Inside or outside cabin? Balcony or window? It used to be just as simple as this when booking a cruise but today’s cruise lines are embracing the multi-generational and family travel trend by offering a slew of suites, interconnecting cabins and staterooms with more than one bathroom.
CruiseCompete, the research and booking site that features cruise offers from travel agents, earlier this week revealed its best picks for family accommodations across several cruise lines. Check out these options:
Royal Caribbean International – Royal Suite Star Class/Royal Loft Suite
The Royal Suite Star Class, a series of family-friendly suites, is an excellent family option that offers an all-inclusive experience and is available on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis and Quantum class ships.The Ultimate Beverage Package, entry into specialty restaurants, a complimentary minibar, free internet, access to the spa’s thermal room, daily gratuities, and in-suite movies are all included. Plus, enjoy your personal Royal Genie, a 24-hour concierge service. The Royal Loft Suite features a baby grand piano, indoor and outdoor. Pricing for the Royal Loft Suite for 7-night Eastern Caribbean Cruise departing April 15, 2018. is $1,991.57 per person per night, not including port taxes and fees.
Norwegian Cruise Lines – 3 Bedroom Garden Villa
Norwegian Cruise Lines offers a number of impressive family options in various suites across the fleet. One especially well appointed suite is the 3 Bedroom Garden Villa, which covers an expansive 6,694 square feet and features a private terrace. Amenities for these deluxe accommodations include butler service, champagne, a custom selection of liquor, fruit, bottled water and sodas. Plus complimentary limousine service from pier to airport. Pricing for the 3 Bedroom Garden Villa, on 7- Day Bahamas and Florida from New York departing August 26, 2017 is $1,353 per person per night, not including port taxes and fees.
MSC Cruises – Royal Suite
One family option offered aboard the MSC Divina is the Royal Suite (the Sophia Loren suite), This suite measures 560 square feet and includes 24-hour butler service, unlimited drinks in MSC Yacht Club areas or from your minibar, and exclusive access to One Sun Deck and Top Sail Lounge. Other family friendly options to consider when sailing with MSC are the Executive & Family suites, found in the MSC Yacht Club, aboard the 4,345-passenger sister ships Divina or Preziosa, or the 4,363-passenger sister ships Fantasia or Splendida. The Executive & Family Suites (measuring 425 to 547 square feet, without a balcony) each feature a sleeping area (with a double bed that can be converted into two singles) and a partitioned-off living room area with a pullout sofa for two. They accommodate up to four guests and tout extras like a spacious wardrobe and bathtub-equipped bathroom. And here’s a helpful tip: On the Divina or Preziosa, you can book two adjacent Executive & Family Suites together (ask for staterooms 12002 and 12004), for a super-suite configuration that sleeps up to 8. Pricing for the Royal Suite on the MSC Divina for a 7- Night Caribbean and Antilles Cruise, departing April 29, 2017 is about $2,000 per person per night, not including port taxes and fees.
Viking Ocean Cruises- The Owner’s Suite
Viking Ocean Cruises offers a lavish family option with the Owner’s Suite, which encompasses 1,448 square feet, including the balcony. The suite was personally designed by Viking’s Chairman Torstein Hagen, and is filled with luxurious touches throughout. Amenities include a mini bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and snacks replenished daily, a welcome bottle of Champagne, free dry cleaning and laundry service, and priority bookings for shore excursions, The Chef’s Table, and Spa treatments. The Owner’s Suites pricing currently starts at $2,116.55 per person, double occupancy, per night for a 10 day Empires of the Mediterranean cruise, not including taxes and fees.