Royal Caribbean looking to expand its headquarters in Miami

In:
15Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd, the parent company of Royal Caribbean International, is looking to renovate and expand its corporate headquarters.

South Florida Business Journal reports the project would cost approximately $300 million and be located at the southwest corner of Dodge Island next to where its older offices sit now. The new campus would expand the company’s workforce capacity from 2,200 to 4,200.

The plan is to would demolish the building at 1040 Caribbean Way. It would build a Terminal K parking garage with about 1,820 spaces plus a new unspecified size office building. Royal Caribbean would perform major renovations to the buildings it leases at 1050 and 1080 Caribbean Way.

When finished, the renovated and expanded headquarters would include a fitness center, a daycare, a cafeteria, an auditorium and a maritime innovation center for the design development and renovation of cruise vessels.

The Miami Herald reports the design for the new buildings is by New York architecture firm HOK. The building is designed to look like a ship.  Royal Caribbean’s giant crown logo will be emblazoned on the roof to catch the eyes of airline passengers overhead.

Royal Caribbean’s Chief Financial Officer Jason Liberty also talked about the focus on climate change and the need to make changes to the buildings now. Liberty said to prepare for inevitable sea level rise, the company plans to build the structures 15 feet above sea level and store critical machinery on higher floors. Many climate models project Miami streets will be flooding daily by 2070.

On Monday the Miami-Dade Tourism and Ports Committee approved a deal, but the full board of commissioners will vote on the proposal in May.

Perfect Day at CocoCay waterslides & experiences height and weight requirements

In:
15Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

If your Royal Caribbean cruise is taking you to Perfect Day at CocoCay, you are likely in that getting-super-excited stage of cruise planning.  Before you try out all the fun experiences that Perfect Day at CocoCay has to offer, here are the important age, height and weight restrictions for the slides, rides and experiences at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Royal Caribbean has no age restrictions for the experiences at Perfect Day at CocoCay. Some slides and activities have height and
weight restrictions

Many of the island’s other experiences, such as Up, Up and Away helium balloon, Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool, and Captain Jill’s Galleon, are open to all guests. 

AttractionPlatform HeightHeight RequirementMaximum Weight Limit
Daredevil's Peak waterslide135 feet48 inches minimum300 lbs.
Dueling Demons waterslides75 feet48 inches minimum300 lbs.
Screeching Serpent waterslide50 feet48 inches minimum300 lbs.
Green Mamba waterslide50 feet48 inches minimum300 lbs.
Manta Raycers waterslides25 feet40 inches minimum300 lbs.
The Slingshot waterslide60 feet48 inches minimum; or 40 inches minimum with a swim vest onMax single person: 300 lbs./
Total raft weight limit: 550 lbs
The Twister waterslide60 feet48 inches minimum; or 40 inches minimum with a swim vest onMax single person: 300 lbs./
Total raft weight limit: 550 lbs.
Splash Speedway waterslides40 feet42 inches minimum300 lbs.
Adventure Pool Guests under 48 inches must wear a swim vest at all times N/A
Wave Pool Guests under 48 inches must wear a swim vest at all times N/A
Splashaway Bay slides Maximum 42 inches200 lbs.
Zip Line N/A50 lbs. minimum
300 lbs. maximum

 

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: April 14, 2019

In:
14Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Spring is here and it is also Sunday, which means we are celebrating warm(er) temperatures and Royal Caribbean news from this week!

Spectrum of the Seas was delivered to Royal Caribbean this week, becoming the 26th ship in the fleet.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chairman and CEO Richard D. Fain and President and CEO of Royal Caribbean International Michael Bayley received the new ship from Meyer Wert Yard’s Managing Partner Bernard Meyer and Meyer Werft Yard’s Managing Director Tim Meyer at the official handover ceremony. The first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships, Spectrum will homeport from Shanghai starting June 2019.

The first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships, Spectrum will homeport from Shanghai starting June 2019.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 297th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, featuring a listener's recent cruise on Allure of the Seas.

Lauren Reed joins Matt this week to talk about her recent sailing on Allure of the Seas. Lauren talks about why she picked Allure of the Seas, reviews her stateroom, dining and shore excursions.

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.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Cruise Fever shared tips for booking shore excursions.

Eat Sleep Cruise posted a guide to Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade.

SeaTrade Cruise News reported on how Royal Caribbean is using MFace to speed up disembarkation.

Perfect Day at CocoCay prices and costs

In:
12Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

There is a lot of excitement about Royal Caribbean's transformation of its private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay. Many of our readers are curious how much does Perfect Day at CocoCay cost, so we have a breakdown of what the new experiences will cost you.

Complimentary venues and activities

The good news is most of the experiences Royal Caribbean is offering at Perfect Day at CocoCay are complimentary and included with your cruise fare. 

In addition to the classic beach day experience, Royal Caribbean has added the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean, the shipwrecked Captain Jill’s Galleon loaded with slides and water cannons, the biggest ever Splashaway Bay aqua park yet, and new sports courts on South Beach.

The beach experience at Perfect Day at CocoCay has not been overlooked, with enhanced Chill Island and South Beach, both offering plenty of free beach chairs and beachside activities.

To go along with your fun in the sun, there are five new complimentary dining venues located throughout the island. 

CategoryExperience / AmenityCost
ThrillsSplashaway BayComplimentary
Captain Jill's GalleonComplimentary
DiningSkipper's GrillComplimentary
Chill GrillComplimentary
Snack Shack (3 throughout island)Complimentary
PoolsOasis LagoonComplimentary admission
Beach  chairs, umbrellas and towelsComplimentary
BeachesChill IslandComplimentary
Beach chairs, umbrellas and towelsComplimentary
South BeachComplimentary admission
Beach chairs, umbrellas and towelsComplimentary
Sports CourtsComplimentary
Fitness ClassesSome complimentary
More
Amenities
Freshwater showersComplimentary
Tram serviceComplimentary
Beach access wheelchairsComplimentary

Extra Charge venues and activities

In addition to what is included with your visit to Perfect Day at CocoCay, there are additional options that you can purchase. We have listed price estimates, and they can vary by season and are subject to change without notice.

The exact pricing will vary from sailing to sailing, and exact prices can be found by visiting Royal Caribbean's Cruise Planner after booking your sailing. In fact, there could be savings found by pre-booking via the Cruise Planner.

CategoryExperience / AmenityPrice StructureDetails
ThrillsThrill Waterpark
Includes 13 waterslides, Wave Pool, Adventure Pool, complimentary dining at Snack Shack, beach chairs, umbrellas and towels
Admission chargeFULL Day: $44-$99 per person
HALF Day (P.M. only): $39-$74
Age 0-3: Complimentary
Cabana Rental: Grants
complimentary admission
for up to 6 guests.
Full day rental only.
See cabanas pricing below
Thrill Waterpark + Zip LinePackage pricingFULL Day: $99-$179 per person
HALF Day: $89-$149
Zip LineFor a charge$79-$139 per person
Up, Up and Away (helium balloon)For a chargeAge 13+: $39-$99 per person
Age 4-12: $24-$64
Age 0-3: Complimentary
BeachesCoco Beach Club
Includes access to exclusive beach,
club house, infinity pool, complimentary
dining at The Grille at Coco Beach Club,
beach chairs, umbrellas and towels
Admission chargeAge 13+: $54-$99 per person
Age 4-12: $34-$69
Age 0-3: Complimentary
Cabana Rental: Grants
complimentary admission
for up to 8 guests.
See cabanas pricing below
DiningCaptain Jack’sA la carte Prices according to menu
More AmenitiesCabanas, daybeds throughout islandRental chargeSee cabanas pricing below
Umbrellas throughoutRental charge 
Beach rentals (kayaks, snorkels, etc.)Rental chargeVaries
Spa services
(Coco Beach Club & Chill Island)
For a chargePrices according to spa menu

Cabana Prices

If your idea of relaxation involves your own private spod in the shad, perhaps a cabana is what you want. In addition to the complimentary umbrellas, clamshells, and daybeds (available for a rental charge), you can find cabanas for rent  at beaches, Thrill Waterpark, and Oasis Lagoon freshwater pool. 

The overwater cabanas at Coco Beach Club take the cabana experience to a whole new level, accomodating up toeight guests and comes with attendant service, a private hammock, a minibar, and your own personal slide into the sea.

 If you reserve a cabana at Thrill Waterpark, you’ll enjoy complimentary entry to all of the slides and activities inside for up to six guests. If you reserve a cabana at Coco Beach Club (including the overwater cabanas), you’ll enjoy complimentary access to the club for up to eight guests.

TypePrice RangeAccomodates Up To
Chill Island Cabanas$299 - $5698 guests
Oasis Lagoon Cabanas$299 - $5698 guests
Thrill Waterpark Cabanas$499 - $8696 guests; includes complimentary park admission
Coco Beach Club Beach Cabanas$949 – $15498 guests; includes complimentary club admission
Coco Beach Club Overwater Cabanas$999 – $15998 guests; includes complimentary club admission

 

Friday Photos - April 12, 2019

In:
12Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Are you ready for a virtual escape to a Royal Caribbean cruise? Every Friday we share our readers' favorite Royal Caribbean cruise photos in a showcase of why we love going on Royal Caribbean.

We begin with this look at a sunset from Freedom of the Seas, taken on Deck 13 by Joe Moran.

Kinny Lee shared this photo of Central Park in the early morning hours on Allure of the Seas.

Here is a look from the aft of Radiance of the Seas sailing through Doubtful Sound in New Zealand. Photo by Carl Green.

Our next photo is by Jeff L. and it is of Brilliance of the Seas docking next to Independence of the Seas.

David Donnelly snapped this fun shot of the Boardwalk on Harmony of the Seas.

Francois St-Onge took this panoramic photo of Allure of the Seas in Nassau (as seen from Navigator of the Seas).

Our final photo this week is by Rich Weiss and is of the sun setting over the bow of Freedom of the Seas. Photo taken from Harmony of the Seas.

Thank you to everyone who's photos were featured this week, and if you want to share your best Royal Caribbean cruise photos, you can send them in via this form. Have a great weekend!

Video: Spectrum of the Seas is Officially Delivered!

In:
11Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean International officially took delivery of the 26th ship in its fleet, Spectrum of the Seas, in a ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany. The first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships, Spectrum will homeport from Shanghai starting June 2019.

Royal Refund Sale offers up to $300 instant savings, kids sail free and more

In:
11Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering up to $300 instant savings, kids sail free and 50% off the second guest with its Royal Refund Sale.

The Royal Refund Sale applies to select new bookings made between April 11 – 15, 2019 on sailings departing on or after May 11, 2019. 

The offer includes:

  • 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first, full-fare paying guest.
  • 25% cruise fare savings for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests.
  • Instant Savings Offer provides up to $300 instant savings per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:
    • Sailings 5 nights or less, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $150 for Suites
    • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $75 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $100 for Balconies and $300 for Suites. 
    • Instant savings do not apply to China departures.
  • Kids Sail Free
    • provides free cruise fare for 3rd guests and higher who are 12 years old or younger on select 4-night or longer Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, CaribNE, Coastal, Cuba, Europe and Hawaii sailings departing between May 1, 2019 – May 15, 2020.
    • Offer excludes Summer sailings (Sailings between May 15 – August 31, 2019), 2019 Thanksgiving sailings (Sailings between November 23 – 30, 2019), Holiday sailings (Sailings between December 15, 2019 – January 3, 2020), President’s Day sailings (Sailings between February 14 – 17, 2020), Spring Break sailings (Sailings between March 14 – 23, 2020) and Holy Week/Easter sailings (Sailings between April 3 – 17, 2020).

BOGO and Kids Sail Free are combinable with each other as well as with Instant Savings Offer, promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Promo Code driven offers, Free Upgrades, Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Instant Savings Offer is combinable with promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Promo Code driven offers and Free Upgrades but not combinable with Crown and Anchor discounts and Shareholder Benefits. Offers are not combinable with any other offer or promotion, including, but not limited to, Standard Group, Interline, Travel Agent, Travel Agent Friends and Family, Weekly Sales Events, Net Rates. Promo Code driven offers are based on select ships and sail dates and must be applied at time of booking, limit one promo code per booking. 

Offer available to residents of United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and select countries in the Caribbean. 

Spectrum of the Seas joins Royal Caribbean's fleet following delivery ceremony

In:
11Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean took delivery today of its first Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship, Spectrum of the Seas.

At a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Meyer Werft shipyard handed over Spectrum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean's leadership team.

The first cruise ship of the Quantrum-Ultra class has a rating of 169,000 GRT; it measures 347.1 m in length and 41.4 m in width, with capacity for 4,246 passengers.

As a further development of Quantum-Class, Spectrum of the Seas is fitted with state-of-the-art emission control systems such as the a hybrid scrubber. Energy-efficient technical systems, optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery and exceedingly effective underwater paintwork together with an extremely energy-saving LED lighting system result in considerable energy savings. A diesel/electric pod drive, extensive alarm and safety systems, interactive communication systems and the very latest stage equipment guarantee safety and entertainment on board in accordance with the highest technical standards.


Photos provided by Meyer Werft

The cruise ship has  18 decks with 2,137 cabins offering space for 4,246 passengers in double occupancy.

After being handed over to the shipping company, Spectrum of the Seas will be leaving Bremerhaven. The maiden voyage to Asia will begin in Barcelona on April 18.

Royal Caribbean opens 2020-2021 sailings from Hong Kong for booking

In:
10Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has posted its 2020-2021 sailings from Hong Kong on Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas to destinations in Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and more.

Beginning July 2020, Voyager of the Seas will offer 4 and 5 night sailings, along with 9 night immersive Japan journeys.

The brand new Spectrum of the Seas, the first Quantum Ultra Class ship offers Asia cruises to Nagasaki, Osaka, Okinawa and beyond for a limited-time, from November 2020 through January 2021.

You can view sailings scheduled for Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.

These newly announced Hong Kong sailings are available to book immediately.

Royal Caribbean adds group chat feature to app

In:
10Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Included with the recent update to Royal Caribbean's app is the option for guests to initiate group chats while on their cruise.

In addition to the one-to-one guest chat feature that is being tested on Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the 1.16.0 version of the app comes with a group chat feature.

Thanks to Jody Finds The Travel Deals for providing the screenshots.

The chat feature is currently only available on Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas while it is being developed and tested.  Eventually, all Royal Caribbean ships will have access to the app, along with chat, however there is no timetable provided for when each ship and/or feature will be released.

There is no cost to use Royal Caribbean's app while onboard and you do not need an internet package to use the app either.

The app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store.

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