If we are spending an extended period of time confined to our mode of transportation, we're going to be needing the most lavish experience possible. (The Below Deck yachties know a little something about that.) As it goes for airplane cabins, it goes even more so for cruise ship suites. We wouldn't mind spending stretches at sea in any of these jaw-dropping on-board accommodations.
1. Royal Loft Suite on board Harmony of the Seas, Royal Caribbean
The Harmony of the Seas is no shrinking violet in the cruise world. We’re talking the biggest cruise ship ever here: 124 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower, and housing 16 dining venues and a 2,000-strong crew. Naturally, then, the ship’s top suite is mighty impressive. The 1,524-square-foot two-level penthouse has floor-to-ceiling windows, wraparound balcony, Jacuzzi, and even a personal baby grand piano. Butlers, known in this world as “royal genies,” are available around the clock and suite passengers are treated to VIP access throughout the ship, meaning preferred seats at the ship’s numerous shows, as well as priority boarding and disembarkation.
2. Regent Suite, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
When it launches this summer, Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ newest ship, will set a new standard in luxury cruise cabins. The 14th-deck, 3,875-square-foot grand two-bedroom residence is designed in a sleek Art Deco style by Dakota Jackson and will have a private glass-enclosed outdoor area over the ship’s bow with 270-degree views. Other perks include an en-suite personal sauna, steam room and treatment area where you can enjoy unlimited spa services, and wall-to-ceiling windows in the master bedroom. First-class airfare is included for domestic flights and business class for international flights. Oh, and be sure to take advantage of your private car and driver in every port.
3. Balmoral and Sandringham Duplex Suites, Cunard Line
Does it get any more iconic than cruising the regal Cunard Line between the old and new world on the Queen Mary 2? We think not. When traveling the crème de la crème of cruise liners, why not go all out and splurge on a bi-level Balmoral or Sandringham Duplex Suite? Named after HRH’s country estates, the two suites are identical, both clocking in at 2,249 square feet of space, with private balcony and even a personal grand staircase for when you simply must make an entrance. You’ll also be able to enjoy his and hers marble baths with separate whirlpool tub and shower, and a reserved table at the renowned Queens Grill. The Queen Mary 2 will be having a little work done over May and June, but she'll be returning to the high seas better than ever on June 23.
4. Owners Suite, Viking Star
The Viking Star, the first oceangoing cruise from European river cruise experts Viking, offers a 1,500-square-foot Owner’s Suite on its seventh deck. The private veranda, chic Scandinavian-inspired décor, contemporary art on the walls, and luxe linens are all fine but what we really love about the Owner’s Suite is the private sauna overlooking the ocean. So continental!
5. Crystal Penthouse, Crystal Cruises
Available on Crystal Cruise’s Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships, passengers traveling in Penthouse suites enjoy the undivided attention of their own personal Stateroom Attendant or Penthouse Butler. Pre-dinner cocktails and canapés are served in suite every day, as is white-cloth dining, should you never wish to leave and be forced mingle with non top suite-dwelling passengers. The 1,345 square-feet suites feature private verandas and Duravit spa flotation tubs looking out over the ocean. Naturally for a cruiseline named Crystal, Penthouse guests are treated a popped bottle of Cristal bubbly upon arrival.
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