Friday Photos


Once more it is Friday and once more we are sharing lots of fun Royal Caribbean photos our readers have sent in to us.  Let's get started!

This week's first photo comes to us from Michael Poole and it's from Oasis of the Seas in Central Park.  Michael wrote, "I wish I was having dinner in Central Park now".  Me too!

I love the vantage point of this photo from Marc and Lisa Sandhaus from their Legend of the Seas cruise to Labadee.  Beautiful!

Next is a photo from Mary from Radiance of the Seas. Mary writes, "Looking up while relaxing outside the lobby bar aboard the Radiance of the Seas. Great Alaskan cruise!"

The wonderful support group Autism on the Seas sent us this photo from their Group Cruise onboard Grandeur of the Seas.  It was taken during a group excursion at Snorkel Park Beach in Bermuda and it looks like everyone was having a great time!

Last but not least is this photo again taken in Labadee (my favorite!) by Ken Slusser.  It was taken while Ken was on Independence of the Seas and I would love to take a swim there right now!

This week's photos were great but we want more of your Royal Caribbean photos, so please use this form to send us your favorite Royal Caribbean photos so we can share them on the blog!

Cruising 101: Everything Enchantment of the Seas


Royal Caribbean offers quick 3 and 4 night cruises on Enchantment of the Seas out of Port Canaveral, Florida and it's one of the more popular cruises out there, especially for those new to cruising. This post will be an opportunity to explore what is fun and exciting about Enchantment of the Seas.

It's bigger than it used to be

One thing that separates Enchantment of the Seas from her sister ships in the Vision class is she was cut apart in the middle back in 2005 and had a 73-foot extension added and then welded back together.

It's a pretty cool distinction because a mid-body extension like that is pretty darn rare among cruise ships. They added 151 new staterooms and some other neat features we will talk about soon.

Best place for sail away: pool deck

It's no secret that the pool deck is always a great spot for sail away but on Enchantment of the Seas, the pool deck is extra popular because of the short nature of the cruises offered.

These quick itineraries usually give the ship more of a party vibe to them and the pool deck is the place to be when the fun begins after muster drill.

Best place to get a drink: Oasis Bar

You've probably been to your fair share of pool bars, but what makes the Oasis Bar on Enchantment of the Seas really cool is it faces the ocean, allow you to enjoy the view of the ocean as you partake in your preferred adult beverage.

There isn't a whole lot of seating available, but if you get the chance, be sure to enjoy this unique bar experience that cannot be found on any other Vision-class ship.

Watch your step on the floor windows

Part of the ship's extension involved adding floor windows, which give guests an unobstructed view of the ocean below.

Located on the pool deck, the floor windows give you a fun away to see the water below.

Fun things unique to Enchantment of the Seas

Dancing Under the Stars Poolside Party & Late Night Buffet

Late night dancing on the pool deck along with the Pirate Cove Buffet means you can enjoy a special nighttime party that's fun for all ages.

It begins at 11pm and offers a special party that isn't offered on all Royal Caribbean ships.

Suspension bridges

On the pool deck you will find enormous suspension bridges that span the entire pool deck.  These arches are on the top deck of the ship and span more than 65 feet on either side.

Splash Deck

If you have kids, you will love the interactive Splash Deck, which has 64 water jets, 40 of which are connectd to an interactive touch-pad system so kids can direct the water to splash each other.

During the lengthening of the ship, the pool area was increased by 50 percent.

At night, the Splash Deck transforms into a remarkable fountain with a fiber-optic light show.

Jump Zone

Royal Caribbean has added four bungee trampolines that they call the Jump Zone. 

You must be at least six years old and weigh between 40 and 240 pounds to participate.

You will be strapped into a harness that is connected to bungee cords. Once you're ready, you can start jumping around an ding flips during your two-minute jump session.

Enchantment of the Seas Quick Info

Formal Nights: Day 2

Specialty Restaurants: Chops
Other food that costs extra: Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Sabor Modern Mexican on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast


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

Episode 49 is available for downloading where we review a brand new specialty restaurant on Navigator of the Seas, Sabor Modern Mexican.

Matt really loves Sabor on Navigator of the Seas so this week, he's dedicated the entire episode to taking an in-depth look at what this new restaurant offers. From decor to service to the food itself, it's a complete tour of what Sabor offers.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 49. 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!

Royal Caribbean creates virtual reality headsets for agents to explore Quantum of the Seas


Royal Caribbean is once again using technology to make business better for them.  This time, they have created wearable glasses to train agents on what its newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas will offer.

Travel Weekly is reporting Royal Caribbean partnered with Jason Bradbury, an expert in technology, to create a new video for agents which is built into a pair of glasses and shows them the facilities on board Quantum of the Seas as well as sister ship Anthem of the Seas.

Starting on July 10, Royal Caribbean sales teams will visit agents with the glasses to test out the glasses.

Video: Quantum of the Seas adviser Dhani Jones develops a Boot Camp workout routine


Quantum of the Seas' Sports and Fitness Advisor, Dhani Jones as he works with Byron Blackwood on developing a Boot Camp workout routine that has never been seen before in the cruise industry.

Royal Caribbean offering "Royal Life" program to Brazil cruises


Royal Caribbean is offering three themed cruises in South America for the 2014/2015 cruise season. The cruises are called Royal Life, Royal Gourmet and Royal Dance.

Royal Life will be a seven-night cruise out of Santos, Brazil on February 1, 2014 and will stop in Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Punta del Este.  This cruise will offer exercise regiments as well as light and healthy food choices.

Royal Gourmet will be a cruise sailing on March 13, 2014 with stops in Buenos Aires, Montevideo and Punta del Este.  Royal Gourmet will bring together a number of major Brazilian chefs that will offer unique programming.

For Royal Dance, Royal Caribbean is partnering with the Dance Studio of Dance Fernando Campani.  The cruise will offer the studios' intense class schedule, with a 14-night trans-Atlantic itinerary that will end in Barcelona, Spain.

Royal Caribbean named best cruise line for the money


US News and World Reports released its 2014 Best Cruise rankings and Royal Caribbean emerged as the Best Cruise Line for the money.

Royal Caribbean took top honors for the combination of low prices and what you get for it, "Cruisers won't have trouble finding itineraries costing less than $100 per person per day. Prices cover lodging, meals in the Main Dining Room and a wealth of onboard activities ranging from swimming and rock climbing to foreign language classes and Broadway-caliber performances."

Royal Caribbean also did well in other categories as well

  • Second place for Best Cruise Lines for Families
  • Ninth place for Best Cruise Lines for Romance
  • Second place for Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean

US News and World Reports rankings are based on an expert evaluation of the line's level of luxury, as well as an assessment of user reviews and health ratings.

Google Street View adds Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas cruise ship


Google has added the biggest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, to its popular Street View program.

Google Maps Business View, the commercial aspect of Street Views, added Royal Caribbean's flagship so site visitors can take a virtual tour of the ship.

The new tour offers a few spots on the ship site visitors can peek around with their web browser.  It does not cover the entire ship, so users will be limited to a few areas, rather than a seamless non-stop tour.

Once on Street view, you will be able to select from a series of options to enable them to "tour" the ship’s restaurants, cabins and pools as well as the ship's “unique activities”, including the FlowRider, rock-climbing wall and zip line.

Google created the Street View experience using a DSLR camera with a fisheye lens and a panoramic head resting on a tripod.

You can view the Google Street view on Allure of the Seas here.

New Royal Caribbean YouTube series premieres with Allure of the Seas episode


The first episode of Awesomeness TV travel show featuring Royal Caribbean is available.  

It stars Josh Leyva in YourMuscleBoii's Royal Caribbean Adventure on Allure of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean meets with Haitian tourism officials


Royal Caribbean vice president of global tour operations, John Weis, met with Haiti's minister of Tourism and Creative Industries (MTIC) along with other officials from Haiti to inspect the progress the MTIC has made in developing tourism in the country.

Haiti is looking for ways to bring more Royal Caribbean cruise passengers, who are already visiting Labadee, to other tourist stops near by.  This includes the Citadelle Henry and the Palace Sans Souci.

Weis visited the pier located on Acul bay (recently built by MTIC) where Royal Caribbean passengers would stop before getting to the Citadelle.  

Also present for the meeting was Dieudonne Luma, Regional Director North MTIC, Jean Bernard Simonet, CEO of Citadelle Agency and Konrad Shutt, President of the Tourist Association of Northern Haiti (ATH-Nord), went in the North Destination.

Labadee is Royal Caribbean's private resort that the cruise company leases from Haiti.