Your Own Private Butler on the Luxury Seven Seas Explorer


Luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises in 2016 debuted what is widely regarded as the most spectacular suite ever built on a cruise ship: The Regent Suite on the new Seven Seas Explorer. Spanning the entire front of one of the ship’s top decks, it measures 4,443 square feet more than 50% larger than the average home in the United States. The Regent Suite is priced at $10,000 per day, making it one of the most expensive accommodations on a cruise. The fare includes a wide range of perks including First or Business class airfare to and from the ship as well as private sedan transfers to and from airports. An elegant golden chandelier sits above the Regent Suite’s dining table. The suite comes with a private butler who will serve meals at the table upon request. Among opulent touches in the Regent Suite is a custom-made, Dakota Jackson-designed Steinway Arabesque grand piano that cost $250,000. A second seating area is located just in front of the Regent Suite’s dining area in a glass-enclosed area called the Vista Garden. It offers 270-degree views of the sea. An entire wing of the Regent Suite is devoted to an enormous master bedroom complex decorated in glass, polished metal, exotic wood and natural stone.

The over-the-top luxury of the Regent Suite is on full display in the master bedroom, which features a king size bed topped with a Savoir No. 1 mattress that cost $90,000. The mattress is filled with a special kind of horse hair. The living room space in the Regent Suite’s master bedroom has a sofa, chair, table and large flat-screen 4K ultra high-definition television. The Regent Suite’s master suite has a giant, walk-in closet. The Regent Suite comes with unlimited complimentary laundry and dry cleaning service. The master bathroom of the Regent Suite alone is bigger than most cruise ship cabins and doubles as an in-suite spa. The sprawling bathroom complex in the Regent Suite’s master bedroom includes two heated ceramic lounge chairs that face the sea. A stay in the Regent Suite comes with access to unlimited spa treatments that can be performed right in the suite’s expansive bathroom/spa complex. A second bedroom complex is located in another wing of the Regent Suite. The second bedroom complex in the Regent Suite includes a large entry room with a desk and seating area. The Regent Suite has a massive, 958-square-foot balcony that wraps around the entire front of the ship.

Another recently unveiled luxury ship with spectacular suites is the 600-passenger Seabourn Encore, which debuted in December 2016. Two Grand Wintergarden suites on Seabourn Encore measure 1,189 square feet, not including balcony spaces that add another 214 square feet. Located at the middle of the ship on Deck 7, Seabourn Encore’s Grand Wintergarden suites offer two bedrooms, a dining area for six and two bathrooms. Grand Wintergarden suites also feature an enclosed solarium with a tub and a day bed. The master bathroom in Grand Wintergarden suites on Seabourn Encore is clad with marble and offers a large shower, tub and double sinks. Nearly as large as Seabourn Encore’s Wintergarden Suites are its two Signature Suites. Overlooking the front of Seabourn Encore on Deck 7, the Signature Suites measure 1,159 square feet, not including balcony space, and offer a large living room, two bedrooms and two full baths. The two Signature Suites on Seabourn Encore have unusually spacious outdoor deck areas that measure 558 square feet. It isn’t just the newest ships that offer spectacular suites.

Cunard Line’s classic Queen Mary 2, which debuted in 2004, continues to offer some of the most eye-popping accommodations at sea with its two-deck-high Duplexes. Dubbed Balmoral and Sandringham, the Queen Mary 2’s two Grand Duplex suites measure 2,249 square feet. Each has a spacious living room and dining area on the ground floor and a large master bedroom on the second floor. Each of Queen Mary 2’s Grand Duplexes can be combined with four other adjacent suites to create a giant complex measuring more than 9,000 square feet several times larger than the typical U.S.

Home. The Grand Duplexes’ master bedrooms are reached via dramatic, curving staircases. Passengers staying in Duplex suites on Queen Mary 2 dine in the ship’s exclusive Queens Grill restaurant. Also offering two-deck-high suites on several ships including the recently unveiled Quantum of the Seas (shown here) is Royal Caribbean. Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas features some of the most elaborate suites at sea, including the two-deck-high, 1,640-square-foot Royal Loft Suite. Sleeping up to six, the Royal Loft Suite offers a panoramic view over the back of the ship from a two-deck-high living and dining room level.

The space has a dry bar and sofa that converts into a double bed. The Royal Loft Suite has an expansive, 415-square-foot private balcony with a private whirlpool that overlook the back of the ship. The first floor of the Royal Loft Suite also features a separate media room with a sofa that converts into a queen bed. Adjacent to the media room in the Royal Loft Suite is a full bathroom with shower. The sink area of the downstair bathroom in the Royal Loft Suite. The shower in the downstairs bathroom in the Royal Loft Suite has a window overlooking the sea. A stairway leads from the first floor of the Royal Loft Suite to the main bedroom on the second floor.

The main bedroom of the Royal Loft Suite, on the second floor, overlooks the main floor. The main bedroom of a Royal Loft Suite. The view from the second floor bedroom of a Royal Loft Suite across the main floor to the sea. The master bathroom of the Royal Loft Suite curves behind the main bedroom area and includes a large bathtub. The master bathroom in Royal Loft Suites have two sinks one on each side of the bathtub. The master bathroom of the Royal Loft Suite also has a walk-in shower. In an unusual twist, the shower in the master bathroom of the Royal Loft Suite opens onto a private, 109-square-foot balcony overlooking the side of the ship.

Just off the main bedroom in the Royal Loft Suite is a giant walk-in closet. A personal safe is located in one of the closets next to the main bedroom in the Royal Loft Suite. One of the most-discussed new suites of recent years has been the Reflection Suite on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Reflection, the fifth and final ship in the line’s Solstice Class series. The ship debuted in 2012. The Celebrity Reflection has the brand’s first two-bedroom suite called the Reflection Suite. The highlight of the Reflection Suite is a sea-view bathroom with a rain shower that juts out over the edge of the ship. The spacious Reflection Suite features bump-out windows for maximum views. The master bedroom in the Reflection Suite on Celebrity Reflection features a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the ocean. In the running for most spectacular suite at sea are the Owner’s Suites on Oceania Cruises’ Marina and Riviera. Bedrooms in the Owner’s Suites on Marina and Riviera feature mahogany Bel Air beds upholstered in steel-blue mohair and walls covered in Austyn cashmere. All of the rooms in the suites were decorated using Ralph Lauren furnishings by designer Susan Bednar Long. The marble-clad master bathrooms in Marina and Riviera Owner’s Suites continue the dark wood and luxurious design by Ralph Lauren.

A spacious living room also is part of the Owner’s Suite complexes on Marina and Riviera. Owner’s Suites on Oceania’s Marina and Riviera feature a large entryway with a bar on one side and a grand piano. Owner’s Suites on Marina and Riviera feature large wrap-around balconies overlooking the back of the vessels that include an outdoor hot tub with a flat-screen TV. Luxury line Silversea also has gone big with suites in recent years. Its latest ship, Silver Spirit, features some of the most sprawling and expensive accommodations at sea. Among six accommodation tiers on Silver Spirit are its two, 1,292-square-foot Owners Suites.

Here, the living room of one of the complexes. Butler service is one of the perks for passengers staying in the two Owners Suites on Silver Spirit. While generally catering to the mass market, Norwegian Cruise Line also offers some of the most spectacular — and pricey — suites at sea, including four large Deluxe Owner’s Suites on its recently unveiled Norwegian Escape. Deluxe Owner’s Suite on the Norwegian Escape measure 900 square feet and include a spacious living room. Norwegian Escape’s Deluxe Owner’s Suites which are part of an exclusive complex of suites on the ship called The Haven. Deluxe Owner’s Suites on Norwegian Escape feature private bedrooms and a separate living and dining area. The Haven complex on Norwegian Escape has its own restaurant that is open exclusively to passengers staying in Haven suites.

The Haven complex also has its own pool area covered with a magrodome that can be opened on sunny days. Some of the largest suites at sea are located on Disney Cruise Line’s two most recently added ships, the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy (shown here). Located near the top of the Disney Fantasy on Deck 12, the Roy O. Disney Suite looks out over the vessel’s bow. It’s one of two signature Royal Suites on the ship. The Roy O. Disney Suite measures 1,781 square feet and sleeps five. Designed to evoke the Art Deco glamour of the 1920s and 1930s, the Roy O. Disney Suite includes a dining area that seats eight people. The luxurious master bedroom in the Roy O. Disney Suite offers sweeping ocean views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Amenities include deluxe Frette bed linens, fluffy Frette feather duvets and a selection of hypo-allergenic goose down and therapeutic memory foam pillows. The Roy O. Disney Suite has two bathrooms designed with granite and marble finishes. The master bathroom features a whirlpool bathtub, a rain shower, double sinks and a television built seamlessly into the mirror. The Roy O. Disney Suite’s large teakwood balcony features a whirlpool hot tub.

The Roy O. Disney Suite’s large balcony also has a large sitting area. Another luxury ship with giant suites is Crystal Cruises’ 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity. The Penthouses on the Crystal Serenity are 1,345 square feet and feature large bedrooms as well as a living room and dining area. The spacious master bathrooms in Crystal Penthouses offer showers as well as a large Jacuzzi bathtub overlooking the sea. The living room of a Crystal Penthouse. Passengers in Crystal Penthouses can order room service from the ship’s top specialty restaurants, including the ship’s branch of sushi eatery Nobu.

Crystal Penthouses come with around-the-clock butler service, and the suites have a butler’s pantry with separate entrance. Other complimentary amenities that come with Crystal Penthouses include welcome champagne and a fully-stocked in-room bar, shoeshine service, dry cleaning and laundry services, and unlimited Internet. Crystal Penthouses have sliding glass doors that open up onto large private balconies. Lounge chairs line a Crystal Penthouse balcony. Stylish suites also are popping up on cruise industry newcomer Viking Ocean Cruises’ new vessels, including the Viking Star. The largest of 465 cabins on Viking Cruises’ new Viking Star is its Owner’s Suite, which measures 1,448 square feet. The Viking Star’s Owner’s Suite features a large living room with Scandinavian modern furniture, bookshelves and views of the ocean. An owner’s suite in more than just name, the Viking Star’s Owner’s Suite was designed as a personal retreat for Viking founder and chairman Torstein Hagen and features many of his personal items, including books from his collection and family portraits on bookshelves. Photos of Viking founder Torstein Hagen and his sister as children, along with his mother, on a built-in bookshelf in the Owner’s Suite living room. A dining nook with a dining room table seating six is at the back of the Owner’s Suite living room.

A built-in buffet area lines one wall of the Owner’s Suite’s dining nook. A small butler pantry and food preparation area is located just off the Owner’s Suite’s dining nook. The Owner’s Suite has a single, large bedroom with a king size bed. The Owner’s Suite bedroom has a large walk-in closet featuring built-in shelves for hanging clothes, drawers and a shoe storage area. The Owner’s Suite bedroom is connected to a large, en suite bathroom with double sinks and a spacious shower. One of the most unusual features of the Viking Star’s Owner Suite is a private sauna just off the main bathroom that has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the sea. Viking founder Torstein Hagen, a Norwegian, ordered the sauna built into the Owner’s Suite. The Owner’s Suite also has a large boardroom designed for Viking founder Torstein Hagen to use for company meetings.

The Viking Star’s Owner’s Suite is lined with a long balcony with comfortable chairs and tables overlooking the sea..
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