Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: June 18, 2017

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18Jun2017

Happy Sunday! We’d like to wish all the dads out there a very Happy Father’s Day! We hope you get to have a relaxing and fun-filled day with your family!

Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on all the latest Royal Caribbean news!

Royal Caribbean provided our first look at its new non-refundable deposit program with select sailings offering the new option.

Beginning June 13, guests can expect to see the non-refundable deposit option live on various products. Royal Caribbean will work with these test products leading up to the fleet wide launch on July 1, 2017.

As of July 1st, 2017, the fleet-wide launch of nonrefundable deposit fares will debut across all ships.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 202nd episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where we discuss what you need to know about taking a cruise during hurricane season.

In this episode, Matt talks about what impact hurricanes can have on a cruise, and whether or not taking a cruise during this time of year is a good idea.

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.

Recently added Royal Caribbean Menus

We regularly update our listing of Royal Caribbean menus to help our readers prepare for their cruise experience. Here is a listing of which menus have been updated this week.

    Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

    New York Post shared a look at a recent Allure of the Seas cruise.

    My Cruise Course shared a list of their favorite cruise podcasts.

    Disney Cruise Line Blog shared tips for packing for a cruise.

    Reasons to Cruise compared MSC Meraviglia to Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas.

    Cruise Radio released a new episode with a review of Liberty of the Seas.

    Travel Weekly reports the new Royal Caribbean sales manager for Scotland.

    Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: June 11, 2017

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    11Jun2017

    Happy Sunday! We hope you are having a great weekend and ready to talk a little Royal Caribbean.

    Royal Caribbean made headlines this week when Symphony of the Seas was floated out.

    The important construction milestone took place at the STX France shipyard. With the exterior now complete, Symphony of the Seas was floated out of her dry dock to begin the next phase of interior construction.

    Symphony of the Seas will remain at this position until her delivery date in mid-April 2018.

    Royal Caribbean News

    Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

    The 201st episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, and we are sharing our best tips for first time cruisers.

    In this episode, Matt and Billy each share two aspects of a Royal Caribbean cruise that everyone else seems to enjoy, but not them.  It is a tribute to unpopular opinions.

    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

    AmyUrquhart.com shared three activities they skip on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

    Royal Caribbean celebrated World Oceans Day with a peek at the most eco-friendly destinations.

    Cruise & Ferry reports Port Everglades will refit Terminal 25 as part of a new deal with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

    Cruise Radio has a review of Wonderland.

    Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: June 4, 2017

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    04Jun2017

    Happy Sunday! In case you missed any of the Royal Caribbean news from this week, we have a round-up of it all in one easy to read post!

    The big news from this week is the return of the corkage fee for wine guests bring onboard their Royal Caribbean cruise and have opened at a restaurant.

    Royal Caribbean updated its policy to charge guests a $15 corkage fee per bottle of wine consumed in public areas.  The new policy began this week.

    The corkage fee only applies to wine brought onboard on embarkation, and not wine purchased and/or given on board.

    Royal Caribbean News

    Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

    The 200th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, and we are sharing our best tips for first time cruisers.

    In this episode, Matt opens the phone lines to podcast listeners to share their favorite cruise tips for someone who is taking their very first cruise.

    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.

    Recently added Royal Caribbean Menus

    We regularly update our listing of Royal Caribbean menus to help our readers prepare for their cruise experience. Here is a listing of which menus have been updated this week.

      Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

      CNBC shared a video of Jim Cramer talking cruise stocks, including Royal Caribbean.

      Royal Caribbean recapped how 2,000 volunteers from its company helped show up for a weekend of hard work, for a good cause.

      Cruise Critic interviewed Royal Caribbean's chief meteorologist.

      Cruise Habit discusses what the start of hurricane season means to those going on a cruise.

      Alpha looks at the record breaking buildings and structures from around the world.

      Royal Caribbean shared insider tips for going to Cuba.

      Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: May 28, 2017

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      28May2017

      Welcome to our summary of all of this week's Royal Caribbean news.  As we mark a time of remembrance this Memorial Day weekend, we also look forward to fun celebrations with family and friends as the unofficial start to summer has arrived.

      Here is a look at all the Royal Caribbean news from this week!

      Royal Caribbean made news this week when it announced it has hired the first Chief Meterologist.

      James Van Fleet joined Royal Caribbean to develop forecasts for the cruise line's fleet of 24 ships. With his guidance, captains have the added support to continue making informed decisions and delivering the best possible vacation experience for the cruise line’s guests.

      Translating technical data into digestable information is second nature for Van Fleet, who’s a veteran TV meteorologist with more than two decades of experience.

      Royal Caribbean News

      Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

      The 199th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, with a special interview with the Godmother of Harmony of the Seas.

      In this episode, Matt is joined by Brittany Affolter to talk about "her" ship, Harmony of the Seas.  Brittany shares the story of how she came to be the ship's Godmother, and talks about her recent sailing on Harmony.

      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.

      Recently added Royal Caribbean Menus

      We regularly update our listing of Royal Caribbean menus to help our readers prepare for their cruise experience. Here is a listing of which menus have been updated this week.

        Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

        Explore with Ed shared highlights from his Independence of the Seas Mediterranean cruise.

        Travel Pulse wonders if the Escape Room trend will continue on cruise ships.

        Cruise Habit shares why a a checklist for packing for a cruise is really good idea.

        Daily Echo featured a ten-year-old that build a Royal Caribbean cruise ship out of 2,000 pieces of Lego.

        Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: May 21, 2017

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        21May2017

        Stay up-to-date with all the Royal Caribbean news from this week with our roundup of all this week's news.

        Earlier this week, we reported a new kind of escape room game available on Brilliance of the Seas that will soon make its way to other ships in the fleet.

        Puzzle Break CEO Nate Martin spoke exclusively with Royal Caribbean Blog about the work his company is doing to bring new escape rooms to other Royal Caribbean ships.  

        The "Royal Mystery" game is a hybrid puzzle hunt escape room experience that is playable by multiple teams at the same time. And it can be played on existing ships in the fleet.

        Royal Caribbean News

        Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

        The 198th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, featuring an interview with Puzzle Break CEO and co-founder Nate Martin.

        In this Episode, Matt talks with Nate Martin about the work Puzzle Break is doing with Royal Caribbean and the kind of escape room games that are coming soon to its ships.

        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.

        Recently added Royal Caribbean Menus

        We regularly update our listing of Royal Caribbean menus to help our readers prepare for their cruise experience. Here is a listing of which menus have been updated this week.

          Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

          Seatrade Cruise News cites a poll that Royal Caribbean is tops with millennials.

          CruiseBe has 5 places for foodies on Anthem of the Seas.

          Royal Caribbean showed how they use data-driven, predictive analytics approach to fleet operations.

          Eat Sleep Cruise shared their top 10 things to do in Havana, Cuba.

          Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: May 13, 2017

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          14May2017

          Happy Mothers Day! All the moms out there deserve a big hug, thank you and hopefully a cruise too.

          Royal Caribbean announced a new non-refundable cruise fare program that will begin in July.

          As of July 1, 2017, the fleet-wide launch of nonrefundable deposit fares will debut across all ships. When making a cruise reservation at least 6-months prior to sailing, guests who opt to take advantage of nonrefundable deposit fares will automatically qualify to earn up to $100 per stateroom to spend at sea. Early booking credit is combinable with the existing promotional offer available at time of booking.

          Change fees are only incurred should an adjustment to the ship and/or sail date occur; therefore, no change fee will be assessed upon swapping between category types on the same ship and sail date.

          Royal Caribbean News

          Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

          The 197th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, sharing tips about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise to Cuba.

          In this episode, Halee joins Matt to talk about her recent cruise to Cuba and what the experience was like on the first sailing.  Halee also shares tips and advice for anyone visiting Cuba soon.

          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.

          Recently added Royal Caribbean Menus

          We regularly update our listing of Royal Caribbean menus to help our readers prepare for their cruise experience. Here is a listing of which menus have been updated this week.

            Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

            Seatrade interviewed Royal Caribbean SVP of Hotel Operations about the changes coming to CocoCay.

            In The Loop Travel has a new video from their recent Navigator of the Seas cruise.

            Royal Caribbean has ways to make Mother's Day even better with a cruise.

            Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: May 7, 2017

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            07May2017

            Happy Sunday! We hope you are having a great weekend and ready to talk a little Royal Caribbean.

            Royal Caribbean made a lot of people living near the Gulf Coast states very happy this week with the announcement of new options to the Caribbean from New Orleans, Galveston and Miami in 2018.

            Royal Caribbean will offer once again cruises from New Orleans when Vision of the Seas in the winter of 2018-2019. Vision of the Seas will also offer a pair of Panama Canal cruises prior to her arrival in New Orleans.

            Enchantment of the Seas will move to Galveston, Texas, to offer cruises alongside Liberty of the Seas.

            Mariner of the Seas will call PortMiami home in 2018, and offer 3- and 4-night itineraries beginning on June 21, 2018.

            Royal Caribbean News

            Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

            The 196th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, focusing on Royal Caribbean's specialty dining packages.

            In this episode, Matt talks about the specialty dining packages that are available on most sailings and what they offer guests from a savings perspective.

            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.

            Recently added Royal Caribbean Menus

            We regularly update our listing of Royal Caribbean menus to help our readers prepare for their cruise experience. Here is a listing of which menus have been updated this week.

              Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

              CruiseMiss has a guide to Caribbean islands that Royal Caribbean ships visit.

              Royal Caribbean celebrated 10 years of offering cruises in China.

              CruiseBe shared 7 facts you probably did not know about Radiance of the Seas.

              Cruise Hive shared a look at the ship formerly known as Legend of the Seas.

              TTG Media has a look at the changes in the sales operations for Royal Caribbean in Europe.

              Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: April 30, 2017

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              30Apr2017

              Happy weekend! We hope you are enjoying a couple days of rest and relaxation! Now it is time to sit back with a cup of tea or java, and check out the latest in Royal Caribbean news… 

              Royal Caribbean provided a sneak peak at its next Quantum Class ship, which will be a brand new kind of Quantum Class ship, known as the Quantum Ultra Class.

              As part of the cruise line's 2018-19 Asia-Pacific deployment release, the yet-to-be-named ship is the first Quantum Ultra Class ship, and will join sister ships Quantum of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas in the region.

              The new ship will specifically be designed for guests in the region, featuring even more cutting-edge and unprecedented experiences and amenities.

              Royal Caribbean News

              Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

              The 195th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, and we are talking about what it is like to stay in a suite.

              In this episode, Matt talks about his recent suite experience on Royal Caribbean and shares the best aspects of staying in a suite and why it may be worth trying one out.

              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 Blog Reader Finds

              If you are on a Royal Caribbean cruise and spot something cool, new or just fun, share a photo with us on Facebook or Twitter so we can add it to our Royal Caribbean Blog Reader Finds each Sunday!

              Sannie Berg sent this photo of Independence of the Seas visiting Rotterdam, instead of Le Havre due to strikes, from earlier today.

              Christine Hirsch took this photo of Explorer of the Seas in Suva, Fiji, while onboard the Oceania Sirena.

              Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

              In The Loop Travel has a look at an ideal day in Labadee.

              Eat Sleep Cruise has six reasons to visit Sabor on Harmony of the Seas.

              CNBC interviewed Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman Richard Fain to discuss the company's quarterly results.

              Cruise Hive has four reasons you should prebook.

              CruiseBe has a look at the family of cruise lines in Royal Caribbean.

              Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: April 23, 2017

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              23Apr2017

              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's CEO made news this week, when he briefly mentioned a number of new initiatives and changes coming to the cruise line over the next few years.

              In an interview with Travel Weekly, Michael Bayley talked about adding a water park to CocoCay, Majesty of the Seas going to Cuba and overnight stays in CocoCay.

              Bayley also talked about what guests can expect on Symphony of the Seas, and when the next batch of information will be revealed.

              Royal Caribbean News

              Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

              The 194th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, which reviews the Private Journeys shore excursion option.

              Have you ever struggled with finding the perfect shore excursion for your family? Royal Caribbean has a new custom shore excursion option that we tried out on a recent cruise.  In this episode, Matt and Christie discuss their experience with Private Journeys and what to expect if you try it out.

              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.

              Recently added Royal Caribbean Menus

              We regularly update our listing of Royal Caribbean menus to help our readers prepare for their cruise experience. Here is a listing of which menus have been updated this week.

                Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

                Royal Caribbean has a look at the Ultimate Abyss slide on Harmony of the Seas.

                TTG Media has a look at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. cruise industry first transgender policy.

                Travel Pulse covered the recent dress code updates by Royal Caribbean.

                Travel Weekly reported on a new airport luggage service at Port of Seattle.

                Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: April 16, 2017

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                16Apr2017

                Happy Easter! Whether you are celebrating the beautiful Spring holiday with a luxurious meal, or hunting for eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny, I hope that you are having a relaxing Sunday.

                Have you ever been to Kennedy Space Center near Port Canaveral, Florida? It is the preeminent attraction near the port, and a monument to some incredible moments in human history.  We visited Kennedy Space Center for the first time on a recent cruise visit.

                Royal Caribbean offers a few shore excursions that tour Kennedy Space Center, and we shared our experience at the center, including seeing one of the space shuttles.

                Royal Caribbean News

                Recently added Royal Caribbean Menus

                We regularly update our listing of Royal Caribbean menus to help our readers prepare for their cruise experience. Here is a listing of which menus have been updated this week.

                  On This Week in Royal Caribbean History

                  Two years ago this week, Royal Caribbean announced it was doing away with the last-minute cruise discounts on cruises more than two to four nights in length.

                  Royal Caribbean Chairman Richard Fain called the long-held practice “disruptive” to loyal customers and travel agents during a conference call on first-quarter earnings.

                  In the time since, Royal Caribbean tweaked the policy a couple of times, but retains the program to this day.

                  Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

                  Cruise Habit looks at what documents or authorization one needs to cruise to Cuba.

                  Adventures with Beci shares a tip for what to do if your favorite shore excursion is sold out.

                  CruiseBe has 9 facts you might not know about Oasis of the Seas.

                  EatSleepCruise shared a photo tour of a Central Park View Stateroom on Harmony of the Seas.

                  Traveling with Mom has the ultimate guide to cruising with a family on Allure of the Seas.

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