10 Most Beautiful Cruise Ship Sundecks


When cruising around the Caribbean or Mediterranean, there are few finer things than taking a good book and a refreshing cocktail up to the sundeck and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. Here we explore 10 of the best cruise ship sundecks and find the best deals on which to enjoy them.

Quantum Class Deck

Ship: Anthem of the Seas

The Anthem of the Seas is set to be one of the most amenity and feature-packed ships on the open seas when she launches in April next year and the sundeck is no exception to this principle with a little something for everyone. Peaceful sun lounger areas are ideal for those looking for a relaxing spot of sun-worshipping, whilst the FlowRider and splash pools are perfect for those looking to cool off in the warm Mediterranean sun.


Deal: Italian Mediterranean

Calypso Reef

Ship: Grand Princess

Located in in the mid-ship areas of the sundecks; Calypso Reef is bang in the heart of the action with a great selection of pools, hot tubs and bars within a stone’s throw. The Calypso Reef sundeck is complete with everything you could possibly need to perfect a sunny afternoon from cooling dips in the pool to time Pina Colada refills.

Princess - GoToVan

Deal: California Coastal

Celebrity Solarium

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

The adult-only Solarium is ideal for couples and individuals wanting a little peace and quiet. Parents looking for an afternoon of peaceful respite can find it amongst the lap pools, glass walls and lit-up water features.

Solstice - Tom Mascardo

Deal: South Pacific

The Retreat

Ship: P&O Ventura

The P&O Ventura plays host to the luxurious Retreat – outdoor spa terraces with al-fresco treatments including massages and facials. The sun deck also includes a beautiful infinity pool and for-fee private cabanas for a little ‘me time’.


Deal: Caribbean

Lido Deck

Ship: Holland America Eurodam

Located under a retractable magrodome roof, the Lido deck aboard the Eurodam really comes to life when the sun is beating down. Beautifully decorated in earth tones and kitted out with simplistic wicker style chaises and luxurious plush cushions. The Lido Deck plays host to an adults-only section with two hot tubs, a pool and plenty of deck space.

Deal: Eastern/Western Caribbean

The Sanctuary

Ship: Crown Princess

The Crown Princess’ sundeck differed from the majority of Princess Cruises’ ships when it launched thanks to the inclusion of The Sanctuary – an adult-only deck complete with pampering services and a drinks & food service direct to your lounger. So popular was The Sanctuary, that many of the line’s ships have been refitted with their own versions.

MS Emerald Princess in the Sunset

Deal: Hawaii, Tahiti & Samoa

Oasis Class Deck

Ship: Oasis of the Seas

As one of the two largest ships on the open ocean, the Oasis of the Seas unsurprisingly has a comprehensive sundeck with a great selection of amenities for all members of the family including a pool designed exclusively for water sports. The H2O Zone is a fantastic kids-only area, designed to keep the younger charges entertained.


Deal: Bahamas Getaway

Aqua Park

Ship: Norwegian Epic

The Aqua Park aboard the Norwegian Epic contains a number of unique features including slides, splash pool and water fountains. This creates a beautiful backdrop to an afternoon of lazing around on the ship’s sundeck.

Norwegian Epic - CK Golf Solutions

Deal: Miami to Barcelona

The Beachcomber

Ship: P&O Azura

Complete with a sliding glass roof, the Beachcomber deck aboard the P&O Azura can be enjoyed in any weather conditions but really comes into its own when the roof is retracted and the sun flows in. The five pools, hot tubs, bars, musical entertainment and dining options offer everything you could need to enjoy a beautiful day at sea.

P&O Azura - Scott Anderson

Deal: Western Mediterranean

Private Cabanas

Ship: Holland Amsterdam Nieuw Amsterdam

If you are looking for a little time away from the crowds, booking a private cabana aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam by yourself or with a loved one can help you enjoy a perfect, peaceful day at sea. Wicker couches and chairs are located in private tents as residents get to enjoy benefits such as Evian spray masters, lunch menus and complimentary snacks.

Deal: Tropical Caribbean

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Images sourced via Royal Caribbean Press CEnter Flickr Creative Commons. Credits: Robert Pittman, GoToVan, Tom Mascardo, daimenaj, Raging Wire, CK Golf Solutions, Scott Anderson


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Claire has worked in the travel industry since leaving college in 1994. One of this blog's most regular contributors, Claire covers cruise news and industry trends.

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