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Remember the days when cruise ship suites and staterooms were just cabins? Modern cruise ships boast elegant, luxurious and sometimes over-the-top opulent suites that rival the rooms at a 5-star resort.
As we continue with our luxury series on Cruiseable, we thought it would be fun to give readers a visual tour of the top-end suite experiences you’ll find on the major cruise lines.
Many of these rooms come with butler and concierge service, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors leading to a private veranda, private whirlpools, marble bathrooms and much more. These staterooms are ideal for an upscale multi-generational cruise vacation.
Click through the photo gallery at the top and, as always, click the bookmark icon to save to your personal My Planner. Here’s some information about our picks of 20 of the most eye-popping, luxurious staterooms on a cruise ship.
Ships: Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas
1,599 square feet | Two levels
Highlights: Dedicated concierge service. Two bedrooms. Baby grand piano. Indoor and outdoor dining in rooms seating eight. 874-square-foot balcony with its own LCD TV, entertainment area and Jacuzzi. Library. Wet bar.
Ships: Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Pearl
1,307 square feet
Highlights: Key-card access. Butler & concierge service. Private balcony. Specialty dining delivered to your suite from any restaurant. 24-hour room service. Sun deck with private pool, two whirlpools, sauna, fitness center, private spa entrance. Priority seating for theater shows. Square footage and features vary by ship. Some suites on Norwegian ships come in at more than 5,700 square feet.
Ship: Celebrity Reflection
1,636 square feet | Sleeps up to 6 guests
Highlights: Located in a private area at the front of the ship, the suite is accessed with a special SeaPass. Butler service. An all-glass shower extending over the side of the ship (with a switch to block outside viewing). Guests receive exclusive access to private venues such as Michael’s Club and the restaurant Luminae.
Ships: Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Sojourn, Seabourn Quest, Seabourn Encore (debuting in December 2016), Seabourn Ovation (debuting in spring 2018)
1,052 square feet
Highlights: Butler service. Two large bedrooms. Glass-enclosed solarium with whirlpool and lounging bed. Wet bar and a dining area for six. Complimentary w-fi. Flat screen televisions. Pantry with wet bar. Complimentary private car transfers between airport and ship.
Ship: Crystal Serenity
1,345 square feet
Highlights: Butler service, including course-by-course dinner service. Separate dining area with ocean view. Expansive teak veranda. High-end Duravit spa flotation tub. Italian marble master bathroom with a heated floor. Guest bathroom.
Ships: Marina, Riviera
2,000 square feet
Highlights: 24-hour butler service. Dramatic foyer with grand piano. Spacious living with high-end Ralph Lauren Home furnishings. Separate dining room. Indoor and outdoor whirlpools on 626-square-foot private balcony. Exclusive access to Canyon Ranch SpaClub’s private Spa Terrace, priority reservations at restaurants, including world-renowned Jacques.
Ship: Seven Seas Mariner
2,002 total square feet
Highlights: Personal butler, expansive living room, 2 private balconies, 2 spacious bedrooms with European king-size bed, 2 1/2 marble bathrooms, free wi-fi, free air fare.
Ships: MSC Divina; other Yacht Club Suites on MSC Fantasia, MSC Splendida, MSC Preziosa
562 square feet
Highlights: Prime location at top of ship. 24-hour butler service. Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Fine-wood touches and marbled bathrooms. Egyptian cotton sheets on European king-size bed and pillow menu. Spacious private veranda. Exclusive access to Top Sail Lounge and the pool deck, with private pool, whirlpools and bar.
Ships: Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy
1,781 square feet | Sleeps up to 5
Highlights: Family friendly. Personal veranda. Private master bedroom. Two bathrooms, with luxurious rain shower. Two whirlpools (one on the balcony). Concierge service. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the living area. Exclusive access to a dedicated Concierge Lounge and sun deck. Frette 100% Egyptian cotton linens & plush towels.
Ship: Silver Spirit
1,879 square feet | Two bedrooms
Highlights: Butler service. A 702-square-foot wraparound veranda with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Italian marble bathrooms with separate shower & whirlpool. Pratesi bed linens. Television with DVD and satellite reception.
Ship: Queen Mary 2
506 to 2,249 square feet
Highlights: Butler service, art deco decor, crisp, contemporary interiors, stylish appointments, private balcony. Choice of 9 pillow types. Access to the well-regarded Queens Grill restaurant. Queen Mary 2 is undergoing a refurbishment this month.
Note: The Grand Duplex Suite on Queen Mary 2 is even more sumptuous: A two-level duplex of 2,249 square feet, it offers butler service, two marble bathrooms, a large balcony overlooking the pool deck, glass-enclosed solarium boasting a tub and a day bed, art deco décor, Biedermeier furniture, a frosted-glass staircase and dining for six.
Ship: Seven Seas Explorer
3,875 square feet
Highlights: When Explorer launches in July 2016, its Regent Suite will overlook the bow. Two grand bedrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. Huge living room. 2 1/2 bathrooms. Lavish appointments featuring the finest marble, handcrafted furnishings and rich exotic woods. Custom-made Steinway Arabesque piano designed by Dakota Jackson. Private spa retreat with personal sauna, steam room and treatment area in the suite.
1,357 total square feet
Highlights: Living room characterized by light, space and elegance. Bedroom with 1 king-size bed, oversize whirlpool bath & shower & additional shower stall, dining room, dressing room, private veranda with whirlpool, pantry, sofa, private stereo system, floor-to-ceiling windows.
Ships: Viking Star, Viking Sea
1,448 square feet
Highlights: Large veranda. Luxurious appointments. King-size bed with luxury linens & cashmere blanket. 24-hour room service. Large LCD TV. Complimentary mini-bar, replenished daily. Complimentary wi-fi. Access to high-end spas and fine cuisine.
Ships: Azamara Quest, Azamara Journey
560 square feet | 2 bedrooms
Highlights: Butler service. Huge private balconies. spacious living/dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows. Marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs. Complimentary dining at Aqualina and Prime C restaurants. It's all part of the new-look Azamara for 2016.
Ships: SeaDream I, SeaDream II
447 square feet
Highlights: Comfortable rather than opulent, the Owner's Suite features a roomy living area with sofa, two armchairs. Master bath with a deep soaking tub. Two flat-screen TVs, iPod docking station, a Nespresso machine, fresh flowers.
Ships: Royal Princess, Regal Princess
705 square feet
Highlights: Separate living room. Luxurious appointments. Extra-wide balcony with high-end furnishings; the balcony wraps around two sides of the ship. Master bath boasts dual sinks and marble floors and countertops. Access to the dedicated Concierge Lounge. Note: Suites are available on other Princess ships, as depicted above.
Ship: Scenic Spirit
861 square feet
Highlights: Scenic Spirit, which recently launched on the Mekong River, boasts the largest suite of any river cruise ship in the world. Butler service. Spacious main living room. Nearly a 1:1 passenger-crew ratio.
Ship: River Beatrice
300 square feet
Highlights: River Beatrice has the largest number of suites among Europe's riverboats. The Owner's Suite comes with a butler, tastefully decorated living area with armchairs, large French balcony windows, bathroom with soaking tub and shower, entertainment system, English Savoir bed, built-in closet, flat-screen TV and breakfast room service.
Ship: Adventure of the Seas
1,304 total square feet
Highlights: Royal Suites on Adventure of the Seas have a separate bedroom with king-size bed, private balcony with hot tub, whirlpool bathtub, living room with queen-size sofa bed, baby grand piano, concierge service. Royal Caribbean is rolling out Royal Suites on many of its ships, with many of the same luxury amenities.
Interested in staying in any of these dreamy suites? Contact a travel advocate in Cruiseable’s Business Department via email or by phone: 1-877-322-3773.