V.I.P: Those three golden letters that can elevate pretty much any experience from meh to memorable. But there are a select few experiences—available only to a select few—that take the concept of “VIP” treatment to entirely another level. From sports events to music festivals to fine dining, we’ve curated the most lavish, over-the-top VIP packages from around the world to see how the one-percenters live…and frivolously blow their cash.
NAME: Crystal Cruises, Serenity
SUPERLATIVE: One of the most expensive cruise ships in the world
WHAT PUSHES IT OVER THE TOP: Sipping free Cristal, being waited on by a personal butler, lounging in a London-inspired penthouse—the scene may sound like an outtake from Biggie Smalls’ “Juicy” video, but it’s just a day in the life of those who spring for the Crystal Penthouse on Crystal Cruises’ luxe Serenity ship.
Following a $52 million renovation, the Crystal Serenity is set to hit the high seas again in late January 2016—hitting locales like Fiji, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Alaska, and lots more. And for those who demand “serenity now” a la Seinfeld, there’s no better way to achieve it than the cruise ship’s palatial Crystal Penthouse. At $200,570 for a 102-day cruise, the Crystal Penthouse is one of the priciest ways in the world to set sail.
Each of the four penthouses on board measure 1,345 square feet, and the setup is pretty sweet. Highlights include an Italian marble master bath with heated floors, his-and-hers sinks, and an ocean-view spa floatation tub; an in-suite gym; and a media room/den with Bose Videowave III flat-screen TV (we’re guessing Titanic isn’t among the selections on the Blu-Ray shelf). There’s also a private outdoor verandah with teak furniture—and, yes, they spell it with an “h” at this price level.
Another perk at this price level? A 24-hour, on-call butler, who’s happy to serve afternoon tea or pre-dinner cocktails and canapés whenever the urge strikes. When dinner rolls around, penthouse dwellers can enjoy in-suite, multi-course meals designed by celebrity chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa and Piero Selvaggio—as if they weren’t tasting the good life already.