Anyone with a spare million knocking around now has the perfect way to spend it.
All hail 'the most desirable cruise holiday in the world' (and surely the most expensive): a luxury cruise just launched by Six Star Cruises - with a price tag of £8,000 per night and totalling at £1 million per couple.
The ridiculously luxurious 124-day holiday departs from Los Angeles and visits 28 countries, including Barbados, French Polynesia, Malaysia, Bora Bora, The Maldives and the Mauritius, South Africa and Ghana.
The holiday starts as it means to go on. You'll be collected from your home in a Sikorsky helicopter and flown to a London airport, feasting on caviar and Dom Perignon champagne on the way.
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You'll then fly by private jet to Los Angeles in a plane with a spacious lounge and bedroom, gold plated fixtures and a dining room, where a Michelin starred chef will create a ten-course tasting menu especially for you.
After four nights in an exclusive Beverley Hills hotel, you'll be taken by Rolls Royce to the Royal Suite, onboard Silversea's Silver Whisper. Your room includes two marbled bathrooms, private verandahs and two sumptuous bedrooms. Beds have nine different kinds of pillow, and you'll have your own private butler.
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When you've finished cruising the world and seeing some of its most beautiful sights in complete luxury, you'll stay in an exclusive waterside villa on Sunset island (pictured below), which comes complete with rooftop jacuzzi and in-home cinema.
Silver Star company director Mal Barritt believes that his holiday will be a hit with cruise fanatics. "We have listened to what some of our most discerning customers say they look for in a holiday and have created the most desirable cruise holiday in the world."
It all sounds fab, but will anyone actually book it? According to marketing manager Sam Hall, this shouldn't be a problem. He told Aol Travel
: "A lot of our customers look for exactly this kind of cruise. While it is certainly the most expensive we offer, many of our luxury cruises come with significant price tags. I can definitely see it generating interest and bookings."
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But what if you fancy the cruise but can't fork out £1million? Sam says it's possible to do the same cruise without the frills: a lead-in price for two people, including a standard cabin and pre and post stay hotels, costs a mere £68,379.
See the full itinerary here.
- Nobu Matsuhisa
He's been hailed as redefining sushi with his innovative blend of classically styled Japanese food with Peruvian and European influences. Now you can sample chef 'Nobu' Matsuhisa's cooking in The Sushi Bar and Silk Road restaurant on <a href="www.crystalcruises.co.uk">Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony</a>. Yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, and black cod with miso, lemon and hajikami are among the delicious dishes on his menus, which he serves up personally on the occasional voyage.</p>
- Todd English
American celebrity chef Todd English keeps the transatlantic spirit alive on Cunard's fabled ocean liners. Chef English shot to fame for the rustic Mediterranean fare served at his Olives restaurants in the US. Now he's serving up these flavours at two eponymous eateries on the Queen Mary 2 and<a href="http://www.cunard.com" target="_blank"> Queen Victoria</a>. There’s a good chance you’ll meet the culinary whizz, because he sails with Cunard several times a year.</p>
- Jean Christophe Novelli
Snap up a ticket to join <a href="www.virginholidayscruises.co.uk">Virgin Holidays'</a> 'Once in a Lifetime' sailing on the Queen Elizabeth this year and you could meet chef Jean Christophe Novelli. Chef Novelli will be doing cookery demonstrations and joining guests at dinner each night on this exclusive cruise leaving Southampton and calling at Portugal, the Canary Islands, and Madeira.</p>
- Marco Pierre White
Crab linguini with chilli, and roast rack of lamb with herb crust are the order of the day in The White Room, Marco Pierre White’s restaurant on board<a href="http://www.pocruises.com" target="_blank"> </a><a href="http://www.hl-line.com" target="_blank">P&O’s Ventura</a>. He’s also behind the French flavours of Cafe Bordeaux and Italian-inspired cooking at Cafe Jardin on sister ships Aurora and Oceana respectively. The chef has worked with P&O for several years and can be seen on board from time to time.</p>
- Olly Smith
Flamboyant Olly Smith, who shot to fame on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen has opened a unique wine bar and restaurant, The Glass House, on <a href="http://www.pocruises.com" target="_blank">P&O’s Azura</a>. Olly keeps an expert eye on the wine list, which cruise-goers can enjoy with a selection of dishes from the grill. And he’s often aboard to lead special tastings, too. </p>
- Dieter Muller
German chef Dieter Müller has been credited with turning around his country’s cuisine. Now you can taste the flavours that have got the critics raving at has his intimate 26-seat restaurant on the <a href="http://www.hl-cruises.com" target="_blank">Hapag-Lloyd Cruises ship Europa</a>. Chef Müller creates dishes by combining French, Asian and Mediterranean flavours and using ingredients sourced in his homeland of south-west Germany. He’ll also be at the helm in the kitchen during the year.</p>
- Atul Kochhar
The first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star, chef Atul Kochhar is now at the helm of Sindhu, the latest fine-dining restaurant on board <a href="http://www.pocruises.com" target="_blank">P&O's Azura</a>. Modern Indian cuisine with a British twist is played out in dishes such as Goan-style pan-roasted lobster in coconut sauce with lobster kedgeree, which Chef Kochhar will occasionally come aboard to prepare.</p>
- Gary Rhodes
The champion of modern British cuisine was one of the first chefs to sail the ocean waves. He now has two restaurants at sea, on board <a href="www.pocruises.com">P&O Cruise ship Arcadia and Oriana</a>, where he delights diners with dishes such as lightly spiced smoked haddock soup and roast monkfish with buttered spinach and a saffron mussel soup. Sail at the same time as Chef Rhodes and you'll discover he likes to go about the tables meeting his diners.</p>
- Jaques Pepin
International chef and TV personality Jaques Pépin will be on board <a href="http://www.oceaniacruises.com" target="_blank">Oceania Cruises’ brand new ship Marina</a> when it sails this August from Dover to Rome. You’ll be able to join Chef Pépin and gain the benefit of his expert knowledge at cooking demonstrations in the ship’s unique culinary centre.</p>
- Valentine Warner
Learn to cook with the latest celebrity chef to hit our airwaves, Valentine Warner. The star of BBC2’s <em>What To Eat Now</em>, will be sailing on Eurodam with <a href="http://www.hl-line.com" target="_blank">Holland America Line</a> in June, sharing his cooking tips in its state-of-the-art, theatre-style 'show kitchen at sea. </p>
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