Royal Caribbean Gives Suites Royal Treatment

February 15, 2007

The suite life just got sweeter: Though every stateroom onboard Majesty of the Seas' was enhanced during its recent $36 million bow-to-stern makeover with new bedding, drapes and flat-screen televisions, Royal Caribbean took the 73,941-ton, 2,356-passenger ship's suites a step further with a completely new look and upgraded amenities. The initiative will go fleetwide by August 2007.

The program comes on the heels of the fleetwide rollout of the line's new bedding, which kicked off on Freedom of the Seas last year. All cabins are now outfitted with new mattress frames (no more sagging!), nine-inch-thick spring mattresses and mattress pads to close the gap between pushed-together twins. The beds also have 220-thread-count long-staple cotton-blend sheets and two micro-fiber pillows (they're like clouds ... we tested them!), plus one decorative pillow, a duvet with cotton-blend covers and bed skirts.

All of Majesty's suites -- Grand Suites, Owners Suites, Royal Family Suites, Royal Suites and Junior Suites -- were completely overhauled during the refurbishment. The revitalization includes:

New wall linings, cabinetry, fixtures, mirrors, wood cappings and decorative rails

Samsung plasma TV's

Pillow menus (in conjunction with the line's new bedding program)

Complimentary Wi-Fi access

Enhanced bathroom amenities, such as upgraded towels, shampoo and soap by Explore!

Additional room at the vanity desk and upgraded deck furniture.

Upon arrival, guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine, fruit basket and Evian water. Throughout each cruise, different amenities will be offered, such as coffee and tea service, and binoculars.

Upping the accommodations ante runs in the family: Royal Caribbean's sister cruise line, Celebrity, offers suites holders special amenities such as welcome Champagne and express luggage delivery -- and its signature Concierge Class cabins emphasize luxury touches: fresh flowers, afternoon canapes, pillow-top mattress, duvets, Egyptian cotton towels, Frette bathrobes. Balconies are outfitted with higher-quality furnishings, including a table big enough for outdoor dining.

Majesty of the Seas re-launched February 12 and will sail three- and four-night sailings to the Bahamas, which include a stop at Royal Caribbean's private island CocoCay. Stay tuned for a "before and after" photo essay of Majesty of the Seas' makeover.

--by Erica Sapio, Assistant Editor

Image appears courtesy of Erica Sapio