How to convince someone to take a Royal Caribbean cruise


I was inspired by a fellow blogger who wrote about, "How to convince someone to visit Disney" and it got me thinking about a common question I run across of how to convince someone to take a Royal Caribbean cruise.

This question is targeted at two very different groups of people: those that have cruised before (but with other cruise lines) and those that have never cruised before.

I know I've received my fair share of friends, family and blog readers who want to know why I choose to cruise on Royal Caribbean so much.  It's a fair question because when you see someone really fall in love with a brand like Royal Caribbean, some people start to wonder what the appeal is to see if perhaps they are interested too.

As fans of Royal Caribbean cruising, we're passionate people that want to share the excitement of a Royal Caribbean cruise with everyone else.  After all, cruising with friends is always best and by bringing people new to Royal Caribbean to try it too, you're hopefully helping them discover a very fun vacation.

The good news is regardless of if the person you are looking to convince (new to cruising or not), I believe it is very possible to convince someone to give Royal Caribbean a try (and have a good time too).

Hype the value

Cruising in general is a pretty good vacation value when you start comparing it to comparable land vacations.  Because food, travel (between ports) and entertainment come with the price you pay for the cruise, what you get for what you pay is often a good balance.

With Royal Caribbean, I feel their balance of cost versus product is the best in the marketplace today.  Sure there are cruise lines out there with cheaper cruise prices but I feel what you get for the money isn't satisfying.  Likewise, cruise lines that charge more than Royal Caribbean don't deliver that much more than Royal Caribbean does (for less money).

Thanks to Royal Caribbean's vast fleet of ships, there's good prices to be found year-round and around the world.  

When you're trying to convince someone why Royal Caribbean makes sense, I often start with the bottom line price of how much it will cost to get onboard and remind them of everything they get for that price.  Food, onboard activities, pools, shows, demonstrations, more food, dancing, bars and more (did I mention food?).

It's not what you think

For those new to cruising, I think many people have certain ideas or pre-conceived notions of what a cruise is like.  It's largely based on what they've seen in television or movies and most times it's just not accurate.

The people that bring up the news stories about Norovirus, people getting lost at sea and other shocking stories, I remind them people get hurt everywhere on vacation.  Sadly, it's a fact of life.  

People get sick, hurt or worse at the beach, theme parks or in major cities.  The fact is, you can't avoid these risks because it's really just a fact of life.  However, the reality is it's very unlikely it will happen to you.  Remind them that the odds are low and Norovirus strikes many more people on land then ever at sea.  Remind them people get hurt all the time, everywhere.  You just have to be careful and mindful of the risks in advance.

The other major misconception is that all you do on a cruise is sit by the pool and there's nothing really to do.  I like to pull up a cruise compass from a recent Royal Caribbean cruise and start rattling off different activities onboard.  I often find these same people are surprised by how much there is to do on a Royal Caribbean ship.

In fact, I'll mention among the things Royal Caribbean does really well is offer a lot to do, especially on the newer cruise ships.  The company has strived for years to offer more and more onboard (often for free) and it's really up to you how much you want to do (or don't want to do).

Don't overdo it

I know you really, really want them to love Royal Caribbean cruises as much as you but the last thing you want to do is overwhelm them.  You and I probably enjoy reading a site like this, checking out the latest YouTube videos of Royal Caribbean cruises and perusing Cruise Critic message boards until the server crashes but don't put that stuff in front of them.

While you may be a super Royal Caribbean fan, they are new and likely hesitant.  Let them get excited on their own when you mention the cool ports you are visiting or the new specialty restaurants you want to try with them.

It's important to let them move at their own pace and respect that they are still on the fence, even if they have tentatively committed to the idea.  Remember, one of the best aspects of a Royal Caribbean cruise is it's your choice what you want to do and how much of it you want to do.

I think it can be fun to email them a cruise photo you run across now and then of something they can look forward to if they go on the cruise or maybe a video of sunset on the pool deck of a Royal Caribbean ship to give them the sense of what to expect.  

Family fun

Royal Caribbean is a cruise line for almost anyone I feel, but there's no denying it appeals directly to family cruising.  This can be families with young children or older children.  Heck, grown up kids too!

Knowing whom you are trying to convince, if they are looking for a family vacation talk up the family aspect of a Royal Caribbean cruise.  There's opportunity for doing a lot of things together as well as alone time too.

Certainly families with younger kids will appreciate Adventure Ocean for two basic reasons.  First and foremost, the kids will have structured and supervised activities each day to take part in and meet new friends.  Royal Caribbean has focused more and more attention to its Adventure Ocean program, which goes from 3 years old all the way up to 17.

The other big selling point is for the adults because it's your opportunity to get alone time on the cruise.  We all love our kids but having a little time to relax alone by the pool, go shopping or take a walk together means a lot.  I can tell you as a dad getting some time with my wife to enjoy a drink at the bar was lovely.

Of course, families do want to spend time together and the nature of a Royal Caribbean cruise celebrates that.  From shore excursions where you will experience new adventures together to the onboard dining venues to the daily activities, there's a lot for families to do together.

Anything else?

Those are some good selling points for convincing someone to take a Royal Caribbean cruise but is there another good point or "ammunition" to use in convincing others to give Royal Caribbean a try?  Share your ideas in the comments below!

Voyager class on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast


Hey everyone! Episode 33 of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available for your listening pleasure.

This week, Matt talks about his favorite class of Royal Caribbean ships, the Voyager class.  Voyager class redefined what a cruise ship can offer guests onboard and has been the basis for new cruise ship classes ever since.  

Matt looks at why he likes this class so much,  the historical signifigance of the class and what the future holds for the five Voyager class ships.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 33. 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!

Video: The nuts and bolts of building Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas


Here's a quick video looking at Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, under construction at Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. A precise, efficient process ensures that Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas will be delivered on time and ready to WOW guests.

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas rescues 15 people at sea


Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas rescued 15 people on a raft last week while in the Caribbean Sea.

According to passengers onboard, on Thursday the Captain announced that they had spotted a "crude raft" and would alter course to help. The incident occured while the ship was on its way to Cozumel from Jamaica.

The Captain reported those rescured were given clean clothes, showers and meals, and was in good health.

There was no word on where the rafters were from or their fate after being rescued.

Quantum of the Seas construction photo update


Blog reader Niclas Jakob had the opportunity recently to check out construction progress of Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas, at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Germany.

He took a few photos to share. Enjoy!

Royal Caribbean sales event for the week of March 17, 2014


Each week Royal Caribbean posts new sales for various cruises across its fleet that can offer great discounts on specific sailings in the near future.

This sale runs between March 18 through March 19, 2014, with early access for Crown and Anchor Society members on March 17

Allure of the Seas
Itinerary: 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Departure Port: Fort Lauderdale
Sail Date: 03/30/2014

Inside: $649 per person (Category L, M)
Ocean-view: N/A
Balcony: N/A
​Neighborhood Balcony: N/A
Suite: $1749 per person (Category JS)

Adventure of the Seas
Itinerary: 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise Adventure
Departure Port: Miami
Sail Date: 04/13/2014

Inside: $439 per person (Category L, M, N)
Ocean-view: $579 per person (Category G, H)
Balcony: $799 per person (Category D2, D3, E2)
Suite: $1049 per person (Category JS)

Allure of the Seas
Itinerary: 7 night Western Caribbean Cruise
Departure Port: Fort Lauderdale
Sail Date: 04/06/2014

Inside: N/A
Ocean-view: $759 per person (Category I)
Balcony: $849 per person (Category X)
​Neighborhood Balcony: N/A
Suite: $2699 per person (Category L1)

Allure of the Seas
Itinerary: 7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
Departure Port: Fort Lauderdale
Sail Date: 04/13/2014

Inside: $749 per person (Category L, M)
Ocean-view: N/A
Balcony: N/A
​Neighborhood Balcony: $829 per person (Category B1, B2, C1)
Suite: N/A

Allure of the Seas
Itinerary: 7 night Western Caribbean Cruise
Departure Port: Fort Lauderdale
Sail Date: 04/20/2014

Inside: $679 per person (Category Q)
Ocean-view: $749 per person (Category F, H)
Balcony: $879 per person (Category D2, D3)
​Neighborhood Balcony: N/A
Suite: $1699 per person (Category JS)

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Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: March 16, 2014


Happy weekend Royal Caribbean fans!

The big Royal Caribbean news of the week occured yesterday when Royal Caribbean made big changes to its future cruise booking program.

Effective immediately, Royal Caribbean revised how much onboard credit guests can get by booking a specific cruise as well as an open booking onboard their Royal Caribbean cruise.

The new promotion largely benefits those booking cruises 8-nights or longer and those staying in a balcony stateroom or higher.  In addition, the open booking onboard credit amounts have been greatly reduced across the board.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

Have you listened to the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast yet? Our newest episode came out this week and it's all about the most challenging aspects of planning a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Matt shares his biggest challenges and also shares challenges other Royal Caribbean Blog members ran into and tries to offer solutions to avoiding these problems or at least minimizing the issues.

Please feel free to subscribe via iTunes or RSS, and head over to rate and review the podcast on iTunes if you can! We’d appreciate it.

Join us for the first ever Royal Caribbean Blog Cruise!

We're so excited to announce the first ever group cruise for readers and staff of aboard Quantum of the Seas!  This is an exclusive group where we are inviting you, our readers, to join us on one of the first Quantum of the Seas sailings on an 8-night cruise to the Caribbean.

This Royal Caribbean Blog group cruise is all about enjoying this brand new ship with other fans who are big fans of Royal Caribbean.  Don't miss this opportunity to check out the brand new cruise ship as well as be a part of exclusive events for those that book with our group!

For more details on booking the cruise, the itinerary and prices, check out the Royal Caribbean Blog group cruise page and if you have any questions, email me!

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Advertising Age included Royal Caribbean in a list of 15 of Marketing's Most Memorable Experiential Moves.

Royal Caribbean has solutions to five travel conundrums like planning and shopping.

Metro looks at the looming "cruise war" between Anthem of the Seas and the Britannia.

Royal Caribbean makes big changes to future cruise booking program


Royal Caribbean's popular NextCruise program appears to have changed signifigantly in terms of the benefits, according to an updated document released by Royal Caribbean.

The NextCruise program allows guests onboard their cruises to book future Royal Caribbean cruises, either a specific cruise or an open booking.

Under the terms of the new program, the amount of onboard credit a guest receives has been adjusted depending on the length of their cruise and the category of stateroom they pick.

Here is a break down of how much onboard credit you wil receive when booking a specific future cruise onboard your cruise.

  • Cruises of 5-7 nights
    • ​Interior: $25
    • Oceanview: $50
    • Balcony: $100
    • Suite: $200
  • Cruise of 8-10 nights
    • ​Interior: $50
    • Oceanview: $100
    • Balcony: $150
    • Suite: $250
  • Cruise of 11-14 nights
    • ​Interior: $75
    • Oceanview: $150
    • Balcony: $200
    • Suite: $300
  • Cruise of 15 or more nights
    • ​Interior: $100
    • Oceanview: $200
    • Balcony: $250
    • Suite: $400

In addition, the NextCruise open booking program incentives have had their onboard credit amounts reduced, with the amount varying depending on the length of your cruise.

  • 5-7 night cruises: $25
  • 8-10 night cruises: $50
  • 11-14 night cruises: $75
  • 15 or more nights: $100

The changes appear to favor cruises of longer length as well as those in balcony or suite accomodations.

The changes appear to be in place now and effective going forward.  The new policy does not affect NextCruise bookings or open bookings previously made.

Royal Caribbean expands "kids sail free" promotion to include Grandeur of the Seas


Earlier this month, Royal Caribbean announced a very popular promotion offering third and fourth passengers on a Royal Caribbean cruise would sail free on select cruises between May and December 2014 but it excluded Quantum of the Seas and Grandeur of the Seas.  Until now.

Royal Caribbean has now expanded the offering to include the Baltimore-based cruises on Grandeur of the Seas.

The details of the deal remain the same: Royal Caribbean is giving free cruise fare to third and fourth passenger of any age sharing a cabin with two paying passengers on sailings departing from May 1 to December 15. Bookings must be made by March 31.

The deal is advertised as "kids sail free", but the reality is there is no age restriction on the offer so any third and fourth passenger

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!

Our first photo this week comes from John Siegmund and it's of tour ships sailing the sunset in Key West, Florida back on February 20, 2014. Great shot!

I really love this photo from Lauren McCrillis of bon voyage cupcakes that she made before going on Liberty of the Seas.  Great idea and further proof funfetti makes everything better.

This beautiful photo of Voyager of the Seas' sports deck while on a 14-night cruise around New Zealand looks amazing.  The colors are so vivid and sunsets at sea are the best.

Alejandro sent us this photo of his souvenir scale models that he bought on his cruises.  In this picture there is Allure of the Seas, Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas & Brilliance of the Seas.

Kayla's photo of Jackson Square in New Orleans and she writes, "Jackson Square in New Orleans, where we got on the Voyager of the Seas for her Western Caribbean Itinerary. Fell in love with that city and cant wait to go back!"

The photo that wins the "Matt wishes he was most at right now" award goes to this photo of CocoCay by Michael Poole.  Looks perfect!

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!