The top suites on cruise ships don't just provide space to spread out. Some are bigger than most people's homes.
These luxurious spaces are designed to keep well-heeled travelers happy with such niceties as complimentary champagne, 24/7 butler service and a general ambience that will make you feel like a celebrity.
Royal Loft on Allure of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas
This modern, two-deck space serves up more than 1,500 square feet of space with an urban-chic vibe that includes a loft-like master bedroom with a whirlpool in the master bath, a large living area with baby grand piano and panoramic views through a two-deck wall of glass. Outdoors is a wrap-around balcony with an open-air whirlpool. If you need more space, you can add an adjacent stateroom to create a 2,069-square-foot hangout.
Sandringham Suite on Queen Mary 2
Decorated with Art Deco-design elements, this lavish, two-deck suite provides 2,249 square feet of living space. Make a dramatic entrance from the large master bedroom on the sweeping curved staircase, luxuriate under the circular domed ceiling or hang out on the oversized deck and pretend you're royalty (unless you really are). The space can be combined with adjacent suites for a palatial 9,000-square-foot oasis.
The Haven Garden Villa on Norwegian Pearl
Norwegian Cruise Line has some of the largest suites at sea in its luxury enclaves, The Haven – where guests receive private restaurant, sun-deck and pool access. This three-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot affair is done up in jazzy contemporary décor and includes an ample living area and two-deck private balcony with large hot tub and outdoor dining area.
Wintergarten Suite on Seabourn Odyssey, Sojourn and Quest
What we love best about these 1,097-square-foot suites is the modern Scandinavian decor, the luxury touches (such as fresh orchids in the bathroom) and especially the serenity of having your own glass-enclosed solarium with Jacuzzi and day bed — an amazing spot to relax and take in the sea views or check your email, if you must (free Wi-Fi an included perk).
Owner's Suite, Silver Spirit
On this ultra-luxury ship, the 1,292-square-foot top suite is done up in Euro-modern decor and includes a lovely area for en-suite dining (you can throw your own dinner party!). Glass doors lead to a teak balcony and the marble master bathroom has a whirlpool tub. If you need a second bedroom, combine the suite with an adjacent stateroom for a 1,668-square-foot space.
Owner's Suite on Oceania Cruises' Marina and Riviera
Ralph Lauren Home décor helps make these 2,000-square-foot suites on upper premium line Oceania Cruises feel like fashionable Park Avenue digs. The impressive list of niceties includes an ebony-colored baby grand piano and 3-D movie system in the ocean-view entertainment room, a private workout room, his and hers walk-in closets, indoor and outdoor lounging and dining areas and a whirlpool on the private wrap-around deck.
Crystal Penthouse on Crystal Serenity
The top suites on this luxury ship serve up 1,345 square feet of space including a gorgeous dining area — where you can indulge in Japanese cuisine from no less than Nobu (the famed chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa has a restaurant on the ship). When you're not dining, hang out in the ocean-view Jacuzzi in the master bath, where you'll also find a TV, or workout in your private fitness space.
Reflection Suite on Celebrity Reflection
The 1,636-square-foot Reflection Suite on Deck 14 on the newest Solstice-class ship comes with a new ocean view perspective from an unusual pentagonal glass shower that actually juts off the ship. The two-bedroom suite also has a whirlpool on the verandah, a large Jacuzzi in the master bath, a large living and dining area and a bevvy of other niceties.
Owner's Suite on Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Europa 2
On this German line's new all-suite ship, big spenders can hang out in 1,236-square-foot spaces done up with elegant furnishings. But they may find they mostly want to stay in the master bath — where floor-to-ceiling windows provide views from a whirlpool tub and day bed. There's also a TV, if for some reason someone gets bored looking at the sea.
Royal Concierge Suites With Verandah on Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy
Lavish, large and overlooking the ship's bow, the nearly 1,800-square-foot Walt E. Disney and Roy. O. Disney suites on Disney Cruise Lines newest ships are designed to appeal to adults and kids alike. A cushy couch is big enough for the entire family to snuggle and watch Disney movies; there's a Jacuzzi on the verandah; and while adults may prefer the opulent master bedroom, kids get cool pull-down Murphy beds.
Fran Golden is the Experience Cruise expert blogger and a contributing editor of Porthole Magazine. She is the co-author of Frommer's Alaska Cruises and Ports of Call.