Friday Photos - July 26, 2019

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26Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Every Friday, we show off the Royal Caribbean photos that our readers have sent us in a special blog post.  Each week, we invite our readers to send us their favorite Royal Caribbean photos and we post them right here.

Without further adieu, let's jump right into this week's batch of photos!

We kick things off with this photo by Jorge Toache of the Boardwalk on Symphony of the Seas.

Next up is this photo of Lisa Bowman's kids enjoying pineapple drinks on Grandeur of the Seas.

Steve Thomas spotted this Independence Day cake on Indepdence of the Seas.

MaryAnn took this photo in Labadee, with Oasis of the Seas behind her.

Mike Sperduto grabbed this photo of the Bionic Bar on Harmony of the Seas.

Jane Stormes stopped for a photo in San Juan, Puerto Rico while on Anthem of the Seas.

Our final photo is by Tonya Backes and it is an aft view from Adventure of the Seas.

Would you like to submit your Royal Caribbean photos for a future Friday Photos post? Use this form to send them to us and we will feature them very soon!

Video: Royal Caribbean food secrets — Discounts, tips and more!

In:
25Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

We love a little intrigue as much as the next person, but nothing beats finding out about a secret, right? Today, we are talking about dining on Royal Caribbean in our latest RoyalCaribbeanBlog video.

For instance, did you know you on Oasis Class ships you can enjoy breakfast at Johnny Rockets without any additional cost?

We also have ways to avoid lines at the Windjammer buffet stations, getting a discount on a specialty restaurant, where your drink packages work and a lot more.  Check out this video for our tips and tricks!

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 are your favorite Royal Caribbean dining secrets? Share them with us in the comments below!

Royal Caribbean sees major returns from Perfect Day at CocoCay, reports on sustainability, talks Cuba impact and more

In:
25Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean held a conference call with investors earlier today to go over its 2019 second quarter earnings, which shed light on a few interesting anecdotes.

Perfect Day at CocoCay is attracting new cruisers, not steal from other lines

If there was one theme of the earnings call, it is that Royal Caribbean has hit a grand slam with its private island makeover earlier this year, Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. said, "To describe Perfect Day as a home run, wouldn't do it justice. It really resets the bar in the short-cruise market."

"But it's important to note that Perfect Day wasn't designed to steal customers from other cruise lines; it was designed to attract customers who otherwise wouldn't be taking a cruise. And it's doing that beautifully."

Perfect Day at CocoCay is bringing in big returns

In addition to being well-received by cruisers and reviewers alike, Perfect Day at CocoCay is also making a giant impact on the cruise line's bottom line.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Chief Financial Officer, Jason Liberty, spoke to this point, "What has been particularly impressive over the past few months is the pricing we are receiving for sailings visiting Perfect Day at CocoCay. Pricing on these sailings has been consistently outpacing our lofty expectations. It has been a major contributor to our improved, non-Cuba revenue outlook."

Royal Caribbean International CEO Michael Bayley said, "In total in '19 and through into '20, eleven of the Royal Caribbean ships will be going to Perfect Day at CocoCay, so you can imagine the volume that we are taking to Perfect Day has gone up by a factor of about four. And we are already taking a lot of guests to CocoCay before we underwent all of this work and changed the whole experience."

"I think today we've taken maybe 350,000 people to Perfect Day since we opened. It's now rated the number one resort globally for Royal Caribbean, and it's knocking it out of the park in terms of truly delivering a phenomenal day. The guest satisfaction is extremely high."

"The demand we are seeing comes from all segments. It competes very well with Orlando. It's got a truly wonderful day, both in thrill and chill. It is also driving new-to-cruise, because approximately 40% of the short market is new-to-cruise."

Sustainability and accountability is important

Mr. Fain provided an update on the cruise line's sustainability efforts, and how well it is following the plan it laid out earlier.

"As most of you know, in 2016, we launched a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to take our sustainability efforts to a new level. At Royal Caribbean, we believe that what gets measured, gets better, and we established specific goals in three areas of sustainability. The three areas where we established these quantifiable goals were the areas of carbon footprint, sustainable destinations, sustainable food production."

"Specifically, we undertook a 35% reduction in carbon footprint of our 2005 base, offering one thousand tours certified to the GSTC sustainability standard, and responsibility to responsibly sourcing 90% of wild-caught seafood globally, 75% of farm seafood in North America and Europe. We set a public goal to reach these objectives by the end of 2020."

"I am happy to report that we are on schedule. We achieved our carbon footprint goal earlier this year, and just two weeks ago, we certified our one thousandth sustainable tour operation. We're not there yet on our sustainable food sourcing goal, but we're walking diligently to do so, and hope to reach that target soon."

Cost of Cuba

Earlier this year, the United States government ended the ability of cruise lines to sail to Cuba and the impact of that policy change was quantified during this call.

Mr. Liberty explained, "The abrupt removal of calls to Cuba on June sailings on Majesty of the Seas and Empress of the Seas costs us 30 basis points in year-over-year yields for the quarter. While the Cuba policy change was financially and operationally painful, our underlying business remains very strong, as we both outperformed on onboard revenue and saw further close-in demand for our core products."

If they could go back in time, Royal Caribbean would have done more

One of the analysts on the call asked Royal Caribbean if they had a "do over" during the last recession, would they have held back as much as they did for ship orders.

Mr. Liberty said bluntly, "There's definitely regret that we have in terms of our pull-back on our growth. We would all be talking about higher earnings numbers today, better return profile today if we hadn't slowed down our growth, or our investment efforts in expanding our global footprint, investing in different projects that would have put us in an even stronger position than we are in today."

Radiance of the Seas listener cruise review on Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast

In:
24Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

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

Episode 312 is available for downloading where our friend Susan reviews her recent Alaska cruise on Radiance of the Seas.

Susan recently took a southbound Alaska cruise on Radiance of the Seas and shares what she saw and did in each port, as well as her tips for taking a cruise to Alaska.

Here’s the podcast page for Episode 312. 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 brings back Kids Sail Free with WOW Sale offer

In:
24Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean rolled out its new WOW Sale that features 50% off the second guest, kids sail free and bonus onboard credit.

The WOW Sale runs between July 24 – 28, 2019 and is valid on select sailings departing on or after August 24, 2019.

It includes:

  • BOGO50 provides 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first, full-fare paying guest.
  • BOGO50 offer also provides 25% cruise fare savings for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests.
  • Kids Sail Free applies to new bookings made between July 24 –31, 2019 
    • 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, Europe, Hawaii, and Repositioning sailings departing between September 1, 2019 – May 15, 2020 and August 31, 2020 – December 17, 2020.
    • Offer excludes 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), Holy Week/Easter sailings (Sailings between April 3 – 17, 2020) and 2020 Thanksgiving sailings (Sailings between November 21 – 27, 2020).
    • In addition, Kids Sail Free applies to all Serenade of the Seas Alaska 2020 sailings.
  • WOW Sale offers up to $300 to spend at sea per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:
    • Sailings 5 nights or less, $50 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $150 for Suites
    • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $75 OBC for Interior and Ocean View, $100 for Balconies and $300 for Suites.
    • Onboard credit does not apply to China departures.
  • Deck the Holiday Deals applies to new bookings made between July 24-28, 2019
    • Deck the Holiday Deals offers instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom on select sailings departing between December 2 – 31, 2019 and November 30 – December 31, 2020.
    • Savings amount determined by category booked and sailing length:
      • Sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $50 for Suites
      • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites

BOGO50 and Deck the Holiday Deals are combinable with each other as well as with 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. BOGO50 and Kids Sail Free are combinable with each other as well as with 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. Kids Sail Free and Deck the Holiday Deals are combinable with each other for sailings departing December 2-14, 2019 November 28 – December 17, 2020 only. WOW Sale is combinable with BOGO50, Deck the Holiday Deals, Kids Sail Free as well as with promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Promo Code driven offers Free Upgrades and Shareholder Benefits but not combinable with Crown and Anchor discounts. 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, and 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. 

Video: Top things Royal Caribbean pros never do — and neither should you!

In:
23Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Our brand new RoyalCaribbeanBlog video is out, and we are sharing the top things Royal Caribbean pros never do, and neither should you!

We have some tips from Royal Caribbean veterans on the things to avoid doing to make sure you have an awesome Royal Caribbean cruise. After all, veteran cruises have been through the wringer a few times, and we can all learn from their experiences! And if you have a tip of your own to share, we would love to hear about it in a comment below!

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 Royal Caribbean pro tip?

View the updated Perfect Day at CocoCay cabana map

In:
23Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is distributing an updated map outlining the location of its cabanas, day beds and bungalows at Perfect Day at CocoCay.

Royal Caribbean recently relocated some of these amenities to prepare for the next phase of construction that will add Coco Beach Club.

The updated map shows the relocated bungalows and day beds, which were previously located in South Beach.

Thanks to rle1984 for providing this new map.

Royal Caribbean updates app to add location tracking at Perfect Day at CocoCay

In:
22Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has released version 1.19.1 of its new smartphone app, which makes the personalized calendar easier to access and the ability for guests to see their location on the Perfect Day at CocoCay map.

The new update makes it easier for guests to use the app to find their way around Royal Caribbean's private destination in the Bahamas.

The enablement of location services in the app is important, because it is one possible step towards a goal Royal Caribbean has previously advertised of one day allowing guests to order food or beverages via the app and be subsequently delivered to them (known as the Bring Me program).  That feature is being actively worked on, but the digital team is still taking the necessary steps to ensure that the program meets Royal Caribbean's program goals around guest service, technology and operations. 

It remains to be seen if the cruise line will roll out Bring Me first on a ship, or at a location like Perfect Day at CocoCay.

In addition, the 1.19.1 release made the personalized calendar easier to access.

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

Royal Caribbean Post Round-Up: July 21, 2019

In:
21Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Happy Sunday! We hope you are having a great weekend! Now it’s time to sit back, relax, and catch up on all the Royal Caribbean news from the week!

The big news of the week was when two Royal Caribbean ships skipped stops in San Juan, Puerto Rico due to concerns over protests in the area.

Empress of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas were re-routed due to political demonstrations in the island's capital. Harmony of the Seas was rerouted on Wednesday to its next port of St. Maarten, while Empress of the Seas visited Tortola instead.

The good news is by Thursday, Allure of the Seas was able to visit San Juan as scheduled.

Royal Caribbean News

New RCB Video: Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas to get $165m makeover

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 — Allure of the Seas list of changes for 2020 — and don’t forget to subscribe here.

Royal Caribbean Around the Internet

Venture Beat shows how Royal Caribbean is using computer vision to track buffet crowds.

Parents Magazine listed Perfect Day at CocoCay as one of its 20 Best Vacations for Kids.

Star2 shared what a cruise on a Royal Caribbean ship is like.

Bonus instant savings up to $150 on Royal Caribbean cruises booked this weekend

In:
19Jul2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering bonus instant savings of up to $150 on new bookings this weekend.

The Summer Savings sale is valid on cruises booked between July 19 – 22, 2019 on sailings departing on or after August 19, 2019.

It includes:

  • BOGO50 provides 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first, full-fare paying guest.
  • BOGO50 offer also provides 25% cruise fare savings for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests. 
  • Instant savings of up to $150 per stateroom on select sailings departing between on or after August 19, 2019.
    • Savings amount determined by category booked and sailing length:
    • Sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $75 for Suites
    • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $150 for Suites
  • Deck the Holiday Deals
    • Instant savings of up to $100 per stateroom on select sailings departing between December 2 – 31, 2019.
    • Savings amount determined by category booked and sailing length:
      • Sailings 5 nights or less, $25 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $50 for Balconies and $50 for Suites
      • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $100 for Suites

BOGO50 and Deck the Holiday Deals are combinable with each other as well as with Summer Savings, 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. 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, and 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. 

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