You might be surprised to learn that cruise
ship suites – the biggest and most expensive cabins on a ship – are often the
first to sell out. That’s because there are far fewer suites than standard
staterooms so there can be a rush to book them as soon as they go on sale.
While the cabins themselves can be super-luxurious with everything from their
own jacuzzis to baby grand pianos, they also often come with added perks such
as priority embarkation, butler service and access to exclusive clubs and
restaurants. It’s not just premium cruise lines such as Silversea and Cunard
that offer this level of luxury. Even some of the bigger cruise lines such as
Royal Caribbean are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to create
spectacular suites where even the wealthiest traveler will feel at home.
Here’s our pick of some of the best suites at
Loft Suite, Quantum of the Seas
When Royal Caribbean announced its new Royal
class, it claimed it would “redefine luxury at sea”. Undoubtedly one of the
best suites on the line’s mega ship Quantum
of the Seas, is the two-deck high Royal Loft Suite with its
floor-to-ceiling windows and astonishing views. The suite can sleep up to six
people and has a 415 square-foot private balcony with deck chairs and a jacuzzi.
There’s a dry bar, huge walk-in closets and a separate media room.
Duplex, Queen Mary 2
It’s no surprise that the Grand Duplexes on Cunard’s
are named after two of the English Royal family’s homes “Balmoral” and
“Sandringham”. At 2249 square feet over two levels, the suites are fit for a queen
with elegant furnishings, marble bathrooms and a dramatic staircase that leads
to a master bedroom. Both suites have an around-the-clock butler service (perfect
for arranging private parties with friends in your suite) and access to an
exclusive lounge, restaurant and sundeck.
Penthouse, Crystal Serenity
Consistently rated as the best cruise ship in
the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller, Crystal
Serenity is one of the luxury line’s bigger ships with 1070 berths. The ship
underwent a $17 million dry-dock renovation in late 2013, and while there are
bigger and more ostentatious ships, it takes restrained luxury to a new level. The
1345-square-foot Crystal Penthouse suite even includes a private workout area
and its own library. No detail is overlooked from the Bang & Olufsen
sound system to the bottle of Cristal champagne (once a favourite of
kings and tsars) served on arrival.
Suite, Silversea Silver Spirit
In the two owners’ suites on board Silversea’s Silver Spirit, your personal butler will stock your minibar
with your favourite tipples, arrange to have your best shirt dry-cleaned, and offer
you a choice of pillows. The suite has classic décor with a teak verandah, a
marbled bathroom and a powder room. It also comes with perks such as two hours
of worldwide phone use, dinner at the ship’s officer’s table and your own