Indian travel enthusiasts do not have to go too far in search of luxury and adventure, as the Asian continent holds boundless treasures. There is no better way to experience Asia’s charisma than to sail the seas in style. Celebrity Cruises’ Asia itineraries are designed to provide rejuvenation and real ‘celebrity’ treatment to explorers. Promising the most exquisite Asian cruise holiday this season is the refurbished Celebrity Millennium as it travels to destinations as wondrous as China, Japan and South Korea. Voyagers can choose from a wide range of ports to visit- Shanghai, Sakaiminato, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Otaru, Hakodate, Kagoshima, Jeju Island, Busan and Tokyo. It is simply impossible for one to experience a dull moment on these cruises with itineraries spanning 4, 6 or 7 nights. There is no tedious paper work required either, as Indian citizens have to obtain only one visa even when travelling to two or three countries on the cruise. Passengers can also choose from a range of brief itineraries, with Short Asia Sailings being available for those with a busy schedule to get back to. In fact, short Shanghai cruises are up for grabs at incredible prices. Luxury in small doses cannot get any better than this.
Celebrity Cruises offers intuitive service and deluxe accommodations which make your holiday an unparalleled travel experience. The guest-to-staff ratio is an unbelievable 2:1 and room service is available at all hours. The cruise ensures that each and every guest is pampered beyond expectations with butlers in every suite, personalised service around the swimming pool and an on-board destination concierge. The old-world charm of sailing is matched by the latest in technology from around the globe with outlets such as the Celebrity iLoungeSM and the Innovations Store, where guests can stay connected and even purchase all the newest, high-tech electronics including iPads and MacBook computers. To add to the convenience of guests, these purchases are kept duty-free.
Epicureans and gourmet-enthusiasts are spoilt for choice aboard Celebrity Millennium, with an ice-topped Martini Bar, the Cellar Masters Wine Bar and the Café al Bacio & Gelateria available for their culinary pleasure. Another favourite is Qsine, a singular specialty restaurant, with a refreshing approach to dining. Qsine teases its guests’ palates by presenting familiar dishes from different regions, but in a new, whimsical manner. The food is served artistically, without traditional courses, and is intended to be shared amongst guests. The experience is made even more modern through the new-age menu, presented on an iPad. Besides all the exciting new flavours presented on board, the comfort and familiarity of Indian food is also available for guests when they yearn for it.
Rejuvenation is synonymous with cruises, and Celebrity Asia journeys are incomplete without hours of spa and salon treatment. The Canyon Ranch SpaClub is globally celebrated for its serene atmosphere and the legendary pleasures it promises. Guests can avail of complete wellness and lifestyle programs to increase their resilience and tranquility. Canyon Ranch has been a pioneer in healthy living expertise since 1979, with its distinguished health & fitness resorts, wellness communities and luxury spas. Experience a healing massage or a luscious facial as the waves outside lull you into calmness.
The spa experience does not end with a single section of the ship, though. With Aqua Class staterooms, one can luxuriate in spa-inspired suites with indulgent amenities like a shower tower and custom blended bath products. Aqua Spa- managed by Steiner, the leader in spa services- offers a wide selection of day spa activities like acupuncture, body wraps, slimming treatments, steam rooms, tooth whitening and water therapy. For guests with access to Aqua Class, trips to the Persian Garden (a private sauna area) as well as breakfast and dinner at the Blu restaurant are complimentary.
With all these extravagances available at an affordable price, taking a trip to Asia aboard Celebrity Millennium is definitely the best travel plan for this year.