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I’ve heard many a cruiser admit that the best sleep they’ve ever gotten was onboard a ship. Maybe it was because of the happy exhaustion after a long day exploring a new port. Maybe it was the gentle motion of the waves rocking them to sleep. Quite possibly they were jet-lagged and drooling. But maybe, just maybe, it was the perfect firmness of the mattresses, the way the pillows cradled their tired head, the immaculate thread count of their sheets and the cloudlike feeling of their comforters, or the delicate caress of their robes. In the case of a beatific bedding experience, they might be in luck.
An increasing number of cruise lines are offering ways for cruisers to bring the cabin experience home.
Celebrity Cruises is the latest line to team up with its bedding provider (Reverie) for a line of bedding and accessories called eXhale. Celebrity’s eXhale bedding includes the Dream lite adjustable sleep system from $1,999, Egyptian cotton linens from $220 and a Sweet Slumber pillow from $89. See if you really sleep like a celebrity with a 101-night warranty from Reverie.
If you’re truly looking to be brought back to the slumber of the sea, how about testing Holland America’s Mariner’s Dream Bed, designed exclusively for the cruise line by Sealy Posturepedic. With a full warranty and backed by a team of orthopedic surgeons, this shock-absorbent sleeper could be the bed that puts all others to bed, from $799 for a queen. Pillows, luxury sheets, duvets and more are available to adorn your home mattress.
Perhaps the most extensive bedding collection among cruise lines is the Carnival Comfort Collection, by Carnival Cruise Lines and Harbor Linen. From white-on-white satin striped pillow shams ($21.95 for standard size), bedding sets by cabin class ($399.95 for a full stateroom set) and even a pet bed aimed to give your furry friend the same in ultimate relaxation ($49.95 for a medium), Carnival delivers on bringing the ship sleeping experience to your personal bedroom … but probably without all the room service.
Royal Caribbean has an extensive gift site that might not include any bedding but offers head-to-toe comfort with velour headbands ($12.95), terry or luxury robes ($55, $80), his and hers terry slippers ($13) and even a kimono hooded robe for kids ($34.95). If you find yourself craving the comforts of your onboard loungewear, this line promises to “answer it royally.”
Princess Cruises also wants to remind you that you’re royalty with two robes in either a lightweight cotton waffle fabric from $45, or a wide waffle rib terry cloth, from $90. The perfect bed-topper for any sentimental Princess cruiser comes in the form of a plush bear, fully regaled in sailing uniform, from $12.95.
It would be unlike the Disney company to not have a memento for every occasion, so of course you can remind a child of his or her cool cruising experience with a Disney Cruise Line robe for kids. From the ocean to the bath tub, Disney offers this robe as a creature comfort for any child on land or at sea.
Just over two years ago, Windstar launched Windstar Apparel by New Headings. While the only items available are men’s and women’s clothing with a smattering of hats and travel accessories, keep an open eye for your favorite cruise lines to expand into the comfort zone. Short of rocking waves, these products are aimed to leave you with that at-sea feeling while you dream of your next cruise.
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