An artist's rendering of the bedroom in the sprawling Regent Suite. Rendering courtesy of Regent Seven Seas.

The Suite Life on Oceania

As far as suites go, Oceania Cruises sets the bar higher than most with its exquisite Owner’s Suites aboard its two newest vessels, Marina and Riviera. Though spacious, they’re not the biggest suites afloat, nor are they the flashiest. What they are, however, is a modern take on the opulent and grand suites of the glory days of transatlantic ocean travel – and they’re some of our favorite accommodations at sea.

Oceania Marina will host two very unique voyages to the Mediterranean next year. Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises
Oceania Marina and her sister, Riviera, boast some of the most lavish suites at sea. Photo courtesy of Oceania Cruises

Furnished entirely with classy Ralph Lauren Home Collection décor, there are three, 185-square meter Owner’s Suites found aboard both Marina and Riviera. Each features a large living room, a separate bedroom with a king-sized bed, two walk-in closets, indoor and outdoor whirlpool tubs, and even a foyer that opens up to reveal a dedicated music room.

Each suite is a masterclass in tasteful interior design – but that doesn’t mean these rooms are boring. Far from it. Vibrant shades of blue and turquoise are used throughout these Owner’s Suites to provide guests with a subtle connection with the sea. Dark wall treatments inset into white accent panels recall the grand liners like Mauretania and Normandie, while the list of modern amenities included with these sumptuous suites is a delight to behold.

Owner's Suite on Oceania Marina. © 2011 Ralph Grizzle
The Owner’s Suite aboard Oceania Marina. Courtesy Oceania Cruises

Wrapped up in their elegant surroundings and flanked by wall-to-wall windows, guests in these Owner’s Suites can enjoy meals served to them by their butler – course by course. Your butler will pack and unpack your luggage for you upon request, and even coordinate shore excursion and dinner reservations.

In these suites, nearly every possible decision comes with a whole host of potential alternatives. Guests in Owner’s Suites can board their ship as early as 11 a.m. on embarkation day, with  priority luggage delivery. Once in their suite, guests can select up to six, full-sized bottles of their favorite premium alcoholic beverages to be delivered to their stateroom at no extra charge.

If you can pull themselves away from you suite long enough, you may want to enjoy complimentary access to the ever-popular Canyon Ranch SpaClub’s private outdoor terrace, which you can experience while surfing the internet with their complimentary iPad. The Owner’s Suites will also include complimentary internet access for the entire voyage.

Bathrooms are sumptuous at the Owner's Suite level. Courtesy of Oceania Cruises
Bathrooms are sumptuous at the Owner’s Suite level. Courtesy of Oceania Cruises

Oceania also offers Owners Suite guests a daily fresh fruit bowl; a Bulgari toiletries gift set; a complimentary Oceania Cruises tote bag; cashmere lap blankets for use while on the veranda; and complimentary clothes pressing upon embarkation.

With luxuries like that, it’s enough to make us want to turn every day into a sea day.

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