Lured by the excitements of exploring the world on the open ocean, cruise ships became an enticing travel experience for those seeking a luxury vacation in the early 1900s. Since then, cruise lines have consistently expanded travelers’ options, making cruising more adventurous, rich and unique at an incredible value. They’ve taken indulgence to the next level of luxury.
Royal Caribbean touts a variety of offerings catered to travelers seeking to enjoy the finer things in life. The cruise line has perfected the combination of the convenience of travel at sea with a unique, upscale style. With a great lineup of dining options, including a private restaurant; “Royal Genies” (the ultimate concierge) at your service, and the finest of amenities at your fingertips, you can make your next vacation on a cruise ship a destination experience within itself.
Just to show you what we’re talking about, we’ve selected some of our favorite features that make life on a cruise the ultimate luxury vacation.
Royal Suite Class
A truly luxurious vacation at sea begins with the accommodations, which is why we strongly suggest you consider booking the Royal Suite Class experience. It really is upscale travel at its finest! From the most spacious suites to complimentary amenities and intuitive service, you are sure to be dazzled.
Royal Caribbean’s jaw-dropping suites are divided into three classes: Sea Class is perfect for anyone looking for spacious suites with luxurious touches and a private restaurant and getaway with the Suite Deck. Sky Class offers the added bonus of a concierge who will secure priority restaurant reservations and reserved seating in select venues and free VOOM, the fastest internet at sea. And Star Class, it embodies the very meaning of VIP; you have all that and more with the benefit of having your own Royal Genie. Let’s just say that when traveling in Star Class, all you have to do is ask and whatever you desire will appear...leaving you with nothing to think about on your cruise vacation...now that's true luxury (see The Royal Genie up next)!
The Royal Genie
Imagine someone who is so attuned to your tastes, interests, and style that they can anticipate your every move, fulfill your every wish, and do it without ever seeming smothering or overbearing. Meet the Royal Genie! Yours for your vacation when you book a Star Class suite on Royal Caribbean, the Royal Genie will craft one-of-a-kind experiences all tailored to your preferences. From your favorite wine and your dream date night to planning private excursions and more, the Royal Genie is there to ensure you’ll have everything you want and enjoy every special moment of your vacation.
Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships offer a wide variety of fine dining venues. On Allure of the Seas, you can enjoy a six-course seasonal menu at 150 Central Park by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, or indulge at Izumi Hibachi and Sushi. And for the private getaway only open to you and a handful of others, those who book Royal Suite Class can enjoy complimentary dining at Coastal Kitchen, a blend of Mediterranean influences and California cuisine.
Massages, wraps, facials and acupuncture are all on the menu at the Vitality Spa, the absolute top-of-the-line when it comes to indulging at sea. Medi-spa treatments are available to help you lift and tone, teeth whitening services can enhance your smile, and the salon offers hair and nail services. You’ll look and feel like a million bucks when you’re done, especially if you've opted for the ultra-luxurious 24K Gold facial!
Just because you’re on vacation and at sea doesn’t mean you can’t keep up your fitness routine. Personal training sessions are available at the Vitality Fitness Center, as are the latest weight systems and cardio equipment. With so many wonderful classes and activities available such as yoga, pilates, spinning, and sculpting, you'll be able to indulge in a plethora of world-class fitness activities.
As we’ve said before, luxurious vacations are made by experiences, and since a significant part of your time off will be spent exploring different locales, why not do it in style?
If you’re traveling as a family or a small group, consider looking into a private shore excursion to make your vacation experience that much more personalized. Standouts include a day at the Loterie Farm in St. Maarten, where you will travel via private car to a stunning resort. Lounge poolside, trek through the forest—the place is yours to explore! Or perhaps you’d prefer to have an excursion specifically designed for you? If so, be sure to consult the Destination Concierge, whose expertise and years of traveling (especially at sea), are sure to make your experiences all that much more memorable. Almost anything is possible when you book a Private Journeys.
In addition to these luxuries, there are many other ways you can add glitz and glam to your next vacation! So, be sure to keep these options in mind the next time you’re planning to travel. We can assure you that you will enjoy an unforgettable experience unlike any other!
PS - For those of you who book a suite on Royal Caribbean, one of the perks is priority embarkation and debarkation. Since time is such a valuable commodity who doesn't want to save time coming and going when you travel?View More Arts and Culture ArticlesView More Cruise ArticlesView More Top 10s, Rates and Reviews Articles