Friday Photos

In:
30Sep2016

Every Friday, we invite our readers to send in their favorite Royal Caribbean photos so that we can showcase them right here on the blog.  We have a great selection of photos to share this week, but be sure to submit your favorite Royal Caribbean photos too!

Our first photo this week is of Radiance of the Seas by Dave Rimington from Mo'orea, French Polynesia. Look at that landscape!

Next is a photo by Steve Bovee of Oasis of the Seas next to Empress of the Seas in Cozumel.  Quite a striking contrast in ship size!

Here is Independence of the Seas docked in Southampton, by David Donnelly.  Independence is a fan-favorite in the UK and she looks radiant as ever in this photo.

This photo by Linda Stephens was a bit depressing to take, because she took it as her flight home took her right over Independence of the Seas. She had just gotten off Independence of the Seas earlier that morning. That is salt in the wound, Linda.

Bob (aka Sailor_to_Cruiser) took this photo immediately after his back to back Oasis of the Seas cruise to welcome his new grandson.  Mazel tov and it looks like the perfect gift for a newborn!

Here is a photo from Labadee by Brett Oresky of the zip liners in the background going past him.  Just another day in paradise!

Our final photo this week is by Andrew Mack of Anthem of the Seas in Nassau, Bahamas.  Beautiful ship and beautiful water color!

That wraps up this week's edition of Friday Photos. Thank you to everyone who shared photos and be sure to send in your Royal Caribbean photos so that we can share them in an upcoming edition!

Video: Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas art reveal

In:
29Sep2016

The Harmony of the Seas exhibit “The Wonder of Our World, The World We Live In,” presents over 3,000 pieces from artists spanning 60 countries. Led by curatorial director Mariangela Capuzzo at ICArt, the collection explores wonder from four perspectives— people, places, what we do and what inspires us —through an array of media. Many of the works were created specifically for Harmony of the Seas and designed to bring joy to all who sail.

Royal Caribbean adding two story golf course to Adventure of the Seas

In:
29Sep2016

In addition to the changes previously announced for Royal Caribbean's Adventure of the Seas, one more change coming to the ship is a two story mini golf course.

The new two story golf course will be at Adventure Dunes, and will be Royal Caribbean's first two story mini golf course.  

Royal Caribbean added a similar golf course to Liberty of the Seas, known as Liberty Dunes, but Adventure of the Seas will feature a two-story version.

Photos of Liberty Dunes from Liberty of the Seas

Adventure of the Seas is undergoing a $61 million refurbishment in November 2016 and will add new staterooms, dining locations, a FlowRider, waterslides and more.

Where to get coffee on a Royal Caribbean cruise

In:
29Sep2016

In case you were not aware, today is National Coffee Day.  And we all know that java lovers do not check their passion for this magical elixir when they step foot aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Whether it is National Coffee Day or not, here are six places on Royal Caribbean ships to get your favorite coffee beverage.

Complimentary Coffee

On Royal Caribbean ships, guests can enjoy unlimited complimentary coffee during their cruise.  Guests can find complimentary coffee available at a number of locations throughout the ship.

In most cases, the complimentary coffee is either Seattle's Best or Illy's brand.

Where one will find complimentary coffee will depend on the exact ship you are on, but here are a few popular and easy-to-get-to locations for the free stuff.

  • Cafe Promenade
  • Café Latté-tudes
  • Main dining room
  • Windjammer
  • Room service
  • Park Cafe

Premium Coffee

Starbucks

Did you know Royal Caribbean ships serve Starbucks beverages? Both companies have teamed up to give Royal Caribbean guests some of the best coffee available and here is what you need to know to enjoy a cup of your favorite latte, frappuccino or dark roast.

Royal Caribbean has stand alone Starbucks kiosks on Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas.

In fact, the Starbucks location on Harmony of the Seas features more of a store than the Royal Promenade kiosk found on the other Oasis-class ships.  

Unlike on other ships, guests on Oasis-class ships are able to use Starbucks gift cards for payment.

Cafe Promenade

Any Royal Caribbean ship with a Royal Promenade has a dedicate location for coffee, tea, pastries and other light snacks known as Cafe Promenade.

The coffees found on Royal Promenade are a combination of complimentary coffee and premium coffee.  Often, the premium coffee consists of Starbucks brewed coffee beverages.

Ships with a Cafe Promenade include Voyager, Freedom and Oasis-class ships.

Café Latté-tudes

The Café Latté-tudes coffee bar serves up fresh brewed coffee, lattes and more throughout the day.

Much like Cafe Promenade, Café Latté-tudes serves complimentary coffee, along with specialty coffee drinks, lattes, cappuccino and espresso for a nominal fee.  There are also assorted pastries and cookies available to go along with your coffee.

Ships with Café Latté-tudes include Vision and Radiance-class ships and Majesty of the Seas.

La Patisserie

La Patisserie is a café-style dining option and the perfect place to grab a cup of joe on the Royal Esplanade.

There are some similarities to Cafe Promenade, but La Patisserie has a more colorful look, and tends to have more of a coffee-house vibe than Cafe Promenade.

La Patisserie is found on Quantum-class ships.

Park Cafe

Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class ships offer a lot to guests, including a fan-favorite spot for meals and a quick coffee, Park Cafe.

Besides the great coffee available at Park Cafe, you have the option of enjoying it in Central Park, among the lush surroundings that make this neighborhood so appealing.  It is such a pleasure to enjoy your cup of coffee with a good book and views of the flora that surrounds you.

Park Cafe offers complimentary and premium coffee on Oasis-class ships.

On other ships, Park Cafe can also be found on the pool deck in a smaller location.  While these options may lack the Central Park view, they still serve up great coffee throughout the day.

Cafe @ Two70

Somewhat similar to Park Cafe in offerings, Cafe @ Two70 is a more modern looking cafe that has a wide selection of food to compliment its complimentary and premium coffees.

As the name implies, Cafe @ Two70 is located adjacent to Two70 and makes it easy to grab your cup of joe and bring it next door to enjoy with a fantastic aft view of the ship.

Cafe @ Two70 is found on Quantum-class ships.

What is your favorite spot to get coffee on a Royal Caribbean cruise? Tell us in the comments below!

Clarification on Royal Caribbean's drink package premium coffee benefit

In:
28Sep2016

Earlier this month, Royal Caribbean changed the drink package rules to exclude Starbucks beverages, but there is now further clarification on what the drink packages do and do not include.

On Royal Caribbean's Facebook page, an update provides information on what the change means across the fleet.

Furthermore, Royal Caribbean amended its drink package document again to be more specific about the use of drink packages with Starbucks beverages.

Essentially, this sounds like the premium coffee rule is similar to how Starbucks beverages were handled with the former drink packages, that have been replaced with the new drink packages.

Thanks to reader Glen R., who shared this update with us!

Royal Caribbean changes Adventure of the Seas itinerary due to tropical disturbance Invest 97L

In:
28Sep2016

Another Royal Caribbean ship has changed itineraries due to the anticipated path of Invest 97L, which is likely to become Tropical Storm Matthew.

According to Cruise Critic, Royal Caribbean has changed the itinerary for Adventure of the Seas as follows:

  • September 28: St. Maarten
  • September 29: St. Croix
  • September 30: St. Thomas

Adventure of the Seas had been scheduled to visit St. Lucia and Barbados, and spend a day at sea.

This is the second Royal Caribbean ship to have its itinerary changed due to this storm. Allure of the Seas also had to change her course.

Weather.com says Invest 97L is spreading rain and gusty winds into the Windward Islands, and is still likely to become Tropical Storm Matthew soon, eventually posing a threat early next week in the Caribbean basin and potentially parts of the U.S. later next week.

Top 5: Liberty of the Seas on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

In:
28Sep2016

This week's podcast episode is ready to go, as we present episode 165 of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast for your downloading pleasure.

This week, we present a look at the top 5 things to do aboard Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas.  The ship offers a lot to see and do and Matt and Justin have sifted through everything onboard to find the top 5 experiences they enjoy the most.

There's also lots of reader emails and voicemails to share this week about everything Royal Caribbean.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 165. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS or on iTunes!

Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

Royal Caribbean changes CocoCay Beach Lounger amenities

In:
28Sep2016

The Beach Loungers at Royal Caribbean's private destination of CocoCay have been a popular choice for guests that want shade from the sun, along with some additional perks, but those perks appear to have been removed from a Beach Lounger rental.

A Royal Caribbean Blog reader aboard Majesty of the Seas had reserved a Beach Lounger prior to her cruise, and received this letter to inform her that the benefits of the Beach Lounger have changed.

The big changes are the amenities previously offered are no longer included, and that has resulted in a lowering of the price to $45.

Formerly known as cabanettes, the beach loungers are clam shell beach umbrellas that offer privacy and protection from the sun.

Royal Caribbean offering third and fourth guests free on select Empress of the Seas sailings

In:
27Sep2016

Royal Caribbean is offering for a limited time third and fourth guests sailing free onboard Empress of the Seas.

The new 3rd and 4th passengers sailing free offer applies to Empress of the Seas sailings booked Sep. 26-Oct. 11, 2016 , on sailings departing Nov. 1, 2016-Dec 15, 2016. Offer excludes sailing departing Nov. 21, 2016.

Offer provides for free cruise fare of third and fourth guests booked in the same stateroom as the first two offer qualifying guests in a triple or quad occupancy stateroom. All other charges, including, but not limited to, taxes, fees and port expenses, are additional and apply to all guests.

Empress 3rd and 4th guests sail free Sail Free is combinable with Savings offers, BOGO offers, Instant Savings offers, Crown & Anchor discounts, and NextCruise offers. Empress 3rd and 4th guests sail free is not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military). All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates, Shareholder Benefits.

Offer available to residents of the United States and Canada.

Royal Caribbean creates Ultimate Abyss slide in Miami mall to promote Harmony of the Seas' arrival

In:
27Sep2016

If you are in the Miami area (or can be), then head over to the Aventura Mall to see Royal Caribbean's latest creation that previews one of the big thrills on its newest ship, Harmony of the Seas.

Guests in the mall can see a miniature replica of the thrilling slide found on the aft of Royal Caribbean's newest ship.  The slide is a limited-time marketing idea that aims to inform Floridians of Harmony of the Seas' imminent arrival in the area, as well as showcase one of the most impressive features of the ship.

Thanks to Erik Clauson aka Cruiseboy for providing these photos!

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