The Best Premium Suites on the Ocean
Are you looking for a cruise vacation that is absolutely over the top? We have some suggestions that will do just that for you. All you have to do is book a Premium Suite on a luxury cruise line and you will have just that and more! A top performer are the Owners Suites on Decks 8, 9 and 10 of Oceania Cruises' Marina and Riviera. Larger than some single family homes, they span the length of the ship's beam. Guests can admire aft views and the ship's wake from their two private balconies. These suites are refined, with decor by Ralph Lauren Home and New York based Tocar Interior Design. Step into the large rotunda like foyer and you will spot the bar and baby grand piano ahead. To the right is the living room area complete with comfortable furniture, a separate dining room and large flat-screen television. You can even enjoy a 3-D movie and media library. Watch Titanic or An Affair to Remember while snacking on popcorn, nuts or chips all provided by your butler. On the opposite side of the foyer is the master bedroom with a king-sized Prestige Tranquility bed, dual walk-in closets and a master bathroom. Both the living room and master bedroom have sliding doors that open onto teak balconies. A second bathroom is off the foyer. Another amazingly fantastic suite that is creating a lot of talk is the Reflection Suite, located on deck 14 of the brand new Celebrity Reflection. This is the first 2-bedroom suite Celebrity Cruises has offered. Entering the suite's foyer, the living area is straight ahead. You can't miss the two-story expanse of glass, which gives guests a most amazing view of the ocean below. Light and airy, the living room is decorated in neutral tones of cream, brown, tan and burgundy. Guests can relax on a comfortable couch or four upholstered chairs. Amenities include a mini-refrigerator and a large flat-screen TV. European butler service is available around the clock. If you desire, the butler will serve your meals at the 10-seat dining table. A gourmet meal will be provided for you and your guests from either the main dining room or any of the fabulous specialty dining restaurants. They will even pair your meal with wines for your enjoyment. The master bedroom faces forward with glass windows everywhere including above the dual sinks. The bath has a large whirlpool tub, but it's the shower that really impresses. Cantilevered off the ship, this awesome shower is fun for many, a bit hair- raising for others, is visible from other accommodations. While foggy glass in daytime and a dimmer effect at night provide privacy, the guest in the shower can see the proceedings outside. The Reflection Suite perks include priority check-in, welcome sparkling wine with fresh fruit and flowers, unpacking/packing assistance, afternoon tea, evening hors d 'oeuvres, complimentary espresso and cappuccino, restaurant seating preferences and more. It is also easy to feel pampered in Azamara Club Cruises Owners Suites, which exude a welcoming, club-like elegance. They have a separate living room with dining area, bedroom with master bath, small guest bath and great scenic views, thanks to floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. There are six Club World Owners Suites on each Azamara ship, two each on decks 6, 7 and 8. Recommended are 7114 and 7119, which are sandwiched between accommodation decks rather than public spaces, and are typically quieter. NO matter which suite is selected, cruisers enjoy a large private aft facing balcony with new verandah furniture. Inside the living room, comforts include a sofa, chairs a flat-screen TV, DVD-CD player, refrigerator with minibar and desk, and a dining area. All suite guests enjoy complimentary seating at specialty restaurants, Aqualina and Prime C. Trained under the auspices of the English Butler Guild, Azamara's butlers serve as a personal valet, wine expert, party consultant and concierge. Just ask and your butler will arrange a specialty restaurant reservation, private shore tours, spa treatment reservations or that special dinner. That rounds out our choices for the most decadent suites on the ocean. What a fabulous way to celebrate an anniversary, milestone birthday or other special occasion. On the other hand, why not do it just because?
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