Video: Why you NEVER want to buy a drink package on a Royal Caribbean ship

In:
08Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Are you interested in buying an unlimited alcohol package on your Royal Caribbean cruise? Here is why you should not buy it onboard your ship!

Drink packages are quite popular and I usually buy one when I go on a cruise, but it is a mistake to buy it onboard.  In this new video, you can learn why it is not a great idea to buy onboard, and what you should do instead!

And if you love this video, we have lots of other great cruise videos to watch on our Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel!

By the way, have you subscribed yet? Be sure to subscribe to our channel and never miss a single episode!

So check out the video and then let us know: What is the best price you have gotten for the deluxe beverage package?

Royal Caribbean offering up to 30% off pre-cruise purchases with Deals on Deck sale

In:
08Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering up to 30% off certain Cruise Planner purchases during its Deals on Deck sale.

The new promotion applies to purchases made between October 8, 2019 – October 17, 2019, and applies to select sailings departing between October 19, 2019 – April 30, 2020. It is valid on all ships, except for Spectrum of the Seas.

BEVERAGE: Up to 40% off on select sailings.

  • NEW! Classic Soda Beverage Package + VOOM Surf & Stream 1 Device: Discount varies by ship (excludes Charter Sailings + SC)
  • Deluxe Beverage Package: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC)
  • Deluxe Beverage Package + VOOM Surf & Stream 1 Device. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC)
  •  Refreshment Package: 30% off onboard prices. (Excludes SC)

SHORE EXCURSIONS: Up to 25% off on select sailings.

  • Save up to 25% on select tours on select sailings. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC).

INTERNET: Up to 60% off on select sailings

  • NEW! The Key. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes Charter Sailings + Mj, SC)• VOOM Surf Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC).
  • VOOM Surf & Stream Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s). Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC)

DINING: Up to 50% off on select sailings.

  • VOOM Surf Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s). Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC)

DINING: Up to 55% off on select sailings

  •  Unlimited Dining Package on 3N – 9N sailings. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes MJ, SC)

ACTIVITIES: 10% off on select sailings

  • All Access Ship Tour: 10% off onboard prices. (Excludes SC)

GIFTS & GEAR: 20% off

  • NEW! Inky Beach Set: 20% off onboard prices. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes QN, SC, VY)
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries: 20% off onboard prices. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes QN, SC, VY)
  • Inky Travel Set: 20% off onboard prices. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes QN, SC, VY)
  • Red Wine & Cheese: 20% off onboard prices. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes, QN, SC, VY)
  • Royal Caribbean Beach Towel: 20% off onboard prices. Discount varied by ship. (Excludes QN, SC, VY)
  • Strawberries with Champagne: 20% off onboard prices. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes QN, SC, VY)
  • White Wine & Cheese: 20% off onboard prices. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes QN, SC, VY)

PHOTO PACKAGES: Up to 20% off on select sailings.

  • Prints – 10: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes AD, AL, AN, BR, EN, EX, FR, HM, JW, LB, OA, OY, RD, RH, SC, SR, SY)
  • Prints – 15: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes AL, BR, EN, FR, HM, LB, MA, MJ, NE, NV, OA, OY, QN, RH, SC, SR, SY)
  • Prints – 20: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes All Ships + Charter Sailings except AL, BR, EN, EX, FR, GR, ID, JW, MA, MJ, NE, NV, OY, QN, RD, RH, SC, SR,VI, VY)
  • Prints – All: Discount varies by ship. (AD, AN, EX, HM, ID, LB, MA, NV, OV, QN, SC, SY)
  • Digital – 15: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes AL, BR, EN, FR, GR, HM, JW, LB,MA, MJ, NV, OA, OV, OY, QN, RD, RH, SC, SR, SY, VI)
  • Digital – 20: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes AL, BR, EN, EX,FR, GR, ID, JW, MA, MJ, NE, NV, OY, QN, RD, RH SC, SR,VI, VY)
  • Digital – All: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes AD, AL, AN, BR, EN, EX, FR, HM, ID, LB, MA, NV, OA, OV, OY, QN, RH, SR, SY, VY)
  • All Digital + Prints: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes AD, AN, EX, GR, HM, ID, JW, LB, MA, MJ, NE, NV, OA, OV, OY, QN, RD, SC, SY, VI, VY)

The Cruise Planner sale promises savings on certain shore excursions and drink package purchases.  Guests can check which discounts, if any, are available for their upcoming sailing by visiting the Cruise Planner site. Keep in mind that not all sailings may see the sale applicable, nor are all offers significantly cheaper than previously posted.

If you spot a better discount on something you already pre-purchased, you should be able to cancel the purchase and then re-purchase the same item under this promotion.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver visits Royal Caribbean cruise ship

In:
08Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Jamie Oliver visited Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas in Miami on Monday for a stopover at one of his namesake restaurants onboard.

Photo by Linken D'Souza

Navigator of the Seas is home to one of Oliver's restaurant at sea, Jamie's Italian.  The specialty restaurant's menu is based on tasty, simple Italian food, made from fresh ingredients with a casual dining experience, designed to be welcoming to everyone. 

Since the launch of Quantum of the Seas in 2014, Royal Caribbean has offered guests the opportunity to dine at  Jamie's Italian specialty restaurant on many of its ships.

Royal Caribbean holds first late night visit Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
07Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Over the weekend, Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas stayed for a late night visit to the cruise line's private island in The Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The October 4th sailing of Navigator of the Seas kicked off the late night visit season, along with some sailings that will visit Perfect Day at CocoCay twice.

Navigator of the Seas remained at Perfect Day at CocoCay until 10pm, and featured an array of evening activities, including a Junkanoo Jam Up Party, an island barbeque and performances by a calypso band and fire dancers, topped off with a farewell fireworks before setting sail.

 

 

Here are the sailings currently scheduled for Two Stops at Perfect Day at CocoCay, including Late Night Stays.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: October 6, 2019

In:
06Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Happy Sunday! It has been a busy week of Royal Caribbean news, and we have it all summarized for you in this round up.

Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean revealed when some of its 2021-2022 itineraries will go on sale.

The opening schedule for the May 2021 - April 2022 deployment was revealed, which begins later this month with Alaska and Hawaii sailings.

Deployment schedules gives consumers an idea of when to expect particular cruise schedules to become available to start looking at future cruises.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 322nd episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Matt talks with Ken Jarvis about what it means to reach Pinnacle Status.

Ken recently reached the highest level of Crown and Anchor Society, and this week, he shares how he leveled up to Pinnacle, and what becoming a Pinnacle member means to him.

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: 9 Ways To Get Kicked Off a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship!

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 — 9 Ways To Get Kicked Off a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship! — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Cruise Tips TV created a video about how to pack for a Royal Caribbean cruise.

Cruise Ind released a tour of Empress of the Seas.

J's Dream Travel lists dumb reasons not to go on a cruise.

Friday Photos - October 4, 2019

In:
04Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Every Friday we share Royal Caribbean cruise photos that our readers sent in, as a means of showcasing great photography and giving all of us a "virtual break" to enjoy the view of being on a cruise.  If you want to send in your photo, use this form and we could feature it in an upcoming post.

We begin with this photo of Mariner of the Seas at Perfect Day at CocoCay, taken by Brandon Owen.

Mimi Auchter sent in this photo of Allure of the Seas next to Majesty of the Seas in Cozumel.

Julius and Catherine stopped for a photo in front of Ovation of the Seas while in Skagway.

Our next photo is of a towel animal on Grandeur of the Seas, taken by DJ Epstein.

Here is a shot of Anthem of the Seas on its way back to NJ from Bermuda. Photo by Angela Roman.

Next, we have a photo by Brendan Glynn from an elevator atrium on Symphony of the Seas.

Our last photo this week is by Suzanne Shepherd, and it is of Explorer of the Seas in Flam, Norway.

Thank you to everyone that shared their photos with us this week! If you want to share with us your photos, use this form to send them in!

Royal Caribbean and WWF announce breakthrough in fight to save Hawksbill Turtle

In:
04Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean announced a major milestone today in its fight to save the Hawksbill Turtle from extinction.

The cruise line in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia, announced a new DNA extraction test will offer scientists and conservationists vital information to track – and ultimately help end – the illegal trade of hawksbill turtle products. This is a significant breakthrough led by WWF Australia, Royal Caribbean the NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), in California, USA. 

The innovative project forms part of Royal Caribbean and WWF’s five-year global partnership to support ocean conservation and help ensure the long-term health of the seas. Turtle lovers and holidaymakers are encouraged to support Royal Caribbean and WWF’s efforts and #thinkbeforeyoubuy while traveling overseas.

Hunted for their beautiful shells, the species is now listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), with the scientific community estimating as few as 6,700 breeding females remain in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Hawksbill turtles from different regions, or even some countries, are genetically distinct, and their DNA signatures can be used to identify different nesting areas. The new test will allow scientists and marine conservationists to identify which where tortoiseshell products have come from and pinpoint hawksbill turtle populations to allow for targeted conservation efforts.

The next step in the project is to build a more comprehensive genetic database of all hawksbill rookeries across Asia Pacific to help identify what populations there are in different locations to protect those most at risk from poaching. This kind of information is limited or currently unavailable and will provide vital information for wildlife managers and law enforcement to act on.

Learn more about Royal Caribbean’s partnership with WWF and their work to end the illegal turtle trade here.

Video: 9 Ways To Get Kicked Off a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship!

In:
03Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

We have a new RoyalCaribbeanBlog video out today that looks at a number of ways to get kicked off a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

From being disruptive to other guests or crew to smoking where you should not, there are a bunch of ways to get kicked off Royal Caribbean. We have a look at nine different things that will get you removed from the ship.

And if you love this video, we have lots of other great cruise videos to watch on our Royal Caribbean Blog YouTube Channel!

By the way, have you subscribed yet? Be sure to subscribe to our channel and never miss a single episode!

So check out the video and then let us know: Which scenario surprised you the most!?

Reaching Pinnacle Status on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

In:
02Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Our newest podcast episode is out to help give you a quick "audio escape" to a Royal Caribbean cruise!

Episode 322 is available for downloading, which features an interview with a Royal Caribbean cruiser that just reached Pinnacle Status in Crown and Anchor Society.

Ken Jarvis recently moved up to Pinnacle Status on a sailing last month and talks about what it means to him to reach Pinnacle Status and what it took to reach to the highest tier of Crown and Anchor Society.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 322. And don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast via RSSStitcher or on iTunes!

Take a listen and as always, let us know what you think! Please rate and review the podcast on iTunes and leave your comments below!

Spotted: Coco Beach Club now available for booking

In:
02Oct2019
By: Matt Hochberg

It appears Royal Caribbean has added the option for guests to begin booking Coco Beach Club access and cabanas via the Cruise Planner site.

The Coco Beach Club is a exclusive area of Perfect Day at CocoCay that offers an oceanfront infinity pool, upgraded cuisine and the only floating cabanas in the Bahamas. Plus, there is a complimentary restaurant at Coco Beach Club featuring lobster, snapper, and steak— plus a buffet of soups, salads, and starters. 

Guests can choose between a day pass to the Coco Beach Club, as well as the option to reserve a cabana or floating cabana. Exact prices will vary from sailing to sailing. Check your Cruise Planner for exact options and pricing.

The Coco Beach Club will offer the first and only floating cabanas in The Bahamas that seeks to offer guests with an additional level of luxury.

In addition, beachside cabanas and daybeds will offer up a private slice of paradise. Elsewhere, guests can find zen at a freshwater infinity edge pool and bar, spanning an expansive 2,600-plus feet, or enjoy an exclusive dining venue that serves up freshly made Mediterranean fare with a side of ocean views.

The Coco Beach Club and the floating cabanas are slated to open on January 31, 2020.

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