Luxury Cruises: 12 Incredible Rooms On The Ocean
Cruising can be one of the most extravagant journeys you ever take, so long as you do it the right way and choose the right suite. Featuring Jacuzzis and grand pianos, glass-bottomed showers, and butlers, here are 12 of the most luxurious suites at sea.
The Regent Suite – Regent Seven Seas
In just under 12 months, the latest Regent Seven Seas ship, touted as the most luxurious ever built, will set sail on her maiden voyage from Monte Carlo. For the ultimate luxury experience, book into The Regent Suite: a 360-square-metre apartment with an in-room spa, Steinway Arabesque piano and conservatory-style 'vista garden', where passengers can enjoy unobstructed 270-degree views over the ship's bow to the horizon.
Other perks include a private car, driver and guide in every port, premium-class air travel, and airport transfers by limo.
The Reflection Suite – Celebrity Reflection
The two-bedroom, 157-square-metre Reflection Suite can be found on Celebrity Reflection, which was launched by Celebrity Cruises in 2012. It has a wraparound balcony offering 360-degree views, floor-to-ceiling windows and a grand piano (because all wealthy people must have a piano).
It's the bathroom that really stands out, however. The glass shower extends out over the edge of the ship, for heaven's sake. Modesty is preserved by reflective 'smart' glass.
Samsara Suites – Costa Cruises
Sail on any Costa Cruises ship built in the last decade or so, and you'll have the chance to stay in one of its exclusive Samsara Suites.
These include priority embarkation, butler service, an invitation to a cocktail reception with the captain, daily fruit delivery, a bottle of spumante and an in-suite Jacuzzi. Guests also get unlimited access to spa areas.
Aurora's penthouse suites – P&O's Aurora
Each of the two Penthouse suites on P&O's Aurora (similar suites are available on Azura and Ventura) is spread over two decks, connected by a winding staircase. The lower level consists of a living and dining area, while the bedroom and bathroom are upstairs.
But both suites have their own individual characteristics. The Library Suite features its own private library, while the Piano Suite comes with a baby grand piano that can be played both manually and electronically.
Sapphire and Pearl II suites – Saga
The suites on both Saga ships, Sapphire and Pearl II, are less ostentatious than some, but are nevertheless spacious with a stylish nautical decor. This is a Suite on Saga Pearl II, the smaller of the company's two ships.
Again, this isn't an extravagant suite: it doesn't have a whirlpool bath or private library. Yet it does come with balcony terrace, 24-hour room service, flat-screen TV and DVD player and binoculars.
Club World Owners Suite – Azamara
Azamara is due to start refurbishing both its ships early next year, with Azamara Journey entering drydock in the Bahamas in January, and Azamara Quest following suit in Singapore in April.
From 2016, guests in a Club World Owners Suite or Club Continent Suite will benefit from butler service and complimentary dining at the two speciality restaurants.
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Owner's Suite – Hapag-Lloyd
At more than 93 square metres, the Owner's Suite on Hapag Lloyd's Europa 2 is nothing if not spacious – with bedroom, living room, private balcony, two lavatories and a walk-in wardrobe. It also comes with butler service and a free, well-stocked mini bar.
What's more, the suite's amenities offer something of a spa experience, with the shower doubling up as a steam sauna and a private relaxation area attached to the bathroom.
Grand Duplex Apartments – Queen Mary 2
Another multi-level suite, the Art Deco-styled Grand Duplex Apartments on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 span two decks and come with butler service and priority embarkation and disembarkation and tender services (so you skip the queues).
There is dining for eight and a his-and-hers marble bathroom, and suite dwellers will also find a gaming console, personalised stationery and the services of a pillow concierge for the ultimate night's sleep.
Crystal Penthouses – Crystal Serenity
The four 125-square-metre Crystal Penthouses on Crystal Serenity have all the mod-cons you could possibly want, from the Bose VideoWave III flat-screen television in the living room (bedrooms also have TVs) to the iPod docking station with surround-sound system. The suites also come with free, unlimited internet.
Other services and amenities on the Crystal Cruises ship include 24-hour butler service and guaranteed preferred dining in the Crystal Dining room.
Concierge Royal Suites – Disney Cruise Line
The Concierge Royal Suites on all four Disney Cruise Line ships are nothing short of regal. With a tremendous amount of room and a modish Art Deco vibe, it really is difficult to think of a better family suite (each sleeps up to five people).
On Disney Dream, two LCD flat-screen TVs, expansive media library and an enormous verandah are all part of the package, along with perks such as in-suite dining and priority tendering.
Royal Loft Suite – Anthem of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Oasis and Quantum-class ships are respectively the largest, and second-largest cruise ship classes based on gross tonnage, so it's no surprise that their high-end Loft Suites are spacious and lavish.
A Royal Loft Suite, such as this one on Anthem of the Seas, is the best suite available on any Royal Caribbean ship. Accommodating up to six, its features include a large private balcony, library, baby grand piano, wet bar and a whirlpool bath.
Deluxe Owner's Suite – NCL
The Haven is an exclusive section on seven Norwegian Cruise Line ships, reserved for guests in the top suites, penthouses and villas. Chief among these is the Deluxe Owner's Suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound balcony.
Along with access to The Haven's private Courtyard area where guests can dine, drink and relax in the pool, there is also a butler and concierge service.
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