Royal Caribbean International announced the discontinuation of its spa class stateroom update. Originally announced in October 2019, the spa stateroom category was to make its way onto several Royal Caribbean ships and commence accommodations in May 2021. The staterooms were slated to appear on Radiance, Voyager, Freedom, Oasis, and Quantum Class ships. Today Royal Caribbean decided that with the drastic change in climate that the industry is currently going through due to COVID-19 the discontinuation of the stateroom category is necessary.
Royal Caribbean International had this to say in a statement to travel advisors:
After much consideration and as our product offerings continue to evolve in today’s environment, the brand has made the decision to discontinue the introduction of Spa staterooms beginning with the 2021-2022 season. Beginning on May 5, 2020, all bookings in a Spa stateroom will be temporarily moved from their stateroom into a guarantee. Once the accommodation process is complete, your clients will be moved back into their original stateroom with the stateroom location, dimensions, and cabin number all remaining the same. No action is needed from you as this process is completed. We are also pleased to offer their booking will be repriced to the prevailing fare of a comparable Ocean View Balcony and will also receive a refundable $50 USD OBC per cabin that can be used anywhere onboard – including in the spa as well as pre-cruise. We greatly appreciate all of your support during these difficult times and know we are waiting with open arms to welcome you and your clients back onboard.
In December 2019 Cruise Ship Crayz sailed onboard the Amplified Oasis of the Seas and we were lucky enough to get a glimpse at what the spa staterooms would be once the program began.