Royal Caribbean offering Prime Day cruise fare sale

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering its own Prime Day sale, with up to $300 instant savings on cruises booked on July 15 or 16th.

The Primed for Adventure sale is valid on cruises booked between July 15-16, 2019 and valid on sailings departing on or after August 15, 2019.

It includes:

  • BOGO50 provides 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first, full-fare paying guest.
  • BOGO50 offer also includes 25% cruise fare savings for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests.
  • Primed for Adventure Sale
    • Instant savings of up to $300 per stateroom on select sailings departing on or after August 15, 2019.
    • Savings amount determined by category booked and sailing length:
      • Sailings 5 nights or less, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $150 for Suites
      • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $75 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $100 for Balconies and $300 for Suites
  • Deck the Holiday Deals
    • Instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom on select sailings departing between December 2 – 31, 2019.
    • Savings amount determined by category booked and sailing length:
      • Sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $50 for Suites
      • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites

BOGO50 and Deck the Holiday Deals are combinable with each other as well as with Primed for Adventure Sale, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Promo Code driven offers, Free Upgrades, Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. 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, and Net Rates. Promo Code driven offers are based on select ships and sail dates and must be applied at time of booking, limit one promo code per booking.

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean.

Royal Caribbean offering its own Prime Day savings

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is getting into the swing of Prime Day fun with its "Primed For Savings" sale on pre-cruise purchases.

The sale runs between July 15 - July 22, 2019 and is valid on sailings departing July 25, 2019 - February 15, 2020. It is valid on all ships, except for Spectrum of the Seas.

The sale details are as follows:

  • BEVERAGE: Up to 30% off on select sailings.
    • Deluxe Beverage Package + VOOM Surf & Stream 1 Device: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
    • Deluxe Beverage Package: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
    • Refreshment Package: 30% off onboard prices. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
  • INTERNET: Up to 60% off on select sailings.
    • VOOM Surf + Stream Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
    • VOOM Surf Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
  • DINING: Up to 50% off on select sailings.
    • Unlimited Dining Package on 3 Night - 9 Night sailings. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes MJ, SC + Charter Sailings).
  • SHORE EXCURSIONS: Up to 25% off on select sailings.
    • Save up to 25% on select tours on select sailings. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
  • ACTIVITIES: Up to 10% off on select sailings.
    • All Access Ship Tour: 10% off. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
  • GIFTS & GEAR: Up to 20% off on select sailings.
    • Happy Birthday Decorations: 20% off onboard prices. (Excludes QN, SC, VY + Charter Sailings).
    • Happy Anniversary Decorations: 20% off onboard prices. (Excludes QN, SC, VY + Charter Sailings)

To check if your sailing has this new offer available, log into the Cruise Planner on Royal Caribbean's web site look for any available offers. Keep in mind that not all sailings may see the sale applicable, nor are all offers significantly cheaper than previously posted.

If you spot a better discount on something you already pre-purchased, you should be able to cancel the purchase and then re-purchase the same item under this promotion.

Royal Caribbean introduces new Crown & Anchor Society Member Ambassador

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean introduced Molly Paolini as its new Crown and Anchor Society Member Ambassador.

Royal Caribbean describes Molly's role as keeping Crown and Anchor members updated on everything Royal Caribbean, planning special events and more.

Molly introduced herself to Royal Caribbean enthusiasts, "Cruising is in my DNA and Royal Caribbean has long been my favorite brand (we already have something in common)! I’m so excited to embark on this role, updating you on everything Royal Caribbean, planning special events, and so much more. I hope I have the chance to meet you all, but in the meantime, I’d love for you to learn a little bit about me. So, here’s a start!"

Molly also encouraged members to send questions regarding the Crown & Anchor Society program to

Spotted: Royal Caribbean begins scheduling stops in Glacier Bay National Park

By: Matt Hochberg

It appears after recieving permission to sail to Glacier Bay in Alaska, Royal Caribbean has begun re-scheduling select itineraries to visit the National Park.

RoyalCaribbeanBlog reader KJ1231 shared an update for a Radiance of the Seas 2020 sailing where a scheduled stop in Skagway was replaced with a visit to Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska.

The change means Royal Caribbean will offer cruises to Glacier Bay National Park for the first time in over 20 years. The park sits on about 3.3 million acres of natural wonder.

Earlier this year, Royal Caribbean was awarded access to Glacial Bay for the 2019-2029 cruise seasons by the National Park Service (NPS).

Anthem of the Seas Live Blog - Day 9 - Sea Day

By: Matt Hochberg

Our final day is here, and we are finishing our nine-night cruise with a sea day. The final sea day is that last opportunity to revisit a favorite activity, or finally get around to that one thing you have been meaning to do.

We started off with an exclusive roller skating event in the SeaPlex. Just like the bumper cars earlier in the cruise, we rented out the SeaPlex for a private roller skating session for those that booked with our travel agency partner on this sailing.

This was my first time roller skating, and I think I got the hang of it pretty well.  It helped that I had ice skated quite a few times on other Royal Caribbean ships.

Roller skating worked up quite an appetite, so I took the family up to the Windjammer for breakfast.

After breakfast, there were a series of trivia events in the Schooner Bar. I lost track of how many we did, but it was at least three.

The rest of my afternoon was spent with our friends onboard the cruise.  I think we all took this time to hang out and enjoy each other's company.  We even tried out a new (to me) card game, Moniker.

Later in the day, we got together to record an episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast.  That episode will be available to download next week, but it highlights what we did onboard and talked about our cruise in general terms.

Dinner this evening was in the Windjammer because we wanted to have time to see one of our favorite hidden gem events, where the cast of "We Will Rock You" perform their favorite songs live.

It was held in the Schooner Bar and I broadcast the entire event on Periscope for you to enjoy at home. It is an incredible display of how talented the cast is, and I would love for this event to be held more regularly. 

As a final send off, we headed down to the pub for a final evening of singalongs.

That wraps up our Anthem of the Seas cruise adventure. It was a fantastic vacation, and I am so happy that I got to experience this ship and itinerary with so many other readers.

Thank you to everyone who followed along with this live blog. It was a real treat for me.  Our next live blog kicks off next month for a quick Labor Day Weekend sailing on Mariner of the Seas.

Anthem of the Seas Live Blog - Day 8 - Sea Day

By: Matt Hochberg

Second to last day on Anthem of the Seas and it is a sea day.  We are making our way back to Bayonne, and it is hot, hot, hot.

Our first stop is breakfast at Cafe @ Two70, which coincided with a NextCruise presentation and raffle giveaway.

One of my favorite sea day activities is trivia, and we did general trivia as well as cartoon dog trivia. Sadly, no wins to report.

For lunch, we had some of the food at the pub.  There is food available at the pub for an extra cost that is pretty darn tasty.

After lunch, we headed up to the SeaPlex for essentially part two of our lunch at the Doghouse. Their hot dogs are really, really good!

Our next stop was the Royal Theater for a performance of the West End hit "We Will Rock You".

The cast is incredibly talented, and I guess the entire ship knew it because seats filled up so incredibly quickly. 

After the show, I was overdue for a nap and headed back to the room to enjoy a mid-afternoon slumber.

This was our second formal night, and some of us gathered to take a formal photo together.

Dinner tonight brought us to Wonderland. I have been to Wonderland a few times, but this was my parents' first visit and I think we all really enjoyed it.  Service was fantastic and the food had some really good flavor.

Following dinner, I started out in the pub, but opted to call it an early night and grab some extra sleep.

Tomorrow is another sea day.

Listener Email on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

By: Matt Hochberg

Our newest podcast episode is out to help give you a quick "audio escape" to a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Episode 310 is available for downloading where I will be reading more of your questions this week all about Royal Caribbean.

Matt is diving into the email bag this week to answer your emails all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 310. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSSStitcher 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 announces $165 million upgrades and enhancements to Allure of the Seas

By: Matt Hochberg

Allure of the Seas will undergo a 58-day, $165 million transformation that will add new features, including the Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea; The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, completely redesigned Adventure Ocean kids and teens spaces, the first Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, and Quantum Class original Music Hall.

Beginning May 2020, Allure of the Seas’ 7-night Western Mediterranean cruises sailing roundtrip from Barcelona will visit must-see cities such as Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Provence (Marseille), France; Florence/Pisa (La Spezia), Rome (Civitavecchia) and Naples/Capri, Italy. In November 2020, Allure will make its way coast to coast to Miami for the winter season.


  • The 10-story Ultimate Abyss
  • The Perfect Storm trio of waterslides, Typhoon, Cyclone and Supercell
  • Splashaway Bay kids aquapark, featuring twin drench buckets, three waterslides, fountains, pools, water cannons and a Splash Pad for tots
  • Reimagined pool deck, complete with The Lime & Coconut signature bar across two locations, a wider variety of seating and shade with cabana-like “casitas,” daybeds, hammocks and swing seats; new whirlpools on the top deck, and a reinvigorated, adults-only Solarium.
  • All-new Adventure Ocean, where younger kids can choose their own immersive adventures across an entirely new layout.

    The major makeover will bring to life interactive, personalized and unexpected activities and features in areas redesigned from top to bottom, including whimsical rooms with climbable creations at Play Place, hands-on art, science and tech fun at Workshop;

    friendly competition in physical, interactive games at Arena; the Hangout, to chill and make new friends over gaming consoles or sit back for some quality “me” time, AO Babies for babies and tots, and experiential activities at the multipurpose AO Junior space specially designed for 3- to 5-year-olds
  • Maxed-out teen spaces, debuting a 360-degree transformation, with a secret speakeasy-like entrance leading into an exclusive lounge with gaming consoles, music, movies, places to hang out and a new outdoor deck

  • Glow-in-the-dark laser tag in Clash for the Crystal City and Royal Escape Room – Apollo 18: Lunar Landing, an out-of-this-world expedition that challenges guests to solve puzzle after puzzle before time runs out


  • Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, a new take on a guest-favorite, will offer the beloved family-style, rustic dining experience with an enhanced menu of Italian staples, complete with hand-tossed pizza from the new in-house pizza oven, an expansive charcuterie station and a wide selection of wines and limoncellos

  • Portside BBQ will serve up a menu inspired by popular barbecue styles across the United States, including brisket, pulled pork, chicken, burnt ends, mac and cheese, homestyle cornbread and more

  • Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade for gameday watch parties on big-screen TVs, tournaments, bar bites with a twist and ice-cold brews
  • El Loco Fresh, featuring casual Mexican “street fare”
  • Sugar Beach, the sweetest spot on board with more than 220 types of candy and ice cream
  • Bionic Bar by Makr Shakr, manned by two robot bartenders shaking up classic cocktails and custom orders


  • Music Hall, a Quantum Class favorite, will take live music to the next level with revolving setlists and cover bands, ample lounge seating on two levels and room to rock out on the dance floor

  • Spotlight Karaoke, the dedicated karaoke bar with both main stage and private room experiences will feature thousands of songs to choose from, music trivia and themed nights

Anthem of the Seas Live Blog - Day 7 - Labadee

By: Matt Hochberg

Our final port stop on this sailing brings us to Royal Caribbean's private destination of Labadee.

I have been to Labadee on numerous occasions, and I have always enjoyed my visits for the natural beauty of this corner of Haiti.

The ship was cleared to begin disembarkation around 9:30am, and I think we walked off the ship at around 10am. 

Prior to the cruise, I had reserved an over the water cabana.  For many years, I have booked cabanas at Labadee because I think it is a terrific value for a family. I love having our own little "refuge" from the elements, personalized service and prime napping spot. 

On this particular visit, we reserved a cabana at Nellie's Beach and it was exactly what we wanted.

The weather today was excellent. It was hot, and less oppressively humid as it was in San Juan yesterday. Moreover, there was more sunshine than clouds. This is the right equation for a day at the beach.

Throughout the day I also noticed some smaller enhancements that I did not recall seeing on past trips. Primarily seating areas along the paths.

Our day in Labadee went by quickly, and around 3pm or so we decided to head back to the ship. 

Back onboard, we showered and napped. The Captain said our weather for the return to Bayonne looks great.

We headed back to the main dining room for dinner, and the wait staff provided another excellent meal.  The service in the dining room is certainly in the upper echelon that I have encountered in recent memory.

After dinner we went to Two70 to see the Vistarama show, however, they played a virtual concert featuring Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns. I asked one of the tech guys and he indicated this was one of the dozen or so Vistarama shows they have, but I think everyone in Two70 was hoping for something else. 

Instead, we headed over to the pub for singalongs.  It was jam packed in the pub, as I think by now the word is out about the talent of the pub singer.

Tomorrow is a sea day.


Royal Caribbean will begin Coco Beach Club construction at Perfect Day at CocoCay soon

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has sent out emails to guests sailing on upcoming cruises that include stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay to inform them of work that will be occuring at the island.

The email informs guests that some temporary changes will be made while construction of Coco Beach Club begins. Specificially, South Beach will be closed to guests. The floating bar will be moved down the beach, just past Oasis Lagoon. The beach bungalows and daybeds will temporarily moved to Chill Island.


Coco Beach Club will offer an oceanfront infinity pool, upgraded cuisine and the only overwater cabanas in the Bahamas. Cabanas at the Coco Beach Club come with an overwater hammock, waterslide and private attendant.

Coco Beach Club offers an exclusive beach experience available to all guests, not just suite guests. An additional fee will be administered for entry into this elevated experience. 

South Beach, Coco Beach Club and the overwater cabanas will open in December 2019.