My abject apology to English grammarians around the world (or better yet, across the seas) for trampling upon their sacrosanct rules governing comparatives and superlatives. I was an English major myself so, for what it’s worth, my sin . . . while no doubt mortal in their eyes . . . was at least not committed unconsciously. The reason for the title is simply that the time-worn phrase “Good, Better, Best” just doesn’t cut the mustard in this instance. Shall I explain? Indeed, I shall.
Royal Caribbean International next May will launch a newly enhanced luxury at sea program called the “Royal Suite Class”. This program offers three levels of delicious self-indulgence. Picture yourself standing on the spacious balcony of one of these suites as I was just a few days ago on the Anthem of the Seas. Your gaze quite naturally falls first upon the glistening sea below, then rises to the brilliant sky above and finally, as twilight falls, to the luminous panoply of stars beyond. Thus, the names of the three tiers almost begged from the beginning to be known as Sea Class, Sky Class and Star Class. See how easy this all is when you have moi to guide you by the hand!
THE BEST: SEA CLASS
Something all three classes have in common is access to the Coastal Kitchen, a dining option exclusively for suite guests and Pinnacle members. Think a fusion of Mediterranean coastline and California farmland. They pretty much had me when I read about ” . . . Med-inspired tastes like Serrano ham, whipped goat cheese and roasted grapes.” Granted “whipped” and “roasted” sounds a little violent from the food’s point of view but I am pretty sure you will enjoy the results!
This particular class has one category perfect for families. On the Quantum Class of ships, the Family Connected Junior Suite provides the greatest number of guests in connecting rooms of any suite configuration. It provides space for up to 10 guests!
I am desperately trying to picture nine other friends, relatives or even passing acquaintances willing to share that level of intimacy with me and so far I am drawing a blank. If you find yourself both wealthier and more popular than your humble scribe (not a high bar), you will just have to move up to the Star Class on one of the Oasis class ships where the Four Bedroom Family Suite sleeps fourteen!
All three classes of suites afford access to two other fantastic features. The first is the suite lounge where you will enjoy 24-hour access to this intimate setting which offers complimentary breakfast and evening drinks. Secondly, you can recline in the comfort of a plush lounge chair and bask under the Caribbean sun in a private Sun Deck reserved just for you . . . well, you and a handful of other discriminating suite guests.
EVEN BESTER: SKY CLASS
This year has been a pretty good year for you, all things considered. Are you ready to take it up a notch? If you have ever stayed in a five-star hotel, you know the value of a great concierge. When you book this class, your exclusive concierge will assist you in booking priority reservations and theater seats.
Take a look at all the suite benefits and concierge services that are at your disposal. You haven’t been pampered like this since you first learned as an infant to scream your head off in the middle of the night sending your parents scurrying about like the fire alarm just went off.
ABSOLUTE BESTEST: STAR CLASS
If you book the Star Class, you receive all the amenities listed in the chart above PLUS unlimited beverage package, complimentary specialty restaurants, in-suite hand crafted cocktail service, complimentary minibar, Nespresso coffee maker service, complimentary fitness class, complimentary in-suite movies, daily gratuities included, Duxiana mattress, and Frette linens, towels and robes.
With all those inclusions, I have saved the bestest for lastest. For the Star Class guests, Royal Caribbean is introducing something called the Royal Genie Service. The concept is not just to attend to your every need and desire (legal and moral, let me qualify) but to actually anticipate them. The rumor is that these future genies are being trained even as we speak at the London School of Mental Telepathy.
To summarize, the Royal Suite program will be available on two classes of ships: the Oasis Class and the Quantum Class. There are three tiers of suites: Sea Class, Sky Class and Star Class. Finally there are sixteen different categories of suites such as Royal Lofts and Owner’s Suite.
I beg you, don’t try to sort this out all on your own. You will only bruise your precious little gray cells. Instead, reach our to one of our Royal Caribbean experts. Why not let your Royal Genie service begin with the booking process?