Friday Photos - April 12, 2019

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12Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Are you ready for a virtual escape to a Royal Caribbean cruise? Every Friday we share our readers' favorite Royal Caribbean cruise photos in a showcase of why we love going on Royal Caribbean.

We begin with this look at a sunset from Freedom of the Seas, taken on Deck 13 by Joe Moran.

Kinny Lee shared this photo of Central Park in the early morning hours on Allure of the Seas.

Here is a look from the aft of Radiance of the Seas sailing through Doubtful Sound in New Zealand. Photo by Carl Green.

Our next photo is by Jeff L. and it is of Brilliance of the Seas docking next to Independence of the Seas.

David Donnelly snapped this fun shot of the Boardwalk on Harmony of the Seas.

Francois St-Onge took this panoramic photo of Allure of the Seas in Nassau (as seen from Navigator of the Seas).

Our final photo this week is by Rich Weiss and is of the sun setting over the bow of Freedom of the Seas. Photo taken from Harmony of the Seas.

Thank you to everyone who's photos were featured this week, and if you want to share your best Royal Caribbean cruise photos, you can send them in via this form. Have a great weekend!

Video: Spectrum of the Seas is Officially Delivered!

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11Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean International officially took delivery of the 26th ship in its fleet, Spectrum of the Seas, in a ceremony held in Bremerhaven, Germany. The first in the Quantum Ultra class of ships, Spectrum will homeport from Shanghai starting June 2019.

Royal Refund Sale offers up to $300 instant savings, kids sail free and more

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11Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean is offering up to $300 instant savings, kids sail free and 50% off the second guest with its Royal Refund Sale.

The Royal Refund Sale applies to select new bookings made between April 11 – 15, 2019 on sailings departing on or after May 11, 2019. 

The offer includes:

  • 50% off cruise fare of second guest booked in the same stateroom as first, full-fare paying guest.
  • 25% cruise fare savings for third guests and higher booked in the same stateroom as the first two qualifying guests.
  • Instant Savings Offer provides up to $300 instant savings per stateroom determined by category booked and sailing length:
    • Sailings 5 nights or less, $50 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $75 for Balconies and $150 for Suites
    • Sailings 6 nights or longer, $75 savings for Interior and Ocean View, $100 for Balconies and $300 for Suites. 
    • Instant savings do not apply to China departures.
  • 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, Cuba, Europe and Hawaii sailings departing between May 1, 2019 – May 15, 2020.
    • Offer excludes Summer sailings (Sailings between May 15 – August 31, 2019), 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) and Holy Week/Easter sailings (Sailings between April 3 – 17, 2020).

BOGO and Kids Sail Free are combinable with each other as well as with Instant Savings Offer, 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. Instant Savings Offer is combinable with promotional OBCs, NextCruise offers, Instant Savings, restricted discounts (for example, Seniors, Residents, Military), Promo Code driven offers and Free Upgrades but not combinable with 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, 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. 

Spectrum of the Seas joins Royal Caribbean's fleet following delivery ceremony

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11Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean took delivery today of its first Quantum Ultra Class cruise ship, Spectrum of the Seas.

At a ceremony in Bremerhaven, Meyer Werft shipyard handed over Spectrum of the Seas to Royal Caribbean's leadership team.

The first cruise ship of the Quantrum-Ultra class has a rating of 169,000 GRT; it measures 347.1 m in length and 41.4 m in width, with capacity for 4,246 passengers.

As a further development of Quantum-Class, Spectrum of the Seas is fitted with state-of-the-art emission control systems such as the a hybrid scrubber. Energy-efficient technical systems, optimized hydrodynamics, heat recovery and exceedingly effective underwater paintwork together with an extremely energy-saving LED lighting system result in considerable energy savings. A diesel/electric pod drive, extensive alarm and safety systems, interactive communication systems and the very latest stage equipment guarantee safety and entertainment on board in accordance with the highest technical standards.


Photos provided by Meyer Werft

The cruise ship has  18 decks with 2,137 cabins offering space for 4,246 passengers in double occupancy.

After being handed over to the shipping company, Spectrum of the Seas will be leaving Bremerhaven. The maiden voyage to Asia will begin in Barcelona on April 18.

Royal Caribbean opens 2020-2021 sailings from Hong Kong for booking

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10Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has posted its 2020-2021 sailings from Hong Kong on Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas to destinations in Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam and more.

Beginning July 2020, Voyager of the Seas will offer 4 and 5 night sailings, along with 9 night immersive Japan journeys.

The brand new Spectrum of the Seas, the first Quantum Ultra Class ship offers Asia cruises to Nagasaki, Osaka, Okinawa and beyond for a limited-time, from November 2020 through January 2021.

You can view sailings scheduled for Spectrum of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas.

These newly announced Hong Kong sailings are available to book immediately.

Royal Caribbean adds group chat feature to app

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10Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Included with the recent update to Royal Caribbean's app is the option for guests to initiate group chats while on their cruise.

In addition to the one-to-one guest chat feature that is being tested on Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, the 1.16.0 version of the app comes with a group chat feature.

Thanks to Jody Finds The Travel Deals for providing the screenshots.

The chat feature is currently only available on Harmony of the Seas and Allure of the Seas while it is being developed and tested.  Eventually, all Royal Caribbean ships will have access to the app, along with chat, however there is no timetable provided for when each ship and/or feature will be released.

There is no cost to use Royal Caribbean's app while onboard and you do not need an internet package to use the app either.

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

Royal Caribbean introduces new Unlimited Dining Package

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10Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean will introduce a new dining package that includes the most specialty dining options of any of its dining packages.

The Unlimited Dining Package will replace the Ultimate Dining Package, and be available pre-cruise on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Planner on Friday, April 12th.

Like its predecessor, the Unlimited Dining Package will allow guests to enjoy their meals at specialty restaurants as many times as
they’d like, based on availability. For instance, if they want to eat at the same restaurant twice in one night, they can.

Pricing for the Unlimited Dining Package will be very similar to what pricing for the Ultimate Dining Package was previously. Pricing will vary by sailing and ship class and will start around $24 per person per day for a 7 night sailing.

For specialty restaurants with a la carte pricing, the Unlimited Dining Package allows a $35 food credit per person for each visit.

Chef’s Table and culinary activities are excluded. Johnny Rockets is included in the package. However, beverages are not.

Package does not include beverages, but does provide 40% off bottles of wine under $100, and 20% off bottles over $100.

For Dining Packages, children ages 12 and under are excluded from offer; children ages 6-12 can be added to reservation for a $10 cover change once onboard. Not available on holiday sailings. 

View the Perfect Day at CocoCay map

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10Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has published a new map of its private island in the Bahamas, Perfect Day at CocoCay. 

The map shows the places that will be open when Perfect Day at CocoCay debuts in May, as well as some other areas that will open later in the year.

Perfect Day is a $200 million transformation of Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas that is scheduled to open in May 2019.

Thanks to Michael C. for alerting us to the map.

What are you most excited to experience in Perfect Day at CocoCay? Share with us in the comments below so we can all get excited together.

Royal Caribbean updates app and adds Perfect Day at CocoCay map

In:
08Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

Royal Caribbean has released version 1.16.0 of its new smartphone app, which adds maps and information about Perfect Day at CocoCay.

The release notes indicate the maps of CocoCay are available for ships that visit the island.  The interactive maps for Perfect Day  at CocoCay will be turned on later in May, when ships begin to visit the island following the Perfect Day launch.

The new app is available on these ships:

  •  Adventure of the Seas
  •  Allure of the Seas
  •  Brilliance of the Seas
  •  Enchantment of the Seas
  •  Harmony of the Seas
  •  Independence of the Seas
  •  Liberty of the Seas
  •  Majesty of the Seas
  •  Mariner of the Seas
  •  Navigator of the Seas
  •  Oasis of the Seas
  •  Serenade of the Seas
  •  Symphony of the Seas
  •  Vision of the Seas

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

Royal Caribbean temporarily shuts down SkyPad for inspection and review

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08Apr2019
By: Matt Hochberg

It appears Royal Caribbean has temporarily shut down its SkyPad bungee trampoline experience on its cruise ships pending a review of the safety of the ride.

Guests who recently sailed on Independence of the Seas and Mariner of the Seas reported the SkyPad was closed for the duration of their cruise.  Royal Caribbean confirmed via Twitter that the SkyPad is indeed closed for now.

Photo by Michelle May

Royal Caribbean's review of the experience follows recent litigation that was filed against the cruise line that involved a guest who was injured while on the SkyPad.

The SkyPad is currently available on Independence of the Seas, Mariner of the Seas and Spectrum of the Seas.

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