Royal Caribbean International just announced a new concierge-style planning service that will allow guests to craft personalized shore excursions aimed at taking in local culture, cuisine and adventure.
Guests will connect with one of nine Destination Insiders to plan the shore experience before they set sail. The 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.
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.
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.
Some Private Journeys examples Include:
Misty Fjords & Crab Feast
Guests can 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, guests will land either on an alpine lake or remote fjord before sipping Alaskan Amber beer, wine, or champagne paired with smoked salmon, followed by steaming Dungeness crab.
Lunch at Belgium’s Michelin-Starred Restaurant Jardin
On this excursion travelers go behind the scenes at one of the world’s acclaimed restaurants. The owner will show guests the kitchen, and, after the tour, serve lunch in Jardin’s dining room.
Yachting in the Dubrovnik Riviera
Guests journey by private yacht into Croatia’s Dubrovnik Riviera, cruisinge down the rugged coastline and going ashore to explore the Old Town of Dubrovnik itself. Afterward, travelers, climb back aboard and set off exploring this archipelago of 14 islands and islets, going ashore to explore the 15th century ruins on the island of Kolocep.
Rostock by Vintage Auto
Guests can have a personal driver show them the German countryside in a vintage car on a tour that travels from the resort town of Heiligendamm, with a stop for a snack of canapés and champagne overlooking the Baltic Sea. Guests can take the wheel on the scenic stretch to Rostock, and enjoy a guided walk through narrow streets lined with 15th-century gabled homes. Finally, they board a sightseeing vessel and unwind on a cruise back to port.