A beginner’s guide to sailing in Star class
For those who want the ultimate in luxury, Royal Caribbean offers Star Class.
When booking a cruise, one of the first decisions to make is what type of room to sail in. There are so many options within the Star Class that you might not be sure where to start.
Hope these tips will help you make the planning smoother.
What is the star class?
Star class is available on Oasis and Quantum class ships. These are the largest of the suites. Some of the benefits of staying in a Star Class room include:
- Priority boarding
- Free VOOM Wi-Fi
- Free specialty restaurants
- Free luxury drink packages
- Access to the suite’s living room and coastal kitchen for all meals
- Free laundry services
- Standard tips (additional tips, for the Engineer for example, are at your discretion)
And the best part, you get the services of the Royal Genie!
Choose your room
My husband and I are frequent cruisers but had never been in Star Class. We decided it would be perfect for us to give it a try for our 15th anniversary.
Choosing a room was probably the hardest part for us. When we started our research, we quickly realized that most suites were designed for large groups. For example, the two-bedroom Grand and Aqua Theater suites are Star Class options as well as the Ultimate Family Suites.
We ended up choosing the Ultimate Panoramic Suite which is only available on Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. He has a room which was perfect for two people.
As a bonus, there is also a hot tub on the balcony, which I always wanted to try.
Approximately six weeks before departure, you will receive your Star Class pre-cruise questionnaire. Questions are a way to help your Genie get to know you better.
It asks you lots of questions about your cruise preferences and has some fun questions to it too.
One of them stuck with me: “If you could have dinner with someone living or in history, which would you choose?” Our responses were Princess Diana, Walt Disney and Agatha Christie.
Again, this is a way for them to assess your personality and personal interests.
A month before departure we received our first email from our Royal Genie. He introduced himself to us and asked more specific questions regarding our cruise, for example, were we traveling with someone in a different cabin, what our favorite restaurants and times were, and what shows we were interested in.
As we sent each other messages, we were able to establish a tentative schedule for our navigation.
When you arrive at the terminal, you will see an area specifically for Star Class check-in. Make sure you keep all of your luggage with you and don’t drop it off with the porters as you normally would.
Once the agent checks you in, you will receive a ship porter who will take your luggage and deliver it to your room shortly after you board.
After check-in at the terminal, your Royal Genie will be waiting to escort you to the ship. They will lead you directly to your suite and give you a feel for the plan you have come up with together. Remember, it’s not set in stone, so you can change your mind at any time.
We had planned for Sabor’s lunch to be installed in our suite. Beef empanadas, chicken and steak quesadillas, guacamole fries and even our favorite specialty margaritas awaited us.
We also met our loft attendant, who is a fancy name for the room steward, who showed us how to use all room controls and asked if we had any special requests.
A special request we had was to have the hot tub installed every night after dinner. We also informed her of our usual routine so that she would know when was the best time to maintain the room.
The Royal Engineers
During our research, the biggest mystery for us was the Royal Genie. We did a lot of research online asking ourselves “what are they doing?” ”
We never really felt like we got a good response to that and now I know why. Engineering services are specific to you and your desires.
Of course, you can expect them to make all of your meal reservations and give you the best seats in the house for each show, but they also surprise you in a way that makes you feel special.
I don’t know how each Genie does it, but for us we were in constant communication with our own through WhatsApp.
We downloaded it to our phone and can message him anytime. We barely needed it, he always seemed to know where we were and would check in with us at breakfast, dinner and even hanging out in the living room of the suite, just to see if we were okay and needed something. thing.
We loved walking into our room on our anniversary and finding it decorated with cards, balloons, banners, fresh flowers, a cake with our names on it and a beautiful willow figurine.
A few days later, Halloween decorations were added to the room. I have no idea how he knew it was my favorite vacation, I guess that’s part of the magic of genius.
On the day of disembarkation, you will organize a time to be escorted, with all your luggage, off the ship.
Is Star Class Worth It?
As with everything, it depends on each individual.
We were lucky to get an amazing deal on our room as we booked it during the pandemic. In fact, looking at the prices for next year, our room is selling for three times what we paid for.
For many people who regularly sail Star Class, this is more of a personal experience than the cost, especially if you are sailing in a group. It’s nice to have someone to make all of your arrangements.
We loved the experience and hope to do it again in the future.