Enjoying the finest wines and partaking in gourmet meals is not just reserved for wealthy entrepreneurs and CEOs.
Creating your own luxury experience can be easily accomplished by taking a voyage on a cruise ship, no matter where your destination is. The grandeur of luxury rooms aboard cruise ships evoke images of evenings where men are in smoking jackets and women are draped in necklaces encrusted in flawless diamonds while they sip on wine from a small boutique vineyard.
Here are the top five glamorous and opulent rooms so you can feel like Queen Elizabeth on the QM2.
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Uniworld ships, sail along various rivers with departures from many locales all over the world. But their rooms on the Ganges Voyager II, which sails the Ganges River from New Delhi to Kolkata, are especially magnificent. This ship is a one-of-a-kind and only features suites, ranging from the Signature Suite up to the grand Maharaja Suite, which starts at $12,099 per person for the 12-night cruise.
The spacious suites have high-ceilings and are a sanctuary consisting of hand-painted murals with a cozy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The bathroom has a rain shower, the closets have a generous amount of closet space and fresh fruit and flowers are in the room upon your arrival.
Uniworld's S.S. Antoinette features the opulent Royal Suite. This suite gives people a view of the river from an open-air balcony or the spacious living room. A bedroom, living space and bathroom are included in the suite's 391 square feet. Travelers can take the S.S. Antoinette for two different journeys - Castles Along the Rhine or Rhine Holiday Markets. The Royal Suite starts at $8,299 and $8,399 for each trip respectively.
The 443-foot S.S. Antoinette is designed for a small set of travelers, consisting of only 154-passengers. This ship features fine Brazilian marble on the walls and floors, a 19th-century Venetian glass mirror, a stylish Bar du Leopard with full-service bar,and an onboard cinema. The two-story foyer boasts of a 10-foot blue Strauss Baccarat chandelier with huge sapphires which once was once hung in New York's famous Tavern on the Green—and a collection of original artwork is displayed throughout the ship.
Sailing in 2018, Hurtigruten has added a new ship to its fleet: the MS Roald Amundsen. This vessel will feature an environmentally sustainable hybrid technology which will not only reduce fuel consumption and also demonstrate that hybrid propulsion on large ships is an option.
The fleet will debut in July 2018, traveling areas, including Antarctica, Patagonia, Chilean Fjords and Cape Horn. The hybrid ship was designed by Rolls Royce and constructed by Kleven Yards.
The voyages are 16 to 20 days and the prices range from $4,492 to $13,934 (per person).
The palatial decor includes materials such as granite, oak and birch. The expeditions feature experts in biology, history, photography and geology who provide lectures and activities.
The high tech center features an immersive science area where the expedition team will provide small group workshops, hands-on training with advanced science tools and virtual reality goggles to truly teach cruise goers.
Hurtigruten is partnering with Blueye Robotics which features underwater drones. The drones will share video and images of each traveler's underwater adventure.
Royal Caribbean (RCL) launched its Royal Suite Class (available on Oasis Class, Anthem and Ovation of the Seas)in 2016. The extravagant accommodations and exclusive amenities feature a Royal Genie, which has been certified by the British Butler Institute to meet the needs of travelers.
Royal Caribbean's two-level loft suite is the most luxurious of its and has hosted a number of celebrities and well-known personalities, including Royal Caribbean Crown & Anchor members Carlos and Alexa PenaVega. In addition, Shay Mitchell and Dorinda Medley have stayed in a range of Royal Caribbean suites.
The Royal Suite Class is available on Symphony of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas (Singapore and Sydney departures only).
An eught-night sailing, departing New York in January 2019 on Anthem of the Seas, a Royal Loft Suite will cost $4,320 per person plus taxes and fees.
Oceania's oClass ships, comprised of the 1,250-guests Marina and Riviera, includes three sumptuous luxurious Owner's Suites measuring more than 2,000 square feet each. The staterooms are lavishly furnished by the Ralph Lauren Home Collection and feature a spacious living and dining room, master bedroom, a grand entry foyer with a player piano and two wrap-around verandas.
The David Hicks hand-laid mosaic tile floor are in the entry foyer and the bathroom. The construction of the bathroom was completed piece-by-piece to create a rounded bathroom shape. The rooms are finished with mahogany, nickel and marble.
The amenities in the suites include 24-hour butler service, complimentary in-suite bar setup with six full-size bottles of premium spirits and wines from the suite beverage menu, a laptop computer with wireless Internet access, a complimentary iPad with free unlimited internet, choice of daily printed newspaper, complimentary Oceania Cruises logo tote bag and personalized stationery and cashmere lap blankets.
The Owner's Suite fares start at $14,299 per guest, including airfare, for the following cruises headed to the south Pacific and Polynesia.