So far, no changes to Royal Caribbean's Cuba sailings

By: Matt Hochberg

President Trump's administration announced a new set of rules to tighten travel to Cuba, but there is no impact yet on scheduled Royal Caribbean sailings to Cuba.

New measures Bolton announced include limits on non-family travel to Cuba and a cap on the amount of money US families can send their Cuban relatives.

The Trump administration also announced a new policy allowing Americans to sue foreign firms operating in properties Cuba seized from them following the 1959 revolution. This would enable lawsuits against foreign companies that operate from hotels, distilleries and other properties Cuba nationalized after Fidel Castro's takeover.

Travel Market Report quoted Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Director of corporate reputation Melissa Charbonneau, "We’re reviewing the recent statements to evaluate their impact on our guests and our company. For now, we are sailing our Cuba itineraries as scheduled and will keep our guests updated if anything changes."

Royal Caribbean has been cruising to Cuba since 2017 when Empress of the Seas made her inaugural visit. Today, Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas visit Cuban destinations including Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. 

SeaTrade Cruise News quoted a Royal Caribbean spokesperson, "We’re reviewing the recent statements to evaluate their impact on our guests and our company. For now, we are sailing our Cuba itineraries as scheduled and will keep our guests updated if anything changes.:

Royal Caribbean adds Spectrum of the Seas to new app

By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has expanded its new app to include support for Spectrum of the Seas.

Thanks to Michael S. for alerting us to this change.

Spectrum, now appears in the list of supported ships that can be found from within the app.

The new app is being actively developed, which means not all features area available on the app yet.  Moreover, the cruise line is slowly rolling out support for more ships.

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

Video: Things that are BANNED on a Royal Caribbean cruise!

By: Matt Hochberg

Check out our latest video where we are sharing the things you definitelly cannot do on a Royal Caribbean cruise!

We have a list of things that are banned while on a Royal Caribbean cruise, as well as talking about things you can bring or do, but only at certain times or places.  

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: Did anything on this list of banned things surprise you?

What you need to know about suites on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

By: Matt Hochberg

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

Episode 298 is available for downloading, where Matt explains the important things to know about a Royal Caribbean suite.

Booking a suite for your next cruise is one way to really enhance your onboard experience and treat yourself to some of the best accomodations at sea. Before you book a suite or step foot in one, here are the important tips about a Royal Caribbean suite you should know ahead of time.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 298. 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!

Royal Caribbean to expand facial recognition tech to more ports to speed up disembarkation

By: Matt Hochberg

IDEMIA announced that its partnership with Royal Caribbean and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be expanded to help speed up cruise passengers disembarking at select cruise ports.

Following successful trials of its high speed 3D face capture technology in Cape Liberty, New Jersey, and the Port of Miami, the program is now moving into commercial production at these ports.

IDEMIA and Royal Caribbean anticipate additional deployments in other Florida ports later in 2019 that each process several million passengers annually.

IDEMIA’s facial recognition technology has enabled the Royal Caribbean passenger debarkation process to be both more secure and efficient. The use of IDEMIA’s MFACE technology has played a key role in enhancing the passenger experience by completing the process significantly faster than the manual verification method previously used.

MFace technology compares the facial identities of guests disembarking with the identities of ticketed passengers who boarded the ship at the start of a cruise, matching against images in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Traveler Verification Service (TVS). No images are stored by Royal Caribbean, CBP or IDEMIA after the trip is completed to ensure that passenger privacy is maintained.

Spotted: New Coca-Cola souvenir cup featuring lid and handle

By: Matt Hochberg

Guests on some Royal Caribbean ships are reporting a new souvenir Coca-Cola cup that is included with Royal Caribbean's unlimited drink packages.

While not all Royal Caribbean ships have these new cups, some guests have begun posting photos of the new cup design on sailings departing this week. The most notcable difference is the addition of a handle and built-in straw to the top of the cup.

Photo by Brad Payne

Photo by Kate Larson

These cups have been reported as being on Adventure of the Seas and Liberty of the Seas. Special thanks to Karen Fraser, Kate Larson and Adam Rothschild for helping with this article.

From time to time, Royal Caribbean and its Coca-Cola partner update the design of their souvenir cups.

These souvenir cups are compatible with the self-serve soda machines on the pool deck as well as the Coca-Cola Freestyle machines. The Coca-Cola souvenir cup has a special chip in it which activates the machine.

Do you like the design of these souvenir Coca-Cola cups? Tell us in the comments below!

Royal Caribbean looking to expand its headquarters in Miami

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

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

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

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
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