Silversea, a swankier and luxe alternative to the mainstream cruises where rooms cost about $500 a day, currently offers butler service to guests in top-tier accommodations--Royal, Grand and Owner's Suites on its ships. Starting in May, the butler program will roll-out on Silver and Medallion Suites on their ships. Then in September, everyone will have butlers on all Silversea ships.
The cruise industry, though battling suspicious reviews, is turning out to be a interesting alternative for vacationers in this economy as it provides a one-stop shop sort of plan. Meaning you get the experience of a hotel resort with activities and entertainment and you also get to travel from place to place without having to pay extra airfare or travel costs. Or without dealing with what some might view as the hassle of setting up travel from one destination to another.
Of course, we can't say that cruises are great ways to experience local culture but it is an easier kind of trip.