Personal butlers, Swarovski chandeliers: here are the best luxury suites in the world

Superb staterooms, gourmet cuisine, impressive wine lists, private shore excursions and excellent personalized service – these are the hallmarks of a luxury cruise experience.

Most cruise lines offering luxury cruises use mid- to small-sized ships to provide personalized service, which is important in creating an exceptional five-star experience for VIP guests.

But the size of the ship is not always the norm in a luxury cruise. Some businesses focus on concierge service, while others pride themselves on fine dining inspired by Michelin.

Cunard owns large cruise ships, but it has designed its onboard experiences so that it never feels crowded.

Overall, Australians love luxury cruises because of the exceptional service, quality furnishings, entertainment centers, exclusive access to organized shore activities and more.

But one area people look at when choosing a luxury cruise experience is the quality of accommodations.

In this article, cruise passenger offers you an overview of the best luxury cruise lines and their suites or cabins.

Regent Seven Seas

The “only truly all-inclusive luxury cruise line” offers thousands of FREE unlimited shore excursions to explore as you sail to over 450 ports of call aboard its luxury fleet around the world.

RSS provides an in-suite luxury experience. Each suite features spacious closets, high-end finishes, relaxing Elite Slumber™ beds and private balconies. Sizes range from 307 to 4,443 square feet (93.6 to 1,354.2 meters)

The Regent Suite is the most luxurious suite in the range. The more than 371 m². the suite includes customizable premium amenities, a private car and driver in each port, an exclusively personal dining experience in The Study for you and select friends, an in-suite spa with unlimited Serene Spa & Wellness™ treatments, and much more.

Meanwhile, its distinctive master suite is a 2-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom master suite that features chic Park Avenue style, filled with rosewood furniture and a crystal chandelier. The large living room and two balconies are perfect for entertaining.

RSS routes include Africa and Arabia, Alaska, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Bermuda, Canada and New England, Caribbean and Panama Canal, Mediterranean , Northern Europe, South America and the South Pacific.

RSS also offers Grand Voyages and World Cruises.

The lowest fare for a 10-day cruise on an RSS ship starts from AU$7,045 per person.

Oceania

Recognized as Best Overall Cruise Line by Cruise Critic and Boutique Cruise Line of the Year by Food and Travel magazine, Oceania is without a doubt one of the most luxurious cruise ships in the world.

Oceania’s seven small, luxurious ships carry no more than 1,250 passengers and offer the best cuisine at sea and destination-rich itineraries around the world.

Oceania suites are contemporary luxury with rich woods, gleaming fabrics, original artwork, and custom-crafted furnishings.

“Plump up the goose down pillows of the Ultra Tranquility Bed, an Oceania Cruises exclusive, and relax in bed reading the latest bestseller.”

All suites and cabins at Oceania feature a custom-designed Ultra Tranquility Bed to help you wake up feeling refreshed and revitalized for the entire voyage.

Oceania’s Penthouse Suites feature oversized living and dining areas, marble and granite bathrooms with soaking tubs, as well as separate showers and walk-in closets.

Lowest price for a 10-day cruise on an Oceania ship starts at A$4,143.00 per person

Cunard

Cunard, the majestic cruise line that is the ambassador of all things British, is a famous luxury cruise line in Australia.

Cunard is considered the latest ‘tall ship’ luxury line – and its appeal to those who want a more formal experience aboard a tall ship with more amenities.

It is famous for its white-gloved waiters, traditional afternoon tea, gala balls and event cruises.

Accommodation aboard Cunard ships is luxurious with floor-to-ceiling windows, abundant space and exquisite furnishings.

But unlike other luxury ships, Cunard cabins (Queen’s Grill) come with a personal butler.

Some rooms have iPads or game consoles on request.

The lowest fare for a 10-day Cunard ship cruise starts at A$3,370.00 per person

Seabourn

Seabourn pioneered ultra-luxury small cruises and continues to represent the pinnacle of this unique style of travel.

Its fleet of intimate, all-suite ships, carrying between 458 and 600 passengers each, cruises to the world’s most popular destinations in high season.

Seabourn Suites epitomize sublime comfort that includes a personal suite host and suite attendant to ensure that everything in your suite is always the way you want it.

Bedrooms feature twin or queen-size beds with a luxurious custom-made mattress, cotton linens, a plush all-weather duvet, and a choice of soft or firm pillows.

In-suite bars are added with a selection of beverages and complimentary wines or spirits. There are plenty of storage spaces and walk-in closets with fluffy terrycloth bathrobes.

A spacious marble bath with double vanity, full bath, shower and luxury amenities with an exclusive signature fragrance created for Seabourn by Molton Brown, London

If you sail on expedition vessels, a pair of SWAROVSKI OPTIK binoculars are available in each suite for you to use during your voyage.

The lowest fare for a 10-day Seabourn ship cruise starts at A$8,703.34 per person

Ponant

PONANT promises you unforgettable moments aboard our cruise yachts with clean lines and intimate dimensions, all of which sail under the French flag.

Discover the innovatively designed cruise ship Le Boréal and its three sister ships: L’Austral, Le Soléal and Le Lyrial.

Discover Le Ponant, our famous three-master, with its 32 cabins, each combining traditional authenticity and modern comfort; and taste the pleasures of Le Lapérouse, a state-of-the-art cruise ship, the first in the PONANT EXPLORERS series.

Ponant prides itself on five-star service. “Even in the most extreme weather conditions, you can be assured of great comfort and exceptional service which is the hallmark of our range.

A butler service is available for passengers traveling in one of the suites on deck 6 aboard Le Lyrial, Le Boréal, L’Austral or Le Soléal.

Attentive and discreet, your butler will provide you with fully personalized service. Throughout your 5-star cruise, he will be at your service. You will thus benefit from a tailor-made and carefree trip.

The lowest price for a 10-day cruise aboard a Ponant ship is from A$6,740.34 per person

crystal cruises

For nearly a decade, Crystal Cruises has been named Best Luxury Cruise by Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards. It also landed 24 number one spots in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

The onboard experience includes excellent butler service and Michelin-inspired dining centers.

Accommodations, meanwhile, are ultra-luxury suites and penthouses, most with private verandas. All rooms are equipped with extremely comfortable beds and luxurious amenities.

Crystal’s most luxurious cabin is the 1,368 square foot penthouse with a lanai that includes an in-suite dining area, built-in bar, Swarovski chandelier, and custom entertainment center with flat-screen HD television.

The penthouse has a separate living and dining area, and the master bedroom features a dreamy queen or twin bed that includes walk-in closets, fine Frette linens, and private access to the expansive lanai.

The master bathroom features a Jacuzzi, heated floor, separate shower and bidet, and decadent marble fixtures.

The lowest price for a 10-day cruise on a Crystal ship starts from AU$5,387.44 per person.

Crystal is currently not sailing after her owners, Genting Hong Kong, filed for liquidation for unpaid invoices.

William M. Lee