Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 24, 2013

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24Nov2013

It was a busy week for Royal Caribbean, culminating with news that the second ship in the Quantum-class, Anthem of the Seas, will be based in Southampton, UK when she debuts in spring 2015.

Royal Caribbean made the big announcement at a special event in London on Thursday, signaling its intentions to up the stakes in the competition for the British cruise market.

While Anthem of the Seas will spend her summers in England, she will head back to Fort Lauderdale for the winter months.  Royal Caribbean also said Anthem of the Seas will replace Independence of the Seas, although itineraries for both ships are still to be announced.

We can expect itineraries to go on sale in early 2014, along with more announcements about entertainment onboard.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

Have you checked out the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast yet? Our newest episode is out previewing Quantum of the Seas!

Royal Caribbean's next cruise ship is already getting people excited over what's in store, so this week Matt lists everything we know about the ship as well as a few rumors of things we think are coming too.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around The Internet

Cruise And Ferry asked Royal Caribbean CEO Adam Goldstein about Anthem of the Seas' entertainment options.

Travel Weekly confirmed trade relations inspired Royal Caribbean's decision to put Anthem of the Seas in England.

South Florida Parenting thinks Vision of the Seas' revitalization have expanded family offerings onboard.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 17, 2013

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Another week has come to an end and we've gone through and hand-picked some fun articles for you to take a look at in case you missed any of it.

The big Royal Caribbean news this week is the changes to the unlimited alcohol packages that Royal Caribbean rolled out on Friday.  Royal Caribbean added a few new plans and then changed its existing plans.

After being rumored for a few days, Royal Caribbean rolled the new beverage plans out, starting with a new non-alcohol plan as well as an ultimate alcohol package that promises to include, "virtually unlimited options".

Royal Caribbean also added to the existing Select and Premium unlimited alcohol packages the Coca-Cola Freestyle cups and a discount on the onboard wine packages without any price increase.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The fifteenth episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available and we're discussing a core question of why to cruise with Royal Caribbean.

This week, Matt looks at what he finds appealing about Royal Caribbean and what seperates Royal Caribbean from its competitors.  Rather than compare Royal Caribbean directly to other cruise lines, Matt focused on what Royal Caribbean does really well.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Cruise Critic has a list of the five coolest things on Vision of the Seas.

BeyondShips has a photo tour of Brilliance of the Seas' refurbishment.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: November 10, 2013

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Sit back and catch up on this week's Royal Caribbean news.  We've gone through and hand-picked some fun articles for you to take a look at in case you missed any of it.

If you've ever been to the Caribbean island of Barbados, you know how beautiful a destination it is so this week we reviewed a Barbados group tour excursion.

The Tyrone Griffith tour offers 3 to 4 hours of guided tour in an air conditioned bus, with stops at some of the most scenic places on the island.  In addition, there's beer, water and run punch included for the price.  We have a full review of this excursion and if it's worth the money.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The fourteenth episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available and we're talking about when to book a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Specifically, we dive into the debate of if you should book your cruise well in advance or wait to the last minute.  We will compare the benefits and disadvantages to both and help you decide which choice makes the most sense.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Wells Fargo favors Royal Caribbean as best poised to offset Caribbean pricing pressures.

Babble has an interesting look at Royal Caribbean's medical center and what happens when you get sick.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: October 20, 2013

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It's been quiet in terms of Quantum of the Seas news but we got a few tidbits this week related to Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship that is actively under construction.

Ship builder Meyer Werft launched the Quantum of the Seas webcam, which will offer periodic photo updates of how the ship's construction is progressing.  The photo of the webcam may only update one per week or so, but it's still a welcome addition to be able to see Quantum become a reality.

The other Quantum of the Seas news is a report that previously scheduled itineraries for that included a stop in Samana, Dominican Republic are being cancelled next year.  Itineraries that had stops scheduled in Samana have now mostly replaced the Samana port call with an additional day in San Juan or a sea day.  

What else was in the news this week? Read on…

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Podcast

The eleventh episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available and this week we are sharing our first time on Royal Caribbean stories.

In this episode, Matt shares his first experience on a Royal Caribbean cruise, including why he booked it, what he liked about it and why Matt decided to cruise with Royal Caribbean again (and again and again).  We also have lots of your listener feedback to share too!

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Royal Caribbean has a post up about how formal wear has changed on cruises.

Kuki has a new post wondering if ship libraries are wasted space.

Cruise Director Richard Spacey wrote about cruise vacation etiquette.

Dhani Jones, Quantum of the Seas advisor, is on a Fox Sports Radio podcast describing his work with Royal Caribbean.

MyNews13 has information on Port Canaveral is hosting an annual convention to discuss port expansion.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: October 13, 2013

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The big news this week was once again about Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship, Quantum of the Seas.  We learned that former NFL star and TV show host Dhani Jones will be the second member of the Quantum Experience Advisors.

Jones will be the Sports and Fitness celebrity expert advisor for Quantum of the Seas and is responsible for coming up with new exciting activities for cruise ship guests.

Jones has taken a look at the existing Royal Caribbean programming for guests as well as the signature Royal Caribbean offerings. He has come up with some new ideas for the Quantum-class ships and been lending his expertise on the latest active trends and providing fresh ideas for SeaPlex.

What else was in the news this week? Read on…

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Podcast

Bottoms up!  The tenth episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available and we're discussing everything related to the unlimited alcohol packages.

In this episode, Matt explores the different unlimited alcohol packages Royal Caribbean offers to its guests and describes what each package includes, how much you have to drink to get your moneys worth out of it and answer the always difficult question of are the unlimited alcohol packages worth it.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Kuki has a blog post recommending being realistic about your cruise budget.

Cruise Critic wants to know who would be your dream Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas celebrity advisor.

Arthur Frommer thinks bumper cars and ice skating rinks dont belong on cruise ships.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: October 06, 2013

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06Oct2013

Hope you had a great week (maybe one week closer to your next Royal Caribbean cruise?) and you had a chance to keep up with what's new with Royal Caribbean this week. But if not, here's a roundup of this week's news.

Royal Caribbean News

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 RoyalCaribbeanBlog.com 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

Royal Caribbean released the Cupcake Cupboard's recipe to make gluten-free pumpkin cupcakes.

Legend of the Seas was named 2014 Ship of the Year in annual German cruise award "Der Deutsche Kreuzfahrtpreis".

Philly.com has a list of eight ways to save money on a cruise vacation.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: September 15, 2013

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15Sep2013

Happy Sunday and I hope you had a great week (and weekend)!  This week's biggest news was centered around Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship that is still under construction, Quantum of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean announced a new program called, "Quantum Experience Advisors" that will bring industry professionals in to help design the ship and ensure "every aspect of the guest experience has been maximized to the fullest extent."

The first member of the Quantum Experince Advisors is HGTV star Genevieve Gorder. Gorder is being tasked with interior design, key amenities and activities on the Quantum-class.  Thus far, Gorder has reviewed plans, fabrics, carpets and furnishings for the ship’s luxurious accommodations.

Royal Caribbean has indicated we will meet more members of the Quantum Experience Advisors as time goes forward.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The sixth episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available that is all about booking shore excursions.

It seems like everyone books shore excursions on their cruise vacation, so this week Matt looks at the benefits and drawbacks of booking your shore excursions through Royal Caribbean or on your own.  There isn't a wrong answer, but Matt thinks depending on your comfort level, there's some good choices to consider.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Royal Caribbean posted some design tips that Genevieve Gorder shared for the home.

Cruise Maven has her list of the best 5 specialty restaurants on Allure of the Seas.

Travel Weekly has a group of travel agents assess the pros and cons of Royal Caribbean's recent restructure in the UK.

Travel Weekly also has a report that Royal Caribbean is reporting some of the Australia itineraries are not ideal because of port issues.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: September 8, 2013

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This week was PACKED with Royal Caribbean news so if you missed any of it, here's a great chance to recap what happened around the Royal Caribbean World.

The biggest news of the week was Royal Caribbean's decision to ban smoking on its balconies, joining some other cruise lines who also institutde the prohibition recently. Needless to say, this has a lot of people either very happy or very upset.

The smoking ban begins on January 1, 2014 and applies to all forms of smoking, including e-cigarettes.  If you are caught smoking in your stateroom or balcony, Royal Caribbean will charge your onboard account a $250 cleaning fee.

Smoking isn't completely banned onboard Royal Caribbean ships.  In fact, Royal Caribbean promises many places onboard to light 'em if ya got 'em.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The fifth episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available, where we are talking about everything Freedom of the Seas.

Freedom of the Seas remains one of Royal Caribbean's most popular cruise ships we look at what's so great about Freedom of the Seas, our favorite things to onboard and we even share a few Freedom of the Seas secrets.  Mike Rahlmann joins the show this week to spread the good word about Freedom of the Seas.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Cruise Currents has a photo gallery of Liberty of the Seas' sailaway.

Dream Designs shared a blog post detailing their award ceremony that was held on Brilliance of the Seas earlier this summer.

Frommers has a list of their 10 favorite experiences in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: September 1, 2013

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01Sep2013

Happy Labor Day weekend to all of our American readers!  This weekend marks the unofficial end to summer and Royal Caribbean had plenty going on this week, so let's jump right in.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The fourth episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available and it's all about Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee.

This beach destination is one of my favorite Caribbean ports of call and there's a lot to do here.  We discuss Labadee's beaches, shore excursions you can try, the cabanas you can rent and the food available to eat there.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

USA Today has a list of the best onboard cruise ship activities, and there's a few Royal Caribbean staples included.

BerNews says Reverend Run from the rap group Run D.M.C. was spotted on a Royal Caribbean cruise this week.

Cruise Critic has its list of the best cruise ships for sea days and there's plenty of Royal Caribbean ships making the list.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: August 25, 2013

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Sit back and catch up on this week's Royal Caribbean news.  We've gone through and hand-picked some fun articles for you to take a look at in case you missed any of it.

We're big fans of Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee and this week we posted an in-depth first timer's guide to this little piece of paradise.

From the different regions of Labadee, to what each beach offers, this is your virtual tour guide to what to do when you arrive here.  Just as important as the beaches, we did not neglect to mention to try at least one Labadoozie while you're there!

Here we go, let's dive in!

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The third episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available and we're going BIG, discussing Oasis of the Seas.

Joining us on this week's show is Beci Mahnken of MEI Travel, and we looked at why Oasis of the Seas is so impressive, innovations on the ship and we also shared tips for what not to miss onboard.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Someone created a 1:1 scale replica of Quantum of the Seas in Minecraft

USA Today has a list of the best fast food at sea, which includes the Boardwalk Dog House.

Cruise Critic has information on everything you need to know about repositioning cruises in 2013.

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