As you meander across the oceans, exploring a myriad of destinations and delighting in the fine dining each evening, you could be forgiven for thinking that life on board couldn’t get any better. However, if you have ever stayed in a luxurious cruise ship suite, you will know different!
From platinum leaf coving to VIP restaurants, here are our top 5 most luxurious suites at sea.
Imagine the immaculately designed interiors of the multi-million pound properties in London’s Mayfair and you’re on the same wavelength as the palatial Owner’s Suite of the Oceania Marina. At 2,000 sq. ft., the suite spans the entire beam of the ship; an industry first and a design that creates a space with almost the same square footage as the average home.
Double doors open to reveal a dramatic entry foyer with wet bar, handmade tile floor and baby grand piano. New York-based Tocar Interior Design have expertly crafted every element of the suite to an incomparable standard; cashmere wall coverings; platinum leaf ceiling coves; alabaster walls and ebony accents. The Oceania Marina suites are the first in the world furnished with the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, while gift sets and toiletries are provided by luxury goods brand Bvlgari.
The king size Prestige Tranquillity Bed is made with 1,000 thread count linens, while cashmere lap blankets are positioned invitingly around the suite. His and hers bathrooms mean no more fighting over the mirror, and you don’t even have to share wardrobe space; there are two walk-in wardrobes in each suite. Four flat screen TV’s are situated around the suite, including one on the veranda; perfect for enjoying a movie while you soak away your stresses in the outdoor whirlpool spa. There’s another whirlpool spa indoors too.
Cunard Queen Mary 2
Queens Grill Suites
The Grand Duplex of the Queen Mary 2 is a haven of classically styled luxury. The suite measures a vast 2,249 sq. ft., split over two levels and connected by a sweeping staircase. A muted colour palette of coffee and creams creates an air of traditional elegance, as does the sleek marble in each of the two bathrooms. Relax with a pre-dinner drink and canapé courtesy of the fully stocked bar, before retiring to one of two dressing rooms to ready yourself for Formal Nights.
The dining area seats up to eight people in absolute comfort, after which you can enjoy chilled champagne and sunset vistas, courtesy of the 300 sq. ft. balcony with views over the stern.
A transatlantic crossing connotes an elegance of yesteryear and what better way to make the journey than in the absolute luxury of one of the finest suites at sea.
Silversea Silver Spirit
A private butler comes as standard with most suites, however Silversea’s butlers pride themselves on anticipating your every need, knowing exactly what you want even before you do. The Owner’s Suites on board Seabourn Spirit combine classic design with modern accents, so whether you choose the 1,292 sq. ft. one bedroom, or go all out with the 1,668 sq. ft. two bedroom, you’ll certainly be travelling in style.
Floor to ceiling glass doors open out onto a vast teak veranda, whilst inside there are two sitting areas and dining space for up to six people. Queen sized beds are standard issue, each of them covered with fine Pratesi linens, down duvets and a choice of 9 pillows. Sleek marble bathrooms are home to sunken baths and exclusively formulated toiletries. The soundtrack to the suite life is provided by none other than audio experts Bang & Olufsen.
Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas
Royal Loft Suite
When Quantum of the Seas sails into service next month it will bring with it the next level in luxury accommodation. Situated on decks 8 and 9, the Royal Loft Suites consist of a two-storey space with double height windows and panoramic views. There’s 1,640 sq. ft. of inside space, along with a 613 sq. ft. balcony, all decorated in the same sleek, ultra-modern style as the rest of the impressive ship. The plush fabrics, rich cherry wood accents and contemporary colour schemes are almost as stunning as the sea views occupying a whole wall of the loft. Entertainment is provided in the separate media room or alternatively you can tinkle the ivories on your own baby grand piano. There’s dining space for eight and a balcony large enough to accommodate even the most fabulous of cocktail parties. A fully-stocked private bar provides the pre-dinner drinks.
A whirlpool on the balcony is the perfect place to relax with sea air and ocean vistas; did we mention that there’s another whirlpool on the top tier balcony too?
Celebrity Cruises Celebrity Reflection
Celebrity Cruises take their suites seriously, so much so that April 2015 will see the introduction of Celebrity’s ‘Suite Class’. Expanding on the already impeccable service, passengers opting to stay in a Celebrity suite will enjoy even more, including a dedicated private restaurant exclusively for use by suite class guests, complimentary unlimited speciality dining, access to a VIP lounge and concierge service and access to private members’ bar Michaels Club.
Even before the introduction of Suite Class, Celebrity Cruises’ Reflection Suite has been up there with the best suites at sea. Located in a private area of deck 14 that can only be accessed by a key card given to suite passengers, the Reflection Suite measures 1,636 sq. ft. and has a 194 sq. ft. veranda; not the largest balcony space but the panoramic corner location and hot tub with rain shower make it one of the best. There’s floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and a sea view bathroom complete with an impressive cantilevered all glass shower. Bath amenities are provided by Bvlgari, naturally.
You’ll slumber in the Premium Reverie Dream Sleep System bed, having chosen your pillow from an extensive menu of course. You needn’t even leave your room to peruse the ship’s shops, as private fine jewellery viewings and a personal shopping service are all part of the Reflection Suite package.