VIP Cruise Amenities
Published: January 2012
By Jane Wooldridge
For cruisers who like big-ship amenities but also want seclusion, a growing number of vessels have velvet-rope zones.
AquaClass cabins—all with verandas—have Frette robes and slippers, five-head shower panels, unlimited entry to the nearby spa relaxation room and Persian Garden, and a table at Blu, a health-conscious restaurant available exclusively to AquaClass guests.
Norwegian Cruise Line
For those who cherish privacy, Norwegian’s Jewel and Breakaway classes, as well as its Epic ship, offer an intimate enclave of suites surrounding a private pool, sundeck, and hot tub, all with butler and concierge service. No wonder they call it the Haven.
Passengers aboard the Regatta, Insignia, and Nautica have access to personal deck-side cabanas with teak daybeds, privacy curtains, and a phone that connects you right to room service. The cost is $95 per shore day, $150 per sea day, with discounts for weekly rentals.
On 14 of the line’s 16 ships, $10 buys a half-day of kid-free serenity in the Sanctuary, where staff is on standby with chilled towels, Evian water atomizers, healthy snacks, and—for an extra fee—alfresco massages.
Royal Caribbean International
Stay in a bi-level loft suite aboard the Allure of the Seas or Oasis of the Seas, and you’ll hardly notice you’re on one of the largest ships on the water. Each suite has its own sundeck, priority boarding and departure, and private seating for breakfast and lunch in specialty restaurants.