Royal Caribbean International has signed an agreement with the government of Antigua and Barbuda to develop the first Royal Beach Club in the destination. The move marks the start of planning and development for the new beach club, which was first announced last fall when the cruise line and the government signed a memorandum of understanding. Groundbreaking is scheduled for later this year.
Created exclusively for Royal Caribbean guests, the Royal Beach Club at Antigua will sit along more than a half-mile of beachfront. Plans call for private cabanas, a poll with a swim-up bar and a lineup of locally inspired experiences, such as regional cuisine and island-style BBQs. Guests will also be able to take advantage of jet skis, paddle boarding, snorkeling and a family splash pad.
In a written statement, Royal Caribbean International President and CEO Michael Bayley said that the line is also looking at ways for the local community to enjoy the destination while Royal Caribbean ships are calling at other destinations.
The cruise line has also committed to bringing Symphony of the Seas to the island nation with a call on November 3. Docking at a new port at the capital of St. John’s, Symphony will be the first Oasis-class ship to visit the island, Royal Caribbean said. The largest cruise ship in the world by gross tonnage, it has a capacity of 5,518 guests based on double occupancy.