Royal Caribbean will soon have something special to offer its premium passengers, with an announcement in the US that the line will introduce a luxurious Suite Class in 2016.
President Michael Bayley told the Vacation.com annual conference last week that plans were underway to create an all-inclusive product for suite guests, though didn’t give any details on specific inclusions. Bayley said the new Suite Class is intended for the line’s high-value customers.
Though no official announcement has been made by Royal Caribbean in Australia, other officials in the US have been speaking about the upgrades in recent weeks. Royal Caribbean Blog (an unofficial fan site not associated with the line) reported an earlier announcement from Royal Caribbean senior vice president of sales, Vicki Freed, that the line would be expanding its suite-only perks. “We really want to make it a wow,” Ms Freed is quoted as saying at the annual cruise3sixty conference. “It will include private areas just for suite guests and a more inclusive vacation experience.”
Royal Caribbean fans could look to the recent changes from Celebrity Cruises for an indication of the inclusions. Bayley was president of Celebrity Cruises when the line introduced its Suite Class, which was rolled out across most of the fleet this month. There is now a tiered system of benefits offering suite guests access to certain private restaurants and additional complimentary benefits like beverage packages, internet access and specialty dining.
There is no word yet as to which ships will have the new Suite Class, but with five Royal Caribbean ships in Australia from 2016 local cruisers should be able to experience it. More than 20,000 people have already registered their interest for the new Ovation of the Seas, with ticket sales expected to begin around the middle of the year.