Have you ever been in a Grand Suite? If you have your lucky….perhaps you were visited by the Free Upgrade Fairy?
Unfortunately I haven’t…..perhaps I will someday!
However; intrigued to see how the upper classes travel when a family member recently booked a short cruise on Independence of the Seas I asked for some footage. Unfortunately they forgot to record the balcony but the is some good footage of the bathroom and cabin. The Grand Suite does look luxurious and I am sure provides a memorable stay.
In recent years Royal Caribbean have developed a 2 class service and Suite Guests receive various additional benefits. Benefits include:
- Priority check-in plus a gold key card
- Access to Concierge Club on certain ships
- Reserved seating in the main theatre & ice arena
- Private breakfast and lunch seating
- Priority tender tickets on selected cruises
- VIP pool deck including reserved seating
- In-room dining for all meals
- Complimentary pressing service on formal night
- Complimentary luggage valet service
- Special cocktail hours and receptions
- Priority departure with an exclusive suite* departure lounge featuring continental breakfast
Benefits can change plus do vary by ship and itinerary. Suite benefits vary considerably on Oasis & Quantum class ships.
Independence of the Seas entered service with Royal caribbean in April 2008. Her initial sailings where from Southampton and we actually sailed on her 3rd ever cruise. Previously we have sailed to both the Canaries and the Mediterranean on board Independence. The ship was the 3rd and final Freedom Class ship. On launch it was the biggest cruise ship in world and held the record until the launch of Oasis of the Seas. She weighs 154,407 GT & carries up to 4,370 passengers and 1,360 crew. Highlights include the Royal Promenade, an adult only solarium, 2 whirlpools which extend from the ship’s sides, a children’s waterpark, ice skating rink & the two story Alhambra theatre. The Alhambra theatre seats 1200 and current star attraction is the musical Grease.
We will be bringing you more video footage from around Independence of the Seas soon. You can read more of our cruising articles by visiting Cruise Modern Life is Good here.
John Barker says
A grand suite is definitely worth the extra money! I was lucky enough to travel in a grand suite on a weeks cruise last year. I always thought the excessive price tag was a waste of money but you can find some good deals on these cabins. All the extra little perks are very nice especially the reserved seating for popular shows! Would definitely travel again in a grand suite but only if I find a good deal. Unfortunately I have never been visited by the upgrade fairy!
Great to hear from you John.
Perhaps I should take the plunge someday.
Although I can’t help thinking you can get more cruising in by going for the cheaper cabins.
Christmas Elf says
Who is the upgrade fairy?
I guess she is related to the Tooth Fairy
Thanks for your comment