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Royal Caribbean News Round-up October 15, 2023

15 Oct 2023
Calista Kiper

The fall temperatures may be dropping, but the Royal Caribbean news from this week is as hot as ever, and we have it all summarized for you in this week's round up!

Royal Caribbean has canceled the rest of the line’s sailings to and from Israel.

Rhapsody of the Seas

The cruise line wrote that the decision was made with guests’ safety and wellbeing in mind. 

All of the remaining Rhapsody of the Seas cruises for this year from Haifa have been canceled, with plans to return to Israel in 2024 on Jewel of the Seas.

Multiple other cruise lines have canceled their cruises visiting Israel as well.

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Video: I survived 96 hours on Royal Caribbean's worst rated 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 — I survived 96 hours on Royal Caribbean's worst rated cruise ship — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

I booked the smallest and cheapest room on Royal Caribbean's Grandeur of the Seas. It was only 142 square feet, but I'd stay in it again

Not only did Allie sale on the smallest ship, but she also booked the smallest cabin on the ship. It was only 142 square feet, an an interior cain with no windows. 

However, Allie ended up being pleasantly surprised by the condition and size of the cabin.

She also discusses the affordable price of the cabin, making the stateroom one she would sail in again. 

What to bring on a Caribbean cruise? 23 essentials to pack

Valley Church Beach in Antigua

No matter what part of the world you’re cruising to, it’s important to pack appropriately. 

With the Caribbean being one of the most popular cruising destinations, many cruisers choose to visit the region. 

If you’re planning a visit, you’ll need to prepare specifically for a visit to the Caribbean. 

We compiled an essential list of items that are important to pack on your Caribbean cruise

Ultimate Abyss: Royal Caribbean's cruise ship dry slide

Abyss on Symphony

Royal Caribbean‘s incredible onship activities include a 10 deck high dry slide on select ships.

The Ultimate Abyss has quickly become a popular thrill with cruisers, so we decided to give it a try and report back. 

This article describes a ride on the thrilling Ultimate Abyss, which is available on Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, Wonder of the Seas, and Utopia of the seas. 

I cruised Royal Caribbean from Galveston for the first time. Here's what a cruise from Texas is like.

Galveston, Texas terminal

What is it like to cruise out of Galveston, Texas? 

Voyager of the seas and Harmony of the Seas currently sail out of Galveston, Texas, and will for the rest of 2023.

Our writer Angie decided to try the port for the first time on Voyager of the Seas. 

From Coast Guard delays to to finding transportation, Angie describes what it was like to sail out of the Royal Caribbean port in Galveston, Texas.

9 ways to sleep better on a cruise ship

Split bed configuration inside cabin

One disadvantage of traveling is that you can be hard to catch up on your rest. 

Everyone has different sleep patterns and some may struggle to adjust to getting quality sleep in a different bed. 

However, we have compiled some advice you can use to get better sleep on your cruise. 

From air conditioning to getting extra pillows, you can use these helpful strategies to ensure you get lots of rest and feel relaxed on your vacation.

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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