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Luxury Cruise Week at TPG: Our pick for the most spectacular suite at sea

July 31, 2021
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Luxury Cruise Week at TPG: Our pick for the most spectacular suite at sea
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Editor's Note

A version of this story was originally posted in December 2020 as part of TPG's annual TPG Awards. The Regent Suite was named the Best New Cruise Ship Cabin of 2020. 

Among cruise fans, there's a saying that there's no bad cabin on a cruise ship. If you're lucky enough to find yourself on a cruise, in any sort of cabin — even the smallest, least amenity-filled cabin — it's all good.

That said, some cruise cabins definitely are better than others. And, if money is no object, it's not hard to find some truly stupendous cabins out there in the cruise world.

As part of TPG's first-ever Luxury Cruise Week, we set out to find the most stupendous cruise cabin of them all — at least among all the new cabins that have debuted in recent years.

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It wasn't all that hard an exercise. In fact, it barely took us a minute. The Regent Suite on luxury line Regent Seven Seas Cruises' one-year-old Seven Seas Splendor was hands down our choice.

As we wrote last year when it debuted, the Regent Suite is like nothing else at sea. Only a similar cabin on Regent's four-year-old Seven Seas Explorer comes close to its splendor.

The living room in the Regent Suite on the new Seven Seas Splendor. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

The Regent Suite sprawls over an astounding 4,443 square feet — nearly twice the size of the average American home.

For those of you keeping track, that makes the suite more than three times the size of the much-ballyhooed, two-deck-high Ultimate Family Suite that Royal Caribbean recently put atop Symphony of the Seas, the world's biggest cruise ship. It's also way bigger than the giant Sky Suites --- more than twice the size -- that Princess Cruises recently unveiled on its new Sky Princess.

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The space is big enough for two massive bedroom complexes, three bathrooms, a living room, a separate dining area and what is perhaps the most spectacular balcony at sea.

The dining area of the Regent Suite has a table for six. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

Located at the very top of the ship, the Regent Suite also boasts one of the best views at sea. Even the captain of the vessel, three decks below on the bridge, doesn't get quite the line of sight that a Regent Suite guest enjoys through its seemingly-endless glass walls.

The bridge also doesn't have such luxury touches as a Steinway grand piano, designer furniture and an art collection worth thousands of dollars.

As noted above, the Regent Suite on Seven Seas Splendor has similarities to a Regent Suite found on Seven Seas Explorer. Until last year, that suite was widely considered the be-all and end-all of suites at sea. But some of the new Regent Suite's features are even more extravagant.

The Regent Suite on Seven Seas Splendor has more than 1,000 square feet of balcony space. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
The Regent Suite on Seven Seas Splendor has more than 1,000 square feet of balcony space with a private whirlpool and lounge chairs facing the ocean. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

Among the craziest things you'll find in the new Regent Suite: A bed with a handmade mattress that Regent executives claim cost more than $200,000.

The bed was handcrafted by four artisans at the renowned Hästens workshop in Köping, Sweden. It's made with horsetail hair, layered in with flax, and cotton and wool batting.

The hand-made mattress in the Regent Suite on Seven Seas Splendor cost more than $200,000. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Splendor)

The super-pricey bed is within the Regent Suite's master bedroom area, which is the centerpiece of the complex. In addition to a main bedroom and adjacent lounge space, there's a massive master bathroom that doubles as a personal spa, complete with its own sauna and steam room. It's big enough that it also can be used as a personal spa treatment room.

To that end, the Regent Suite — get this — comes with its very own spa therapist on call. Unlimited spa treatments are included in the cost of the suite.

The master bathroom in the Regent Suite is bigger than many standard cruise ship cabins. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
The master bathroom in the Regent Suite is bigger than many standard cruise ship cabins. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
Two heated loungers are among the spa features in the master bathroom of the Regent Suite. (Photo by Gene Sloan/The Points Guy)
Two heated loungers are among the spa features in the master bathroom of the Regent Suite. (Photo by Gene Sloan/The Points Guy)

The master bath also has a walk-in shower with a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the ocean. You can also enjoy the view from two heated relaxation loungers.

Still, the best view of the ocean from the Regent Suite is from its forward-facing, glass-enclosed solarium (which comes with a fully stocked bar).

That is, unless you walk out on the adjacent wraparound balcony. You can watch the sunset on the balcony from a custom Treesse minipool spa. Just don’t forget to grab an always-on-hand, complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot first.

The Winter Garden in the Regent Suite has floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the ship's bow. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)
The solarium in the Regent Suite has floor-to-ceiling windows with views over the ship's bow. (Photo courtesy of Regent Seven Seas Cruises)

The only downside to the Regent Suite: Its cost. The complex sells for a cool $11,000 a night.

If that sounds a tad pricey, keep in mind that the suite comes with a lot of extras, including first-class domestic flights to reach the ship. Those staying in the suite also get a personal car, driver and guide in every port. They have a concierge on call before they sail to help them plan their trip and, of course, a dedicated butler to help make arrangements once they're onboard.

For these inclusions plus the sheer opulence of the cabin, the Regent Suite on the Seven Seas Splendor takes luxury on the high seas to stratospheric heights — and makes it an easy selection as our Luxury Cruise Week pick for the best suite at sea.

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    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
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Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

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  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees