Cruise ships offer an exceptionally restful night's sleep, and it's not just the waves rocking you back and forth that does it. Many cruise lines have chosen to make a significant investment in the mattresses and bedding found in their cruise ship cabins. From pillow menus and branded partnerships to exclusive mattress materials, cruise lines take sleep seriously.
If you want an incredible night's sleep on your vacation -- and the inside scoop on how to bring cruise-style slumber into your own home -- read on to discover which cruise ship beds are the best at sea.
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Princess Cruises' Princess Luxury Bed
Princess enlisted the help of Dr. Michael Breus, a board-certified sleep expert, and HGTV design personality Candice Olson to create the ultimate bed to catch the eye and comfort the body. From the pillows to the box spring, each of the 10 components of these beds was carefully constructed for maximum comfort. Plus, the fibers used are organic and sustainable, and the foam is naturally derived.
You can order your own bed using Princess Cruises' Princess Luxury Bed microsite. (Some Cruise Critic editors have actually done this!) In addition to selling its signature mattress and a variety of bedding, Princess also offers sleep kits for purchase that include tips and advice from Dr. Breus, a sleep mask, earplugs and calming aromatherapy oils.
Oceania Cruises' Prestige Tranquility Bed
Matermoll, the Italian designers of this bedding, have considered every detail. The mattress includes seven zones with 2 inches of memory foam, and the pillows and pillow top of the mattress are made using fibers infused with chamomile, an herb known for its calming qualities. Egyptian cotton, 1,000-thread-count sheets ensure a total sense of tranquility, as the name of the bed suggests.
You can purchase two types of mattresses, pillows and a bedding set at the dedicated site for Oceania's bed collection.
Regent Seven Seas Cruises' Elite Slumber Bed Collection
Regent's beds, also made in Italy by Matermoll, are an ergonomically designed feat of engineering with 3,000 coils and an air suspension system so you never feel overheated. Materials include eucalyptus in the pillow top and Egyptian cotton for the 1,000-thread-count sheets. Choose from six pillows made from gel, feathers or foam.
Using Regent's dedicated site for its bedding, you can order everything from standard mattresses and bedding to every one of the line's premium pillows.
Carnival Cruise Line's Comfort Bed
Manufactured in Europe exclusively for Carnival, the Comfort Bed includes custom pillows, duvets and sheets that are hypoallergenic and made with ring-spun satin. While there's nothing particularly fancy about these beds, we're including them here because given the value of a Carnival cruise, the beds don't feel at all budget.
Carnival's mattresses aren't sold online, but you can customize your bed at home with the line's blankets and pillows to feel just like you're back in your cozy cabin. Grab your bedding on the Carnival Comfort Collection microsite.
Crystal Cruises' Downlite Bedding
Downlite, as its name suggests, specializes in down and feather-blend bedding. However, all of the down bedding found on luxury cruise line Crystal is hypoallergenic. If you're not into soft pillows, request an EnviroLoft Down Alternative Pillow, guaranteed to give you more firm head and neck support.
Head to the Downlite Bedding site for Crystal Cruises to purchase your own allergy-free sleep system.
Savoir Beds on Various Cruise Lines
Luxury British bed-maker Savoir has designed bespoke mattresses for select suites on Silversea's Silver Muse and Regent's Seven Seas Explorer, as well as beds for river cruise line Uniworld. Savoir, which started out making beds for The Savoy, London's first high-end hotel, uses top-quality natural materials, like lamb's wool and cashmere, and hand tufts each mattress to ensure the most exact measure of customization. For example, Regent's custom Savoir mattress, found only in the master bedroom of the Seven Seas Explorer's Regent Suite, is made from horse hair and costs as much as some people's house: nearly $150,000.
Procure your own deluxe mattress by visiting the Savoir Beds website