New vegan menu to be added to Royal Caribbean's main dining room

In:
02Aug2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Guests dining in Royal Caribbean's main dining room will have new vegan options to consider.

As first reported by Cruise Critic, an enthusiast site not affiliated with any cruise line, Royal Caribbean added the new vegan choices effective August 1, 2019 to its main dining oom menu.

Some of the new items include:

  • Edamame-stuffed portobello mushrooms
  • Vegan spaghetti "bolognaise"
  • Orzo pasta stew with green vegetables
  • New desserts

Friday Photos - August 2, 2019

In:
02Aug2019
By: Matt Hochberg

It is Friday and with the weekend nearly here, that means we are sharing our readers' favorite Royal Caribbean photos.  Each week, we ask our readers to send us Royal Caribbean photos to share on the blog.

We begin with a photo by Gloria7649 of Perfect Day at CocoCay while visiting on Navigator of the Seas.

Matt Leprino shared this photo of a doe standing watch over Symphony’s Central Park on a beautiful summer night.

Pat & Sharon Patterson shared this photo of whales feeding between Radiance of the Seas and land in Icy Straight Point, Alaska.

Our next photo is of Brooke Clapp and family at a stop in St. John.

Here is a great sunset photo from Harmony of the Seas as seen by Bradley.

Ranán submitted this photo of the North Star from on Anthem of the Seas.

Our last photo is of Paul and the Captain of Anthem of the Seas.

Thank you to everyone for sharing these great photos. If you want to include your photos too, please send them to us via this form!

Video: Best things to do in Cozumel

In:
01Aug2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Do you have a Royal Caribbean cruise to Cozumel booked and trying to figure out what to do on the island? We have a brand new video detailing the important info about what Cozumel offers!

Cozumel is a popular Western Caribbean port known for its beautiful waters, exquisite beaches, culture and cuisine.  There is lots to consider, and we break down the basics when it comes to Cozumel in this new video.

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 video!

So check out the video and then let us know: What is your favorite thing to do in Cozumel?

Royal Caribbean offering week-long sale on pre-cruise purchases

In:
01Aug2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering up to 30% off certain Cruise Planner purchases during its Endless Summer Sale.

Offer runs between August 1 – 8, 2019 and applies to select sailings departing August 10, 2019 – February 29, 2020.

It is available on all ships, except for Spectrum of the Seas.

  • BEVERAGE: Up to 30% off on select sailings.
    • Deluxe Beverage Package + VOOM Surf & Stream 1 Device: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings). •Deluxe Beverage Package: Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
    • Refreshment Package: 30% off onboard prices. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings)
  • 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 + Charter Sailings)
  • INTERNET: Up to 60% off on select sailings.
    • VOOM Surf + Stream Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
    • VOOM Surf Voyage Package 1, 2, 3, 4 Device(s): Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings).
  • DINING: Up to 50% off on select sailings.
    • Unlimited Dining Package on 3 Night – 9 Night sailings. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes MJ, SC + Charter Sailings)
  • ACTIVITIES: Up to 10% off on select sailings.
    • All Access Ship Tour: 10% off. Discount varies by ship. (Excludes SC + Charter Sailings)

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.

Spotted: Fast Track priority boarding

In:
31Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Guests sailing on Symphony of the Seas this week noticed a new option to allow select guests faster boarding back onboard their Royal Caribbean ship.

Known as Fast Track, the program is available in the ports of call the ship visits and allows for expedited boarding for guests who are in any of these groups:

  • Star and Sky Class Guests
  • Pinnacle Members in Crown and Anchor Society
  • The Key guests
  • Assistance Needs
  • Families with infant strollers

RoyalCaribbeanBlog reader Lovetocruise2002 spotted this on the current Symphony of the Seas sailing.

Fast Track was advertised in the Concierge Lounge on Symphony of the Seas, as well as on the front page of the Cruise Compass.

Royal Caribbean announces new Empress of the Seas sailings from Big Apple and Montreal in 2020

In:
31Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean will offer cruises on Empress of the Seas from homeports in Cape Liberty, New Jersey and Montreal, Canada.

With Cuba sailings no longer an option, Royal Caribbean has begun offering new itineraries that will take Empress of the Seas to new ports and destinations. Empress will offer guests the opportunity to see "the seaside lights and historic sights" of Canada and New England with more to see from Montreal to Newport. In addition, she will offer longer stays in Bermuda with overnight stays in St. George’s Island and Hamilton. Plus 6, 7 and 8 night Caribbean itineraries from Miami.

Beginning in May 2020, Empress of the Seas will offer sailings out of Cape Liberty, New Jersey to destinations in Bermuda, New England and Canada. 

Later in 2020, Empress moves to Montreal, Canada, where she will offer 10, 11 and 12- night sailings around Quebec, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

In October 2020, Empress heads south to Miami, Florida, where she will sail a variety of Caribbean itineraries. These 6, 7 and 8 night sailings will visit destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean, and extend through April 2021.

You can view the full list of Empress of the Seas 2020-2021 sailings available for booking. The new sailings are available for booking immediately.

These new sailings are in addition to the recently announced January - April 2020 sailings Royal Caribbean released earlier this month.

Dollar store shopping for a cruise on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

In:
31Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

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

Episode 313 is available for downloading, which is all about how to shop for your upcoming cruise at the dollar store.

Sheri shares how a dollar store can be a treasure trove of inexpensive options that are perfect for typical cruise planning and packing.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 313. 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!

Video: Worst Royal Caribbean advice you will get

In:
30Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Our newest RoyalCaribbeanBlog video is sharing some of the worst advice you will get!

Planning a Royal Caribbean vacation can feel overwhelming at times, so it is only natural to seek advice throughout the process. But the truth of the matter is that there are two sides to just about every piece of advice. And what may be the absolute best decision for one group may not be the best for another. So we’re sharing our thoughts on some common bits of advice that get passed around regarding Royal Caribbean and when the advice might (or might not) work for your group in our latest YouTube Video!

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 video!

So check out the video and then let us know: What is your favorite piece of Royal Caribbean advice?

Spotted: Royal Caribbean 50th Birthday souvenir drink cup

In:
29Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Guests sailing on Royal Caribbean ships this week spotted a new souvenir Coca-Cola cup that celebrates Royal Caribbean's 50th birthday.

Photos by twangster

RoyalCaribbeanBlog readers Lovetocruise2002 and Twangster shared photos from Symphony of the Seas and Empress of the Seas of this new cup design available for guests.

Photo by Lovetocruise2002

These souvenir cups are compatible with the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. The Coca-Cola souvenir cup has a special chip in it which activates the machine. In addition, guests can hand the cup to a bartender to be refilled.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: July 28, 2019

In:
28Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

It seems like it is heating up everywhere with summer upon on us, and we have the best reading material to enjoy while sitting by the air conditioning.

Are you interested in hearing some of the best Royal Caribbean food secrets out there? Such as where you can enjoy breakfast at Johnny Rockets without an additonal cost, or how to get a discount on a specialty restaurant? Of course you are, and we have twenty-five dining secrets to share!

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 312th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, where Susan reviews her recent Radiance of the Seas cruise to Alaska.

In this episode, listener Susan shares her experiences in Alaska during her southbound Alasksa cruise.

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: 5 Royal Caribbean tips you will be surprised you need to know

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 — 5 Royal Caribbean tips you will be surprised you need to know — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Cruise Fever reported Royal Caribbean ships had 4 of the 6 perfect health scores in 2019.

Fox 5 looked at how Royal Caribbean's Meteorologist tracks weather for its cruise ships.

Cara Loren shared some tips for anyone headed to Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Transportation Radio interviewed Radiance of the Seas' Captain.

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