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Royal Caribbean News Round-up February 11, 2024

11 Feb 2024
Calista Kiper

Happy early Valentine's Day! Hope the holiday is filled with chocolate, flowers and a Royal Caribbean cruise! I'm spreading the Royal Caribbean love with our look at all the Royal Caribbean news from this week.


Utopia of the Seas will have an immersive train-inspired restaurant, along with a few other new dining concepts.

Launching in July 2024, Utopia will have more than 40 options for drinking and dining. 

Royal Railway – Utopia Station is one of them, and it promises to have a full-fledged dining experience onboard the ship.

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Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 525th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available! Matt is back from the first inaugural sailing of Icon of the Seas and shares his thoughts after trying out this brand-new cruise ship.

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.

New RCB Video: Cruise ship worst case scenarios and what to do!

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 — Cruise ship worst case scenarios and what to do!— and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean Drink Package Guide


All-inclusive drink packages are one of the most popular add-ons for a Royal Caribbean cruise.

The drink packages offer a fixed daily cost, so guests can budget ahead of time and receive unlimited access to drinks.

You might be wondering what you get with a drink package and if it's really worth the additional cost, so we’ve summarized the details of the 2024 Royal Caribbean drink package

What it was like on the inaugural Icon of the Seas cruise


An inaugural sailing is unique from other sailings; a combination of “Woodstock and Prom.”

It’s like a giant party, reunion, and celebration, all rolled into one.

After a maiden voyage on Icon of the Seas, Matt can conclude that being among the first to walk onboard is an awesome feeling.

However, there can be hiccups along the way. An inaugural cruise isn’t for someone who wants the ship to be running perfectly.

11 things you should never do at a cruise ship buffet


There are important do's and don'ts to a cruise ship buffet.

Buffets are great for the convenience and variety they offer, but you want to make sure you're not going against the grain when you dine here.

From not washing your hands to bypassing the made-to-order stations, here are 11 things you should never do at a cruise ship buffet

Empire Supper Club review

Empire Supper Club on Icon of the Seas

Is Royal Caribbean’s most expensive restaurant worth a taste?

The high-anticipated Empire Supper Club is a sophisticated specialty venue with an atmosphere of glitz and glamor.

The venue transports you to New York City in the 1930s, featuring a sultry live jazz trio.

The $200 cover price includes an eight-course meal and never-before seen cocktails.

Angie went ahead and tried the Empire Supper Club for the evening, and here’s everything she ate.

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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