10 Best Cruise Ship Suites

by Donna Heiderstadt

10 Best Cruise Ship Suites

by Donna Heiderstadt

Cruise lines have been raising their indulgence stakes with opulent accommodations that rival those of five-star hotels and resorts — with personal butler service, soaking tubs in private solariums, showers that cantilever out over the sea, and as much as 3,000 square feet of living space. Here are 10 of the most impressive spaces at sea:  

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Owner's Suite on the Oceania Marina / Oceania
Royal Loft Suite on Quantum of the Seas
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Royal Loft Suite on Quantum of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas

These duplex suites on Royal Caribbean’s two newest ships are truly grand, with 1,640 square feet that includes a soaring, chandeliered living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and three balconies (two with whirlpool tubs).

These duplex suites on Royal Caribbean’s two newest ships are truly grand, with 1,640 square feet that includes a soaring, chandeliered living room with floor-to-ceiling windows and three balconies (two with whirlpool tubs).

Escape's Haven Deluxe Owners Suite
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The Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite on Norwegian Escape

The views are spectacular from this 1,345-square-foot, forward-facing suite, where you can watch the ocean slip by from the king-size bed or the marble shower inside, or from your private, 395-square-foot balcony. The suite also comes with butler service and access to The Haven, Norwegian Escape’s posh enclave.

The views are spectacular from this 1,345-square-foot, forward-facing suite, where you can watch the ocean slip by from the king-size bed or the marble shower inside, or from your private, 395-square-foot balcony. The suite also comes with butler service and access to The Haven, Norwegian Escape’s posh enclave.

Oceania Marina's Owner's Suite
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Owner’s Suites on Oceania Riviera and Oceania Marina

These suites are decked out in furnishings and linens from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, giving them a chic, boutique hotel feel. The light-filled, 2,000-square-foot spaces span the entire aft of decks 8, 9, and 10 on the Riviera and Marina and also have indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, butler service, and complimentary in-suite bar.

These suites are decked out in furnishings and linens from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, giving them a chic, boutique hotel feel. The light-filled, 2,000-square-foot spaces span the entire aft of decks 8, 9, and 10 on the Riviera and Marina and also have indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, butler service, and complimentary in-suite bar.

Crystal Serenity's Penthouse
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Crystal Penthouses With Verandah on Crystal Serenity

The four penthouse suites on the Crystal Serenity each measure 1,345 square feet and were recently redesigned with lavish Italian marble mosaic bathrooms featuring a spa tub with a view, private workout rooms, plus a dining area with a butler’s pantry. 

The four penthouse suites on the Crystal Serenity each measure 1,345 square feet and were recently redesigned with lavish Italian marble mosaic bathrooms featuring a spa tub with a view, private workout rooms, plus a dining area with a butler’s pantry. 

Seabourn Odyssey's Wintergarden Suite
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Wintergarden Suite on Seabourn's Odyssey-Class Ships

Found on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest, these suites are all about relaxing. The 1,097-square-foot suites each have two tubs: a round whirlpool in the bathroom and a soaking tub on the veranda’s glass-enclosed solarium.

Found on Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, and Seabourn Quest, these suites are all about relaxing. The 1,097-square-foot suites each have two tubs: a round whirlpool in the bathroom and a soaking tub on the veranda’s glass-enclosed solarium.

Silver Spirit's Grand Suite
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Grand Suite on Silversea’s Silver Spirit

This suite on the Silver Spirit can be configured as a grand one-bedroom or an even grander two-bedroom (which also adds an extra sitting room and full bath). No matter which layout you choose, the amenities include butler service and a fully stocked minibar, plus a special dinner at the officer's table.

This suite on the Silver Spirit can be configured as a grand one-bedroom or an even grander two-bedroom (which also adds an extra sitting room and full bath). No matter which layout you choose, the amenities include butler service and a fully stocked minibar, plus a special dinner at the officer's table.

Grand Duplex bath on the Queen Mary 2
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Grand Duplexes on Queen Mary 2

These luxe, two-level suites on the QM2 channel 21st-century, retro trans-Atlantic glamour with art deco style and a dramatic etched-glass spiral staircase. The 2,249 square feet of living space includes a sitting room and a dining area that seats eight, plus a massive bedroom with exercise equipment, two dressing areas, and a "his and hers" bathroom.

These luxe, two-level suites on the QM2 channel 21st-century, retro trans-Atlantic glamour with art deco style and a dramatic etched-glass spiral staircase. The 2,249 square feet of living space includes a sitting room and a dining area that seats eight, plus a massive bedroom with exercise equipment, two dressing areas, and a "his and hers" bathroom.

Reflection Suite
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Reflection Suite on Celebrity Reflection

The most jaw-dropping aspect of this 1,636-square-foot, two-bedroom suite on the Celebrity Reflection is the cantilevered shower — a diamond-shaped glass pod that extends over the side of the ship for a sweeping view (until you flip a switch to tint the windows, that is). 

The most jaw-dropping aspect of this 1,636-square-foot, two-bedroom suite on the Celebrity Reflection is the cantilevered shower — a diamond-shaped glass pod that extends over the side of the ship for a sweeping view (until you flip a switch to tint the windows, that is). 

MSC Divina's Sophia Loren Suite
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Sophia Loren Royal Suite on MSC Divina

This suite on the MSC Divina wasn't just named after the Italian screen legend — she actually helped design it. The 388-square-foot suite (plus a 172-square-foot balcony) is decked out in a palette of deep, seductive red, with black-and-white photos of the actress in her most famous roles, plus a dressing table fit for a movie star.

This suite on the MSC Divina wasn't just named after the Italian screen legend — she actually helped design it. The 388-square-foot suite (plus a 172-square-foot balcony) is decked out in a palette of deep, seductive red, with black-and-white photos of the actress in her most famous roles, plus a dressing table fit for a movie star.

Regent Suite on the Seven Seas Explorer
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Regent Suite on Regent Seven Seas Explorer

This top suite on the new Regent Seven Seas Explorer (which launches in July 2016) is nearly 3,000 square feet, including a 958-square-foot veranda. That's a lot of space, and there are two bedrooms plus 2.5 baths and the first in-suite spa at sea, with steam room, sauna, and unlimited complimentary treatments by Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

This top suite on the new Regent Seven Seas Explorer (which launches in July 2016) is nearly 3,000 square feet, including a 958-square-foot veranda. That's a lot of space, and there are two bedrooms plus 2.5 baths and the first in-suite spa at sea, with steam room, sauna, and unlimited complimentary treatments by Canyon Ranch SpaClub.

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