Voyager of the Seas Australia TV special

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27May2015

In Australia, Royal Caribbean's Voyager of the Seas was featured in a prime time television show that showed off just what a cruise vacation on this ship is like.

The show, "Tom, Rach and Rosso Go Cruising", showcases what Voyager of the Seas offers and why a cruise vacation may be something you would be interested in.

Royal Caribbean invted TV personality Tom Williams, model Rachael Finch and radio personality Tim (Rosso) Ross onboard Voyager of the Seas to see what it was all about.

The three spent 12 nights on a South Pacific cruise and showed off the various things to do onboard the ship as well as the exotic ports they visited.  

Here's the full video of their adventure.

Photos of newly refurbished areas on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas

In:
27May2015

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas wrapped up an 18-day drydock revitalization last week and we now have photos of some of the changes made to the ship.

The drydock session added some new specialty restaurants, suites and made changes to its main dining rooms in preperation for Dynamic Dining.

Here are some photos of the changes made to Allure of the Seas, provided by Royal Caribbean.

New suite lounge on Allure of the Seas for suite guests and Pinnacle members

New Michael Kors boutique

Allure of the Seas' main dining room

Allure of the Seas' main dining room

Allure of the Seas' main dining room

Allure of the Seas' main dining room

Coastal Kitchen specialty restaurant for suite guests only.

MAY 29 UPDATE

Kate Spade New York store

Exterior of Kate Spade New York store

Regalia in the Park shop

Main dining room

Izumi Hibachi & Sushi entrance

Inside Izumi Hibachi & Sushi

Inside Izumi Hibachi & Sushi

Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar

Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar

Liberty of the Seas listener cruise preview on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

In:
27May2015

Our newest podcast episode is out to help give you a quick "audio escape" to a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Episode 95 is available for downloading, where Matt previews Rob's upcoming cruise aboard Liberty of the Seas.

Rob discusses why he chose this particular itinerary and the plans he and his family made for this cruise  We will preview her pre-cruise planning, onboard plans, and what he is looking forward to.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 95. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSSStitcher 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!

Latest Harmony of the Seas construction photo update

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26May2015

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is getting closer and closer to completion and we've scoured the internet to bring you the latest photos showing off how much closer she is to reality.

Harmony of the Seas is the third Oasis-class cruise ship and will be ready for her inaugural cruise in June 2016.

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Photo by Paquebot Breton

Video: Anthem of the Seas Entertainment in Review

In:
26May2015

Royal Caribbean rocks when it comes to taking entertainment to a new level. From the Tony Award-winning musical We Will Rock You to Two70's immersive Spectra’s Cabaret, guests will have an experience that transcends anything they've seen before.

Royal Caribbean to begin new 30 for 30 cruise sale on June 1

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23May2015

Starting June 1, Royal Caribbean will begin a new cruise promotion called "30 for 30", where guests can book a cruise and save up to 30% off standard cruise fare for 1st and 2nd guests.

Qualifying sailings will save guests a set percentage based on their stateroom category.

  • Interior: 10% off
  • Oceanview: 20% off
  • Balcony & Suite: 30% off

Offer applies to all sailings on or after August 1, 2015. Excluding China sailings, as well as Anthem of the Seas sailings departing before April 29, 2016.

The 30 for 30 sale ends June 30 and bookings must be made between June 1 and June 30, 2015.

Offer is combinable with Crown & Anchor discounts and NextCruise offers. Offer is not combinable with restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military) or 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.

Royal Caribbean Classic: Tutti salad bar

In:
22May2015

There are just some aspects of the Royal Caribbean cruise experience that are quintessentially a Royal Caribbean "kind of thing" and today we will look at one of these, the tutti salad bar.

The tutti salad bar is essentially a large salad bar in the main dining room that is available to guests on sea days, where guests can pick from a variety of ingredients to create their own custom salad.

You can walk around the rather large salad bar area and pick from what interests you. Vegetables, cheeses, chicken, shrimp, tuna, dressings and more are all available to choose from.

After picking your favorite ingredients, the Royal Caribbean staff will chop it all up for you and put it on a plate.  Instant perfect salad!

What makes the tutti salad bar experience one that many Royal Caribbean fans come back to again and again is the opportunity to get a freshly made salad exactly the way you like it.  

For those wondering, the word "tutti" is Italian for "all" or "everything", which is a reference to the fact you can have it all in your salad.

Have you eaten at the tutti salad bar? Will you try it on your next cruise? Share with us your thoughts in the comments below!

Quantum of the Seas crosses Suez Canal

In:
22May2015

Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas left the Mediterranean Sea and entered the Red Sea yesterday via the Suez Canal.

Quantum of the Seas is making her way to Asia, where she will offer cruises out of China for the foreseeable future.  

Quantum of the Seas will head to dock in Kochi, India on June 4, 2015 before proceeding to Singapore and finally Shanghai, China.

Royal Caribbean begins Memorial Day sale with up to 20% off on select cruises

In:
22May2015

Royal Caribbean is celebrating Memorial Day weekend in the United States with up to 20% off select Royal Caribbean cruises.

Royal Caribbean is extending its usual Going, Going, Gone sale with a special opportunity to select from cruises that are all departing in the next two months.

Deals range from an Enchantment of the Seas 3-night cruise for $329 per person to a cruise on the largest cruise ship in the world, Allure of the Seas for just $849 per person.

The Memorial Day cruise sale must be booked by May 27, 2015.  Offer is not combinable with any promotional offers or discounts with the exception of Crown & Anchor benefits and NextCruise Onboard Booking Bonus.

Guest Review: Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar on Oasis of the Seas

In:
21May2015

Our good friend, Michael Poole, is back to share with us his review of Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar​ specialty restaurant from Oasis of the Seas.  Yum!

A year ago Royal Caribbean created a new restaurant called Sabor Modern Mexican onboard Navigator of The Seas.  This was a new concept to the fleet to cater the Texas market, since the Navigator sailed out of Galveston, Texas.  If you want to compare the two styles here is a review on the Modern style.  

When Oasis of the Seas went into dry dock in fall 2014, they removed Seafood Shack, and added Sabor Taqueria & Tequila Bar.

Atmosphere

Located on deck 6 of Oasis of the Seas, Sabor is featured on their Boardwalk deck.  This is an open-air deck, with mostly catering to children with a few things for the adults also. 

The restaurant is full of bright colors, with a lot of pink, yellow, and blue.

When you arrive to the restaurant you will notice open-air style restaurant, almost like you would find on the beach in Mexico. There is air-conditioning, but since it’s open to the boardwalk, it can get a little mild in there at times. 

The dress code is casual, as this is a fun alternate specialty dining option.

Eats

To me, the most important part of any Mexican meal is the guacamole, and at Sabor’s they make it table-side! That’s right, they actually role a cart over to the table, full of ingredients to make fresh guacamole. 

Before they start preparing the side, they will ask you if you like it mild, a little spicy, or spicy.  We always went with the mild option so everyone could enjoy. 

For the main course, they offer a dinner tasting menu, which is a great value if you are really hungry.  This includes the guacamole, small plate, main course, and desert for $19 per person.  We always order everything a la carte, and shared everything between the group. 

Okay I should probably shift gears now and talk about the good stuff, the margaritas. They have five signature margaritas at Sabor’s on the Oasis, and unlike the Navigator’s Sabor, they are all included in the unlimited alcohol package $12 threshold. 

The two I would recommend is Sweet and Spicy and The Grand, both are made fresh with Patron tequila.  I preferred The Grand Margarita, as it was their classic cocktail.  They don’t make the cocktails tableside like on Navigator, but that’s okay it’s a casual meal.  

Moving back to the food, the menu does not have a lot of options, almost like a preview menu.  They had a few taco options, small plates, and quesadilla’s.  They did have a three main course options, but no one ever ordered, as we preferred to order more smaller option’s and share. 

Starting out with the chicken quesadilla, to me this was a great option, but nothing that really wow me.  You could definitely tell how fresh it was made, but I’d recommend the tacos for more flavor.

The Barbacoa and Pork Carnita were amazing taco’s that came out with a trio of sides to prepare the taco’s.  The amount of food you get here for $5, is worth the visit, even if it’s for lunch. 

Overall

Sabor on Oasis of the Seas is a fun and casual dining option. If you are seeking something a little more romantic or dressy, I’d recommend something in Central Park. 

I should probably tell you now that I actually ate at Sabor three times during my cruise - day 1 for dinner, day 2 for lunch, and day 7 dinner.  I really enjoyed the quality of the food here, the service was always outstanding and for the price, why not! 

Our average bill was around $7-$10 per person when we ate here, since our drinks were included the premium alcohol package. 

I certainly hope they roll Sabor across more of ships during their future dry docks.  Most recently Allure of the Seas and Freedom of The Seas have added Sabor and Harmony of The Seas should be getting one too.

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