Royal Caribbean is adding something special to the nearly 3,000 shore excursions that they currently offer. The cruise line will now be offering personalized shore excursions across 288 ports in 77 countries.
These private shore excursions will be called Private Journeys, and they will be tailored for a passenger’s budget, interests, experience, and travel style. Private Journeys will be available on every ship, every sailing with Royal Caribbean.
This concierge-style planning service will connect guests with one of nine Destination Insiders to plan every detail of their shore experience before they set sail. Using their intimate local knowledge, nearly 100 years of combined experience and connections around the world, Destination Insiders will design personalized activities, programs and adventures for individual guests, couples, families and small groups.
From cooking alongside Michelin-starred chefs, to wandering through the Italian and French Riviera on a private yacht, Destination Insiders will work hand-in-hand with guests to design unique, memory-generating destination experiences that will serve as distinct bragging rights upon returning home.
Private Journeys bookings will require a $100 deposit applicable to the final cost of the destination experience. In celebration of the new launch, Royal Caribbean is waiving the required deposit for all Private Journeys booked before March 31, 2016. Guests with confirmed cruise reservations can begin planning their Private Journey with a dedicated Destination Insider by calling (844) 571-7851 or (801) 666-3031.
Roberta Jacoby, Managing Director, Global Tour Operations, Royal Caribbean International, gave the following statement:
“Private Journeys is a natural evolution of Royal Caribbean’s renowned shore excursion program that allows us to offer guests the bespoke travel destination experience of their dreams, even if they don’t know exactly what that is yet.
As travelers continue to seek out more personalized and immersive destination experiences that can be intimately shared with only their family and friends, Private Journeys empowers guests to make that a reality and a seamless element of their Royal Caribbean vacation.”
Private Journeys Examples Include:
- Misty Fjords & Crab Feast
- Lunch at Belgium’s Michelin-Starred Restaurant Jardin
- Yatching in the Dubrovnik Riviera
- Rostock by Vintage Auto
Whether it’s exploring ruins in Europe, wine tasting in New Zealand or ziplining in the Caribbean, Royal Caribbean guests can experience a world of opportunities during a port call. To make a custom experience as part of an upcoming cruise, guests must complete and submit a Private Journeys request form online, at least 30 days before their sailing date.
Royal Caribbean has an award winning fleet of 23 ships with several more ships (Empress of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas) being added to their fleet this spring. The cruise line sails to the most popular cruise destinations in the world including the Caribbean, Bermuda, Alaska, Asia, Australia, South America, and New Zealand.