Take a look at the world’s most expensive cruise ship cabins
TRAVELING the world by cruise ship has long been a favorite type of vacation.
The cruise ship industry gained popularity in the late 19th century when shipping companies realized they could cash in on people’s desire to travel. One of the first lines to focus on passenger comfort was the British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet, which is now known as Cunard.
Cunard began creating extra space on deck, planning activities and employed waitstaff rather than just sailors. By the early 20th century, vacationing via cruise ship was seen as the epitome of luxury travel.
The most luxurious ships were affectionally referred to as “floating hotels”, with swimming pools, tennis courts, movie theatres, Turkish baths and grand dining rooms on board. The idea of embarking on a cruise during the early 20th century was sold as a romantic notion; the type Mark Twain would go on to write about in Innocents Abroad.
Then, of course, there are the depictions of the impressive first-class suites in James Cameron’s Titanic, based on the doomed White Star Line ship that sank on its maiden voyage from England to the US.
Protagonists Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) frolic in her Edwardian-style cabin complete with lounge, armchairs, portraits, a private deck, and a fourposter bed, giving viewers a glimpse of the unparalleled opulence these first cruise ships carried.
Portrayed in the film was the First-Class Parlour suite which would have cost guests US$4,350 at the time – that’s US$50,000 in today’s value.
The cruise ships of today still ooze opulence with onboard spas, salons, multiple pools, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, fine-dining restaurants, and a crew that makes you feel like royalty.
Cruising is only getting more popular with an estimated 28 million people choosing to take to the seas in 2018, and with this popularity comes bolder, bigger designs and luxury never seen on cruise ships before, not even on the Titanic.
But it comes with a price.
Let’s take a look at the world’s most expensive cruise ship cabins:
Owner’s Suite, Viking Ultimate World Cruise
This cruise, operated by Viking will make its maiden voyage from London in 2019, visit 59 countries across five continents, and stop in 113 ports over 245 days.
The cruise will last a whopping eight months and one lucky passenger has already snapped up the pricey Owners Suite. If you’re at sea for most of the year, you’re going to want to do it in ultimate luxury and style right?
The Owner’s Suite is 1,450 square feet and kitted out with a private library, living room, dining room, wine fridge, kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in closet, double-sink ensuite, sauna, and a boardroom.
You would never want to leave your room if it wasn’t for the multitude of onboard activities, swimming pools, and a chock-full of buffet dishes to try.
Regent Suite, Regent Seven Seas
This enormous 2,917-square-foot suite is only available on Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer and Seven Sea Splendor.
The suite doesn’t conform to any typical cruise ship cabin standards and instead of trying to save space, fills every inch with opulence.
Regent Suite comes with its own private spa with unlimited complimentary treatments. There’s also a master bedroom, bar, grand piano, dining room, lounge, bathroom with bath, double sink and two chair lounge.
Owner’s Suite, Oceania Riviera
Kitted out with furnishing from the Ralph Lauren Home Collection, this suite only gets more bougie the deeper the 2,000-square-foot suite goes.
It boasts a large living room, king-sized bed, two walk-in closets, indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas, and a tiled foyer.
Guest booked into this suite will also get to enjoy access to exclusive lounges, 24-hour butler service, complimentary bar beverages, unlimited spa treatments, Bulgari gift set, and daily fresh fruit basket.
Price: US$13,499 per person.
Palace Villa, Genting Dream
The Palace Villa is one of the biggest suites on the ocean and undoubtedly showcases the “art of luxury cruising.”
The onboard villas can sleep six people and entertain many more on its 430-square-foot balcony.
The personal butler service deals with every request so guests can enjoy their outdoor whirlpool between practicing their musical talents on the grand piano.
If guests fancy a nightcap, they won’t have to go far as there’s an in-bedroom bar.
Price: Price on application.
Royal Loft Suite, Royal Caribbean
Laid out over two floors, the Royal Caribbean’s Royal Loft Suite boasts floor-to-ceiling windows and a massive 874-square-foot balcony complete with whirlpool and dining area.
The grand piano, lounge, and dining area all make for brilliant entertaining areas and the personal butler and concierge service will make sure you’re sated all day long with complimentary drinks and snacks.
The Royal Loft Suite is such a luxurious home-away-from-home, you might risk getting too comfortable in and forget to explore the ports.
Price: US$16,659 per person, per week.