Benefits of Upgrading to a Cruise Ship Suite Life

Jul 07, 2016

According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the leading authority of the global cruise community, cruise lines have raised the bar when it comes to cabin suites, penthouses and preferred guest services. From 24/7 butlers and private dining rooms to preferred embarking and disembarking privileges and wrap around balconies with 180 degree views, living the suite life just got even sweeter for those that choose to book a cruise suite.

“Cruising offers a vacation option for every travel style and budget, but now there are even more opportunities to create differing experiences within the same cruise vacation,” said Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO, CLIA. “New accommodation concepts offer the opportunity to host large social groups, create a multigenerational experience or simply design a luxurious vacation complete with penthouse options and concierge service.”

Living the Suite Life

There are many benefits to upgrading to a suite on a cruise ship. In addition to generally being larger than staterooms, suites come with a variety of high-end options, premium finishes and passenger privileges. Examples include:

  • Premium Services – Suite passengers are offered special VIP options. Some cruise lines offer expedited embarking and disembarking privileges, first class flights and even private cars while at port.
  • Exclusive Clubs, Dining and Fitness Facilities – When staying in a suite, cruise lines offer guests exclusive access areas, ranging from clubs and dining areas to spas and fitness facilities.
  • In-Room Spa Treatments – Certain cruise lines offer suite guests unlimited lavish spa services onboard while others even offer in-room spa retreats.
  • Special Suite Amenities – From espresso machines and jacuzzis to telescopes and pianos, cruise line suites offer a variety of above-and-beyond amenities for guests.
  • High-End Décor and Designs – Suites have been designed with top-of-the-line finishes and details ranging from designer linens and décor to marble and mahogany furnishings.
  • Personal Butlers and Suite Stewards – Suite guests are often welcomed with personal butlers and suite stewards. This level of service offers guests valet service and help with any special requests.
  • Complimentary Beverage Services – Booking a suite on some cruise lines opens the door to unlimited beverages and even include a personal mini bar. 

“Staying in a larger, luxury suite or penthouse with upgraded amenities, while taking advantage of the ship’s other offerings including casinos, Broadway-style shows and exciting on-board activities, allows guests to enjoy a ‘ship within a ship’ experience,” said D’Aoust. “This truly takes booking a suite to an elevated level.”

To book a suite aboard one of the many cruise line options, contact a CLIA-certified travel agent.

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About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. The association has 15 offices globally with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 23 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. Members are comprised of the world's most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and cruise line suppliers and partners, including ports & destinations, ship development, suppliers and business services. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community. For more information, visit or follow Cruise Lines International Association on CLIA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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