Royal Caribbean cuts down on use of drink straws onboard its cruise ships

By: Matt Hochberg

Guests sailing on Royal Caribbean may notice their next round of cocktails will not served with a plastic straw by default.

The cruise line has begun cutting back on the use of plastic straws, citing the negative environmental impact straws can have on the ocean.

Photo by Kathy Constantine from Adventure of the Seas

Photo by Nick Vitani on Enchantment of the Seas

Signs posted at bars around many ships indicate that when a guest orders a drink, they will not receive a straw automatically.  Guests may receive a straw upon request from any server.

Royal Caribbean's Save the Waves program began in 1992 as an effort to help protect the ocean ecosystem, and this new policy regarding drink straws is another step towards minimizing ocean pollution.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: May 20, 2018

By: Matt Hochberg

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

It looks like Royal Caribbean is considering offering overnight and even multi-night stays at CocoCay at some point in the future.

Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley hinted that in addition to late-night cruise visits to CocoCay, there could be 10 cabanas of suite-type quality to offer the option for some guests to remain on CocoCay for a few days.

Royal Caribbean is in the midst of a $200 million upgrade at CocoCay, which will bring a water park, slides, cabanas and more the island.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 250th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, which looks at why taking a Royal Caribbean cruise alone can be a great idea.

The prospect of going on a Royal Caribbean cruise solo may sound odd, but in fact, it can be a great vacation experience. Michael and Matt talk about the virtues and strategies of enjoying a Royal Caribbean cruise by yourself.

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.

    New Royal Caribbean Cruise Compasses

    One of the best ways to learn about what sort of events a cruise ship offers is to consult a past Royal Caribbean Cruise Compass. Here is a look at which Cruise Compasses we added this week.

      Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

      Cruise Critic is reporting Spectrum of the Seas will offer a suites-only area of the ship.

      Royal Caribbean posted an interview with its Chief Meteorologist about what to know about cruising during hurricane season.

      Cruise Trade News shares how Royal Caribbean is using a Gen-Z panel to help shape the cruise line's offerings.

      Ship Technology covers the race for faster WiFi on cruise ships.

      Friday Photos

      By: Matt Hochberg

      Happy Friday to everyone! When the calendar hits Friday, that means we are sharing our readers favorite Royal Caribbean cruise photos!  

      Each week we invite our readers to send us their favorite Royal Caribbean photos and we showcase them all right here!

      Let's begin with a photo by Matthew Hull of Anthem of the Seas "looking" in on St. Kitts.

      Kinny Lee shared a photo of the entrance to the Boardwalk.

      Linda shared this photo from a stop in Labadee.

      Speaking of Labadee, here is a photo by Dalaina Sandland from the top of the Dragon's Breath zip line with Harmony of the Seas in the distance.

      Our unintentional salute to Labadee continues with this photo by Ken from Labadee with Oasis of the Seas in the background.

      Michel Dumais takes us to Santorini, where we get this lovely shot of Jewel of the Seas just off the coast.

      Our final photo this week is by Fred Swanevelt, and it is of Empress of the Seas docked in Havana.

      We want to share your Royal Caribbean photos too! Send us your favorite, best, most awesome Royal Caribbean cruise photos by using this form and we will feature them in an upcoming Friday Photos blog post!

      Video: What I wish I'd known before taking a Royal Caribbean cruise!

      By: Matt Hochberg

      Ever wonder what lessons someone new to Royal Caribbean might be able to pick up from veteran cruisers?  If so, we have the perfect video for you.

      No matter if you are planning your first Royal Caribbean cruise or your twentieth, there are always a lot of factors to consider when it comes to planning your vacation.  In fact, Royal Caribbean cruise planning practically has its own language.

      While a lot of these tips will be especially helpful for first-time cruisers, even repeat guests can always gather more information when it comes to Royal Caribbean vacation planning to make your next experience even more fun. So please join us while we discuss all sorts of helpful hints for your next Royal Caribbean cruise!

      And if you love this video, there’s plenty more for you to enjoy over on our Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel!

      By the way, have you subscribed yet? Be sure to subscribe to our channel and never miss a single episode!

      Royal Caribbean Maycation offer includes bonus instant savings

      By: Matt Hochberg

      Royal Caribbean released its Maycation sales offer today, which offers 50% off the second guest, kids sail free and a bonus of up to $100 instant savings.

      The Maycation offer applies select sailings departing on or after 6/17/18 and is valid on cruises booked between May 17 - 21, 2018.

      The deal includes:

      • 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first full-fare paying guest.
      • 25% off cruise fare for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualified guests. 
      • Up to $100 per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:
        • On sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
        • On sailing 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites
      • Kids Sail for Free Offer
        • offers free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger on 4 nights or longer Europe, Bahamas, Bermuda, Hawaii, Canada, Coastal and Caribbean sailings departing between September 1, 2018 – May 31, 2019.
        • The Kids Sail Free Bonus excludes sailings between February 15 – 18, 2019, sailings between March 16 – 30, 2019, sailings between April 13 -22, 2019, sailings between November 17 – November 23, 2018 and Sailings between December 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019.

      BOGO and Kids Sail Free are combinable with each other as well as with Maycation Deals Sale, NRBD OBC, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Maycation Deals is combinable with NRDB OBC, OBC, instant savings, NextCruise offers, restricted discounts (for example, Senior, Resident, Military) but not combinable with Shareholder benefits and Crown and Anchor discounts.

      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.

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

      Answers to frequently asked Perfect Day at CocoCay questions

      By: Matt Hochberg

      Have you heard about Royal Caribbean's $200 million development project at its private destination in the Bahamas? The Perfect Day at CocoCay is slated to offer cruise guests an incredible day ashore that will be exclusively available to Royal Caribbean cruise guests.

      Since Royal Caribbean revealed its plans for CocoCay earlier this year, there have been a lot of interest in what will be offered once Perfect Day opens.  Here are answers to some commonly asked Perfect Day at CocoCay questions.

      This information was up to date as of May 15, 2018.

      When will CocoCay open?

      Royal Caribbean plans to open CocoCay in phases as parts of the island's upgrades are ready.

      The first aspect of Perfect Day at CocoCay is scheduled to open in September 2018 when the new pier is completed. Chill Island and Oasis Lagoon are planned for November 2018, while Thrill Waterpark and South Beach debut in April 2019.

      The official Perfect Day at CocoCay Grand Opening, which will include CocoBeach Club and the Overwater Cabanas, is set for November 2019.

      The exact schedule is subject to change and is fully dependent upon achieving all construction deadlines and does not account for unforeseeable events.

      Capacity and operations

      Royal Caribbean designed the Perfect Day at CocoCay so that all of its cruise ships could potentially stop there, including the Oasis class ships.

      The average service capacity for a single call day on the island is projected at 6,500 guests.

      Perfect Day at CocoCay is a private destination exclusive to Royal Caribbean and no other cruise lines will be able to stop there.

      Coco Beach Club costs and access

      Guests looking to truly indulge will want to go to the Coco Beach Club.  The 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. Costs will be shared at a later date.

      Children will be allowed in the Coco Beach Club.  In fact, there are no age restrictions at any of the Perfect Day at CocoCay attractions or activities. Children of all ages are welcome!

      How to book Perfect Day at CocoCay

      In the future, your clients will have the opportunity to plan out their perfect day as most experiences at Perfect Day at CocoCay will be available to book via the Cruise Planner tool.

      Guests booked on sailings that call on Perfect Day at CocoCay will be notified when this feature becomes available.

      Cruising solo 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 250 is available for downloading, where Michael Poole shares why going on a Royal Caribbean cruise by yourself is a great idea.

      Going on a cruise alone may sound weird, but in reality, it can be an extremely fun and gratifying cruise experiences.  Michael and Matt talk about how to best take advantage of cruising solo, and what sort of information you should be aware of before going it alone.

      Here’s the podcast page for Episode 250. 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!

      Photo tour of what's new on Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas

      By: Matt Hochberg

      Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas finished a massive makeover as part of the Royal Amplified program, and we have a look at some of the new additions and changes to Independence of the Seas.

      Royal Caribbean Blog reader Rebecca Taylor shared with us photos she took while onboard Independence of the Seas.

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      Video: Independence of the Seas Sky Pad Installation

      By: Matt Hochberg

      The first virtual reality bungee trampoline experience at sea, Sky Pad is installed on board Independence of the Seas as part of Royal Caribbean’s bold, new adventures.

      Royal Caribbean to announce new private island details in Asia soon

      By: Matt Hochberg

      Ever since Royal Caribbean announced its intention to build new private destinations around the world, we have been left wondering where and when we might hear more information and it looks like have an idea now.

      Amie Keeley from Travel Weekly quoted Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley while onboard Independence of the Seas to say that the cruise line is, "currently in negotiations over 'several' islands in Asia-Pacific and is hoping to announce the locations and features in July."

      Bayley also indicated that a new private destination in Asia would be ready by 2022.

      At a media event in New York earlier this Spring, Royal Caribbean revealed its intentions to build more private islands around the world.