Whichever grade you choose, every one of the 350 suites comes with a balcony and a welcome bottle of Champagne.
All grades feature separate sitting areas, European king-size beds with premium mattresses to ensure passengers sleep like Rip van Winkle, walk-in wardrobes with safes, plenty of drawer and hanging space and -- a thoughtful touch -- umbrellas in case of inclement weather. Interactive flat-screen televisions have an extensive media library and complimentary movies on demand. There is also a stocked mini bar in each stateroom. Neutral color schemes are comfortable, lighting subtle and artwork easy on the eye. Other touches for all include fluffy white bathrobes and slippers. Toiletries include a generous selection of L'Occitane amenities (soap, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, shower gel, cotton buds, shower cap and emery boards). Superior suites get Hermes goodies, as well.
The lowest-level Deluxe suites (356 square feet, including balcony) have spacious marble bathrooms, most of which have full-size tubs and separate glass-enclosed showers, although some are shower-only. In some of the Deluxe Suites on Deck 10, passengers don't need alarm clocks because they will be roused from slumber in the early morning by the sound of sunbeds being dragged into position on the deck above. (Why can't staff lift them instead?)
Concierge Suites are the same in size and content as Deluxe Suites with the extra benefit of Concierge-Level amenities (available to passengers in Concierge Suites and higher). These include priority shore excursions and restaurant reservations, a one-night pre-cruise luxury hotel stay, 15 minutes of free ship-to-shore phone time, in-suite binoculars, illy espresso and cashmere blankets.
For those with fat wallets, the top-of-the-line accommodations are the four Master Suites, two on Deck 11 and two on Deck 7. The roomiest are those on Deck 11, with 1,403 square feet of space, including the balcony. They each have a living room/dining area, two bedrooms and a sofa bed (sleeping a total of five people), walk-in wardrobes, and an iPod and Bose docking system. Two marble bathrooms per suite each offer a full-size tub and glass-enclosed shower, bidet and large wash basin; there's also a separate half-bath for guests with a toilet and sink. An added bonus is that passengers also receive upgrades to business-class flights from any destination. It's surely the ultimate indulgence.
In between, two Grand Suites at 876 square feet each have a separate bedroom and, like the Master Suites, have a guest toilet in addition to a large bathroom with tub and separate shower. Voyager Suites (554 square feet with 50-square-foot balcony) have similar amenities.
Seven Seas Suites (from 545 to 681 square feet, including balcony) and Penthouse Suites (370 to 443 square feet, including balcony) are similar in layout to the aforementioned staterooms but have one marble bathroom with tub and shower and no guest toilet. As part of the ship's refurbishment, Penthouse Suites received new decor with custom-crafted elegant furnishings, plush carpeting, curtains, wall coverings, furniture, lighting, original artwork and updated outdoor furniture.
All suites above Concierge level include daily canapes, upgraded bar setup and, best of all, a butler. The butler can serve meals or organize cocktail parties in your cabin, take your clothes for pressing and even unpack if you can't be bothered to do so yourself.
As of 2015, passengers who book a Master, Grand, Seven Seas, Horizon, Mariner, Navigator or Voyager suite will receive unlimited free Internet for the duration of their cruise.
Twelve suites are interconnecting, ideal for families, while four are wheelchair accessible.
Quality and size of suites: The size of their D thru H suites are almost unsurpassed. They have walk in closets that serve as dressing rooms, the bathrooms have walk in showers in addition to a separate large bathtub, on this recent cruise we had four large suitcases but...continue