When going on a Royal Caribbean cruise, there are a lot of things that can save you time and money, or improve the quality of your vacation. Here are 50 random tips that our very own Royal Caribbean Blog readers sent in based upon years of taking Royal Caribbean cruises.
The intention of this list is to provide you with idea and strategies for an even better Royal Caribbean cruise experience. Regardless of how much or little they help, all of them can help anyone improve their cruise experience and perhaps even discover a new cruising tradition.
Make sure to also read the additional reader tips in the comments, as some of you readers have some great tips of your own that are really helpful. If you have some good tips, be sure to add them there, too. The more, the merrier!
With that said, let’s get started with the list…
- Go through the entire ship on embarkation day to know where everything is. (Jose Pena)
- On Oasis Class ships, if you wish to miss the crowds in Windjammer and the sometimes extended waiting in the Main Dining Room for breakfast? Try Johnny Rockets. (Ron Lodowski)
- Don't feel pressured to buy the most expensive drink package. Buy the package that makes the most sense for you! I don't drink much alcohol so I only buy the refreshment package which gets me all the non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, and tea. I'd rather pay for 1 or 2 glasses of wine rather than wasting my money on a drink package that I'll never use. (Jenn Kerr)
- Sign up for the Vitality Spa raffle on embarkation day and go to the raffle drawin. May people who sign up, do not show up, which increases your odds of winning. (Jose Pena)
- Try to arrive the day before ship leaves so you don’t feel frazzled and hurried. (Judy Lathon Carson)
- Don't try to do everything or you will enjoy nothing. There is something happening constantly and you can quickly overwhelm yourself. Relax. If this is your first cruise, focus on the "highlights" they publish. They know those things will give most newbies a great vacation and it will allow you to get your bearings for the next one! (Paul Crow)
- To speed up boarding on ship at any port: Before going through security screening, empty your pockets in to your carry bag to be X-rayed, and also if you keep small items(i.e. coins, keys, ect) in a Ziploc bag it makes it easier to empty pockets before metal detectors. (Tom Meyer)
- Bring your swim trunks/bathing suit in you carry on. Embarkation day is a great time to enjoy the pool and Solarium. (Jose Pena)
- Use the pools right away when you board, by the time you get out, your rooms will be ready! (Erin N. Lyons)
- Back-to-back cruises are a great way to get to know the crew and see all a ship has to offer. Be friendly with crew mates and they will be helpful to you. Gotten free drinks and courteous service because of this. (Jose Pena)
- Check out the Main Dining Room for breakfast and lunch. It can be much more relaxing than the Windjammer - you can sit and meet people and relax rather than try to find a table and be back and forth to the buffet. (Brandon Mowry)
- Use the nursery on the ship when you have a infant. A great way to convince your significant other to take a cruise. (Jose Pena)
- Unpack completely. The rooms are small but they have great storage space. Unpacking and keeping things in their place will make your room more relaxing. Also, bring something to store your dirty clothes - worst case, throw them in your suitcase. (Deborah Wolfe)
- Arrive early for all shows to get good seats.(Jose Pena)
- On embarkation day, I suggest you do the things that will be harder to do once everyone find their way around, such as the Flowrider, zip line, bumper cars, hot tubs, etc. (Scott Stein)
- Pre-purchase and pre-book everything you can via the Cruise Planner. Less time wasted in lines while onboard and less stress. (Karah Ryan Smith)
- On Anthem of the Seas, ride the North Star on embarkation day and right after rooms open, no lines or reservations required. (Ron Hiller)
- If something’s not quite right, mention it to someone. The crew’s ultimate goal is for you to have a great trip, and they’ll do whatever they can to make that happen.(John Bamber)
- Get to know your room attendant right way. I always make a request for more pillows and to always have ice in my room at all times. (Jose Pena)
- After packing your bag, repack and eliminate half of what you packed! (Judy Lathon Carson)
- Go to the spa on port days or early in the morning or late at night for discounts. (Christie McLarty)
- If you are staying in a suite visit the Concierge Lounge early in the cruise and introduce yourself. I find out that in all cases the better he knows you the more he will bend over backwards to make your cruise totally memorable. (Ron Lodowski)
- If you can’t afford a balcony, go for a inside room. It’s better to be on a Royal Caribbean cruise than none at all. (Jose Pena)
- Use a travel agent, arrive at the embarkation port the night before your cruise begins, buy a specialty dining package (Tracy Tompkins)
- Reserve your dinners/shows that you could not do online right when you board the ship. (Erin N. Lyons)
- Tip beyond your thoughts. Tip with your feelings. If a crew member moved you in some way, they enhanced your cruise experience and that deserves to be compensated. Don't over-calculate. Just show your appreciation. Give! Karma will take care of the rest! (Scott Stein)
- Take pictures of the crew and name tag that way you have it on ur phone and readily handy when completing the survey. (Judy Lathon Carson)
- When in doubt, always ask. The worst that can happen is that they say no. (Jose Pena)
- Just remember, you aren't going to be able to do everything. Just relax and have a good time. It's vacation! Don't worry about fitting everything in, just have a good time and do what you want to do. There's no need to stress over FOMO, that's what another cruise is for! (Lance Millican)
- Doing a shore excursion through Royal Caribbean is the only way to ensure that the ship won’t leave without you if your excursion is late getting back to the pier! (Jenn Kerr)
- If you’ve never been to a particular port before but want to experience it, definitely book shore excursions through Royal Caribbean. Best way to see a new place, so you can then go back later and do things on your own. (John Bamber)
- Start a Vacation account (aka Royal Caribbean cruise fund) to save for your cruise. I have money deposited every week from my paycheck for this purpose. (Jose Pena)
- Look at travel rewards credit cards to help fund your trip. Chase Sapphire Preferred, Bank of America Travel Rewards, etc. These cards have the potential to be very lucrative. (John Bamber)
- Plan and get as much information ahead of time. Be prepared. Royal Caribbean Blog is a good place to start (and other sites). (Jose Pena)
- Participate! Go to trivia and dance class and other activities in sea days. So much fun. (Deborah Wolfe)
- Also, don’t be afraid to have fun and make a fool of yourself you’ll most likely never see most of those people again! (John Bamber)
- A shoe organizer that hangs on a door is a great way to help store items in your stateroom. Put it on the outside of bathroom door. (Marc Van Niekerk)
- Want to dance Spanish music? Boleros is the place for you. If you have a song you want played, request it to the musicians. They will play it. (Jose Pena)
- Take advantage of the BOGO Promotion on the first two nights to experience Specialty Dining. The price of this specialty dining package is a great value and means of which to try them and determine which ones really appeal to you. (Ron Lodowski)
- Make sure you have a good travel agent who checks for price drops regularly. (Cheryl Knipe Brinson)
- For ladies, take a pashmina. It doesn't take up much room in your suitcase and it comes in handy to keep you warm on the deck or at shows and to put over you head when it is windy. Even the Caribbean sailing can be chilly at night. (Dawn Johnstonbaugh)
- Listen to as many podcasts /periscopes on cruising as you can and become a member of Cruise Critic. (Deb Veerkamp)
- Don't over plan/organize too much. You don't need a activity every island every hour. You may stumble across something fun and want to do it, or you may just want to relax. (Jerel Donovan)
- Take your swimwear in your carry-on luggage on the first day... You can be in the hot tub with your cocktail before lunch (Pippa Madden)
- Explore the ship and don't be shy to meet people from different places. Cruisers come from around the world to cruise. Find the unique things on your cruise ship that makes cruising more enjoyable. Try different foods that you normally would not try. Remember it is a vacation and go with the flow. (David Quainton)
- Once on the ship go straight to the Main Dining Room to see your table, if you don't like it they will get you somewhere else. The sooner you go the higher on the list you are for changes. (Jerel Donovan)
- Go see all the productions shows and try at least one food item you've never had before at some point during the cruise! (Clayton Jackson)
- Get a lanyard for your SeaPass card. (Erin N. Lyons)
- If you have medical issues, or questions, always ask in advance via Special Requests. I was provided distilled water and an extension cord for my CPAP machine, free of charge, which was a blessing not having to fly with a gallon of water in my checked luggage. (Lance Millican)
- If you need to go speak with Guest Services, avoid long lines by going during quiet hours. And try to avoid first and last days, when they’re the busiest (Karl Schlenther)
What do you think of our tips for enhancing your Royal Caribbean cruise experience? If you have solid Royal Caribbean tips that aren’t mentioned here, please post them below! If you have any other comments or questions, please feel free to post those, too.
Our newest podcast episode is out to help give you a quick "audio escape" to a Royal Caribbean cruise!
Episode 228 is available for downloading, where Matt discusses everything you need to know about the Solarium pool area on Royal Caribbean ships.
The Solarium is an adults-only enclave on most ships, and this week Matt talks about what the experience is like, what the Solarium offers, and what makes the Solarium so desirable.
Here’s the podcast page for Episode 228. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSS, Stitcher 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 released new information about 2019 Alaska and select European cruises, as well as when guests can expect to begin booking these adventures.
Royal Caribbean Crown & Anchor Society members can begin booking sailings on December 12, 2017 at 9:30am - 1:30pm EST, with the general public available to begin booking at 1:30pm EST.
2019 Alaska Sailings
2019 Europe Sailings
- Brilliance of the Seas
- Jewel of the Seas
- Oasis of the Seas
- Rhapsody of the Seas
- Serenade of the Seas
- Vision of the Seas
The remaining deployments will be released sometime in Spring 2018.
Every Royal Caribbean cruise offers some great live shows to enjoy onboard. Musicals, ice skating performances, and comedy shows are just a few of the performances to enjoy on Royal Caribbean.
Royal Caribbean has created a number of impressive shows for its cruise ships, as well as reached out to some very talented performers to round out the entertainment on every ship in the fleet.
Planning for shows
One thing several people have ask is whether it is worth it to see the shows. Our answer is always a qualified “absolutely.” We absolutely recommend the shows because these are a big part of what separates Royal Caribbean from the rest of the industry. In recent years, Royal Caribbean has invested heavily in its onboard shows, and the result has been a number of must-see performances.
Our thought process goes like this: entertainment on your Royal Caribbean cruise is included with your cruise fare, so why not see a couple of shows. Not only is it very likely to be a fun time, it is a great way for family and friends to enjoy high quality entertainment together with little risk other than your time.
The big impediment you might have in seeing all of these shows is dinner. Often trying to balance show times with your dinner times can be difficult to time properly. The rise in popularity of specialty dining and My Time Dining has resulted in some scheduling challenges. Depending on your dinner schedule, this may or may not be an issue. Those who are on traditional dining typically have less of a problem making show times work since many shows are scheduled opposite traditional dining schedules.
We have some recommendations if you potentially run into one of these planning risks: The key is to check for additional performances that work better for your schedule, or be prepared to make alternate dining plans. Changing dining plans is not a major hassle, but something to be aware of to ensure you see as many shows as possible. Consult a prior Cruise Compass, as show times rarely change much (if it all) between sailings on similar itineraries. Once onboard, you can often get a entertainment schedule from Guest Services and better coordinate dining changes at that time. Making dining changes is always easier early in the cruise, than later on, because reservation spots tend to fill up quickly.
Booking shows before your cruise
A common question among those new to Royal Caribbean is about when can they begin to reserve shows tickets prior to their cruise, and the answer is it depends on which ship you are sailing on.
Currently, only Oasis Class and Quantum Class ships offers guests the ability to get a virtual ticket for select shows and they are available via Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner site. All other ships, will have seating available on a first-come, first-served basis and/or complimentary tickets once guests are onboard.
If entertainment is available to reserve for your cruise, we have typically seen shows become available for booking around 75-60 days prior to the sail date, but your experience may vary. The truth is, there is no rule about when these kinds of activities become available for booking, and every sailing can be different.
The best reason to book certain activities, entertainment and dining in advance is to guarantee a spot for you and your family, as well as break up the total cost of the cruise. There is limited capacity for shows, dining and other activities and Royal Caribbean tends to offer guests the option of reserving them prior to their cruise. By booking these activities early, you can ensure you have the time and day that you want all lined up.
The exact lineup of entertainment will vary from ship to ship, but there are some common genres that span certain classes of ships and some are even fleet-wide.
The theater performances are arguably the flagship entertainment on any Royal Caribbean ship. Royal Caribbean invests heavily in Broadway-inspired performances, with some ships actually offering full Broadway shows. Classic shows such as Grease, Mamma Mia, CATS and more grace the stage of Royal Caribbean's newest ships.
Royal Caribbean has made a name for itself with the high-diving shows on its Oasis Class ships that are held in the Aquatheater. This space is an outdoor amphitheater, which features acrobatic and high diving stunts in the largest and deepest freshwater pool at sea.
Royal Caribbean also offers ice skating shows on ships that have an ice skating rink (Oasis, Freedom and Voyager Class ships). Each ship has its own unique ice skating show, which matches incredible ice skating performances with music and a loose story line. These shows are not only a means to see some very talented skaters perform some of the most difficult ice skating moves, there is also a great story to enjoy.
In addition, Royal Caribbean's entertainment staff will host their own live shows onboard, including fan-favorites such as the Love and Marriage Game Show, Battle of the Sexes, The Quest, and more. These shows involve select members of the audience, and have been a staple of the cruise industry for years.
Most Royal Caribbean cruises also feature comedians, magicians, and/or entertainers that offer family-friendly and adult-oriented shows onboard. These performers put on their act to augment the regular entertainment line up, and can offer something a little different than stage productions.
Another popular activity is taking in a newly released or classic film. Royal Caribbean mixes up the offerings, but will show multiple films each day of the cruise, usually on the large screen by the pool. On the larger Royal Caribbean ships, there are even 3D films shown in the Royal Theater for no additional cost. Regardless of venue, these films can be the perfect way to finally see that new movie you have been meaning to watch, or a fun movie to see again while you enjoy a swim.
Dancing and singing
If your idea of fun is live music, with or without you dancing along to it, then you will plenty of that on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Each ship offers multiple venues each evening that offer live music, sing alongs, dance parties and more.
Each evening, your Cruise Compass will list a multitude of venues that offer live bands playing. There will be shows at the ships' pubs, lounges, night clubs and even by the pool. Walk in, and take a seat (or find a spot on the dance floor) and take it all in. As mentioned, there are often many different live musical opportunities around the ship, appealing to different styles of music. Guitar sing alongs at the pub, salsa dancing in Boleros lounge, DJ spinning, and more.
On select evenings of your cruise, there are themed parties held, where guests are invited to join in on the fun. Some parties are themed to the 1970s or 1980s, Caribbean themed nights, and more. These are essentially large dance parties, where the entertainment staff dress up for the occasion and guests are encouraged to do the same.
Naturally, you may be wondering how to know which themed nights will be on your sailing and when, but Royal Caribbean does not publish that information in advance. Your only option is to consult a prior Cruise Compass and see what was offered on previous sailings. In our experience, the themed night lineups do not change much.
Teens & Kids
Younger travelers will find lots for them to do onboard as well. Royal Caribbean has significantly invested in the dedicated space and entertainment options for the under 18 age set over the last decade or so.
Kids 3 to 11 years old have daily programming provided for them in the Adventure Ocean program. Adventure Ocean is more than just a day camp experience. Kids will find classes, parties and activities offered each day of the cruise.
On select ships, younger kids will love the DreamWorks Experience, where they can meet their favorite characters from Madagascar and Shrek, watch 3D movies, and enjoy themed breakfasts and parades.
Teenagers also have their own rooms onboard to hang out, play games, listen to music... or whatever it is teenagers enjoy doing. Royal Caribbean also schedules private sessions of popular onboard activities just for teens, such as time on the FlowRider surf simulator.
Happy December! We cannot believe that we are already one full week into the month – there is so much going on with holiday preparation and shopping and baking!
The United States Virgin Islands and Royal Caribbean teamed up to help re-build Magens Bay beach, which re-opened this week.
Royal Caribbean International partnered with the Department of Tourism, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the Magens Bay Authority and other government agencies and businesses to restore the world-renowned beach.
Cleanup crews have been working daily since the hurricanes to remove fallen trees and debris, repair buildings, and replant hundreds of native plants and trees.
Royal Caribbean News
- Royal Caribbean kicked off its monthly sales promotion this week with 30% off all guests and kids sail free on select dates.
- Royal Caribbean is testing a new "intelligent elevator" on Harmony of the Seas.
- Royal Caribbean released 2019-2020 Bemuda, Canada, & New England itineraries.
- The Human Rights Campaign named Royal Caribbean a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
- Royal Caribbean added new stateroom categories for 2019 Alaska sailings on Radiance of the Seas.
- Check out our 2018 Royal Caribbean Cruise Planning Guide.
- Royal Caribbean introduced $100 per person deposits on non-refundable NextCruise bookings.
Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast
It is a debate every cruiser has, and it boils down to considering the merits of price, space, itinerary and more. This week, we share the considerations you ought to look at before booking the right room for you.
Come cruise with us on Royal Caribbean!
We recently announced some new Royal Caribbean sailings that we have booked and are inviting you to join us for a RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com group cruise! This is an opportunity to join Matt, and other Royal Caribbean fans on some exciting cruises!
Choose from any of these great options!
- March 2019: Back-to-Back Double Dip on Mariner of the Seas
- July 2019: Anthem of the Seas to Bermuda and the Caribbean
- New Years Eve 2019: Freedom of the Seas to the ABC Islands from San Juan
Royal Caribbean Around the Internet
Forbes wrote about Royal Caribbean using technology to improve the guest experience.
Beyond Ships interviewed Cruise Director Abe Hughes.
SecureIDNews looked at facial recognition on cruise ships.
Royal Caribbean's newest sales promotion offers 30% off all guests and kids sail free on select sailings 4 nights or longer.
This offer applies to cruises booked between December 9, 2017 and January 3, 2018 on sailings departing on or after January 9, 2018, with the exception of China departures.
- 30% off cruise fare for all guests' in the same stateroom.
- Kids Sail Free
- Guests 12 & under sail free on 4 nights or longer Europe, Bahamas, Canada, Bermuda, Hawaii, Coastal and Caribbean sailings departing January 9, 2018- December 15, 2018. Excludes Symphony of the Seas sailings and sailings departing 2/15/18-2/20/18, 3/10/18-4/1/18, 5/15/18- 9/1/18 and 11/17/18-11/22/18.
- Summer Northeast Upgrade
- Guests can purchase a Balcony at the price of an Ocean View stateroom on Adventure of the Seas and Anthem of the Seas on sailings from May 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018.
- Guests can purchase an Ocean View at the price of an Interior stateroom on Grandeur of the Seas on sailings from May 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018.
30% offer is combinable with NRDB OBC, promotional OBCs and instant savings, Kids Sail Free, Northeast Bonus, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Deck the Holidays sale is combinable with NextCruise offers, NRDB OBC, and restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but is not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts. BOGO50 bookings made for China departures are combinable with NextCruise offers and Crown and Anchor discounts only. All offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates. This offer is combinable for Future Cruise Certificates and Letters of Credit.
Offer available to residents of United States and Canada.
If it's Friday, that means we are sharing our reader's best Royal Caribbean photos in this week's Friday Photos showcase. As always, we want to include as many of our readers photos as we can, so be sure to send us your best Royal Caribbean photos too!
Our first photo is from John Bamber, taken in Nassau with friends Michael Poole and Nick Vitani while they were all in port on the same day.
Our next photo is by Janine B. of the Boardwalk on Oasis of the Seas, taken from her balcony.
Here is a photo by Blake Baldwin of Radiance of the Seas in Icy Straight Point, Alaska.
Seth Haber took this photo of Harmony of the Seas docked in Nassau, Bahamas.
Bella's kids took a selfie with pop rock band DNCE while they were on Oasis of the Seas. NBD.
Sam Goodwin snapped this shot of Freedom of the Seas while in Labadee.
Our final photo this week is from Donal Kavanagh of Independence of the Seas reflected in the glass in front of the opera house in Kristiansand, Norway.
Do you have Royal Caribbean photos that you want to share? We'd love to feature them so send them in by using our nifty submission form and maybe your photos will show up in next week's edition!
Royal Caribbean and members of St. Thomas' government met yesterday to officially re-open Magens Bay in St. Thomas, which had suffered from significant hurricane damage.
Photo by TheTwangster
Royal Caribbean International partnered with the Department of Tourism, the Department of Planning and Natural Resources, the Magens Bay Authority and other government agencies and businesses to restore the world-renowned beach.
The Category 5 hurricanes caused major damage to the beach facilities, including the restrooms and food and beverage concession and gift shop. Winds and storm surge also caused significant beach erosion and impacted trees and plants along the shoreline. Cleanup crews have been working daily since the hurricanes to remove fallen trees and debris, repair buildings, and replant hundreds of native plants and trees. About 530 new trees have been planted, and 470 trees have been pruned.
Photo by TheTwangster
The ceremony included the reopening and dedication of Magens Bay, with St. Thomas, Governor Kenneth Mapp and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman and CEO Richard Fain and Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley present.
Photo by James Van Fleet
Mr. Fain shared that Royal Caribbean was keen to make a contribution to help the Virgin Islands and its people. He reported that tens of thousands of cruise passengers have visited St. Thomas since the storms and Royal Caribbean’s visitor satisfaction ratings were now higher than before Hurricanes Irma and Maria came ashore.
Thursday’s ceremony was particularly significant, Mr. Fain noted, because it was 47 years and one month to the day that Royal Caribbean’s first ship made its first voyage, calling on St. Thomas. "This has been a long and important relationship," Mr. Fain said, adding, "It’s very much a partnership."
Mr. Fain thanked the team at Royal Caribbean who took pride in the revitalization of Magens Bay. “I think they would all join me in expressing our admiration for the people here in St. Thomas for undertaking all of the work that’s going on and for handling it with such aplomb and with such a commitment to make it better,” he said.
Our 2018 Royal Caribbean trip planning guide includes all the tips you need for a vacation, whether you’re a first-timer or regular cruiser. This post aims to help you save money and time, see and do the exciting things onboard, choose where to eat, and fully plan your next Royal Caribbean cruise.The information here is updated regularly, so you can be sure that none of the tips are outdated.
Many first-time cruisers may not realize all the intricacies of a Royal Caribbean cruise. Sure, you can plop yourself at the pool everyday and call that a great vacation, but in reality, Royal Caribbean offers its guests so many great things to see and do that it can be overwhelming without a plan. There is a ton to know before you take a Royal Caribbean cruise, and while planning requires a bit more time, the payoff is worth it. After taking dozens of Royal Caribbean cruises, we have learned a lot, and try to distill it into something easy to absorb to make your planning easier.
Think of this post as "Royal Caribbean 101," with everything organized into the most important considerations of planning a cruise. This page is a jumping off point to give you some background information on each aspect of the cruise, with a ton of links to other blog posts that offer much more detailed information.
What's new for 2018
With everything Royal Caribbean has planned for 2018, this year is shaping up to be an exciting time of year and perfect time for a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation.
Royal Caribbean will launch a brand new cruise ship in 2018, its fourth Oasis-class ship, Symphony of the Seas. Symphony of the Seas will become the largest cruise ship in the world, and will debut in Europe in March 2018. She will sail the Mediterranean for summer 2018, and then head across the Atlantic to her new home of PortMiami, where she will begin offering Eastern and Western Caribbean cruises in November 2018.
Prior to Symphony of the Seas' arrival, Royal Caribbean will have completed its brand new cruise terminal in Terminal A of PortMiami. The 170,000-square-foot terminal is nicknamed the ‘Crown of Miami’ because of its distinct shape. The design evokes the points of the symbolic headgear when viewed from the water; the ‘M’ of Miami when viewed from the east or western approaches; and a sense of waves rising or ships passing when viewed from the terminal side. At night, the terminal’s facade will be lit ensuring that the building makes a striking impression and providing a dynamic addition to the PortMiami landscape.
In 2018, Royal Caribbean will offer two 16-night sailings through the Panama Canal from Miami to Los Angeles, California. This will be the first time in three years that Royal Caribbean has offered a cruise through the Panama Canal. The first of the trips, departing on November 13, 2018, will go from Miami to Los Angeles. It'll be followed by a voyage from Los Angeles to New Orleans.
We also know Mariner of the Seas will undergo a six-week modernization program that will see Royal Caribbean invest over $100 million in upgrading the ship. When she finishes her refurbishment, Mariner of the Seas will be a great ship for first time cruisers and those new-to-cruise.
Royal Caribbean announced beginning with the 2019 deployment season, Radiance of the Seas sailings will feature two new stateroom categories within Ocean View and Balcony accommodations — Northbound Preferred and Southbound Preferred.
This change will appear with the opening of 2019 Alaska sailings on Radiance of the Seas, which is scheduled for the week of December 11, 2017. These stateroom categories offer guaranteed premium views of the scenic Alaskan coast. Royal Caribbean hopes this change will eliminate confusion about which side of the ship is more desirable.
The new stateroom categories offer, "guaranteed premium views of the scenic Alaskan coast" and is applicable to Radiance of the Seas sailings between May 5, 2019 and August 30, 2019.