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Royal Caribbean News Round-Up February 25, 2024

25 Feb 2024
Calista Kiper

Happy Sunday, and I hope you had a great week. It was a busy week of Royal Caribbean fun, and I have a round-up of all of it in this hand-dandy blog post.

It looks like there will be two Royal Caribbean ships based on the West Coast soon.

Quantum of the Seas rumor

If rumors are correct, Royal Caribbean is poised to deploy a second cruise ship from Los Angeles, joining Navigator of the Seas, which started sailing from L.A. in 2022.

Cruise schedules for the second half of 2025 show that this ship could be Quantum of the Seas. 

While Royal Caribbean has been absent from the California market for the past ten years, this move shows a renewed commitment to the area.

Royal Caribbean News:

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

Allure of the Seas

We've just released the 526th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast. In it, Matt reviews a weekend cruise on Oasis-Class Allure of the Seas.

You can subscribe to the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or RSS.

New RCB Video: What you'll want to know about getting free cruises in the casino

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 — What you'll want to know about getting free cruises in the casino — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Sushi to-go on Icon of the Seas makes it easier than ever to snack beyond the usual

Izumi sushi from window on Icon of the Seas

Icon of the Seas has more ways to snack than ever before.

Izumi is Royal Caribbean's designated Japanese cuisine, and with its location in Central Park, the venue is more popular than ever.

Now, Icon of the Seas features a walk-up sushi window in Izumi. 

You can grab a sashimi or nigiri roll, with edamame or seaweed salad, and take the portable container anywhere on the ship!

The worst months to cruise the Caribbean


Warm weather year-round is what makes the Caribbean the most popular cruising destination. Cruisers love visiting those sunny beaches at all times of the year.

But how can you avoid cancellations, those bad rains, and dangerous hurricanes?

Keep track of the worst months to cruise, and plan your sailing accordingly.

Icon of the Seas sought to make boarding day experience less lousy and feel more like vacation


We've all been there before: it's embarkation day, and everyone is racing to get onboard and explore as soon as possible. 

There are many tasks we can give ourselves in the first hours onboard a ship, from booking WiFi to reserving specialty dining.

To make the first day more like a vacation, Royal Caribbean sought to resolve this problem and make day 1 easy.

They've done this by eliminating lines and increasing the amount of preparation you can do before even getting onboard.

15 things cruise lines really do not want you to bring on ships

Iron on a cruise ship cabin

Packing the wrong item in your cruise luggage could lead to the delay or even cancellation of your beloved vacation.

You never want to bring a banned item onboard, so it's important to plan ahead and know what's restricted.

To keep your boarding day running smoothly, check out the top 15 things cruise lines do not want you to bring onboard. 

From irons to camouflage clothing, here's what you need to know.

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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