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When you heard that the Team USA basketball teams were staying on a cruise ship in Rio, did you immediately think of a mega ship with cheesy carpeting and a pool-side stage begging for a limbo contest?

Carmelo Anthony is not staying on a Carnival Cruise ... he and the reigning gold medalists chartered the Silversea's Silver Cloud. The luxurious cruise ship has a card room, spa, casino, beauty salon, fitness centre, cigar and cognac corner and a panorama lounge to take in the Rio harbor. 296 guests can stay onboard, and 222 crew members -- which is nearly a one-to-one ratio if it fully staffed.

You don't have to be an Olympic athlete to stay aboard ships like the Silver Cloud -- but you do have to be willing to pay. For 11 days off cruising around the Mediterranean, it is $8,050 per guest for the cheapest suite, or $24,470 per guest for the owner's suite.

The Silver Cloud is part of a 10-ship fleet, but there are plenty of other cruise lines for those who want to experience the high seas in essentially a luxury hotel.

Click below for some of the most glamorous, and expensive, options out there:

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Silversea Cruises: Silver Cloud

This is the ship that Team USA basketball is renting out for Rio 2016. It is has a card room, spa, casino, beauty salon, fitness centre, cigar and cognac corner and a panorama lounge.

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Silversea Cruises: Silver Cloud

This is the ship that Team USA basketball is renting out for Rio 2016. It is has a card room, spa, casino, beauty salon, fitness centre, cigar and cognac corner and a panorama lounge.

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Silversea Cruises: Silver Cloud

This is the ship that Team USA basketball is renting out for Rio 2016. It is has a card room, spa, casino, beauty salon, fitness centre, cigar and cognac corner and a panorama lounge.

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Regent Seven Seas Cruises: Explorer

There are four cruise ships in Regent Seven Sea’s fleet and each is more glamorous than the next. Billed as the most luxurious ever, the Seven Seas Explorer had its maiden voyage on July 20th, 2016. The Regent Suite is 3,026 square feet and includes a 1,417 square foot wrap around balcony, in-suite spa, personal butler and more. But it won’t come cheap. A 10 night cruise this September around the Mediterranean costs $46,199 per person.

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Cunard: Queen Mary 2

Travel + Leisure recently named the Queen Mary 2 the World’s best mega-ship cruise line. The 2,592-passenger ship contains the world’s only planetarium at sea. 

The Queens Grill is the largest suite you can stay in aboard the ship. It comes with a personal butler, exclusive lounge access and restaurant. Seven nights aboard the Queen Mary 2 in September in the Mediterranean is $4,498 per person for a Queens Suite, the smallest of the Queens Grill suites.

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Cunard: Queen Mary 2

Travel + Leisure recently named the Queen Mary 2 the World’s best mega-ship cruise line. The 2,592-passenger ship contains the world’s only planetarium at sea. 

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Cunard: Queen Mary 2

The ship underwent a $100 million renovation of the ship and showed off the results in July 2016.

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Cunard: Queen Mary 2

Travel + Leisure recently named the Queen Mary 2 the World’s best mega-ship cruise line. The 2,592-passenger ship contains the world’s only planetarium at sea. 

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Seabourn Cruise Line

Voted Conde Nast’s No. 1 small ship cruise line, the Seabourn is a luxurious three-yacht fleet (with two more to come!). The Seabourn Quest has received the most accolades. It caps at 450 passengers and treats its passengers to crystal chandeliers, luxury brand soaps, a marina with sailing, kayaking and banana boating right from the ship, and more.

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Seabourn Cruise Line

You can stay in this Penthouse Spa Suite aboard the Seabourn Sojourn for a 110-day trip exploring the Americas, Africa and Asia starting January 2017. This particular suite is 538 square feet and costs $102,499 per person.

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Seabourn Cruise Line: Soujourn

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Crystal Cruises

Crystal Cruises is consistently ranked first in luxury cruise lines, including by U.S. News and World Report. There is the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.

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Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity 

A 11 day trip around the Mediterranean goes up to $28,615 for a Crystal Penthouse with Verandah, which is 982 square feet.

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Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity 

The Crystal Serenity consistently ranks first in the Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice 'Midsize Cruise Line.' And it is no wonder with its filmmaking classes from University of South California's School of Cinematic Arts and clinics from golf pros on the ship's driving range.

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Crystal Cruises: Crystal Serenity 

A 11 day trip around the Mediterranean goes up to $28,615 for a Crystal Penthouse with Verandah, which is 982 square feet.

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