New 2018 Guide

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You often hear about the bargain basement prices of interior and quad cabins. But what about those who enjoy travelling in comfort and style? For cruisers who enjoy the suite life, here are some of the cheapest suites at sea.

Cruise Passenger found some lines could be more than half the price compared to other lines.

We compared the price of suites of itineraries sailing to New Zealand from Sydney in early 2021, based on its per person and per night cost.

The cheapest suites on board are often the ‘Junior’ and ‘Mini’ suites and all come with a balcony or verandah.

Lines like Carnival Cruises and P&O Cruises lead in terms of price at $223 per person per night, with Princess Cruises coming close at $233 per person per night.

Meanwhile, the Junior Suite on Royal Caribbean is priced the highest at $455 per person per night and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Mini-Suite is offered at $442 per person per night.

In terms of space, Carnival’s Junior Suite was the smallest at 310 square feet cabin and balcony combined and Holland America Line has the largest entry level suites at 372 to 384 square feet cabin and balcony combined.

The biggest difference in the layout and amenities of the rooms is the bathrooms. For example, Carnival Cruises’ Junior Suite boasts two full bathroom and Holland America Lines fitted their Signature Suites with full-size whirlpool bath and additional shower. But Royal Caribbean’s Junior Suite only has one bathroom with tub.

See below to find out which is the suite for you.

Princess Cruises

Regal Princess

Year built: 2014

No. of guests: 3,560

12-night Australia & New Zealand from Sydney departing March 2, 2021

Mini Suite $2,798pp ($233 per night)

Interior from $1,798pp

Dimensions

Approximately 323 sq. ft. including balcony

Layout and Amenities

Luxury mattress topper and pillows, separate sitting area with sofa bed & coffee table, balcony with chairs, table and ottoman, two flat-panel TVs

Carnival Cruise Lines

Carnival Splendor

Year built: 2007, last refurbishment 2019

No. of guests: 3,700

10-night New Zealand from Sydney departing March 15, 2021

Junior Suite $2,229pp ($223 per night)

Interior from $1,299pp

Dimensions

Measuring 275 square feet, with standard 35-square-foot balconies.

Layout and Amenities

King-size bed, two full bathrooms (one with whirlpool tub), plus a separate living room that sleeps another three (the suite sleeps up to five guests)

Royal Caribbean

Serenade of the Seas

Year built: 2003, last refurbishment 2020

No. of guests: 2,490

10-night New Zealand from Sydney departing March 21, 2021

Junior Suite $4,548 ($455 per night)

Interior from $1,599pp

Dimensions

Stateroom: 293 square feet

Balcony: 41 square feet

Layout and Amenities

Two twin beds that convert to a Royal King bed, one double sofa bed dresser and sitting area and one bathroom with tub. The suite sleeps up to five guests.

Holland America Line

Oosterdam

Year built: 2003, last refurbishment 2016

No. of guests: 1,964

14-night Australia & New Zealand from Sydney departing February 13, 2021

Signature Suite from $5,519 ($394 per night)

Interior from $2,949pp

Dimensions

Approximately 372-384 sq. ft. including verandah

Layout and Amenities

Sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a private verandah, two lower beds convertible to one queen-size bed – their signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed with plush Euro-Top mattresses, and one sofa bed for one person. The bathroom includes a dual-sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath and shower, and an additional shower stall.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Jewel

Year built: 2005, last refurbishment 2018

No. of guests: 2,376

11-night Australia & New Zealand from Sydney departing February 15, 2021

Mini-Suite from $4,858 ($442 per night)

Interior from $2,608

Dimensions

Approx. Size 285sq ft. (including balcony)

Layout and Amenities

Mini-Suites include a sitting area plus sliding-glass doors opening to your balcony. Up to four can sleep comfortably on fine bedding, featuring memory-foam mattress or topper.

P&O Cruises

Pacific Adventure

Year built: 2020

No. of guests: 2,636

13-night ‘Kiwi Adventure’ from Sydney departing February 15, 2021

Mini-Suite from $2,898 ($223 per night)

Interior from $1,969pp

Dimensions

Cabin: 277 sqft (26 m2)

Balcony: 46 sqft (4 m2)

Layout and Amenities

Personally-controlled air con, private Balcony with outdoor furniture, bathrobe and slippers, desk with chair, ensuite bathroom, floor-to-ceiling windows, fresh towels each day (on request), fridge, fresh fruit basket in-room safe, priority embarkation, room serviced twice daily, room service – In room dining (costs apply), living area, flat-screen TV, wardrobe and dressing area, hairdryer.