If you want to take your Royal Caribbean cruise to the next level, then you should absolutely consider booking a Star Class suite with a Royal Genie!
Maybe you've heard the hype about Royal Caribbean's incredible Royal Genie service - or maybe you're just looking for a way to treat yourself on your next cruise.
A Royal Genie is your access to a luxurious Royal Caribbean cruise world that you had no idea even existed.
With cruise lines finding new ways to incorporate luxury products that allow cruisers to have an elevated, curated experience, Royal Caribbean has been expanding its suite offerings and perks.
Royal Genies are included with Star Class suites, which are the highest tiered suites on Royal Caribbean’s Quantum and Oasis class cruise ships.
Royal Caribbean cruise ships that offer Star Class suites with a Royal Genie include: Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Wonder of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas, Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Spectrum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Odyssey of the Seas.
Star Class suites are an investment and far more expensive than a typical Royal Caribbean cruise fare. If you’re paying a premium to have the Star Class suite, you’ll want to make sure you know everything your Royal Genie can do to ensure you maximize your cruise experience.
The Royal Genie is essentially a private butler and concierge service that you can access throughout your Royal Caribbean cruise. This ultimate insider is meant to make your cruise feel like a VIP experience from the minute you step onboard. You'll have premium access to an all-inclusive cruise experience.
When staying in Star Class suites, the Royal Genie will constantly seek ways to make your vacation feel more luxurious and exclusive.
Royal Genies actually get involved even before you step on your cruise ship to craft a one-of-a-kind vacation. You’ll receive a concierge and cruise magician all in one!
Within 6 weeks of your cruise departing, your Royal Genie will contact you to confirm any requests or cruise preferences you have. Your Royal Genie wants to create a perfectly curated experience for you, so be honest with your preferences.
You can also share any special requests you might have for your cruise. Within reason, there’s no request too big or too small that your Royal Genie won’t try to accommodate.
Anything from entertainment, evening shows, onboard thrills, and restaurants can be scheduled through the Royal Genie.
Once your Royal Genie has finalized your personalized cruise plans, they will send a link to an exclusive link to Loop, a messaging app, that you will access throughout your cruise. This allows you to connect directly with your Royal Genie.
According to Royal Caribbean’s website, the Royal Genie will serve as a private escort to you during the boarding process. This also includes an exclusive luggage handling service.
The onboarding process is meant to be a total breeze from the minute you arrive to the cruise terminal. A special suite porter will be waiting for your arrival and take your luggage immediately to your stateroom.
Once you’ve completed the check-in process, the Royal Genie will meet you and take your travel group directly to your Star Class suite.
What the Royal Genie Can Do
There’s really no limit to what the Royal Genie can and can’t do for you.
Here are some of the typical requests that the Royal Genie can do for you: reserve seats at entertainment venues, stand (or “cut”) in line for anything onboard, manage reservations for dining and shows, provide VIP shore excursion access and serve as a personal onboard shopper.
The more open-ended requests that Royal Genies can do include planning private events and handling special requests. This is where the possibilities are endless for what you can ask of your Royal Genie.
These special requests could range from unpacking your suitcase to bringing you unlimited pina coladas to having warm cookies and milk before bed. Others have said their Royal Genie planned private cocktail parties or other events in their suite. Additionally, the Royal Genie can reserve specialty dining before boarding where you can dine unlimitedly.
Royal Genie can take care of your every need, so don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. You are paying for a premium service, so it's important to take advantage of that. For example, any food or drink that you would normally get yourself should be done through the Royal Genie. Although this might seem minor, you can spend your cruise doing more of what you love and less time waiting in line or dealing with crowds.
Is it worth it?
Quite frankly, the Royal Genie experience is very expensive because Star Class suites are the most expensive staterooms you can reserve onboard the newest Royal Caribbean cruise ships.
You can expect to spend around five figures if you want to have this ultra-luxurious, customized experience on your Oasis or Quantum class cruise. Of course, you might be able to snag a great deal or share the cost with a travel group to make this more affordable.
At the end of the day, you pay for a premium service that only you can decide is worth it or not. If you can afford the Royal Genie and you’re looking for a way to really treat yourself, you can absolutely find value in this amenity.
This is especially true as the Oasis and Quantum class ships start sailing closer to full capacity; this means cruisers will be back to waiting in lines, fighting for dinner reservations, arriving early to venues for seats, etc. Because the Royal Genie has exclusive access to anything and everything, you pretty much don’t have to deal with any of the usual cruise annoyances.
Essentially, Royal Genie is a great way to pamper yourself onboard if you want to have the ultimate all-inclusive experience. The Royal Genie can allow you to be hands-off during your cruise, ensuring you don’t have to worry about anything other than relaxing.
Be prepared though - you might have a hard time going back to the normal cruise experience after you’ve been treated like royalty with a Royal Genie.