Friday Photos


When the calendar says Friday that means it's time to share Royal Caribbean photos our readers have sent in to us to share.  Each week we invite everyone reading our blog to send us their favorite Royal Caribbean photos.  Let's see what we have this week!

First up is this photo of Ken and Noelle Slusser while they were in the Windjammer on Independence of the Seas during their March 14 cruise.  Great background of the ocean!

Next is a photo by Nick from his cruise to Bermuda taken underground in the Crystal Caves.  I had no idea Bermuda had caves like this!

Here's a photo by Hunter Raines during sailaway in Port Everglades while on Liberty of the Seas.  I love sailway because that is exactly when your cruise really begins.

Jeremy sent us this photo of the Strings ice show on Independence of the Seas.  The ice shows are always an impressive display.

I really like this photo of Jewel of the Seas anchored in Bar Harbor, Maine back in 2012 by Kenneth R. Scott.  I'd love to do a New England cruise someday and this photo reinforces that notion.

Lastly, we have this photo by Jeremy of the "Come Fly With Me" show on Oasis of the Seas from April 2013.  Jeremy wrote it was an "awesome show" and I couldn't agree more!

I think we have yet another great set of photos this week and I invite you to send us your favorite Royal Caribbean photos by using this form.  Have a great weekend!

New show "Sonic Odyssey" for Quantum of the Seas


We know of another new stage show for guests to enjoy on Quantum of the Seas, Sonic Odyssey.

The new show is described as, "Sonic Odyssey takes the audience on a one-of-a-kind journey of music and sound, featuring the talented cast of the Royal Theater.  This highly visuaul production only be seen onboard Quantum of the Seas".

A removed posting about Sonic Odyssey says the show will feature the Earth Harp, which was designed and created by performance artist William Close.  Close is well known for being the 3rd runner on America's Got Talent.

This is the second stage show on Quantum of the Seas to become known in the past few days after Starwater earlier this week.

Listener Feedback 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 41 is available for downloading where we are reading your tweets, facebook posts and emails all about cruising with Royal Caribbean.

This podcast was created to be your venue for talking about all aspects of Royal Caribbean cruising and this week, Matt is reading what's on your mind and "talking shop" about our collective favorite subject.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 41. 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!

Celebrity cruise ship joins two Royal Caribbean ships to monitor oceanographic and atmospheric conditions


Celebrity Cruises' Celebrity Equinox joined Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas in a program that tracks ocean circulation dynamics and measures atmospheric and oceanographic conditions, on repeated journeys.

Royal Caribbean does its part to help conduct scientific research by  the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. The scientists capture and analyze oceanographic and atmospheric data on  the vessels sailing worldwide. 

The scientists record ocean temperature, salinity, and chlorophyll concentration, as well as properties of the ocean’s surface, such as reflectance and absorbance. In addition, they measure meteorological properties, such as wind speed, wind direction, barometric pressure and humidity. These data help scientists monitor, understand, and forecast climate change and its effects on marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs. Coral reefs protect coastlines from storms and help sustain the livelihoods of local people, especially in developing countries, where coral reefs contribute about one-quarter of the annual total fish catch, providing food to about one billion people in Asia alone. 

“Royal Caribbean is extremely proud of the collaboration with the OceanScope program to foster greater understanding of the global climate system and the oceans on which our ships sail,” said Rich Pruitt, Vice President, Safety and Environmental Stewardship, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Our business depends on ocean health, and part of protecting ocean health is understanding the atmosphere and its effects.” 

Funded in part by RCL’s Ocean Fund, The University of Miami’s OceanScope equipment on Explorer of the Seas has tracked ocean circulation dynamics since 2000, in the North Atlantic basin that the ship sails through while on Bermuda and Caribbean routes from the US Northeast. The Allure of the Seas lab tracks these conditions through the Eastern and Western Caribbean, and has done so since 2012. The installation of an OceanScope lab on Celebrity Equinox will provide insight into the ocean dynamics in the Mediterranean Sea, across the North Atlantic and along the Iberian Peninsula. 

Southampton welcomes back Independence and Adventure of the Seas


Southampton, England is welcoming back two Royal Caribbean ships for the summer 2014 season, Independence of the Seas and Adventure of the Seas.  Their arrival kicks off the 2014 summer seasons for the second year in a row.

Adventure of the Seas arrived back on May 4th while Independence of the Seas will return on May 17.

Adventure of the Seas returns with new upgrades and features, including flat screen TVs in every stateroom. Giovanni's Table, Wi-Fi throughout the ship, a new Concierge Lounge for suite guests, a Diamond Lounge for Crown & Anchor Society members and digital signage throughout the ship.

Adventure of the Seas will offer 7 to 16-night cruises around the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, in addition to shorter sailings closer to home.

Independence of the Seas will offer new itineraries, including more, shorter sailings such as  three-night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and four night cruises to Le Havre for Paris and Zeebrugge for Bruges.

The ship will also offer six night cruises to France and Spain, an eight-night cruise to Norway, various 14-night Mediterranean cruises, plus 11 and 12-night Canary Islands cruises as part of its 2014 summer season.

Video: Royal Caribbean Lays Keel for Oasis III & Announces Oasis IV


During the keel-laying ceremony for the third Oasis-class ship at STX in St. Nazaire, France, Royal Caribbean announced that a fourth Oasis-class ship is planned. The keel laying, during which a 1,000-ton block was lifted by crane into the building dock, marks the beginning of the physical construction of Oasis III.

Quantum of the Seas to feature new show "Starwater"


A brand new stage show made exclusively for Quantum of the Seas will be called, "Starwater".

The new show features, "A beautiful and highly visual production featuring Dancers and Singers all under the spell of our Muse who transports the audience as she orchestrates an eternal fusion the universe and sea to her will. Starwater takes place in our new signature venue Two70 featuring branded technology Vistarama® and Roboscreens™ that can only be experienced onboard Quantum of the Seas."

Starwater will be shown in Two70 and feature the Roboscreens Royal Caribbean previewed last summer.

Royal Caribbean will bring 2014 FIFA World Cup to its cruise ships


Royal Caribbean announced today a partnership with Coca-Cola to bring the 2014 FIFA World Cup games to its cruise ships.  

The Coca-Cola Party at Sea will be complete with broadcast of the games at the official watch party hosted by Coca-Cola and complete with samba dancers. 

Ships will offer soccer match broadcasts in public viewing areas and in guest staterooms. Throughout the cruise, guests also will experience additional family activities, Adventure Ocean activities, giveaways and more for everyone to enjoy during their vacation – free of charge.

Limited edition Coca-Cola soccer themed souvenir cups will accompany the purchase of any all-inclusive soda beverage package.

“Royal Caribbean is proud to partner with The Coca-Cola Company to host their Party at Sea,” said Nick Weir, vice president, entertainment, Royal Caribbean. “We know how important this event is to our guests and we are certain that even casual soccer fans will enjoy the experience of watching the competition onboard our family of ships.” 

For more information, visit

Royal Caribbean offering up to $400 in onboard credit for summer cruise sale


Royal Caribbean is offering its first summer sale with up to $400 in onboard credit when you book a cruise between May 7 and 31.

Cruises of six-nights or longer departing to the Caribbean and Bahamas between July 1 and December 31, 2014 are eligible for the sale. 

The offer applies for all new U.S. and Canadian bookings made from May 7 - 31, 2014, for sailings departing from July 1 through Dec. 31, 2014. Vacationers will receive $50 onboard credit per interior or oceanview stateroom; $100 onboard credit per Jr. suite or stateroom with balcony; and $200 onboard credit per Grand Suite or higher category stateroom.  As an added incentive, the cruise line is also doubling onboard credits up to $400 for all eligible sailings between Dec. 15 and Dec. 31, 2014. The offer is valid fleetwide, excluding Quantum of the Seas. 

Details on this promotion are available at

Royal Caribbean lays keel for third Oasis-class cruise ship


Royal Caribbean layed the keel for it third Oasis-class cruise ship by placing a 1,000 ton block into position.  

Photo by Royal Caribbean

In addition to keel-laying, the coin ceremony was held at STX France shipyard.  

The keel-laying marks the official beginning of a ship's construction.  The third Oasis-class ship is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

Photo by Lyan Sierra-Caro

Also during the ceremony, Royal Caribbean chairman Richard Fain announced the company would build a fourth Oasis-class cruise ship that will be ready by 2018.