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6 of our favourite cruise ship suites

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When it comes to picking your accommodation for your next cruise, it's worth taking time to think about what your trip is going to be like.

If you have chosen a port-intensive itinerary and plan to spend lots of time ashore, a spacious suite on board is not going to make a huge difference to your experience. Likewise if you like to be out and about, trying out the various restaurants, seeing the shows, and lazing by the pool on deck, do you really need a full private dining area in your suite?

On the other hand, if you are going to be on a lengthy voyage or world cruise with plenty of days at sea, you are going to love to have plenty of private space for those unsociable days, and will value the total relaxation of a duvet day with immaculate room service. And if you are travelling with family, having lots of space to kick back with them is a definite plus.

Seabourn Ovation - Wintergarden Suite

The word 'suite' should denote connected rooms under one room number, but on many ships (and hotels) it is just used to mean 'bigger room'. Technically speaking there should be more than one room to constitute a true suite, so if that's what you want be careful to check that is what you are getting.

If space is important to you, but you don't have the budget for huge Grand or Master Suites, there are some very appealing options, and we have picked out our favourite suite categories on some of our favourite ships...

1. Explorer Suite, Seven Seas Explorer

The Explorer Suites on Regent's Seven Seas Explorer are a generous 643 square feet of indoor space, plus a balcony of at least 165 square feet. Beautifully laid out with both the bedroom and the living room giving onto the terrace, there are lots of added benefits to make your stay extra special.

Regent Seven Seas Explorer - Explorer Suite

2. Silver Suite, Silver Whisper

The Silver Suites on Silversea's Silver Whisper, at 653 square feet including terrace, is one of our favourites, not least because of the angled bed in the glass-walled bedroom which gives you a sea view, whilst simultaneously giving extensive living space opening onto the verandah.

Silversea - Silver Whisper - Silver Suite

3. Penthouse Suite, Crystal Serenity

The Penthouse Suites on Crystal Serenity, at 549 square feet including terrace, are made extra special by the outstanding Crystal butlers and the super comfortable beds. Penthouse bonuses include priority restaurant reservations and pre-dinner hors d'oeuvres including caviar evenings.

Crystal Serenity - Penthouse Suite

4. Penthouse Suite, Seabourn Ovation

Seabourn Ovation boasts Penthouse Suites at 550 square feet including verandah. The glass walled bedroom gives onto a spacious living and dining area with French windows out onto the terrace to create an airy home from home.

Seabourn Encore & Ovation - Penthouse Spa Suite

5. Mid Ship Suite, Spirit of Discovery & Spirit of Adventure

If you'd prefer not to fly, think about Saga's Mid Ship Suite with Balcony at 462 square feet including verandah. On long voyages departing from the UK, you will enjoy the bonus of butler service, as well as a walk-in shower with separate bathtub.

Saga - Spirit of Discovery - Mid Ship Suite with Balcony

6. Grand Suite, AmaMagna

For river cruises, spacious accommodation is a rarity. If it's important to you, we recommend the double width AmaMagna from AmaWaterways, operating fascinating itineraries on the Danube. The Grand Suites, at 474 square feet including balcony, have the bed perfectly positioned to watch the world go by.

AmaWaterways - AmaMagna - Grand Suite

Whatever you decide on, remember the 'never go back' rule. Once you have developed a taste for a spacious suite, it will be hard to return to standard accommodation, so be warned: a one-off splash out could turn into an expensive addiction!

Edwina Lonsdale
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Edwina Lonsdale is Managing Director and, together with husband Matthew, owner of Mundy Cruising.

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