Editors’ Picks: Luxury Cruise Ship Staterooms

August 20, 2012
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For the ultimate Caribbean cruise vacation, don’t go for the cheapest cruise fare. Instead, book one of the most expensive staterooms: the owner’s suites, the penthouses, the lofts. Can we tempt you in this photo gallery?

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ncl - stateroom deluxe owners suite
NCL Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite with Large Balcony Everything about the Norwegian Epic cruise ship is epic, including this owner’s suite. You get concierge and butler service, plus an 852-square-foot suite that sleeps up to four, a whirlpool tub and always popular floor-to-ceiling windows. sample fare on a 7-day Eastern Caribbean cruise in a suite: $1,849 NCL
oceania - stateroom owners suite
Oceania Cruises Owner’s Suite As with the finer things in life, these Owner’s Suites are in short supply. There are only three available on Oceania’s Riviera cruise ship. These suites are especially expansive, at a whopping 2,000 square feet that stretches the width of the ship. All of it is decked out in Ralph Lauren Home furnishings, plus the best name ever for a bed: the king-size Prestige Tranquility Bed. Indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, his and hers walk-in closets, in-suite butler service with course-by-course service from the six on-board restaurants — this is better than home. Sample fare on a 10-day Mayan Mystique cruise in a suite: $12,155 Oceania
holland america - stateroom penthouse suite
Holland America Penthouse Suite Granted, the Holland America Penthouse Suite is luxurious, with up to 1,318 square feet and touches straight from an episode of Downton Abbey like a “dressing room” and “guest powder room.” Beyond the suite, guests in these top-of-the-line staterooms get exclusive access to Holland America’s Neptune Lounge. It’s like an invite to one of the richest parties at sea. Sample fare on 21-day Western and Southern Caribbean Holiday Collector cruise: $8,999 Holland America
royal caribbean - stateroom royal loft
Royal Caribbean Royal Loft Suites The setup of these suites, available on the huge Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas, is unique, with two levels and high ceilings like a luxury loft apartment in the city. It’s a very comfortable setup of 1,600 square feet and can easily accommodate up to six guests. The private balcony alone is 874 square feet. Sample fare on a 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise in a suite (ask about availability of Royal Loft): $2,579 Royal Caribbean
disney - stateroom fantasy concierge royal suite
Disney Cruise Line Concierge Royal Suite with Verandah This is the absolute most luxurious offering from the Disney Cruise Line. Enjoy not just one but two bathrooms, plus dining salon, “opulent bedroom,” and that wraparound, floor-to-ceiling view. Being Disney, this is a family-friendly suite, sleeping up to five people, though letting the kids have the pull-down beds while the parents enjoy the luxury master bedroom with walk-in closet and a whirlpool tub on the verandah. Sample price on 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruise in a Concierge Suite with Verandah: $8,080 Disney Cruise Line
seabourn - staterooms owners suite spirit
Seabourn Owner’s Suite While this may not be the biggest Owner’s Suite — at 575 square feet on the Seabourn Spirit, for example — we do like the relaxing vibe of the curved suite that hugs the contours of the ship. The semi-circular couch and other furnishings mirror that. Plus the fully stocked bar puts you at ease too. Sample fare on the 7-day Yachtman’s Caribbean cruise in the Owner’s Suite: $6,699 Seabourn
cunard - stateroom queens grill big party
Cunard Queens Grill Suites In Cunard’s regal tradition, the cruise line calls the Queens Grill Suites on the Queen Mary 2 “among the most lavish on board any luxury cruise ship.” It’s hard to argue, when the ultimate such suite, the Grand Duplex, is as expansive as a family home, at 2,249 square feet, including the balcony. Yes, you have a personal butler service, flowing Champagne and more in your suite, but the benefits extend across the ship to special seating at the Queens Grill restaurant. Sample fare on a 26-day Grand Caribbean Celebration cruise in a Queens Grill Suite: $19,148 Cunard
seadream - stateroom owners suite
SeaDream Yacht Club Owner’s Suite Yes, this suite is beautifully appointed, but the extra touches are especially appreciated, like the massage shower and “separate soaking tub.” We always like to see a separate master bedroom and a guest bathroom, which is great for entertaining the new friends you meet on the cruise. Sample fare on a 7-day San Juan to Antigua cruise in the Owner’s Suite: $7,839 SeaDream
crystal - stateroom penthouse symphony
Crystal Cruises Crystal Penthouse with Verandah As part of a major redesign of Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity cruise ships, the Penthouse Suites are as plush and luxe as possible. There’s butler service for your in-suite dining from the on-board restaurants, served course by course for your dining enjoyment. And the top-of-the-line Crystal Penthouse with Verandah has a total of 1,345 square feet and 46-inch 3-D TV. Beautiful. Sample fare for a 15-day Tropical Holiday Caribbean cruise in the Crystal Penthouse with Verandah: $37,200 Crystal Cruises
silversea - staterooms royal suite
Silversea Royal Suite The two-bedroom version of this suite, with veranda, tops out at more than 1,000 square feet. And all the touches have that luxury enhancement: The veranda is teak, the bathrooms are marble, the audio system is Bang & Olufsen. It’s truly the royal treatment. Sample fare for a 7-day Caribbean cruise from San Juan, Puerto Rico, in the Owner’s two-bedroom Suite: $11,199 Silversea
celebrity - stateroom penthouse suite summit
Celebrity Cruises Penthouse suite Yes, that’s a grand piano in the photo, sometimes easy to miss when you’re looking at that dining-room table and wood, wood, wood. And this is just the living area of the massive 1,432-square-foot Penthouse Suite available on Celebrity cruise ships, including the Celebrity Summit. What’s not pictured: the European-style butler service to make you feel like royalty, the afternoon tea and evening hors d’oeuvres, the expansive veranda and, of course, robes. Sample fare, on a 7-night Southern Caribbean cruise: $1,399 Find out more about the Penthouse Suite on Celebrity’s website. Celebrity
star clippers - stateroom owner's suite
Star Clippers Owner’s Suite CT+L photographer Jon Whittle got this look at one of the two Owner’s Suites during his recent cruise with Star Clippers (no, he didn’t get to stay in this stateroom). He says this suite is as stunning as it looks in his photos. If the owners isn’t onboard and the suites are both available, you can combine each of the 355-square-feet suites into one lavish stateroom on this mega yacht. Sample fare on a 7-night Grenadines cruise in an Owner’s Suite: $6,000 Jon Whittle

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