The next time you travel, forget the rush of airports and flight delays. Instead, take the saying “it’s not about the destination; it’s about the journey” literally and travel aboard on luxury cruise suites instead.

We’re not talking about just any ship; nor just any state room. Instead, go for gold and indulge in the poshest and best suite the current slate of luxury cruises have to offer. Think penthouse suites, royal suites, and master suites. These plush offerings often come with your own personal butler, full-sized bathrooms, and separate living area. No more cramped lodgings, because these suites are large enough to even host other guests.

What’s great about travelling by way of cruise also means you’re forced to stay out of social media. We know, there’s in-suite wifi, but people in the outside world don’t need to know that when you’re in the high seas. Because staying out on the high seas can get rather dull with time, we’ve narrowed our search down to cruises that are travelling within Asia, or back to Asia. Scroll down for our list of the five luxury cruise suites you need to stay in.

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Hapag Lloyd Cruises: Europa 2 Owner Suite

Many would think of cruise living as cramped, but you won’t have any trouble with the Owner Suite in Hapag Lloyd Cruises’ Europa 2 travelling from Singapore to Sri Lanka. With the suite measuring 1,227 sqft, you can have all the personal space you want from your butler — yes, a butler service is included. You can even lounge in the bathroom’s daybed or relax in the whirlpool; get a steam sauna if you would so prefer it. There’s no need to fight with your significant other for sink space too, as there are two sinks provided in the bathroom. Dine in the comfort of your own suite as well, because there’s a dining table in the separate living area.

 

 

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Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity Penthouse Suite

Pop your complimentary bottle of champagne upon checking in, because that Hong Kong to Tokyo cruise trip aboard the Crystal Serenity is going to be a lavish one, especially if you’re checked in the Penthouse Suite with Verandah. When you’re not enjoying your full jacuzzi bathtub, call on your personal butler should your taste buds feel up for an in-suite afternoon tea service or pre-dinner cocktails and gourmet canape service. When you feel like venturing out of your suite for a fancy dinner at one of the cruise’s restaurants, look sharp and request for your garment to be pressed and shoes shined.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Seven Seas Voyager Grand Suite

When you’re on board the Seven Seas Voyager en route from Singapore to Beijing and checked into your Grand Suite, there isn’t much to worry about, except perhaps which brand of toiletries you’d like to use during your stay: Guerlain, Bottega Veneta, or L’Occitane Mer & Mistral? Thankfully, for everything else, you’ll have a personal butler to attend to it. Should you be travelling with friends aboard the cruise, extend your generosity as your suite comes with a complimentary cocktail party for eight. Afterwards, contemplate your dinner outfit inside the walk-in wardrobe — all eyes will be on you, as your suite includes a VIP status to include dinner with a senior officer. How important!

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Seabourn: Encore Penthouse Spa Suite

Walking from one end to the other on the cruise ship can be quite tiring, especially when all you want is a relaxing spa treatment. Thank goodness then, for the Seabourn Encore Penthouse Spa Suite’s in-house spa amenities and a spa concierge service while on the way to Phuket. After all, you can only fully appreciate the luxury that is your penthouse suite after you’re all calm and relaxed from your spa session, isn’t that right? At the end of your trip, craft a nice thank you note with the personalised stationery at your writing desk, because nothing oozes more class than a down-to-earth person.

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Silversea: Silver Shadow Royal Suite

When you want to go full-on luxe, the Silver Shadow Royal Suite will be able to satisfy you when you’re travelling from Hong Kong to Singapore. Forget a sensibly waterproof balcony — in the Royal Suite, you’ll get a large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Play host to people in your Royal Suite as well, because space is expanse and the setting is incredibly majestic. If you’re travelling in a larger group, you can also make it a two-bedroom accommodation with an adjoining Veranda Suite.

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.