Fine Egyptian cotton linens, a fluffy duvet and feather pillows are just a few of the luxuries you can expect on your six star cruise ship. Luxury liners ensure that their little touches create maximum effect and their accommodation is of no exception. Here is my guide to some of the best luxury cruise suites afloat:
Seabourn’s Grand Wintergarden Suite
Welcome to 1,397 square feet of pure luxury. The Grand Wintergarden Suite is the highest standard of accommodation that you can buy and offers an abundance of world-class features which match its price tag. You will be greeted by your personal suite stewardess who will go that extra mile for you, whether it’s drawing you a warm scented bath or sprinkling rose petals on your bed, her aim is to ensure you feel completely at home. Your room comes fully complete with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, one of which has a whirlpool to offer the ultimate relaxation. Plenty of wardrobe space is on hand with three huge closets in your suite and technology has most certainly not been overlooked with three flat-screen TV’s and complimentary internet / Wi-Fi service available. If you are entertaining guests then The Grand Wintergarden Suite allows for six people around its comfortable dining table and a complimentary in-suite bar is of course stocked daily for your enjoyment. This suite really does offer everything you could ever want and more to ensure that you truly live the life of luxury during your stay with Seabourn. What’s more, you can spend your evenings sipping on a glass of champagne whilst watching the sunset into the ocean from your very own private balcony. This truly is the epitome of ultra-luxury.
Cunard’s Queen Grill Suite
Pre-dinner canapés and a personalised butler service, preferential disembarkation and tender services, priority luggage delivery and complimentary champagne, are just some of the highlights you can come to expect if you book a Queen Grill Suite. As you arrive you will be treated to sugar-iced strawberries along with your French champagne. Your butler will then offer to unpack your suitcase whilst you begin to relax in the comfort of your new home. These spacious two-floor suites are joined together by an intricately designed winding staircase and as you reach the top you will be greeted by a huge glass window which looks out to sea. Downstairs offers a comfortably open lounge area with a dining table for eight and an office. Here you can find modern amenities including; an in-room Xbox and DVD player, personalised Cunard stationary, flat screen TV, and a fruit basket with bottled water which is replenished daily. Upstairs you will find the master bedroom, two dressing rooms and an en suite marble floored bathroom, fully complete with a whirlpool to ensure the ultimate retreat. You can select from a whole variety of fine Canyon Ranch soaps and shampoos and in the mornings you can read your chosen daily newspaper in the comfort of your Terry Cloth bathrobe and Slippers. Plus, with the help of your private balcony and 24 hour room service, you can enjoy a romantic meal for two aboard one of the finest ships in the world.
Silversea’s Owners Suite
Silversea treats her guests to champagne on arrival, European bath amenities, plush robes, slippers, down duvets, fine bed linen, fresh fruit, flowers and of course your very own Butler service. As you settle into your Owners suite you can sit back and let your Butler unpack your suitcase whilst you decide which type of pillows you would like to sleep on and choose from an array of bathroom products such as Bvlgari and Ferragamo. Your room features a 200 square-foot teak veranda with comfortable furniture for you to marvel at the panoramic ocean views in the privacy of your own suite. Two marble bathrooms with a powder room and a full sized Jacuzzi offers the ultimate indulgence and two queen-size beds are on hand to allow for a comfortable night’s sleep. You certainly won’t be short of modern amenities either as you can expect plasma TV’s with complimentary movie channels, Bang and Olufsen or Nakamichi 3-CD stereo, direct-dial telephone, personalised Seabourn stationary and a Lavazza Espresso Maker. Spacious wardrobes are perfect for those who don’t like to travel light and the room comes with a whole host of added little extras that really make a huge difference including; complimentary daily newspaper, a daily replenished beverage cabinet, fresh fruit and flower arrangements, complimentary laundry service, afternoon canapés and a special chocolate welcome.
Regent Seven Seas MS Master Suite
The master suites on Regent’s fleet really are a haven of luxury. Expect exceptional service from your personal Butler who can make reservations for you in the restaurant, book your shore excursions, organise private cocktail parties in your suite and even send out the invitations. What’s more, in the mornings you can slip into your fluffy Regent slippers and read the morning newspaper on your full wrap-around deck teak balcony, whilst your Butler prepares your breakfast for you. Your expansive living room boasts comfortable sofas and chairs, Nespresso coffee and Tea Forte set-up, a stocked refrigerator and mini-bar. The suite offers all the latest gadgets with an interactive flat-screen television and direct-dial, plus you are even treated to your very own iPad and iPod docking station for your enjoyment. The marble appointed bathrooms are where you can find your fluffy Regent bathrobes and Hèrmes and L’Occitane amenities and the European King-size Suite Slumber bed ensures that you enjoy a cosy night’s sleep.
The benefits of staying in Crystal’s Penthouse Suite begin long before you step on board. A complimentary private car will chauffeur you to your ship where you will be greeted by a glass of champagne from your white-gloved Butler who will lead you to your Penthouse Suite. Don’t worry about unpacking either as your Butler will do that for you whilst you get acquainted with your new home. Your beautifully decorated living room offers space and comfort and you will come to discover it boasts a flat-screen TV, DVD and CD players, cordless phone, a data port for your laptop, a complimentary bar and a state-of-the-art sound system. The bedroom offers a king size bed with soft linen sheets and the bathroom comes with master bath and Jacuzzi looking out into the ocean. Make sure you take full advantage of your private veranda as well for breath-taking panoramic views, whilst you sip on some champagne from your mini bar. If all that wasn’t enough, you even get your own workout area and a library… it’s a wonder why anyone ever leaves their room.
By Ian Lewis