There are a lot of nice cruise ship suites out there, but only a handful that will really blow you away. The top-end suites are all privy to indulgent extras like 24-hour butler service for when you need your shoes polished at midnight, your packing done for you, or a cocktail party for new friends onboard. Other perks: chilled bottles of champagne, canapés before dinner, and multicourse meals served on your terrace. Something extra special makes each of these seven suites stand out:
1. Crystal Penthouses
Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises
Photo by Crystal Cruises
These 1,345-square-foot penthouses were recently remodeled with Swarovski crystal sconces, handmade Italian mosaic tile floors, and an in-room washer and dryer — where your butler can do your laundry whenever you ask him to. But it’s the master bathroom that steals the scene: Have a seat on the heated marble bench in the glass shower and admire the ocean from the Duravit flotation tub. There’s also surround sound audio and a waterproof Bose® flat-screen TV embedded in the vanity mirror.
Price Tag: seven-night cruises from $12,285 per person.
2. Silver Suites
Silver Spirit, Silversea Cruises
Photo by Silversea Cruises
These 742-square-foot suites have marbled bathrooms with double sinks, a full-size whirlpool tub, and a separate shower with a rain shower head. What else do you need? A gigantic closet, of course. If you can’t imagine traveling without your favorite heels and dresses, pack your Louis Vuitton® luggage and book a Silver Suite. The “walk-through” closet is large enough to hold more than 100 pairs of shoes and 20 ball gowns and tuxedos. You’ll need ’em — dinner is a dressy affair.
Price Tag: seven-night cruises from $4,350 per person.
3. Owner’s Suites
Marina, Oceania Cruises
Photo by Oceania Cruises
If there was a suite beauty contest, these three 2,000-square-foot Owner’s Suites — which span the entire width of the ship on Decks 8, 9, and 10 — would win. The Hollywood Regency look is elegant, with zebra-print upholstery, midcentury style furniture, and framed 1930s and ’40s photos. Furniture, fabrics, and bedding are from the Ralph Lauren™ Home collection, and the foyer has a baby grand piano and bar. Other perks: a hot tub and a TV on the giant balcony, a whirlpool in the marble-and-granite bathroom, and his and hers walk-in closets.
Price Tag: seven-night cruises from $12,499 per person.
4. Grand Duplexes
Queen Mary 2, Cunard Line
Photo by Cunard Line
These massive two-story apartments — also called the Balmoral Grand Duplex and the Sandringham Grand Duplex — measure 2,249 square feet, including a 300-square-foot balcony. Retire upstairs to the bedroom, with its marble bathroom, whirlpool tub, and exercise bike, or relax downstairs in the living and dining area, where there’s a marble bathroom for guests. The lower level has an attached balcony that’s perfect for entertaining. Your butler, of course, will keep glasses filled with complimentary wines and spirits and serve canapés.
Price Tag: seven-night cruises from $18,448 per person.
5. Sophia Loren Royal Suite
MSC Divina, MSC Cruises
Photo by MSC Cruises
With lots of hot colors and sensual fabrics, this may just be the sexiest suite at sea. With design input from Sophia Loren herself, the godmother of the fleet, Suite 16007 comes with plush, red velvet furnishings and gold-framed, black-and-white photographs of Sophia from the ’60s. The dressing table was modeled after hers, so you can channel your inner sexpot while applying lipstick.
Price Tag: seven-night cruises from $1,949 per person.
6. Reflection Suite
Celebrity Reflection, Celebrity Cruises
Photo by Celebrity Cruises
Bring the whole family: This 1,636-square-foot, two-bedroom Reflection Suite accommodates up to six guests. It’s tucked in a private section of Deck 14 and accessible only with a special key card. Two features stand out: Fancy beds have massage features and allow you to adjust the elevation, and you can control the suite’s lights and TV from an iPad® device. But the coolest feature is the glass-enclosed bathroom with its diamond-shaped shower cubicle cantilevered over the side of the ship.
Price Tag: seven-night cruises from $4,499 per person.
7. Grand Wintergarden Suites
Seabourn Odyssey, Seabourn Cruise Line
Photo by Seabourn Cruise Line
This suite feels gloriously intimate: The 1,097-square-foot space has a separate living room and dining area plus two bathrooms; the master has a large whirlpool bathtub. But the best part is outside: Half of the large balcony is enclosed in glass like a mini private solarium, with a tub and daybed for sky-lit reveries and watching the world go by as you sail into port.
Price Tag: seven-night cruises from $13,499 per person.
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This article was updated on 4/2/2014.