Video: Spectrum of the Seas Float Out

By: Matt Hochberg

Spectrum of the Seas is getting closer to completion as she was floated out of the dry dock on February 25, 2019 to begin the next phase of her construction at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. Designed specifically for the Chinese market, Spectrum is scheduled for delivery in April 2019.

Navigator of the Seas completes $115 million amplification with upgrades across the ship

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas arrived in Miami today, following a $115 million bow to stern upgrade that brought new features includes water slides, dining venues, activities and more.

Royal Caribbean invited us to join the ship for a two-night crew shakedown sailing that tested out some of the new additions onboard, while completing work in other areas.

Here is a rundown of many of the changes, large and small, to Navigator of the Seas.


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Photos from Spectrum of the Seas leaving her dock

By: Matt Hochberg

Earlier this week, Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship floated out of its Meyer Werft shipyard, and we have a first look at what the ship looks like lit up at night.

The talented photographer, Björn Haß, sent us these great shots of Spectrum of the Seas.

All photos by Björn Haß.

The ship is scheduled to be delivered in April 2019.

Royal Caribbean puts finishing touches on Navigator of the Seas amplification

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is just about complete with their $115 million amplification and the cruise line has provided a look at their team hard at work finishing up the work.

The ship will welcome its first guests later this week on Friday, March 1st.

Royal Caribbean Cruises named one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies for fourth year in a row

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2019 World's Most Ethical Companies for the fourth year in a row.

Royal Caribbean has been recognized since 2016 and is the only honoree in the Leisure & Recreation industry category.

"We recognize that corporate responsibility and accountability is increasingly driving decisions made by our guests, business partners and our employees," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "This honor is a reflection of our 50-year commitment to demonstrating these shared values every day, and I know our employees take great pride in this recognition."

The World's Most Ethical Companies assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute's Ethics Quotient®(EQ) framework, which offers a quantitative way to assess a company's performance in an objective, consistent and standardized manner. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35 percent), culture of ethics (20 percent), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20 percent), governance (15 percent) and leadership and reputation (10 percent). All companies that participate in the assessment process receive their scores, providing them with valuable insights into how they stack up against leading organizations.

Aerial photos of revitalized Navigator of the Seas

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean's revitalized Navigator of the Seas arrived in PortMiami earlier today after a multi-million dollar upgrade, and here is a look some of the pool deck changes as soon from the air.

Photographer AdamsAway shared fantastic photos with us of Navigator arriving into PortMiami and provided the first look at the finished product.

Photos by AdamsAway

Royal Caribbean has spent $115 million in a major modernization of the ship that added The Blaster, longest aqua coaster at sea; Riptide, the industry’s only head-first mat racer; a Caribbean, resort-style poolscape; To Dry For, the first standalone blow dry bar at sea, plus vibrant, new restaurants and bars. 

Navigator of the Seas will offer 3-night weekend and 4-night weekday itineraries from PortMiami and be the first ship to visit Perfect Day at CocoCay – the cruise line’s highly anticipated private island in The Bahamas – come May 2019.

Video: Spectrum of the Seas Propeller Installation

By: Matt Hochberg

Spectrum of the Seas is entering her final phases of construction. See what it takes to install the ships massive propellers for its azipod propulsion system. Designed specifically for the Chinese market, Spectrum of the Seas will be the largest and most expensive ship in Asia when she sails from Shanghai, China starting in June 2019.

Royal Caribbean awarded best cruise line for customer support and service

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean was named Best Cruise Line at the 2019 Elliott Advocacy Readers' Choice Customer Service Awards, an annual recognition of companies that offer outstanding customer support and service.

The top five cruise lines were:

  1. Royal Caribbean
  2. Viking
  3. Disney
  4. Carnival
  5. Celebrity

For 2019, readers of Elliott Advocacy, a leading consumer advocacy site, nominated and voted for their favorite companies in 16 categories ranging from airlines to wireless service providers.

Royal Caribbean also won the honor in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: February 24, 2019

By: Matt Hochberg

Hope you are having a great weekend.  Here is all of this week's Royal Caribbean cruise news.

The big news of this week was Royal Caribbean's order for a sixth Oasis class cruise ship.

The new ship is scheduled for delivery in the fall of 2023.

Royal Caribbean News

Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

The 290th episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast is now available, which has a review of Matt's recent sailing on Brilliance of the Seas.

In this episode, Matt shares how his first cruise of 2019 was and talks about the experiences, excursions and everything else on Brilliance of the Seas.

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

Disney Cruise Line Blog reported on a joint-effort among Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Disney Cruise Line to build a pier in Grand Cayman.

Cruise Fever listed five venues not to miss on Symphony of the Seas.

Cruise.Blog shared first time cruise mistakes to avoid.

Celebrate National Margarita Day, Royal Caribbean style!

By: Matt Hochberg

If you have not heard, February 22 is National Margarita Day! 

We are always one to enjoy a great margarita, and rarely need an excuse to enjoy one.  To celebrate this holy of holidays, we have some recipes for how to make the amazing margaritas that Sabor Modern Mexican is renown for right in your own home!

Grab some limes, tequila and salt, and check out these must-drink margs!

Simply Perfect Margarita


  • 1.5 oz Patrón Reposado tequila
  • 0.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Liqueur
  • 1 oz lime
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 0.25 oz simple syrup


Rim the glass with Cactus/lemongrass salt. Pour all of the ingredients in a shaker tin over ice and shake well. Double strain over fresh ice.

Grand Sabor Margarita


  • 1.5 oz Patrón Reposado tequila
  • 0.5 oz Cedilla Acai Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Grand Marnier
  • 0.5 oz lime
  • 0.50 oz simple syrup


Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker tin over ice and shake well. Double strain over fresh ice.

Jalapeno-Cucumber Margarita


  • 1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco tequila
  • 0.5 oz Cointreau Orange Liqueur
  • 1 small piece of jalapeno pepper (approximately 1/2 cm thick)
  • 3 springs of Cilantro
  • 3 discs of Cucumber (approximately 2 cm)
  • 1 oz lime
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup


Muddle the jalapeno, cilantro together in a mixing glass, combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker tin full of ice. Shake well, double strain over fresh ice.

Bonus: Guacamole recipe

If you are going to make margaritas at home, be sure to compliment it with a bowl of the amazing Sabor guacamole!

Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 0.5 cup red onion
  • 2 tbsp jalapeno (omit this if you want mild guacamole)
  • 1.5 tsp garlic
  • 2 avocado
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 0.5 lime
  • 0.5 lemon
  • 0.25 cup cilantro
  • 1/3 cup tomatoes


  1. In the molcajete, mix the onion, jalapeno and garlic.
  2. Score the inside of the avocado into small cubes and remove the outer skin with a spoon.
  3. Add the avocado and mash lightly to a lumpy consistency.
  4. Add the lemon and lime juices, salt, cilantro and mash again.
  5. Add the tomatoes and incorporate.

What is your favorite Royal Caribbean margarita? Leave a comment below and let us know!