Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Bring a European Summer


More than half a million guests sailed aboard Royal Caribbean ships in 2021, Mohammed Saeed, managing director of the Middle East at Royal Caribbean Group, told TTN. The figures are encouraging: “Royal Caribbean has returned to service 21 out of 26 ships with 16 home ports, some in Europe and others in North America. We had 50 stopovers and almost 1,000 visits to CocoCay in the Caribbean, our private island, ”he tells us. “We were confident to see the cruise come back stronger. Management aims to get the entire fleet back on the water by May of this year. “

The highlight of the year for Royal Caribbean is the upcoming launch of Wonder of the Seas. The largest ship in the world at 237,000 gross tonnage, 1,200 feet long and 210 feet wide, the ship has 2,867 cabins, 24 elevators and 33 food and beverage outlets. “The aptly named Wonder of the Seas will embark on her maiden voyage on March 4 of this year when she travels to the United States for her Caribbean itineraries, and will make her European debut on May 8.”

Saeed explains, “Europe has always been the highest demand for the Middle East market and this is the right product for our customers here in the Middle East. This summer, from May to early October, we’ll have Odyssey of the Seas departing from Rome and Wonder of the Seas departing from Barcelona, ​​both offering seven-night itineraries in Spain, Italy and France.

“Listen to your customers – recognize their needs and wants, then offer them the best cruise option. Have a clear understanding of what each brand offers ”
– Mohammed Said

Royal Caribbean Group owns five distinct cruise brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Silversea, Tui Cruises and Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

Celebrity Beyond, the third ship in Celebrity Cruises’ highly acclaimed and award-winning Edge Series, will set sail in April this year for a European summer. Planned to be a step ahead of the first two ships in the Edge series, the Celebrity Edge and the Celebrity Apex, The Retreat aboard the Celebrity Beyond is 40% larger with an enlarged two-story sundeck and incredibly exclusive spaces. redesigned which are all adjacent to create a true resort feel in the resort.

“Wellness is so fundamental to our philosophy that we’ve created a whole new way to nourish your mind, body and spirit. Celebrity Beyond will present AquaClass Sky Suites, which combines the best of our AquaClass cabin experiences with the luxurious spaces, services and amenities of The Retreat. “

Starting from a trip to Western Europe on April 27, Celebrity Beyond will travel through several nine- to ten-night itineraries around the Greek Islands, the Italian Riviera, France, Malta and Spain before setting off on a trip. transatlantic on October 12 to continue routes in the Caribbean.

“This is our biggest victory in 2022: we will not have one but two beautiful, brand new Celebrity ships – Celebrity Apex and Celebrity Beyond – in Europe this summer. “

Celebrity Cruises is offered to guests as an all-inclusive concept. “It’s a single price for the entire fleet, all inclusive for premium drinks, internet, laundry, Wi-Fi, tips, etc.” We’re creating a new segment of cruising, which is called New Luxury – we’re sitting on a different scale, ”says Saeed.

While safety and cleanliness protocols must be followed, cruising is safer than ever. On board Royal Caribbean ships, it is now mandatory that all passengers aged 12 and over be fully vaccinated to navigate. Children too young to be vaccinated are tested before boarding. All crew members on board ships, and at RCI’s private destinations, are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and tested at least once a week and receive semi-annual reminders.

Cruise’s advanced disinfection protocols use EPA-certified disinfectants and medical-grade techniques such as electrostatic misting to clean frequently and consistently. While there is nothing quite like fresh ocean air, Royal Caribbean’s HVAC system continuously delivers 100% fresh, filtered air from the outdoors to all indoor spaces. The transmission of aerosol particles between spaces (such as those from a cough) is extremely low, if not virtually impossible, as confirmed by an independent evaluation conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the National Institute of strategic research aboard a Royal Caribbean ship.

“Ships now have more medics and nurses on each ship and advanced equipment upgrades. In the event of a suspected Covid-19 case, we are fully prepared with solid care plans, including rapid onboard testing. There is no longer just a doctor on board with a small nursing station, there are the facilities of a hospital with a full medical staff, who have experience in immunology.

Saeed’s key message to the travel agent community is to book ahead and understand the customer’s needs in order to sell them the right product.

“Take advantage of the current Wave promotions because they are very, very generous. I know we are a last minute market but we need to change that mindset as other world markets are now taking advantage of this promotion. Royal and Celebrity Cruises both have very generous Wave promotions which we have already shared with our newsletters, where you can save up to $ 700 to $ 900 per stateroom.

“Listen carefully to your customers and recognize their needs and wants, then offer them the best cruise option by understanding what each brand has to offer. If you have a family that wants their kids to enjoy their time day and night, Royal Caribbean is for you. If you have a family that appreciates luxury and wants to spend time together as a family, enjoy culinary experiences, make memories together – usually with older children, then Celebrity is the right choice.

Saeed also adds that agents should book without fear of losing their money. Book with peace of mind knowing that you’ll get your money back in future cruise credits which can be used up to 12-18 months, when you cancel up to 48 hours before departure.


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