​What Do The Experts Say About Cruise Ship Bedding?

Posted by Aline Martin O'Brien on 31st Aug 2021

​What Do The Experts Say About Cruise Ship Bedding?

In April 2021, we anticipated the luxury cruise lines' potential return to the seas with a review of cruise ship bedding options and our suggestions. A successful cruise is often synonymous with relaxing days at sea and restful nights, comfortably tucked into your mobile nest.

Because we all sleep differently, there are as many combinations of sleeping products and choices as passengers. Making the small cabins feel extra comfy is why cruise lines often propose a bedding menu. You may ask the crew for an additional blanket, a lightweight comforter, or an additional down pillow since, unlike with hotel rooms, these items will not be in your cabin closet. The bedding lines created for cruises are of similar quality to those made for luxury hotels.

Many passengers tuck their bedding in to feel more secure with the motion of the waves, wind, and sea. The comforter is often tucked in under the mattress, and the pillow is placed in the middle of the bed.

Cruise Critic, the largest online community of cruisers and the most visited cruise information site, has advice for what to expect from your cruise ship bed and bedding. The discussion made a lot of sense to us, so we included a few key points to remember while snuggling into our cozy nest and dreaming of our next cruise on luxury cruise ship bedding.

Are the cruise beds comfortable?

“People have varying tastes in mattress firmness and bed linen type, but cruise lines do put effort into making their beds as comfortable as possible. You can expect high-quality cotton or cotton-blend sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, fluffy pillows (down or memory foam) and duvets, and often custom mattresses. Luxury lines pride themselves on high-end bedding collections with 1,000-count 100-percent Egyptian cotton sheets, down duvets, and mattresses made exclusively for the line. If you are particularly sensitive to down, most cruise lines will have an alternative, with cotton, polyester, or cotton-poly blend blankets, pillows, and sheets.”

High-quality linens, perfect fit pillows, a cozy comforter, and a mattress pad are the basics for your quality sleep.

At Downlite, we contribute to the comfort vs. elegance solution by creating a cruise ship bedding line and a line of luxury hotel bedding at an affordable cost.

Do I have a choice of pillows?

“Standard cruise cabins on mainstream ships don't offer a choice of pillows. As noted, you can request a hypoallergenic pillow, but if you didn't request one in advance, you take your chances that a spare one is available. Upper-category suites and luxury lines often offer a pillow menu, including various down-and-feather blends, memory foam, buckwheat, body, polyester, and scented silk”.

Because sleep preferences vary, Downlite offers a variety of hotel pillows:

  • The soft pillow, intended for people who prefer to sleep on their stomachs.
  • The medium pillow, which is also suitable for sleeping on the stomach but is a little firmer than the soft pillow. Perfect for people who like to sleep on their back.
  • The firm pillow, which provides excellent neck and cervical support. Perfect for sleeping on your side.

I slept like a baby on my cruise! Can I get the same bed and bedding for my home?

“Yes! Many cruise lines sell their exclusive mattresses and bedding collections so that you can recreate your luxurious cruise bed experience at home. Often, you'll get flyers onboard, or you can purchase through the cruise line's website.”

Downlite furnishes some of the largest cruise ships in the world with our down and down alternative hotel bedding. For example, The Crystal Cruise Line features hotel bedding made by DOWNLITE.

Cruising can be a great vacation choice for those seeking total comfort and an all-inclusive vacation. Just don’t forget to plan the essential part of your day - the eight hours of delicious sleep waiting at the end.

If you would like any help or professional advice before ordering your bedding, you may contact our customer service representatives by email, and they will assist you in your decision-making.

Contact us for expert, complementary advice about all of your bedding needs.

And if you liked the bedding you experienced while cruising or while staying in a hotel, you can search here to find it and purchase it for your home.

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