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Royal Caribbean News Round-up October 1, 2023

01 Oct 2023
Calista Kiper

Happy Sunday! It has been a busy week of Royal Caribbean news, and we have it all summarized for you in this round up.

Royal Caribbean has changed the age limit to its adults-only pool.

Solarium on Oasis of the Seas

Previously, the pool’s access was limited to guests 16 and up.

But the cruise line announced in an email that the age restriction will be updated to 18 and up.

“We have decided to keep our ‘adults-only area consistent,” the email read.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 514th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is available now: should you book a maiden voyage?

With Royal Caribbean launches two new cruise ships in 2024, you may be wondering if an inaugural, or maiden voyage on a new ship is the best 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.

Video: Weirdest things people have done on a cruise ship!

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Have you subscribed to the Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel? We share some great videos there regularly, all about taking a Royal Caribbean cruise! This week, we are sharing our latest video — Weirdest things people have done on a cruise ship! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

How to prepare for a cruise: Last-minute things you should do

Getting ready for a cruise? Whether you’re experienced or brand-new, organized or going with the flow, it’s important to remember these last-minute preparations.

If you leave something important behind, or forget documentation, it’s not so easy to catch up. Check out our list to make sure you don’t forget anything, from government documents to having cash on hand. 

Royal Caribbean previews all the restaurant and dining choices coming to the world's largest cruise ship


Royal Caribbean previews plans for dining experience on the new largest cruise ship in the world, Icon of the Seas.

The cruise line aims to offer a wide range of dining options to cater to different tastes and preferences. 

Icon of the Seas will have over 40 food and beverage venues, with over 20 brand new options.

I sailed on one of Royal Caribbean's biggest ships. Look inside my 214-square-foot room that had a private balcony

What does a room look like onboard the older—but large—Freedom of the Seas cruise ship?

Calista recently sailed on Freedom of the Seas and received a balcony room through the guarantee stateroom process.

Located on deck 8, this midship balcony room spanned 214 square feet and included a spacious living, a couch and king-sized bed, a tiny bathroom, and a beautiful balcony room.

Take a look inside this balcony cabin on a Freedom Class ship.

21 things you'll regret not doing on a cruise

Ice show

A cruise is something you can look forward to for months, or even years. 

You can spend an infinite amount of money and time preparing for it, but you’ll never be able to re-do your experience once it’s over.

On your cruise, you want to be sure you complete everything on your bucket list. 

We asked our readers what one thing they regret not trying on their cruise. 

To prevent grief over these missed opportunities, check out our list of important items that you’ll regret not doing. 

I sailed on Royal Caribbean's worst rated cruise ship. Here's what it was really like.

Among cruisers and professional rankings, Grandeur of the Seas is named Royal Caribbean’s worst cruise ship.

A Vision Class ship, Grandeur was launched in 1996, making her the oldest of Royal Caribbean’s ships. Although she underwent refurbishment in 2012, people still voice complaints about the quality and amenities onboard the ship.  

Last week, Allie sailed on Grandeur of the Seas, and reported back about what it was really like to cruise on this ship. 

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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