The most luxurious suites at sea
From luxury for family to high-end expedition, there are some of the fanciest suites available on cruise ships
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Luxury for family
Tucked away at the top of its ship, The Haven by Norwegian is home to NCL’s most luxurious and spacious accommodation. Guests staying in this opulent ‘resort’ will have exclusive access to The Haven Lounge, The Haven Restaurant and The Haven Courtyard and Sundeck, the personal service of a concierge and 24-hour butler throughout the cruise. The most impressive suite on offer is the three-bedroom Garden Villa, described as “a sanctuary of contemporary design”, the area stretches up to 622 square metres, sleeping up to eight guests, and features three full baths, a half bath, private dining area and outdoor terraces.
Silversea has excelled at offering a mix of luxury and adventure. On board Silver Explorer, its ice-strengthened purpose-built luxury expedition ship, guests can enjoy the opulence of the 68 square metre Owner’s Suite while sailing to some of the world’s most incredible destinations. Butler service, dinner at the officer’s table, laundry service and wi-fi are, of course, included.
Featuring two deluxe bedrooms with en-suite baths, living and dining areas, and suite-wide triple Panoramic Balcony-window, Crystal River Cruises’ Two-Bedroom Crystal Suite is among the most impressive on the rivers. This “enclave of excellence” totals 71 square metres in size and comes with a “European-trained butler”.
When the all-suite Seven Seas Explorer launched a few years ago, one room in particular took all the headlines. Described as “the most exclusive address at sea,” the 413 square metre Regent Suite was billed as cruise’s most expensive suite. Made up of two spacious bedrooms, plus living and dining rooms, it offers an ocean-front view from the top deck, plus guests get a private car and driver in every port, private dining in The Study and an in-suite spa. If that wasn’t enough, the room features two rare, original lithographs by Pablo Picasso and a custom Steinway Grand Baroque piano.
With only 62 guests on board and a staff-to-guest ratio of 1.5 to one, Crystal Cruises’ all-suite Crystal Esprit is perfect for those seeking yacht-style cruising with itineraries spanning the Mediterranean, Middle East and Seychelles. The yacht boasts a dazzling array of watersports, including jet skis, scuba equipment and even a two-person submarine! When it comes to accommodation options, the ship’s star attraction is its opulent 48 square metre Owner’s Suite which features panoramic windows, a separate living room and dining area, a bathroom with a bathtub and rain shower, interactive bedside iPads and a dedicated 24-hour butler.
Tall ship cruising
A near replica of the 1913-built France II, Tradewind Voyages’ majestic Golden Horizon is the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship. Oozing the romance of a historic tall ship, all of its 140 cabins are outside facing, but the Owner’s Suite is the most prestigious option. Accommodating up to four guests, the lavish suite has a dining area and living room with a double sofa bed for guests, a balcony, walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom with a shower and bathtub. The 53 square metre nautical-themed suite comes complete with butler service, 24-hour room service, complimentary mini-bar and laundry and daily canapés.
Depart the UK in style aboard Saga’s Spirit of Discovery where there are four individually-designed Forward Suites to choose from, including the 69 square metre Art Deco-inspired Sidney De Haan Suite and the 61 square metre Rose Suite which provides larger seating and dining areas along with botanical paintings by artist Sally Pond. A butler will pamper guests staying in the plush suites, each equipped with a walk-in wardrobe and whirlpool bath. Other benefits for suite-dwellers include a morning wake-up tray, pre-dinner canapés, a private afternoon tea service and in-cabin dining.