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VIP Areas on Cruise Ships – 11 Cruise Lines Have Luxury Ships Within A Ship

As we all know, there is much diversity in cruise companies today. Each is attempting to appeal to a certain clientele. But what happens when there are overlaps? When parents who want a luxury experience want to bring along several children who want all the fun amenities of a very large ship?

There are exclusive areas designed to provide a higher level of comfort, privacy, and personalized service for passengers who are willing to pay extra for a premium cruise experience. While they can significantly enhance the cruise experience, they are generally more expensive than standard accommodations and may be limited in availability, so it’s advisable to book well in advance if you’re interested in these exclusive areas on a cruise ship.

Let’s explore these lines:

Upscale Contemporary Cruise Lines

  1. MSC Yacht Club by MSC Cruises: MSC Cruises offers the “MSC Yacht Club,” which is an exclusive area within their ships. It includes private suites, a dedicated butler and concierge, a private lounge, and a restaurant. Passengers in the Yacht Club also have priority boarding and disembarkation. There is also an exclusive restaurant and secluded area on the private island for guests of Yacht Club to enjoy.
  1. The Haven by Norwegian Cruise Line: Norwegian Cruise Line offers “The Haven” on some of its ships. It’s a private and upscale enclave featuring luxurious suites, a private pool, sun deck, and a dedicated concierge and 24/7 butler service. Passengers staying in The Haven also have access to exclusive dining options.

Stateroom amenities fresh flowers, bowls of fresh fruit and a Nespresso or Lavazza coffee machine, terry-lined robes, and a portable phone to carry around the ship. Passengers staying in the Haven have access to a secluded courtyard with a private pool, a private restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch and receive preferred reservations at specialty restaurants. The Haven is available on the Norwegian Escape, Norwegian Getaway, Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Gem, Norwegian Jade, Norwegian Jewel, Norwegian Bliss, and Norwegian Pearl.

  1. Royal Suite Class by Royal Caribbean: Royal Caribbean offers exclusive space on board for suite guests. Beyond the perks of priority boarding and dining reservations, when you stay in a Sky Class suite or higher you can enjoy access to the Suite Lounge that offers appetizers and cocktails each evening the Suite Sun Deck, and access to the Barefoot Beach Club on the line’s private island of Labadee. If you are staying in a Star Class suite you can also have a personal concierge called a “Royal Genie.”

Premium Cruise Lines

  1. The Retreat by Celebrity Cruises: Celebrity Cruises has “The Retreat,” an exclusive area featuring luxurious suites, a private restaurant (Luminae), and a private lounge for Suite Class passengers.

Passengers in The Retreat enjoy a host of premium amenities and services. Celebrity Cruises offers AquaClass veranda staterooms. These cabins offer a personal spa concierge, daily delivery of bottled water and tea, priority check-in, priority disembarkation, express luggage delivery and complimentary shoeshine service. These staterooms also offer exclusive access to Blu, a special restaurant featuring “clean Cuisine,” including complimentary breakfast every day.

  1. The Retreat by Disney Cruise Line: Disney Cruise Line has “The Retreat” for its Concierge-level passengers. It includes elegant suites, a private sundeck, a lounge, and a private restaurant (Palo). Concierge guests also have priority boarding and other exclusive benefits.

Disney Cruise line offers exclusive perks and exclusive access to certain areas of the ship for Concierge guests. The Concierge Lounge offers a private area to enjoy cocktails, internet access and complimentary food and beverage. There is also a private sun deck. Concierge guests will also enjoy pre-boarding services, priority check-in, personal assistance with cruise planning and dining and spa reservations.

Disney Cruise Line is famous for its family friendly entertainment. But onboard each of the four Disney Ships you find several areas set aside exclusively for adults. Quiet Cove Pool is a serene pool deck for passengers 18 and up. There are several adults-only lounges and there is an adult only restaurant on each ship.

  1. Neptune Lounge, by Holland America Line: an exclusive retreat for guests staying in Neptune Suites and Pinnacle Suites. The Neptune Lounge offers a private place where guests can relax, socialize with other suite guests, and enjoy personalized concierge service. The Neptune Lounge is available on all ships.
  2. The Sanctuary by Princess Cruises: Princess Cruises offers “The Sanctuary,” an exclusive adults-only retreat featuring plush loungers, attentive stewards, and a serene atmosphere. Passengers can enjoy massages, healthy snacks, and stunning sea views in this private area.

Ultra-Premium Cruise Lines

  1. The Grill Experience by Cunard Line: The Grill Experience on Cunard Line refers to the premium dining options available on Cunard’s ocean liners, specifically on the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria ships. Cunard is renowned for its traditional luxury cruising, and The Grill Experience is a significant part of that reputation. There are two main Grill restaurants on Cunard ships: the Queens Grill and the Princess Grill.

Queens Grill: The Queens Grill is the epitome of luxury dining on Cunard ships. Passengers staying in Queens Grill Suites have exclusive access to this restaurant. The dining room is elegant and intimate, offering personalized service and an à la carte menu. Queens Grill guests can dine at their preferred time.

Princess Grill: The Princess Grill is another upscale dining option on Cunard ships, available to passengers staying in Princess Grill Suites. While not as exclusive as the Queens Grill, it offers a high standard of service and cuisine. The dining experience is refined and elegant, with attentive service and the flexibility to dine when it suits passengers.

Both the Queens Grill and Princess Grill experiences include several perks:

Priority Embarkation and Disembarkation: Grill guests enjoy priority boarding and disembarkation, allowing for a smoother start and end to their cruise.

Exclusive Lounge Access: Grill guests have access to private lounges, like the Queens Grill Lounge and the Princess Grill Lounge, where they can relax and socialize with fellow passengers.

Personalized Service: The staff in the Grill restaurants are known for their exceptional service and attention to detail, ensuring a memorable dining experience.

Overall, the Grill Experience on Cunard Line is designed to provide an elevated level of luxury and sophistication for passengers who seek a premium cruising experience. It’s an ideal choice for travelers who appreciate fine dining, personalized service, and the finer aspects of cruising. Keep in mind that the Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants are exclusive and require booking a Grill Suite in advance to access these dining options.

All guests staying in a Grills Suite will enjoy concierge and butler service, priority embarkation and access to a private Grills Lounge and Grills Terrace.Guests who choose the Queens Grills experience will also enjoy a complimentary stocked bar, bon voyage champagne and chocolates, a “pillow menu,” fresh flowers and a walk-in closet, personalized stationery, and nightly turndown service. They will dine in the exclusive Queens Grill restaurant or enjoy in-suite dining featuring the Queens Grill menu with dinner served course by course. Afternoon tea is served in the Grills Lounge or the Queens Room.

Guests staying in the Princess Grill Suites will also enjoy bon voyage sparkling wine and chocolates, the Pillow Concierge menu, fresh fruit, walk-in closet and personalized stationery. They will dine in the exclusive Princess Grill restaurant or enjoy in-suite dining from the Princess Grill with the meal served by course. Afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the private Grill Lounge or the Queens Room.

  1. Oceania Cruises: Guests staying in a Concierge Level stateroom can enjoy some ultra-luxurious perks. Privileges include exclusive card-only access to the private Concierge lounge that features coffees, snacks and soft drinks throughout the day. These guests will also enjoy room services from the Grand Dining Room for lunch and dinner, free laundry service, a complimentary bottle of Champagne, priority specialty dining reservations, Bulgari amenities, cashmere lap blankets and complimentary shoeshine service.

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Contemporary Cruise Lines

  1. Carnival Cruise Lines :Carnival is a mid-priced line that attracts both younger passengers and families. But special cabins can be found on a few of its newer vessels.

Carnival Cruise Lines offers Cloud 9 Spa staterooms aboard the Carnival Breeze, Carnival Dream, Carnival Horizon, Carnival Magic, Carnival Panorama (arriving in 2019), Carnival Splendor, Carnival Sunshine and Carnival Vista. These staterooms and suites have access to the spa and are offered exclusive spa packages.

Carnival also offers Havana Staterooms and Suites on some ships. First offered onboard the Carnival Vista, these staterooms and suites come with some special perks. There is private access to the Havana Pool, quick access to the Havana Bar and a section of the promenade is only open to Havana guests during the day. Guests must be at least 12 years old to stay in one of these staterooms. These cabins feature a patio (as opposed to a private balcony) that faces the promenade. These patios are accessed through a sliding door from the staterooms and have a swing chair as well as loungers and a table.

For cruisers traveling with children, the Family Harbor staterooms and suites include access to a special lounge which is a great spot for a quick breakfast in the morning or a snack throughout the day. The lounge also offers family friendly Hasbro board games, video games and movies. Also offered is a free night of Night Owls babysitting service (the late-night service starts at 10 pm after the regular children’s programs end) and the children will eat free in most of the specialty dining restaurants.

  1. Costa Cruises: Costa Cruises offers Samsara Spa cabins and suites. These staterooms have an internal glass elevator that takes guests straight from their staterooms to the spa area. Perks for these cabins include 24-hour room service and a choice of seating in the dining room. These are available on Costa Diadema, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Favolosa, Costa Deliziosa, Costa Pacifica, Costa Luminosa, Costa Serena and Costa neoRomantica. These cabins also offer unlimited access to the spa, a purifying shower filter, an essential oils diffuser and a hot water kettle with a selection of Ayurvedic teas to try.

Cover photo: The Haven Premier Owner’s Suite, courtesy Norwegian Cruise Line


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