Royal Caribbean will be adding its high-speed internet service to Navigator of the Seas and Vision of the Seas at some time in May 2016.
Royal Caribbean UK confirmed via Twitter that the service, known as Voom, will be coming to both ships at sometime in May 2016.
— Royal Caribbean UK (@MyRoyalUK) April 25, 2016
@Mistyrobert Hi Robert, Vision will have VOOM from May onwards.
— Royal Caribbean UK (@MyRoyalUK) April 25, 2016
No word on which sailings will be the first for either ship that it will have Voom, but there is now confirmation these two ships are getting it.
Royal Caribbean rolled out new tiered internet plans last week for its Voom service and with that change, more Royal Caribbean ships are now offering the Voom service than were previously offered.
Voom has been spotted for sale on other Royal Caribbean ships that did not previously offer Voom, including Liberty of the Seas and Radiance of the Seas.
Royal Caribbean just wrapped up a $30 million bow-to-stern refurbishment of Jewel of the Seas and we are starting to get photos of what the changes look like.
Photos of the Centrum
Movie screen added to pool deck
Izumi has been added. Photo by Travis Kamiyama
Thanks to Nick Vitani and @RKSister for providing some of these photos.
From May through October 2016, Jewel of the Seas will cruise round-trip from Rome on an array of itineraries showcasing the best destinations of Italy, Greece and Turkey. These 7, 8, and 9 night itineraries mainly sail through the Greek Isles.
Jewel will complete her European itinerary in October 2016 after which she will return to her home port of San Juan, Puerto where she will sail 6, 7, 8 and 9 night Southern Caribbean itineraries.
There are so many great places to eat at on Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas that it is easy to overlook some of them. Johnny Rockets has been a staple of Royal Caribbean cruise ships since they debuted on Voyager of the Seas in 1999, and on Allure of the Seas, guests can enjoy a burger, hot dog or other classic American fare for just a few dollars.
Johnny Rockets on Allure of the Seas is a specialty restaurant with a cover charge, that includes all food on the menu (excluding beverages).
The Johnny Rockets menu on Allure of the Seas is virtually indistinguishable from Johnny Rockets on other Royal Caribbean ships, but there are some Oasis-class differences that make it a different kind of experience.
Johnny Rockets has become a fan favorite across all Royal Caribbean ships and on Allure of the Seas (and other Oasis-class ships), the Johnny Rockets experience is much larger (just like everything on this ship).
Unlike Johnny Rockets found on other Royal Caribbean ships, Johnny Rockets is set in the Boardwalk neighborhood and has a fairly large footprint.
The iconic 50's-style diner is still there, but there is a significant amount of outdoor seating that greatly expands the restaurant's guest capacity.
The outdoor seating area features basic metal tables and chairs that surround the entrance to the restaurant.
Dining outdoors gives guests the option of not just extra space, but a view of the Boardwalk and being able to enjoy the weather.
Inside Johnny Rockets, you have that classic diner feel that Johnny Rockets is well-known for and guests have come to expect.
There is seating inside Johnny Rockets in booths and at the bar, and more often than not, this is the most popular areas to sit inside.
The nostalgia factor that Johnny Rockets brings is what many guests have come to enjoy about dining here. The music of the 1950s and 1960s, the red and chrome motif and the wait staff that breaks into a dance every so often are all endearing parts of the Johnny Rockets experience.
For breakfast, Johnny Rockets is complimentary for all guests, but lunch and dinner have a cover charge to them.
Breakfast is actually a great choice at Johnny Rockets because it is usually far less crowded than other places onboard and you can get a sit down meal here.
The breakfast menu consists of eggs cooked to your liking, breakfast sandwiches, French toast, pancakes and more.
Johnny Rockets is one of the few places on Allure of the Seas where guests can get custom made omelettes and that is a big deal (to me), because Royal Caribbean's mass-produced eggs are virtually inedible.
The rest of the breakfast menu offers some good choices and it is classic American breakfast foods. They may not be the best pancakes or French toast I have ever had, but they certainly taste good and considering they are complimentary, it is not a bad choice at all.
When the clock reaches the lunch hour, Johnny Rockets changes over to its more well-known menu and the $6.95 per person cover charge kicks in.
The cover charge includes the food only, with beverages costing extra. However, it seems that getting a milk shake or cherry vanilla Coke is a must-do at Johnny Rockets. Why? Well, it just compliments the food so well and is part of the experience.
Every table is served a plate of French fries and onion rings to start their meal with. Royal Caribbean figures you are likely to want them anyway, so they just bring them out before you even order as a pseudo-appetizer.
The service at Johnny Rockets can be somewhat slow, so these fries and rings are often a good way to avoid getting really hungry waiting for your main courses.
If you have been to a Johnny Rockets on land, the menu is similar to what you find there. The Johnny Rockets at sea menu is not quite as large in terms of options, but all your favorites are there.
All of the food here is cooked to order, and for those looking for the best burger on Allure of the Seas, it is hard to beat these choices.
The burgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches are all solid bets and given that all the food is included, this may be a great opportunity to try a few different options out to see if you like them.
Johnny Rockets is just a fun spot that has earned its rightful place as a favorite among Royal Caribbean fans because it serves up really tasty American food that hits the spot as a snack or quick meal.
It is always interesting to eat at Johnny Rockets across various Royal Caribbean ships, but meals here tend to remain fairly similar and I think that is actually a good thing.
By far, if you are looking for a good breakfast spot, Johnny Rockets is a no-brainer considering it is complimentary. It is rarely busy for breakfast and the price is right.
Going to Johnny Rockets for lunch, dinner or something inbetween is never a bad idea. The worst thing I can say about Johnny Rockets is when they get busy, the service can take a long time. Lunch on sea days are especially susceptible to this kind of situation.
If you are looking for arguably the best burger onboard Allure of the Seas, Johnny Rockets is the place for you.
The thing about comfort food is it may not be the best thing you ever ate in your life, but sometimes you just need to indulge and Johnny Rockets is great for that.
There's less than 99 days until Royal Caribbean's brand new Harmony of the Seas debuts and we're counting down each day with a brand new blog post all about this amazing ship. Check into the blog every day for something new to read about Harmony of the Seas.
Harmony of the Seas Infographic
Spring is here and it is also Sunday, which means we are celebrating warm(er) temperatures and Royal Caribbean news from this week!
Royal Caribbean made headlines this week when it canceled seven more Empress of the Seas sailings.
The cruise line had to push back Empress' return to the fleet by more than a month, marking the second occasion in which Royal Caribbean canceled scheduled sailings on Empress of the Seas in just the last few months.
Many guests are more upset with the fact the cancelations were announced just days before their cruise than the cancelations.
Royal Caribbean explained they had to cancel the sailings because all the galleys need to be fully replaced, at a cost of $10 million.
Royal Caribbean News
- New tiered internet plans were rolled out for Royal Caribbean's high speed internet.
- Royal Caribbean launched a new sweepstakes, where visitors could win a Harmony of the Seas cruise.
- Royal Caribbean's first quarter 2016 financial results call with investors is scheduled.
- The Port of Baltimore signed a deal with Royal Caribbean to extend cruises for another 4 years.
- A new #FitAdventure video series with a Dancing with the Stars fan favorite debuted.
- Royal Caribbean's BOGO Saver promotion is back.
- Royal Caribbean Australia 2017-2018 cruises went on sale this week.
- Ovation of the Seas will be the biggest ship to ever homeport in Hong Kong.
- New Jewel of the Seas refurbishment progress photos.
Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
In this episode, we share a guide to Royal Caribbean's Oasis-class cruise ships and what to expect if you have ever been on one previously.
99 Days of Harmony
To celebrate the countdown until Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas debuts, we kicked off a brand new blog series, 99 Days of Harmony, that looks at what makes this new ship so amazing.
Each day we are posting a new blog post all about Harmony of the Seas, so here's what you might have missed this week.
Royal Caribbean Around the Internet
Royal Caribbean posted about the thrills on Harmony of the Seas.
Kidz Cruises has a review of the Royal Babies and Royal Tots Nursery.
Royal Caribbean also has a look at their fuel efficiency software.
TravelPulse shares a recent shipyard tour of Harmony of the Seas.
When it comes to new Royal Caribbean ships, it seems like there are never enough new photos and today, we have a few new shots to share.
Virginie Minot posted these Harmony of the Seas photos online and the ship is definitely looking the part of the world's largest cruise ship!
We're counting down to the 99 days until Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Harmony of the Seas, launches with a brand new blog post every day. Be sure to check back for something new everyday here.
The Chef's Table has become a coveted experience on Royal Caribbean ships. It's an intimate dinner with just you and a few other guests in an exclusive enclave to savor a five-course, gourmet menu specially prepared and presented by the Chef de Cuisine.
Located inside a special part of Chops Grille, the Chef's Table offers just 14 spots for a culinary adventure.
If you like gourmet food and good wine to accompany it, Chef's Table is for you. The idea behind the Chef's Table is to give guests an unique five-course dinner with wine pairings.
Every course pairs with wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish.
It's meant to be educational as well, as with each course the Chef de Cuisine specially prepares and presents each course, while explaining its cooking techniques, ingredients and flavors.
With each course, a sommelier pairs every course with wine chosen to enhance your enjoyment of the dish.
Chef's Table is a premier dining experience on Harmony of the Seas and it's also going to be the priciest but if fine dining is what you desire, this is the place for you.
Chef's Table is a specialty restaurant and has a cover charge to dine there. There is a formal dress code and it will be open for dinner.
Every Friday, we invite our readers to share with us their favorite Royal Caribbean cruise photos, so that we can share them right here on the blog.
We have a great batch of photos to showcase this week. Enjoy!
Keisha Ramtahal sent us this photo of Allure of the Seas in St. Thomas. Check out the size of the ship's name, relative to the cars!
Jill sent us this photo from her son's first cruise, which was on Anthem of the Seas to the Bahamas. Look at that water color, smiling faces and beautiful ships!
Here is a shot of Liberty of the Seas by Brogan Lawrence, while the ship was in Ajaccio, Corsica.
Next, is a photo by Shannon of the best taxi driver in St. Maarten, Leo Brown! This photo was taken while on their Independence of the Seas cruise.
Here is a photo of somewhere I wish I was right about now... Chops Grille on Splendour of the Seas. Dave Rimington sent us this photo and I would gladly have lunch there anyday!
G.Spindler sent this photo from Oasis of the Seas on a 2014 trans-Atlantic voyager, where they ran into fog. Very eery!
Our last photo this week is from Missey Bartels, from her Vision of the Seas cruise. This was taken on a Snuba excursion in Grand Cayman. Looking great!
Thank you to everyone for their fabulous photos!
Would you like your Royal Caribbean photo shown here? Send us your best photos and we will include it in an upcoming Friday Photos!
Royal Caribbean will hold a conference call on April 29, 2016 at 10:00am to discuss its first quarter 2016 financial results.
The call will be available on-line at the company's investor relations website, 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.
Royal Caribbean has quietly revamped its Voom high speed internet option from one plan into different tiers of internet service.
Two new internet options are now available for guests to book that provide onboard internet options, depending on their needs.
Voom Surf Voyage
This appears to be the Voom "light" offering, that provides internet service for basic web browsing, email and social media but without support for video streaming.
"Share Photos & Surf the Web. Enjoy high-speed internet to browse the web, check email and share every unforgettable moment of your vacation in real time with VOOM, the fastest Internet at sea."
Cost (based on Cruise Planner prices and 30% off pre-cruise discount)
- One device: $9.99 per day
- Two devices: $16.99 per day
- Three devices: $23.99 per day
- Four devices: $27.99 per day
- Five devices: $31.99 per day
Voom Surf + Stream
Voom Surf + Stream is essentially the Voom internet offering guests have experienced up until now, with full support for all internet activities.
"Unlimited WiFi & Streaming. Enjoy unlimited high-speed internet and stream all your favorite movies, shows and music while at sea. Share every unforgettable moment of your vacation in real time. And stay connected with video chat, texting and email – with VOOM, the fastest Internet at sea."
Cost (based on Cruise Planner prices and 30% off pre-cruise discount)
- One device: $12.99 per day
- Two devices: $22.99 per day
- Three devices: $31.99 per day
- Four devices: $39.99 per day
- Five devices: $41.99 per day
Which Voom package will you buy? Tell us in the comments!