7 Big-Ship Cruise Lines With VIP Options
Perks like free cocktails, an exclusive hangout and a concierge who makes restaurant and spa reservations are not limited to small-ship, luxury cruises. Several big-ship cruise lines wanting to coddle frequent cruisers and passengers residing in high-rent suites are now offering members-only concierge lounges as an attractive perk with VIP options.
These lounges serve as private hideaways for passengers in the most expensive accommodations. They’re typically outfitted with couches and comfortable chairs, big-screen TVs and private bars, so elite passengers can relax or socialize as they see fit. The other major plus is the added service of the actual concierge, who can do niggling chores, such as booking shore excursions or dinners at specialty restaurants, arranging shore tours or resolving any issues that come up.
Are you itching to get your foot in the door of one of these shipboard hideaways? Here’s a sneak peek inside seven big-ship concierge lounges — as well as qualification requirements for acquiring the right key card so you can access all these perks on your next cruise.
1. Celebrity Cruises
Lounge Name: Michael’s Club, available on all Celebrity ships.
How You Qualify: Passengers in Sky, Signature, Royal, Penthouse and Reflection suites and Captain’s Club Zenith members all have access to Michael’s Club. Concierge-level cabin occupants receive concierge services but may not use the club.
Amenities: Continental breakfast is served in Michael’s every morning, while complimentary pre-dinner drinks and tapas are served from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The lounge also features a large-screen TV and reading chairs with a variety of magazines, newspapers and books on hand.
Concierge Services: The concierge helps to arrange specialty dining reservations and procure shore excursion tickets, and can even answer general questions about ports of call.
Open Hours: Michael’s Club is open 24 hours a day, though the concierge desk hours vary by itinerary.