While any cruise ship cabin offers comfort and convenience, sailing in a suite can really elevate your cruise experience. And, it’s about more than square footage. The “perks” (special extras) that come with a suite make a cruise more luxurious and may be more affordable than you think.
you’ll pay more for a suite than a standard cabin, some things you might be used
to paying extra for are often included with a suite. When you consider the extras,
you may find a suite is a good match for your budget. Exactly what’s included depends
on the cruise line and ship you choose, but here are some examples of the
services suite passengers often receive as part of their fare.
beverages (except for still water, plain coffee or tea, and some juices) served
on a cruise ship come with an extra charge – unless you’re staying in a suite. Beverages
of all kinds are usually served to suite passengers at no additional charge. You
can enjoy sparkling water, soft drinks, specialty coffees, beer, cocktails, and
wine without worrying about any extra cost.
passengers often have access to alternative dining venues at no additional cost.
This means you can sample the ship’s finest specialty cuisine without paying a
cover charge. In fact, some ships have specialty lounges and restaurants that
are accessible only to passengers staying in suites.
extras like fitness evaluations and classes, certain spa treatments,
baby-sitting, wine-tasting events, in-suite movies, laundry services, and Wi-Fi
access may also be included in your suite fare.
you stay in a suite, you’re likely to have the services of a concierge, or maybe
even a butler – services that are simply unavailable to other passengers. A
concierge can make spa and dining reservations for you, arrange onshore
excursions and handle any billing concerns. A butler will do those things as
well as unpack your bags, deliver meals and snacks to your suite’s dining
table, pick up and deliver laundry, or organize a special party (should you
care to host one).
one more suite advantage that doesn’t have a definable cost – but it’s nice. Most
cruise lines escort suite passengers through a briefer embarkation and
debarkation process, with little or no waiting in line. You’ll also be among the
first to step off and back on the ship when you visit a port.
your professional travel advisor, to suggest a cruise line or ship with a suite
– and sweet perks – to enjoy on your next cruise.
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