One of the biggest cruise ships in the world is to get one of the most up-market jewellers in the world on-board.
Royal Caribbean is adding a Tiffany boutique to the Central Park area of the 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas. It will offer a full selection of Tiffany jewellery, including engagement rings and the recently introduced Tiffany T and Atlas collections, as well as Swiss made CT60 watches.
The 81 square-metre (875 square-foot) retail space will be decorated with marble, glossy lacquers, polished metals, walnut panelling, velvet drapery and upholstered walls.
Tiffany’s flagship Fifth Avenue store is located near Central Park in New York City so the on-board boutique should feel right at home within the ship’s neighbourhood of the same name.
Luciano Rodembusch, Vice President of Tiffany & Co. Latin America, said: “We are delighted that Royal Caribbean guests will now have the opportunity to explore Tiffany’s legendary collections in an environment of luxury and service that is unique among the world’s premier jewellers. For 178 years we have been creating the most beautiful love stories and Oasis of the Seas offers a unique and memorable setting.”
Mark Tamis, Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations at Royal Caribbean International, added: “Tiffany & Co. is a distinguished global luxury brand and having a boutique on board will truly enrich the premium on-board experience for our guests. From surprising your loved one with a timeless keepsake to popping the question with the perfect engagement ring, what better way to remember a cruise adventure of a lifetime.”
The cruise line is keen to increase its share of the luxury travel market. In August they announced upgraded suite amenities and butler service.
Royal Caribbean was unable to confirm whether Tiffany jewellery would be available for sale on their next Oasis-class ship, Harmony of the Seas, which is expected to launch in May 2016. The cruise line was also unable to confirm whether the boutique would also be added to ships operating in China. Given the thirst for high-end luxury goods in China this would be a logical and potentially lucrative move for both the cruise line and jeweller.
Oasis of the Seas currently operates alternating seven-night Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale. In autumn 2016, she will begin sailing from Port Canaveral.
Royal Caribbean has also announced an expansion of its high speed Internet service known as VOOM. From May 2016 the service will be added to Majesty of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Freedom of the Seas. It is currently available on Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas. The service will also be installed on Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas in spring 2016.
On VOOM-enabled ships unlimited Internet packages are priced at $15 (£10) per device per day, with a 50 percent discount on a second device. During the festive season the line will be offering a Family Internet Bundle priced at $10 (£6.60) per device per day when a guest purchases four devices.
(Photo credit to Royal Caribbean International)