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Royal Caribbean News Round-up September 24, 2023

24 Sep 2023
Calista Kiper

Happy weekend! We have a look back at all the Royal Caribbean news from this week to share with all of you.

Two cruise ships docked side by side

Some cruisers prefer a cruise that visits a lot of ports, citing their ship as a mode of transportation rather than a destination itself.

However, other cruisers prefer itineraries with a multitude of sea days, enjoying the ship’s activities and amenities. 

Which option suits you? To help make a decision, here are 7 reasons to avoid a port-heavy itinerary. 

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 513th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available at all our links.

Matt shares his thoughts on the reveal of the adults-only Hideaway Beach announced at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

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.

Video: The biggest misconceptions people have about a cruise before sailing

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Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Check out the link to view our latest video: 10 things Royal Caribbean Rookie Cruisers Should Do!

Which cruise line is best? Fans say why they prefer Royal Caribbean over Carnival

Cruise enthusiasts have various preferences when it comes to choosing a cruise line.

Carnival Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean are two of the biggest and most popular in the world, each offering fantastic options in dining, entertainment, amenities, attractions and overall onboard experience. 

Cruise fans on Reddit responded to the question, Why do you prefer Royal Caribbean over Carnival?

Reddit users responded, sharing their preferences when it comes to atmosphere, dining, ship design, entertainment, and itineraries. 

I packed for a 7-day cruise and bringing this electronic was a total waste of space


For her first cruise, Calista packed for a 7-day trip. 

Packing properly for a cruise is important, as you’ll want to avoid overpacking. 

But on the other hand, you’ll want to remember everything you need. Prices are a lot higher once you’re onboard.

To prevent any overpacking or overpaying, Calista planned carefully and made a packing list.

While she made some good packing decisions, there was one item she regretted bringing: a laptop.

I paid $130 extra to upgrade my interior cabin to a spacious ocean view on Voyager of the Seas. Here's a tour of my cabin.

Voyager of the Seas spacious ocean view

Angie recently cruised onboard Voyager of the Seas. 

She and her dad initially booked the cruise with a cheaper, interior guarantee cabin. Since the guarantee process means that Royal Caribbean assigns a cabin to the passenger, Angie was not able to select its location. 

But four days before their cruise, Angie and her dad decided to pay $130 to bid through the RoyalUp program for an upgraded cabin.

They ended up receiving a spacious oceanview stateroom: here’s a tour

I tried some of the best strategies to beat the chair hogs on my cruise. Here's how it went

Spending time at the pool deck is a highlight of cruising, but how can you ensure you get a seat?

Many cruisers complain about the epidemic of chair hogs at pool decks.

Chair hogs are people who leave their items on a chair but disappear for hours without using it.

On her recent cruise, Calista tried several strategies to beat the chair hogs. 

From spending extra money to waking up early, Calista shares how those tips worked for her. 

Calista Kiper graduated from Wheaton College, IL, with a B.A. in English Writing. 

Growing up traveling around the world, she developed a passion for diversity and cross-cultural communication. From her first cruise on Wonder of the Seas, she has delighted in the intersection between travel, diversity, and writing in the cruising world.

Calista spends her free time reading, cooking, and researching the latest human-interest stories. 

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