Royal Caribbean News Round-Up: October 29, 2023

29 Oct 2023
Matt Hochberg

Happy (almost) Halloween! I don't have any bad Halloween themed puns to include here, just the latest Royal Caribbean news to catch up on before you hit up the neighborhood for candy.

Is a Junior Suite worth it to pay over $1,000 more for this cabin?

Junior Suite

I took a recent cruise where I paid around $1,200 more to move up from an oceanview cabin to a Junior Suite and I think it was money well spent.

From the extra living space, to double points, to speedy embarkation, I tried out a Junior Suite and thought it was totally worth it.

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New RCB Video: Avoid these Caribbean cruise tourist traps!

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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 — Avoid these Caribbean cruise tourist traps! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

The secret crew-only areas on a cruise ship

Bryan in Crew member cabin

Have you ever wondered what the crew areas of a crew ship look like?

Guests aren't allowed to ever go to these areas of the ship, which leaves a lot of people wondering what it's like there.

Bryan James works on Wonder of the Seas and shared a glimpse of what his cabin and crew restaurants, laundry, and stores look like.

New waterslide is being added to Thrill Waterpark

Waterslide construction

A new waterslide is being built at Royal Caribbean's water park on Perfect Day at CocoCay.

A new family flume slide is under construction, which will add a new slide designed to accommodate 2-4 people per raft.

It's being added to the Splash Summit Tower.

How Royal Caribbean's Main Dining Room works

Icon of the Seas main dining room

Few cruise ship venues are as integral to the onboard experience as the Main Dining Room.

It's where you can go to eat dinner every night, along with breakfast, and lunch on sea days. The best part is it's included in your cruise fare.

How does the Main Dining Room work and what should you expect when eating there? We have a full breakdown of what to expect.

This cruise hack turns your cabin into a private area


If you're sharing a cabin with someone, this cruise ship cabin hack could make a big difference.

Using a shower curtain and magnets, you could section off part of your room to provide much needed privacy.

Creating a dark space can be perfect for light sleepers or those sharing a cabin with cruisers who use a different sleep schedule. 

Is Allure of the Seas the "worst" Oasis Class ship?

Allure of the Seas

Allure of the Seas is the only Oasis Class cruise ship that doesn't have waterslides, the Ultimate Abyss, and many other ship wide enhancements, so does that make Allure a bad choice?

Often there are comments posted online about how Allure of the Seas feels outdated, so is that really the case?

Jenna sailed on Allure of the Seas to see for herself how the ship stacks up.

Matt started Royal Caribbean Blog in 2010 as a place to share his passion for all things Royal Caribbean with readers. He oversees all the writers at Royal Caribbean Blog, and writes a great deal of content on a daily basis.  He has become one of the foremost experts on a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Over the years, he has reached Pinnacle Club status with Royal Caribbean's customer loyalty program.

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