World's largest cruise ship to call
Royal Caribbean also committed to a first Oasis-class ship visit to Antigua, by Symphony of the Seas, on Nov. 3.
The agreement marks the start of planning and development for the previously announced Royal Beach Club. Groundbreaking is scheduled later this year.
Created exclusively for Royal Caribbean passengers, the Royal Beach Club will occupy more than a half mile of pristine beachfront at St. John’s, near Fort James.
'Ultimate' beach club experience
Royal Caribbean touts the ultimate beach club experience with ‘private cabanas and a stunning pool with a swim-up bar, complemented by locally inspired experiences.’ Regional fare, island-style barbecues, live music and water sports such as jet skis, paddle boarding and snorkeling, and a family splash pad will be part of the experience.
‘The Royal Beach Club will deliver a memorable beach day to our guests,’ RCI President and CEO Michael Bayley said. ‘Together with the government of Antigua and Barbuda, we will bring to life an experience that will bring more visitors to these idyllic islands and create significant economic benefits and opportunities. In addition, we are looking at ways for the local community to also enjoy the beach club on days our ships are in other destinations.’
Enlarged cruise berth
As for Symphony of the Seas, it will dock at a new berth in St. John’s, one of the key cruise infrastructure improvements in a partnership with Global Ports Holding.
Tourism Minister H. Charles Fernandez expressed the government’s appreciation that Royal Caribbean’s first Royal Beach Club will be in Antigua, ‘which confirms confidence in our twin island state. We are also excited to share our beautiful island with guests sailing aboard Royal Caribbean ships when they begin calling to the island later this year.’