Go big or go home in one of Norwegian Cruise Line's Garden Villa Suites

By Yolanda Crous
June 24, 2016
Norwegian Cruise Line suite
Credit: Norwegian Cruise Line

The cruise industry is constantly evolving. Cruise-ship cabins now come with chicer styling and cool techie-bait features. And some cabins aren't cabins: they're really super-sized suites. The biggest of them all? Norwegian’s three-bedroom Garden Villa suites, found on the Norwegian Jewel, Jade, Gem, and Pearl.

Guests in the megasuites, which start at a McMansion-sized 4,252 square feet, literally cruise like rock stars—Kid Rock, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS, Johnny Van Zant and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Blake Shelton have all stayed in one. The suites are tucked away in Haven by Norwegian, the line’s luxe ship-within-a-ship area, which offers guests swank perks like access to a private pool and sundeck, 24-hour butler and concierge, priority boarding on tenders, and limo service to the airport. On some ships, Haven guests even have their own private restaurant and spa treatment rooms.

The two biggest Garden Villa suites are on the Norwegian Jewel, and they both clock in at 4,891 square feet. Like the others, each of the three bedrooms has its own bathroom—key if you’re traveling with kids or a high-maintenance squad—and sleeps up to eight. There’s a dining room so you can take full advantage of the complimentary room service three meals. And in the living room, you’ll find a white baby grand player piano, as well as a bar, espresso machine, and epic views of the main pool deck and waterslide.

But the amenities keep getting better. Just as Haven has its own private pool and sundeck, the three-bedroom Garden Suite has its own private garden, hot tub, and steam room, and sundeck, which means you can pretty much live outside if you want and never see anyone but your friends and family—a pretty good trick on a cruise ship that holds 2,376 people.