Photos by Steve Ritter.
Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on April 28, 2017 at 10am to discuss its first quarter 2017 financial results.
The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations web site, www.rclinvestor.com. To listen to the call by phone, please dial (877) 663-9606 in the US and Canada. International phone calls should be made to (706) 758-4628. There is no passcode or meeting number. A replay of the webcast will be available at the same site for a month following the call.
We have another batch of fresh photos to share of the construction progress being made on Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas.
Symphony of the Seas will be the cruise line's fourth Oasis Class ship.
Our friends at Saint Nazaire, une ville à la mer posted these photos, which were taken on April 19, 2017.
© Hervé GLAIS
Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley spoke with Travel Weekly about a variety of topics this week, which confirmed or announced a number of changes coming to the cruise line in the next few years.
Among the topics mentioned were
- Quantum 4 (also known as Quantum Plus), will set sail in 2019 and spend its first winter in China, and, if it is not deployed to the UK earlier that summer, will spend the whole summer in China too.
- Symphony of the Seas will feature, "an experience for kids and the kid in you, something for adventure seekers but in a nice, safe way."
- Royal Caribbean is working on several product enhancements on Symphony of the Seas to improve the dining, entertainment and service. All will start to be revealed next month.
- Bayley indicated Majesty of the Seas could be sailing to Cuba too, "We have 40-50 sailings calling into Havana in 2017, starting in April – mostly on Empress of the Seas but also a few on Majesty of the Seas."
- Royal Caribbean will build a "massive water park" in CocoCay that, "will eclipse any other water park in the world."
- Guests on CocoCay may be able to get off the ship and stay there overnight, "we will be adding some private cabana accommodation for Suite Class guests who may want to get off and stay for a few days in total luxury and privacy before hopping on another ship to come home."
Royal Caribbean's Empress of the Seas set sail today from Miami, Florida marking the beginning of an historical voyage that will mark Royal Caribbean International's first visit to Cuba.
— JetSetSarah (@JetSetSarah) April 19, 2017
Guests boarded Empress of the Seas to the tune of live music, Cuban coffee and Cuba Libres served to guests as they boarded.
Empress of the Seas is on a 5-night inaugural sailing to Cuba, which will make the historic visit to Havana, Cuba on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
As guests boarded Empress of the Seas, Royal Caribbean had special Cuba photo opportunities set up, along with plenty of fanfare.
— Halee Whiting (@HaleeWithaFlair) April 19, 2017
Royal Caribbean Blog reader Halee Whiting shared the first two days of the Cruise Compass from Empress of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean brought Empress of the Seas back into its fleet in early 2016, specifically because its size was a perfect fit for Havana harbor.
Liberty of the Seas is one of three Freedom Class cruise ships in Royal Caribbean's fleet, and offers some incredible amenities and activities onboard. Here are five really fun things to enjoy while aboard Liberty of the Seas.
What can we say, we really like Sabor Modern Mexican on Royal Caribbean's shjps and if you happen to go on a Liberty of the Seas cruise, a visit to this specialty restaurant is a must do.
Sabor distinguishes itself by offering excellent quality Mexican food. This is not a run-of-the-mill forgetful Mexican food. Rather, you get creative dishes made from fresh ingredients.
By far, the freshly made guacaomole is the star of Sabor. Sure, we cannot get enough ahi tuna tacos, Chicken-Stuffed Jalapeños or those wonderful margaritas, but the guacamole is just so good that it alone is worth the visit.
4. Splashaway Bay Aqua Park
Liberty of the Seas is one of the few Royal Caribbean ships to offer its guests the cruise line's newest take on aquatic adventure park. In fact, Liberty of the Seas was the first ship in the fleet to recieve Splashaway Bay.
So what makes Splashaway Bay so cool? This fun spot is full of waterlides, water cannons, waterfalls and more. It is the kind of place kids will never want to leave. The gigantic drench bucket and a multi-platform jungle-gym mean not only will the kids get (and stay) drenched while playing there, they are going to have a great time doing it.
What makes Splashaway Bay special is the fact it is the latest and greatest water play area option in Royal Caribbean's fleet. Including some of the fun things to do included later on in this blog post, it makes Liberty of the Seas one of the best ships if you are cruising with kids.
3. Panoramic staterooms
If you think staterooms on a cruise ship are the same from ship to ship, then you need to see the panoramic oceanview staterooms on Liberty of the Seas.
A few years ago Royal Caribbean began adding staterooms that have floor-to-ceiling glass windows that provide a spectacular view. Granted, these rooms lack a balcony, but having such an unobstructed view at your disposal is such a treat.
Ranging in size from 191 to 215 square feet, the panoramic oceanview staterooms on Liberty of the Seas offer lots of space and a view you never tire of seeing.
2. Saturday Night Fever
Select Royal Caribbean ships offer Broadway shows for their guests to enjoy, including Liberty of the Seas. Since 2011, Liberty of the Seas has been offering guests the opportunity to see Saturday Night Fever onboard, and the show is included with their cruise fare.
The musical depicts Tony, an ambitious Brooklyn teen who spends his Saturday nights disco dancing. It is a nostalgic look back to the 1970s with plenty of classic music to enjoy.
No sailing aboard Liberty of the Seas is complete without a few rides down its amazing "Perfect Storm" waterslides.
Liberty of the Seas features the first Boomerang style waterslide at sea, named Tidal Wave. The hair-raising slide features a steep drop that propels riders up a near vertical wall for a moment of weightlessness and into free fall.
There are also two racer slides, Cyclone and Typhoon, which promise even more thrills, as guests shoot down each slide for a wet and wild finish.
What is your favorite thing about Liberty of the Seas? Is it on our list or do you have something you think is worth the cruise fare alone? Tell us about in this blog post's comments!
Episode 194 of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, all about Private Journeys shore excursion.
What is this about?
In this episode, Matt and Christie discuss Royal Caribbean's relatively new option for guests that want a completely customizable shore excursion with all the benefits of booking through Royal Caribbean.
It feels like there are certain ports where either no existing excursions stand out as perfect choices, or there is too much compromise with what is available. Enter, Private Journeys, which allows guests to work with Royal Caribbean to come up with the perfect private tour just for them.
We talk about who Private Journeys is a good fit for, share our recent experiences trying it out and review the experience from start to finish.
Thanks for listening! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!
Royal Caribbean guests in the market for an unlimited alcohol package and internet access will want to take notice of a new option Royal Caribbean has added.
The cost of this package is listed at $54 per guest, per day. Compared to buying the two options separately, there are potential savings to the guest.
Here is an example for what each would individually cost for a 7-night cruise on Harmony of the Seas.
This "Sip and Stream" combo package has appeared in the past but has also disappeared quite quickly. If you are interested in it, our advice is to book it immediately. Keep in mind that Cruise Planner purchases are able to be canceled prior to the start of the cruise.
Royal Caribbean has opened up a new floating bar for guests to enjoy at its private destination in Haiti, known as Labadee.
The new floating bar is located at Adrenaline Beach, and is surrounded by water. Guests simply walk through the ocean to the bar, climb up and order and enjoy a drink. Royal Caribbean Blog reader Sebastian Söderström shared these photos, from his recent cruise stop on Independence of the Seas.
The floating bar is located underneath the zip line, which should provide for some fun views as guests enjoy a beverage at the bar.
Royal Caribbean added a floating bar to its other private destination, CocoCay in the Bahamas, last summer and has become quite popular with guests.
Do you want to try this bar on your next cruise stop in Labadee? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!
Video: Royal Caribbean teams up with YouTube Channel, Muffalo Potato, for kid artists on Harmony of the SeasIn:
Diving into interactive tutorials created exclusively for Royal Caribbean, families sailing on Harmony of the Seas tap their creativity to sketch one-of-a-kind memories with one of YouTube’s most popular kids’ channels, Muffalo Potato. Whether a beginner or a budding Picasso, guests learn how to draw simply by using letters and numbers while guided by the series’ stars John and Muffalo.
Guests can earn up to $300 to spend onboard their cruises, with Royal Caribbean's Royal Refund sale.
On top of the cruise line's every third night free promotion, Royal Caribbean is now offering bonus onboard credit on cruises booked between April 18, 2017 7:00AM EST to April 22, 2017 6:59AM EST on cruises that depart on or after May. 17, 2017 (excluding China departures).
Every Third Night Free
This offer also incudes the 1, 2, Free promotion
- 3-5 Night Sailing – 1 Free Night
- 6-8 Night Sailing – 2 Free Nights
- 9-11 Night Sailing – 3 Free Nights
- 12-14 Night Sailing – 4 Free Nights
- 15-17 Night Sailing – 5 Free Nights
- 18-20 Night Sailing – 6 Free Nights
- 21-23 Night Sailing – 7 Free Nights
- 24 Night Sailing – 8 Free Nights
Bonus onboard credit is determined by sailing length and stateroom category booked:
- 5 Nights or less
- Interior/Oceanview: $50 OBC per stateroom,
- Balcony: $75 OBC per stateroom
- Suite: $100 OBC per stateroom
- 6 Nights or more
- Interior/Oceanview: $75 OBC per stateroom
- Balcony: $200 OBC per stateroom
- Suite: $300 OBC per stateroom
1-2-Free is combinable with adjoining OBC, Crown & Anchor discounts, NextCruise offers and Shareholder Benefits. OBC is not combinable with Crown & Anchor discounts or Shareholder Benefits. 1-2-Free and OBC are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including but not limited to, restricted rates (for example, Seniors, Residents, and Military), Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, and Net Rates.
Offer available to residents of the United States and Canada.