Smaller is better in the world of luxury cruise accommodation. We are not talking cabin or suite size here but ship size. For the best accommodation and overall cruising experience the smaller vessels with under 600 passengers deliver the most in terms of luxury. From the moment they board you the great service begins. Butlers will see to all the unpacking and bookings. The suites can vary from the cozy to the expansive but even the smaller suites are often up to twice the size of a normal cabin on the larger ships. If you can book port side so you can see the passing vessels. We look at some of the worlds most luxurious cruise suites on smaller cruise-liners.
Oceania Cruises, the Marina and the Riviera which cruise the Caribbean and the Mediterranean provide some of the roomiest accommodation available. There are three owner’s suites on board each of the ships which are a generous 2000 square feet. These splendorous suites run across the back of the boat, (facing aft) so the windows look out on to the wake. Beautifully appointed large dining room and king sized bedrooms, a music and media room fulfill the home away from home. There is round the clock butler service and if you want to entertain ‘at home’ each course will be delivered straight from the kitchen.
Fresh from an elegant makeover, the Regent Seven Sea’s ship, The Voyager has fourteen luxury suites. The largest The Master Suite has 1403 square feet with walk in closets, two marble bathrooms and two king size bedrooms. Even the smallest suite at 356 square feet has generous full length windows which make the most of the light and seascapes. The Master Suite has complimentary cocktails and daily canapés. Each suite has its own iPad, iPod and Nespresso machine and there are 2 roomy outdoor decks ensuring complete privacy.
To return to the great age of sea travel and gain a sense of how life on board ship was lived in the 1930s, the owner’s suites on the The Sea Cloud offer an authentic old world experience. This vintage sailing vessel has been beautifully restored to its original state. There are two owners’ suites, Lady Marjorie’s and Sir Edward’s suite which are small by today’s standards at 410 and 366 square feet respectively. However, the charm and clever use of space overcomes this shortcoming. Lady Marjorie’s is ultra feminine with white decor and decoration and the bathroom has a Carrera marble bathtub, while Sir Edward’s is straight out of Downton Abbey with wood paneling and leather.
The Silver Sea Cruises’ Silver Spirit has seven suites that qualify for the list of the worlds most luxurious cruise suites. At 1,292 square feet, the largest is the Owner’s Suite which allows guests plenty of room to entertain with a Bang and Olufsen sound system and a guest powder room. Full length glass doors open out onto a roomy private veranda. It is possible to connect to the neighboring Vista Suite for even more space. There is a marble master bathroom with a double vanity, whirlpool tub and shower. Butler service is included.
The SeaDream Yacht Cruises offer intimate luxury yachting holidays on their Sea Dream I and sister ship Sea Dream II. These stunning vessels carry just over a hundred passengers and have have 4 suites. The Owner’s Suite on deck 3 is the roomiest with a master bedroom, dining and living room. The bathroom has a soaking tub with a sea view and massage shower. The atmosphere on board both SeaDream vessels is casual with no pressure from scheduled activities so it suits the laid back and self sufficient voyager. As you would expect the service is excellent.
The Seabourne cruising vessels, Spirit and her sister ship Legend are virtually identical. They are both all-suite cruises with between a hundred and two hundred suites respectively. The company aims to optimize the social interactions which a smaller vessel allows. Prime real estate and usually the first booked are the Owner’s Suites 03 and 04. They are compact at around 575 square feet but use space well, with well designed modern decor, a private teak verandas. Both on deck 6 aft of the vessel they have generous windows and views.
Crystal Cruises also deliver intimate, excellent service on their Asian Rim routes aboard the Crystal Serenity. Their Penthouses are fresh, and light with contemporary decor, fresh flowers and twice daily housekeeping. As well as separate dining and living areas, the suites also have a private workout room as an alternative to the main gym. A personal butler service means all your needs are promptly met including a breakfast delivered each morning to your own private deck. There is also complementary wine and meal service in room. This cruise line exemplifies the attention to detail and personal comfort that can be expected from a deluxe cruise. Just remember to book early!
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