STUN­NING SUITES AT SEA

Push the boat out with th­ese bank bal­ance-bust­ing cruise ship luxe quar­ters – guar­an­teed to drop jaws

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WISH LIST CRUISE CABINS - PAUL EWART

ROYAL LOFT SUITE, OVA­TION OF THE SEAS

When it comes to space, the re­cently launched Royal Loft Suite can’t be beat –com­bined it’s al­most as big as three dou­ble-decker buses.

Split across two lev­els, on the main floor there’s an open plan liv­ing area, bath­room and sep­a­rate me­dia room.

On the sec­ond floor, there’s a master bed­room, sec­ond bath­room and floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows that open on to a pri­vate bal­cony with whirlpool tub. A “Royal Ge­nie” (cer­ti­fied by the Bri­tish But­ler In­sti­tute, no less) is on hand to en­sure guests have ev­ery­thing they need, which in­cludes hand­crafted cock­tails at any hour of the day.

OWNER’S SUITE, SANC­TU­ARY ANANDA

At 67sq m, Sanc­tu­ary Ananda’s

Owner’s Suite is the largest cabin on any ship cruis­ing Myan­mar.

Decked out in a mix of lush silks, pol­ished teak and tra­di­tional lac­quer­ware, guests can slum­ber on a king­size bed and soak in an over­sized free­stand­ing tub.

The swish bath­room also in­cludes a mon­soon shower, his-and-hers sinks and it is stocked with French L’Oc­c­i­tane cos­metic good­ies.

Out­side, there’s a large pri­vate ve­randa on which to take in the sun­set or sun­rise over the beau­ti­ful Ir­rawaddy River from the com­fort of a sun lounger.

CABIN NO. 1, SEA CLOUD

For a glimpse into lux­ury liv­ing on the high seas of yes­ter­year, look no fur­ther than Sea Cloud’s Cabin No.1. Dec­o­rated by the ship’s orig­i­nal owner, Mar­jorie Mer­ri­weather Post, in the early 1930s, the master suite re­flects her op­u­lent tastes. From the mar­ble and gold bath­room fix­tures and the el­e­gant Louis XIV-style bed, to the pol­ished teak wood pan­elling, an­tique fur­ni­ture and fire­places; the cabin oozes charm and chintz.

RE­GENT SUITE, SEVEN SEAS EX­PLORER

Known as one of the most lux­u­ri­ous ships ever built, it’s un­sur­pris­ing that the Seven Seas

Ex­plorer’s Re­gent Suite is per­haps the most ex­trav­a­gant ac­com­mo­da­tion avail­able at sea.

A must for high rollers, this grand daddy of cruise cab­ins is 412sq m of pri­vate gar­dens, chan­de­liers, grand pi­anos and out-of-this-world fin­ish­ing touches. The stand­out fea­ture is un­doubt­edly the in-room “spa re­treat”, which al­lows guests to be pam­pered to within an inch of their lives with­out even leav­ing their room. A first at sea, the stone and mar­ble spa-cum-bath­room in­cludes a treat­ment area, sauna and steam room, ce­ramic heated re­lax­ation loungers and over­sized hot tub.

Throw in a fully stocked mar­ble bar with plenty of en­ter­tain­ing room, an out­door jacuzzi over­look­ing the bow of the ship and you’ll have every other pas­sen­ger lin­ing up to be your new best friend.

SEABREEZE PEN­T­HOUSE, CRYS­TAL SEREN­ITY

Emerg­ing from a long re­fit, the revamped Seren­ity – and its sis­ter ship, Sym­phony – now boast two lav­ish pent­houses.

Kit­ted out with mar­ble floored bath­rooms that fea­ture jacuzzis with ocean views and wa­ter­proof TVs, his-and-her walk-in wardrobes, a cus­tombuilt bar and sep­a­rate study area, the ac­com­mo­da­tion is un­de­ni­ably im­pres­sive. As are the add-ons, such as 24/7 per­sonal but­ler, unlimited

com­pli­men­tary din­ing at the on­board spe­cialty restau­rants, in-suite pre-din­ner canapes and cock­tails, daily fresh flow­ers and laun­dry and press­ing ser­vices. It’s just like a Bev­erly Hills five-star ho­tel.

THE OWNER’S SUITE, MA­RINA

Ac­cessed via a dra­matic en­try foyer com­plete with its own mu­sic room, each of the three Owner’s Suites on Ocea­nia Cruises’ Ma­rina are dec­o­rated with fur­nish­ings from the Ralph Lau­ren Home Col­lec­tion. But the luxe fitout in the sprawl­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion doesn’t end there.

In ad­di­tion, there’s a large lounge, din­ing room (com­plete with six­per­son ta­ble), ex­pan­sive pri­vate deck, in­door and out­door jacuzzis and 24hour but­ler service.

DELUXE OWNER’S SUITE, THE HAVEN, NOR­WE­GIAN GETAWAY

Hid­den away at the top of the ship, The Haven is a “lux­ury ship within a ship” – a self-con­tained unit with its own restau­rant, bar, pools, court­yard and even open deck area.

And the best of the best here is the Deluxe Owner’s Suite. Fea­tur­ing an ex­tra spa­cious wrap­around pri­vate bal­cony, king­size bed and vast mar­ble bath­room with over-size tub, the suite also comes with a but­ler to whip up cock­tails on de­mand.

ROYAL OWNER’S SUITE, SCENIC DI­A­MOND

Re­fur­bished this year, Scenic

Di­a­mond’s Royal Owner’s Suite has in­creased in both size and lux­ury.

Think bath­rooms with heated floors, a pretty sun­room and a liv­ing room with a long bar that’s just beg­ging for a cock­tail party or two.

Perks abound with pre-din­ner canapes and post-din­ner pe­tits fours, air­port trans­fers, cham­pagne and in­room din­ing op­tions.

THE OWNER’S SUITE, VIK­ING SKY

Ooz­ing mod­ern Scan­di­na­vian de­sign, the chichi Owner’s Suite on Vik­ing Sky was cre­ated by the same in­te­rior ar­chi­tects re­spon­si­ble for the likes of the Bev­erly Hills Ho­tel and The Lang­ham in Hong Kong. And it shows.

A pri­vate ve­randa, li­brary, din­ing nook, pow­der room and a master bath­room that houses a pri­vate ocean-view sauna; there’s ev­ery­thing you’ll need.

And for those that can’t leave the work­place be­hind, the suite even in­cludes its very own board­room that seats 12.

BALSORANO OWNER’S SUITE, SIL­VER MUSE

Named af­ter Silversea’s Ital­ian chair­man, this stylish Owner’s Suite is de­signed to re­flect his per­son­al­ity with a spe­cially cu­rated col­lec­tion of art­work, books, sculp­tures, fam­ily pho­to­graphs and even a se­lec­tion of vin­tage port. Com­pris­ing spa­cious liv­ing room, in­dul­gent Ital­ian mar­ble-clad bath­room, guests can be­gin or end their day tak­ing in spec­tac­u­lar ocean views while break­fast­ing or sip­ping cock­tails from their pri­vate ve­randa.

Given that Silversea is the only cruise line in the world to pro­vide a but­ler in every suite, the of­fer­ing of the Owner’s Suite is al­ready heav­ily bol­stered with im­pres­sive touches, in­clud­ing a mini­bar stocked with guests’ favourite wines and spir­its, per­son­alised sta­tionery, pil­low menu and Bul­gari toi­letries. Mamma mia!

PICTURES: SUP­PLIED

You won’t want to leave the lux­ury of th­ese cab­ins equipped with ev­ery­thing you could dream of and more. They even come with a per­sonal but­ler.

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