Whether itå‘s the annual gathering of the extended clan or a one-time convening of classmates who havenå‘t seen each other since college, Royal Caribbean International is introducing a new program, Royal Reunions, designed to enhance family and group gatherings.
“A Royal Caribbean cruise is the perfect place for a reunion or get-together,” said Dan Hanrahan, senior vice president, Marketing and Sales, for Royal Caribbean. “Our new Royal Reunions program takes group travel to a new level with additional amenities and activities that make a special event even more enjoyable and memorable.”
Destination reunions are increasingly popular. According to a recent survey by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), at least two thirds of agents who booked travel for family reunions within the past year cited cruises as the most popular destination.
“Cruising is an ideal choice for both small and large groups that want to travel together,” Hanrahan said. “Royal Caribbean ships offer all the components for a successful reunion - activities for all ages, group dining, nearby or adjoining rooms, our award-winning Adventure Ocean kids program, shopping, and entertainment - all neatly bundled into a safe, convenient and affordable package.”
The new Royal Reunions program offers two packages designed to create a celebratory mood for reunion cruisers and help the group members feel connected onboard. The standard Royal Reunions package includes fun touches like festive stateroom door decorations, a welcome aboard letter from the captain and special Royal Reunions logo gifts, as well as a group photo for each member of the reunion party and a personalised farewell cake on the last evening of the cruise.
Guests also get a choice between passes to the Aqua Park at one of Royal Caribbean’s private beach destinations, Labadee or CocoCay, or a special Sports Deck pass that allows holders to go to the head of the line. In addition, all groups will be invited to compete in a Daily Reunion Challenge that lets them match wits with other reunion groups onboard.
The Royal Reunions Elite package includes all of the standard package’s amenities and adds organised group activities run by the ship’s cruise staff. Group members compete against each other in a special scavenger hunt, and see who knows the most about other members of the party in a customised Reunion Trivia Challenge. Royal Reunions Elite groups also receive daily VIP treats delivered to each member’s stateroom.
Royal Reunions packages are available to groups booking eight or more staterooms at an additional $50 per person for the standard package and $100 per person for Royal Reunions Elite. The Royal Reunions packages are currently available on all of Royal Caribbean’s Voyager-class ships - Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas and the new Mariner of the Seas, which debuts in November 2003. The company plans to expand the program in the future, taking it fleetwide and adding additional package options.
Voyager-class Ships Offer Ideal Reunion Sites
Royal Caribbean’s Voyager-class ships - the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships - are the perfect setting for a great reunion, offering a wide range of activities and entertainment to allow groups to spend quality time together, whether they want to see a show, enjoy a meal, or just sit and catch up in one of the ships’ many lounges.
Voyager-class ships also feature an unparalleled number of onboard activities, including rock climbing, miniature golf, in-line skating and ice skating. Each ship has a ShipShape Fitness Center and Day Spa, some of the largest gyms afloat.