean cruises

Oh how exciting it is to set sail, unpack your bags ONCE and then go and find all the nooks and crannies of your large ocean liner. 

Wow, what amazing things they have on these ships, simply incredible.  Of course, bring your kids, bring your bags, bring your mom and dad, and of course, bring your swimsuit.

There is no end to what these cruise lines offer.

Some of the best lines for your money include Princess, Celebrity, and Norwegian

Some of the best lines for families include Disney, Royal Caribbean and Carnival

Some of the best lines for couples and luxury cruises include Seabourn, Viking, Crystal, and Regents Seven Seas.

Happy Travels!!


I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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