Royal Caribbean Unveils Private Journeys on Shore
Cruise News – Mar. 9, 2016
Adding to Royal Caribbean International’s close to 3,000 shore excursions worldwide, guests can now book special Private Journeys on shore that are tailored to their budget, interests, experience, and travel style.
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.
“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,” said Roberta Jacoby, managing director, global tour operations, Royal Caribbean International. “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.”
Some Private Journeys Examples Include:
Misty Fjords & Crab Feast, Ketchikan, Alaska
Explore Misty Fjords National Monument from a de Havilland Beaver float plane, followed by an Alaskan fireside meal. After a narrated journey soaring above the Alaskan wilderness, land either on an alpine lake or remote fjord. Then, sit by the fireplace and sip Alaskan Amber beer, wine, or champagne paired with smoked salmon, followed by steaming Dungeness crab.
Lunch at Belgium’s Michelin-Starred Restaurant Jardin, Bruges, Belgium
Go behind the scenes at one of the world’s acclaimed restaurants. The owner will show you the kitchen, where Belgian recipes and the bounty of the North Sea come together. After the tour, savor a gourmet lunch served in Jardin’s exquisite dining room.
Yachting in the Dubrovnik Riviera, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Journey by private yacht into the unspoiled reaches of Croatia’s Dubrovnik Riviera. Cruise down the rugged coastline and go ashore to explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik. Then, climb back aboard and set off exploring this archipelago of 14 pristine islands and islets. Go ashore to explore the 15th-century ruins on the island of Kolocep. Swim in secluded lagoons and soak up the sunshine in five-star style.
Rostock by Vintage Auto, Berlin, Germany
Settle into the seat of a vintage beauty and have a personal driver show you the German countryside. Rumble to the resort town of Heiligendamm for a snack of canapés and champagne overlooking the Baltic Sea. Take the wheel on the scenic stretch to Rostock, and enjoy a guided walk through narrow streets lined with 15th-century gabled homes. Finally, board a sightseeing vessel and unwind during the cruise back to port.
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. 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 Designation Insider by calling (844) 571-7851 or (801) 666-3031.
Photo: Royal Caribbean International
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