Sooner or later you may start considering a suite stateroom for your next Royal Caribbean cruise and making the jump to suite level comes with a lot more changes than any other category.
Here's a few things you should know when you start to consider if the increased price is "worth it".
Special embarkation day perks
Getting onboard your Royal Caribbean ship is something everyone has to do but if you're a suite guest, Royal Caribbean makes the entire process a little easier.
Let's begin with dedicated port agents to help you check in. Priority check in means less time waiting to get yourself checked in compared to everyone else on the ship.
Then you get a special area just for you to wait, often with nicer furniture and perhaps some refreshments too. Even before you board, you're already living the "good life" with those suite perks.
You'll get a gold SeaPass card
All guests who staying in a suite will have a gold color SeaPass card, which helps Royal Caribbean easily know if you're a suite guest or not.
Besides that good feeling deep down of having a special card, the gold card allows staff immediately know you are a suite member.
So when you get to the theater or pool deck and there is special reserved seating for you, the crew member will direct you to it.
There's a concierge lounge
On most Royal Caribbean ships (a concierge lounge is not available on Majesty of the Seas), there's a concierge lounge for suite level guests that offers you a private area to get away from the hustle and bustle of the ship.
One of the chief benefits of the concierge lounge is access to complimentary alcoholic drinks every evening. There's also plenty of snacks too.
Of course the lounge is available for your use 24 hours a day and is staffed with a dedicated Concierge, who will attend to your individual needs. The staff can help you reserve specialty restaurants, shows or any assistance you need on the cruise.
There are some pretty sweet rooms
It's important to remember that your suite itself comes with a lot of neat features not found in other staterooms as well as a lot more space.
Royal Caribbean designed their suites to be quite desirable with furnishings you'd be surprised to find at sea. Pianos, wet bars, jacuzzis, extra large balconies and more are typical with most suites.
Looking at photos of suites, you quickly realize why people pay a lot more for these special staterooms. They are exquisite and depending on how far up the suite ladder you go, the word "luxurious" really gets its definition.
Special sun decks for suite level guests
On Voyager and Freedom class ships, you will find a private area of the pool deck for suite guests.
The lounge chairs here are a little more comfortable than other chairs in the area and are reservered just for those staying in a suite, which means less competition to fight for a chair.
It makes getting a spot on the pool deck much easier and you also get a great vantage point of what's happening around the pool.
Limited exclusive pool deck seating (For Suite guests/Gold SeaPass card holders only. Available on Voyager and Freedom class ships only.)
Double Crown and Anchor Society points
One of the best benefits of staying in a suite is it helps catapult you up the Crown and Anchor Society ladder much quicker.
Each Royal Caribbean cruise you book in a suite gets you double the regular Crown and Anchor points. That means instead of 7 points for a week-long cruise, you will now get 14 points.
For anyone looking to accrue points fast and reap the benefits of Diamond status or above, staying in a suite can really help.
Complimentary pressing service on formal night
Photo by Jeff Goldberg
You pack all your clothes for your cruise and as hard as you may try, inevitably, when you unpack onboard your clothes are wrinkled or have creases in them. If you're a suite guest, for formal night you don't have to worry about wrinkles or creases!
Suite guests get complimentary pressing service that will iron your clothes for you and return them so on formal night, you can look your finest. This is a service that usually costs a few dollars per item, but it's one less thing you will have to worry about now.
You get first access at booking cabanas on Labadee and CocoCay
Suite guests will have first access to book a cabana on Royal Caribbean's private islands of Labadee and CocoCay.
This gets you the best chance at securing one of these secluded spots on the island and continue your suite-level experience on land.
Suite guests may email their concierge prior to your cruise to reserve a cabana or speak to concierge during your cruise.