Upping the suite-stakes

NOTHING says pure indulgence more than checking in to a luxury suite on board a cruise ship. But how do you know which one is the best fit for your customers? travelBulletin takes a closer look at seven cruise lines and some of the key benefits they have to offer top shelf accommodation-seekers.

REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES

The Regent Suite on board Seven Seas Splendor.

Location: Deck 14.

How many are available? One, which can accommodate up to six people in two bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms.

Suite size: 412m2

Exclusive amenities: The interior decor features exotic woods, handcrafted furnishings, Italian marble and golden chandeliers; access to a pre-voyage concierge who will take care of the finer details, including preferred linen and room scent, along with bathroom amenities; dedicated butler who also acts as a personal assistant; car with driver in every port; custom-made Treesse minipool spa on the front balcony; personal sauna, steam room and treatment area; fully stocked bar in the living room; solarium overlooking the ocean; private dining and cocktail function options at The Study on Deck 11.

SCENIC Cruises & Tours

The Owner’s Penthouse Suite on board Scenic Eclipse.

Location: Deck 9.

How many are available? Two.

Suite size: 194m2, with the option to combine with a Spa Suite to create a two-bedroom suite spanning 245m2.

Exclusive amenities: Spacious curved terrace with private jacuzzi, outdoor lounge and sun loungers; in-suite dining with seating for up to eight guests; personalised mini bar stocked daily; dual steam shower, therapeutic spa bath and guest powder room and VIP amenities; complimentary one hour in-suite spa treatment per guest; unlimited complimentary laundry service; guaranteed dining in specialty restaurants; guaranteed preferred choice of shore excursions; VIP embarkation and disembarkation.

CRYSTAL CRUISES

The Crystal Penthouse with Veranda on board Crystal Serenity.

Location: Deck 11.

How many are available? Four, accommodating up to four guests in each across one bedroom with a queen or twin arrangement, and one sleeper sofa.

Suite size: 127.1m2

Exclusive amenities: Butler service; large private veranda; complimentary wine plus choice of spirits from set menu upon embarkation; butler’s pantry with refrigerator and espresso-cappuccino machine; master bath featuring a television, Duravit spa flotation tub with ocean view and state-of-the-art shower with customised shower direction and heated bench and a bidet; master walk-in custom close with custom shelving; unlimited complimentary specialty restaurant dining (by reservation, based on space availability); two private car and driver transfers per voyage from/to the designated airport in the port city for embarkation and disembarkation or transfers to/from other locations within 160km of the port city for embarkation/disembarkation; free pressing, laundry and dry cleaning.

SEABOURN

The Grand Wintergarden Suite on board Encore, Ovation, Odyssey, Sojourn, Quest and upcoming expedition ship, Seabourn Venture.

Location: On Encore and Ovation, the suite is located midship on Deck 8. On Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest, the suite is Deck 7. The suite will be located over two storeys aboard Seabourn Venture.

How many are available? Two.

Suite size: 137m2

Exclusive amenities: Welcome bouquet of fresh flowers on embarkation; dining for six people; glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed; two bathrooms (one a whirlpool); convertible sofa bed for one; three flat-screen TVs; complimentary internet/wi-fi; enhanced bar setup with additional wines or spirits for entertaining; large customised selection of fresh fruits daily; soft, luxurious bathrobes; Nespresso machine with a variety of coffee; Swarovski binoculars for use during the voyage; private car airport transfer of up to 80km.

SILVERSEA Cruises

The Grand Suite on board all Silversea vessels.

Location: Front of the ship on the upper-middle deck.

How many are available? Between two and four, depending on the ship.

Suite size: A one bedroom veranda suite is 146m2 including veranda, while a two bedroom suite including veranda is 183m2

Exclusive amenities: Champagne on arrival, with welcome chocolates and fresh fruit; dedicated butler; walk-in wardrobes with personal safe; marbled bathroom with double vanity, separate shower and full-sized bath, plus a powder room; bathrobes and slippers; luxury bath amenities; two verandas with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors; Illy Espresso Machine; fully stocked in-room bar; Bose Sound Touch 30 with Bluetooth connectivity; unlimited wi-fi; writing desk with personalised stationery; daily canape service; dinner at officer’s table; dinner for two in La Dame, one evening per voyage; complimentary laundry, pressing and wet cleaning.

OCEANIA CRUISES

The Owner’s Suite on board Oceania Riviera.

Location: Decks 10, 9, and 8.

How many are available? Three.

Suite size: 185m2

Exclusive amenities: Furnishings from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection; priority 11am ship embarkation with priority luggage delivery; exclusive card-only access to private Executive Lounge; 24-hour butler service; fresh daily fruit basket and afternoon/evening canapes; Bulgari gift set and variety of amenities; customised entertainment system with integrated sound system and media library; one complimentary 25-minute personal fitness session at Canyon Ranch Spa; unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace; complimentary iPad; three bags of laundry per cabin.

VIKING

The Owner’s Suite, available on all ocean ships.

Location: Deck 7, adjacent to the Explorer’s Lounge.

How many are available? One.

Suite size: 134m2

Exclusive amenities: Premium Freyja branded toiletries with plush robes and slippers; ocean-view dry sauna on the wrap-around balcony; 12-seat boardroom; pantry for room service and hosted events; private library, wine and music collections curated by Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen; fully stocked mini-bar replenished daily; 24-hour room service; large master bathroom featuring a spacious glass-enclosed shower, double-sink vanity, heated bathroom floor and anti-fog mirror, plus two guest bathrooms; complimentary shore excursion with private car and driver for up to four guests in port city of choice; complimentary laundry, dry cleaning, pressing and shoe shine services.

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