Some travelers cruise because it's a great vacation value, but others book for the seriously luxurious digs and decadent amenities to be found onboard top suites. If price is not a concern, marble bathrooms, a two-story slide and mattresses that cost as much as a house -- seriously -- can be yours on a cruise vacation.
Whether you're trying to impress your country club friends, you've saved up for the splurge of a lifetime or you're simply daydreaming, we've rounded up the most luxe, over-the-top cruise accommodations at sea for you to swoon over. Just make sure you're sitting down when you check out their price tags.
Prices for these suites vary by date and itinerary and are subject to change, but are listed here as an estimated price per night per suite, based on double occupancy (two people to a room).
Without further ado, here are some of the most expensive cruise ship suites you can book at sea, listed from least to most expensive.
- Grand Wintergarden Suite, Seabourn Cruise Line: $3,000/night
- Balsorano Suite, Silversea Cruises: $4,200/night
- Garden Villa, Norwegian Cruise Line: $4,600/night
- Owner's Penthouse Suites, Scenic: $7,000/night
- Ultimate Family Suite, Royal Caribbean: $8,572/night
- Penthouse Suite, Crystal Cruises: $10,284/night
- Regent Suite, Regent Seven Seas: $11,000/night
1. Grand Wintergarden Suite, Seabourn Cruise Line: $3,000/night
Seabourn's Grand Wintergarden Suite, found onboard Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Encore, is a unique and special space, featuring a glass-enclosed solarium with tub and day bed. Passengers will enjoy 1,292 square feet of interior space -- not including two balconies totaling 244 additional square feet. The room also features large windows, dining for six, two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one whirlpool), a guest bath, convertible sofa bed, pantry with wet bar and three flat-screen TVs.
A 24-night December sailing to Antarctica, Patagonia and South Georgia comes in at a starting price of $40,000 per person for Owner's Suite categories and above, which fit snugly into the range of $1,500 to $2,000 per person, per night. Included in the price are niceties such as a Nespresso machine, Swarovski binoculars for use during your voyage and a complimentary private car transfer up to 50 miles from your home.
2. Balsorano Suite, Silversea Cruises: $4,200/night
The Balsorano Suite aboard Silversea's Silver Muse is one of the line's most lavish offerings. The suite (room 944) is one of four Owner's Suites onboard but is the only room to offer a curation of personal effects (art and objects) from Silversea's chairman, Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio. Two possible configurations mean that the 1,055-square-foot one-bedroom suite (including veranda) can be expanded to include the adjacent Vista Suite, bringing the room up to 1,389 square feet, two bedrooms and three bathrooms.
An average price of $2,100 per person, per night, means a weeklong cruise could run a couple $29,400.
The Balsorano Suite features a living and dining area with a working desk bordered by a floor-to-ceiling window next to a private balcony. A fully stocked bar area and Bose sound system help with entertaining, along with a dedicated guest bathroom. The master bedroom boasts a spacious marble bathroom stocked with Bvlgari White toiletries and features a marble-clad walk-in shower, dual sinks and vanity, and a jetted tub. The bedroom features Pratesi linens and a plush Savoir mattress.
3. Garden Villa, Norwegian Cruise Line: $4,600/night
The largest suite on our list is Norwegian's three-bedroom Garden Villa, coming in at a whopping 6,694 square feet. Variations of this exquisite space are available on Norwegian Star, Norwegian Dawn, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Pearl, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Jewel. For about $32,200 for a weeklong cruise ($2,300 per person, per night), you can run free in this three-bedroom suite that accommodates up to eight passengers and provides round trip limo service to and from the airport, unlimited drinks and a butler, of course.
Unwind in a spacious living room with a baby grand piano and enjoy three full baths plus a half-bath, walls of windows and stunning outdoor terraces with a hot tub, steam room, sun deck and a private dining area. On ships with access to The Haven complex, Garden Villa passengers can enjoy meals in a private restaurant, plus a dedicated pool and sun deck.
4. Owner's Penthouse Suites, Scenic: $7,000/night
There are two Owner's Penthouse Suites on mega-yacht Scenic Eclipse, clocking in at 2,099 square feet apiece. Either can be combined with the spa suite next door to make a two-bedroom, 2.5-bath suite with 2,637 square feet total.
Located at the bow of Deck 9, both Scenic Owner's Suites feature a 646-square-foot terrace with lounge area, sun loungers and private Jacuzzi; ensuite dining area with seating for up to eight people; personalized mini-bar restocked daily; dual steam shower, therapeutic spa bath, guest powder room and deluxe bath products; complimentary laundry service (limited per day); and a complimentary one-hour in-suite spa treatment per passenger.The Spa Suite addition adds another steam shower with oversized head and light therapy and an oversized spa bath overlooking your private balcony.
At $3,500 per person, per night for a weeklong escape on Scenic Eclipse, expect a price per couple of $49,000. For the price tag, the ship offers passengers a range of eye-popping toys, including Zodiacs and a helicopter.
5. Ultimate Family Suite, Royal Caribbean: $8,572/night
This one-of-a-kind room, designed with large families in mind, features an in-room slide, a private cinema with an 85-inch high-definition TV and all the best video games, a 212-square-foot balcony complete with table tennis and a full-size whirlpool. Beyond that, a LEGO wall, air hockey table and funky decor make the space appealing to kids of all ages.
The colorful, two-level and two-bedroom 1,346-square-foot suite features plenty of space for up to eight passengers and a private Royal Genie, which is a specialized butler who caters to passengers' every whim, along with special surprises customized to each reservation. A ballpark figure for a weeklong cruise in the Ultimate Family Suite onboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class Symphony of the Seas is $60,000 -- or $4,286 per person, per night -- for a minimum of two people.
As part of Royal's Star Class suites, cruisers staying in this top-level suite have all drinks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic), all meals (even in specialty restaurants) and gratuities included.
6. Penthouse Suite, Crystal Cruises: $10,284/night
Crystal Cruises' Crystal Serenity boasts a stunning 1,368-square-foot Crystal Penthouse Suite, with a custom stone foyer floor unique to the room. Located on Deck 11, this luxurious enclave offers a spacious master bedroom, den with a full-size sleeper sofa, 270-square-foot teak veranda and a personal butler who will serve you in-suite afternoon tea.
The suite also features a separate dining area, two TVs, binoculars to take in the incredible sea views and a guest bathroom with a shower. The master bath includes a television, bathtub, state-of-the-art shower and a walk-in closet.
For a weeklong Mediterranean itinerary, Crystal Penthouse rates begin at $5,142 per person, per night (just about $72,000 for the sailing, based on two people in the room). Other touches included in the price include private round trip transfers of up to 100 miles, free in-room phone usage up to two hours per cruise and complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning.
7. Regent Suite, Regent Seven Seas: $11,000/night
Perhaps the most expensive cruise ship suite -- and the most coveted -- belongs to Regent Seven Seas cruise line, which seems to outdo itself with each new ship. The latest Regent Suite to debut on Seven Seas Splendor averages a whopping $77,000 per weeklong cruise ($5,500 per person, per night), takes up 4,443 square feet of space and features the most expensive bed in the world with a price tag of $200,000.
For the price, suite passengers receive unlimited spa treatments, a private driver in each port and their own exclusive, private dining space for up to 12 people called The Study. Inside, occupants will find two spacious bedrooms, ocean views flooding in from floor-to-ceiling windows and a grand piano.
Plus, there is access to a Tresse mini-pool spa on the wraparound balcony. Enjoy the sunset with a cocktail from a fully stocked bar that the suite's personal butler will mix for you. Or, retreat inside to the largest ensuite spa on the ocean complete with a sauna and ceramic loungers.
Booking this expensive cruise ship room also gets you free first class airline tickets for domestic flights (business class for international flights); a one-night pre-cruise hotel package with all transfers; all laundry, Wi-Fi and almost any other amenity you could imagine onboard -- yes, even a caviar service, Champagne, personalized stationary and a choice of suite fragrance.